Elton John or Madonna?
A musical war is brewing between two pop superstars, Elton John and Madonna. Details of the feud to follow, but we wanted to know who you think is more talented. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey, 47% chose Elton John, 13% picked Madonna, 39% did not have an opinion. Among those with an opinion on the talent level of the two, it was a blowout with 78% choosing Elton to 22% for Madonna.
The battle started Sunday night at the Golden Globes when Madonna won “Best Original Song” for “Masterpiece” from her movie W.E. John was nominated for his song “Hello Hello” from the movie Gnomeo and Juliet. Madonna’s victory was slammed by Elton John’s partner David Furnish. John also weighed in prior to the Globes by saying Madonna had no chance to win the Golden Globe for her song.
Among those with an opinion on the talent of the two stars, African-Americans and whites differed. Whites picked the “Rocket Man” by a 79% to 21% margin over the “Material Girl.” African-Americans also thought John was more talented but by a smaller margin of 58% to 42% over Madonna.
Women thought Elton John was more talented than men did, choosing him over Madonna by 82% to 18%. Men thought John was more talented than Madonna by a 74% to 26% margin.
Along political lines, Republicans chose Elton John by 82% to 18% over Madonna, Democrats picked John’s talent by 75% to 25% for Madonna, Independents chose John by 76% to 24% for Madonna.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,145 registered voters nationwide was conducted January 17, 2012 and has a margin of error of ±3%. From the total sample there are 694 with an opinion of Elton John/Madonna with a margin or error of +/- 4%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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