'12 Years a Slave' Oscar Win: Nearly 40 Percent More Democrats Than Republicans Agree With Best Picture Result (Poll)
UPDATED: A new survey asking registered voters what they thought about the Academy Award winners found strong differences among people from different political parties and ideologies.
12 Years a Slave was the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' pick for best picture, but what does the rest of the country think about the selection?
A new study from North Carolina-based national polling firm Public Policy Polling provides insight into what registered voters think about the pick, broken down by their political beliefs, whom they voted for in 2012, gender, race, age and the mode in which they completed the survey (80 percent of those polled were surveyed by phone; 20 percent weighed in online).
Overall, of the 1,152 people polled between March 6 and March 9, when asked, "Do you agree or disagree with the selection of 12 Years a Slave as best picture in this year's Oscars?" 32 percent said they agreed, 16 percent said they disagreed, and 52 percent were not sure.
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But while a majority of Democrats agreed with the pick, a larger percentage of Republicans disagreed with or weren't sure about 12 Years a Slave's best picture win than the percentage of Republicans who agreed with the pick. Among those who identified themselves as Democrats, 53 percent agreed with 12 Years' best picture win, 10 percent disagreed with the result and 37 percent weren't sure. Among those who identified themselves as Republicans, 15 percent agreed with the win, 23 percent disagreed and 61 percent weren't sure.
Furthermore, while a majority of those who identified themselves as very liberal agreed with 12 Years' win, a majority of those who identified themselves as conservative weren't sure about the win. Among respondents who called themselves very liberal, 65 percent agreed with the win, 8 percent disagreed and 27 percent weren't sure. Among those who identified themselves as somewhat liberal, 47 percent agreed with the win, 14 percent disagreed and 39 percent weren't sure. Respondents who identified themselves as conservative, though, seemed to disagree with or be unsure about 12 Years' win more than they agreed with it. In terms of somewhat conservative survey participants, only 14 percent agreed with the win, while 23 percent disagreed and 63 percent weren't sure. For very conservative respondents, only 8 percent agreed with the win, with 25 percent disagreeing and 68 percent not sure.
When broken down by race, 62 percent of African-Americans agreed with 12 Years' best picture win, while only 10 percent disagreed. Among white survey respondents, 25 percent agreed with the win, 18 percent disagreed and 57 percent weren't sure. Among Hispanics, 44 percent agreed with the win, 13 percent disagreed and 43 percent weren't sure.
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