We’re still a little under a year away from the 2016 presidential election, but the people have made it clear who their favorite (and least favorite!) candidates are. Some of us love Donald Trump; others despise him. Some of us can’t stand Hillary; others adore her.
While Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio make steady gains, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush have essentially fallen off the map. And no one’s really sure what to think of maverick candidate Bernie Sanders.
Americans don’t agree on who should take the Oval Office, but we are passionate about the candidates we support. Is Hollywood as outspoken as we are?
Kanye might vote for himself in 2020, but he and Kim are backing Hillary Clinton in 2016. Plenty of other pop stars, rappers, A-list actors, and industry moguls have also jumped on the #TeamHillary bandwagon. Rockers, activists, and “artists and spiritual leaders” are feeling the Bern, while some famous crazies are holding out for Trump. Very few celebrities are behind any other GOP or Democratic candidate.
Which high-profile celebrities support your favorite candidate? Check out these infographics listing the top celeb endorsements for Hillary, Bernie, and Trump.
Donald Trump’s famous supporters:
Celebrities supporting team Hillary:
Bernie Sanders’s celebrity endorsements:
Democratic ties to Hollywood
Hillary has worked hard to win over Hollywood, but she hasn’t always been the favorite. In the 2008 Democratic primaries, the entertainment industry was strongly divided between Hillary and Obama. Katy Perry and George Clooney are behind Hillary now, but they endorsed Obama in 2008. Even Bill Clinton’s most generous benefactors, including Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, snubbed support for Hillary in 2008.
While Hillary’s campaign has strong backing from A-list icons, Bernie Sanders has his own famous following, including Will Ferrell, Ronda Rousey, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Trump has some high-profile support — but from celebrities with shady reputations.
Do celebrity endorsements make a difference?
Yes and no.
In September 2008, a CBS poll revealed that 78% of people expected celebrity endorsements to have no effect on the outcome of the election. A 2010 study from North Carolina State University concluded that young voters weren’t swayed by celebrity endorsements either (especially if the endorsement was a complete fail.)
However, recent history tells a different story. In the 2008 Democratic primaries, Oprah Winfrey publicly endorsed Barack Obama. According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, Oprah’s endorsement was estimated to have generated more than 1 million votes for Obama — enough votes to help him defeat Hillary in the primaries.
The polls say that Americans don’t care who celebrities support, but Oprah’s endorsement says otherwise. Was Oprah’s influence coincidental, or do some celebrities actually have the power to persuade voters? Either way, the 2016 candidates don’t seem to mind having a little star power behind them.
Who’s winning the celebrity endorsement game?
The Democrats. Specifically Hillary Clinton.
Even if famous people don’t generate votes, they do offer both money and attention. Celebrity fundraisers add tens of millions of dollars to a candidate’s campaign as well as draw massive crowds. You might be more willing to attend Bernie Sander’s campaign rally if you knew that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were going to rock the house after Bernie delivers one his fiery speeches.
Will the Democratic candidate win the big showdown next November? Hollywood is paying big money to make it happen. But the real question is, do you care what Hollywood thinks?