May 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM ET
Americans may buy Justin Bieber's music, but that doesn't mean they like him much. According to a recent survey from Public Policy Polling, the pop idol is just not considered very likable: He received 54 percent unfavorable ratings and only 20 percent likable ones in the poll, which surveyed 571 voters on May 6 and 7 across the U.S.
PPP was testing the favorability ratings of some of today's biggest music stars, and -- perhaps unsurprisingly -- a Brit earned the most accolades: Adele had 54 percent likability; close on her heels were Taylor Swift (53 percent), Justin Timberlake (52 percent) and Beyonce (51 percent). But breaking that 50 percent mark was hard for virtually everyone else -- including Jay-Z (25 percent), Lady Gaga (29 percent) and Rihanna (30 percent).
No surprise: Chris Brown's likability rating? A mere 13 percent. (And only 8 percent said that Rihanna should get back together with Brown; 67 percent say forget about that relationship.)
Bieber's numbers were the only ones that ran across party lines -- Democrats, Republicans and Independents all said they had negative views of him. Meanwhile, given the choices of Adele, Bieber, Beyonce, Brown, Jay-Z, Timberlake, Lady Gaga or Rihanna, as President of the U.S., 34 percent chose Timberlake.
That said, when asked if Timberlake should keep making music, acting, reuniting with N'Sync or playing golf, the biggest group said stick with the songs (40 percent).
PPP surveyed 571 voters nationwide on May 6th and 7th. The margin of error is +/-4.1%. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews.