Last week Taylor Swift went the political route for the first time ever when she gave a Democrat endorsement for the upcoming senatorial election in Tennessee. Though the mainstream media suggested that her actions caused a big spike in voting in the state, there are now statistics that show otherwise.
She underestimated Tennesseans
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈
It was revealed on Breitbart that a poll from the firm Cygnal showed that 86% of Tennessee voters state that heir choice of candidate has not changed. 82% of these same people were aware of what Swift had to say about the candidates.
“Millennial and Gen Z voters are highly aware of the endorsement of the Democrat, but it did little to move their vote preference,” explained Matt Hubbard, VP of Research & Analytics at Cygnal. “Swift’s endorsement is providing a boost to get-out-the-vote efforts, but we’re seeing minimal impact on the race.”
Brent Buchanan, the President of Cygnal, said that the endorsement by Swift can possibly lead to "bad blood with her conservative fans."
For much of her career Taylor Swift stayed out of politics. It surprised many when she released a statement that called for people to vote against Marsha Blackburn. Now it appears that her endorsement will do little to nothing in the grand scheme of things outside of irritating her conservative fans.
Another example of celebrities overestimating how much people care about their political stance. When will they learn?