Americans don’t think hipsters are that hip at all

hating hipstersAmericans just aren’t head over heels for hipsters – those independent thinking, indie rock-loving, vintage clothes-wearing Bohemians often found in places like the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

A new poll by Public Policy Polling found that only 16 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the subculture, while just 23 percent of Americans believe that hipsters make a positive cultural contribution to society.

Republicans are even less enamored by the Urban Outfitters-wearing, progressive-thinking subculture, with a mere eight percent of them having a favorable opinion of hipsters. Moreover, six in ten Republicans believe that hipsters “soullessly appropriate culture tropes from the past for their own ironic amusement.”

Americans’ opinion of hipsters also decreases dramatically with age. Four in ten Millennials have a favorable opinion of hipsters, who largely make up the members of the subculture. On the contrary, only six percent of senior citizens have a favorable opinion of hipsters today.

Don’t expect the American people to be voting them into office any time soon, however, unless you live on the left coast. Only 14 percent of voters nationwide said they would be likely to vote a hipster into political office, while three in ten voters in the Western U.S. would consider casting a ballot for a member of the hipster subculture.

And if you were worried that hipsters and their Pabst Blue Ribbon were slowly taking over the nation, fear not. Only 10 percent of voters consider themselves to be a hipster – and the majority of them are Millennials who typically vote for Democrats.

Clearly, hipsters aren’t as stimulating as they are made out to be!

PPP surveyed 571 registered voters on May 6-7, 2013. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.



  1. el polacko says:

    bobby-soxers…rock n rollers…beatniks…hippies…punks…goths…..there’s always been a youthful sub-culture around to be told to get off the lawn…or the front steps.

  2. Ilpalazzo says:

    As a third generation Bohemian-American, I am continually appalled at this application of the term. The Bohemians (now part of Czechoslovakia) were roaming artistic gypsies who an actual location.