Garth Brooks’ Favorability Rating Takes a Hit Among Republicans After Inauguration Performance

Popularity among Democrats was up 6 points from a September 2018 poll
Garth Brooks sings "Amazing Grace" during the 59th inaugural ceremony earlier this week in Washington. Afterward, his favorability among Republicans decreased compared to a September 2018 survey. (Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images)
January 22, 2021 at 12:41 pm UTC

Key Takeaways

  • Garth Brooks’ favorability rating among Republicans was down 17 points, compared to a September 2018 survey.

  • 64% of registered voters had a favorable view of Brooks after the ceremony, down 4 points from the prior poll.

Country singer Garth Brooks caused a stir among his more conservative fans when he performed “Amazing Grace” during Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden. Now, new polling finds that his popularity has fallen among Republican voters. 

The Jan. 20-21 Morning Consult survey of 1,993 registered voters found that post-inauguration, 64 percent of those surveyed had a favorable view of the singer, 4 points lower than his favorability rating in a Sept. 5-9, 2018 survey of 767 registered voters. The January survey has a margin of error of 2 percentage points, and the September survey has a 4-point margin of error. 

Among Republicans, Brooks’ favorability rating dropped double digits: In 2018, 78 percent held a favorable view of the singer, but in the most recent survey, 61 percent favored him. Democrats had a more favorable view of the country crooner, with his popularity climbing 6 points among that demographic. 

Ahead of his performance, Brooks, who reportedly identifies as a Republican and was asked to perform by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, said his performance was “not a political statement, this is a statement of unity." Brooks previously performed at former President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 and was asked to perform at former President Donald Trump’s, but skipped it due to a scheduled concert.

Sarah Shevenock previously worked at Morning Consult as a reporter covering the business of entertainment.

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