Americans Hate Justin Bieber, Love Adele: Poll

Beyonce scores higher likability rating than husband Jay-Z

Justin Bieber performs in Paris, France; Adele performs in Los Angeles, California.
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May 13, 2013 2:40 PM ET

Justin Bieber's constant presence in headlines hasn't done him any favors: a new music-centered survey by Public Policy Polling shows the 19-year-old singer is widely disliked by Americans. Bieber received 54 percent in unfavorable ratings while only garnering 20 percent on the likability side, according to the poll, which surveyed 571 voters nationwide on May 6th and 7th. Lady Gaga (29 percent positive vs. 50 percent negative) and Chris Brown (13 percent positive vs. 57 percent negative) also registered as overwhelmingly unlikable. The poll was slightly kinder to Rihanna, who was viewed as unlikable by 39 percent against the 30 percent that found her likable.

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Adele and Taylor Swift scored among the most favorable, with the 25-year-old Brit coming in at 54 percent positive and 18 percent negative. Swift had a strong showing with 53 percent positive and 27 percent negative, and Justin Timberlake racked up a 52 percent positive rating against a 24 percent negative rating. Beyoncé scored well with a 51 percent likability rating versus 30 percent who found her unlikeable, but husband Jay-Z only scored a 25 percent likability rating. The rapper and Roc Nation head came in with a hefty 44 percent unfavorable rating.

Some artists scored strangely because they weren't recognized well by those polled. Morrissey saw a 17 percent positive rating with a 31 percent negative rating, but 52 percent weren't sure either way. Skrillex was also a head-scratcher, coming in at 11 percent positive, 35 percent negative and 54 percent not sure.

Classical, jazz and country music scored the highest favorability ratings by genre, with classical hitting 77 percent and jazz and country each coming in with 71 percent. Rap had the lowest favorability rating at 19 percent, with an unfavorability rating of 68 percent.

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