In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Beyonce backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, Calif. Beyonce is competing against, Sam Smith, Beck, Ed Sheeran, and Pharrell for Album of the Year at this year’s Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee made headlines last month in an interview with People magazine when he criticized President Barack and Michelle Obama for letting their children listen to Beyoncé’s music. In his new book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, he referred to the singer’s lyrics as “mental poison,” according to Bloomberg.
While many people think Huckabee went too far criticizing the president, many Iowa Republicans agree with his assessment of Beyoncé. The Bloomberg Politics and Des Moines Register asked Iowa caucus-goers whether they agreed with his assessment or did the former governor go too far.
Bloomberg reported that 40 percent of Republicans said Huckabee was mostly right, while 38 percent said he went too far with his criticism of the singer and 22 percent said they were unsure. When the poll asked about was he mostly right about Obama’s parenting or did he go too far, many believe Huckabee crossed the line.
In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the Freedom Summit, in Des Moines, Iowa. Huckabee says gay marriage is akin to alcohol and profanity _ options the Republican weighing a 2016 presidential bid says are appealing to others, but not to him. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
For Democrats, 95 percent of likely caucus-goers said he went too far, 2 percent said he was “mostly right” and 3 percent said they were not sure. For the Republicans, 61 percent said Huckabee went too far, 23 percent said he was “mostly right” and 3 percent reported that they were not sure.
Some people in the Des Moines community had mixed feelings about Huckabee’s assessment of Beyoncé and the president.
Norman Rayburn, a 43-year-old Republican who lives in Des Moines, told Bloomberg, “Any type of particular music, you can assess that. I don’t have a problem with him assessing Beyoncé’s music, but I don’t know that I’d tell a parent whether or not they should tell their kids they should listen to it.”
“The role model part comes because they’re going to be in the public eye more than most families, but it’s also a practical part of parenting,” Lynette Little, 52, a Tea Party supporter told Bloomberg. “Parents need to be involved in what their kids are exposed to, so they can help them understand the meaning and the implications of what is being said.”
The poll interviewed 402 likely Republican caucus-goers and 401 likely Democratic caucus-goers on multiple topics.
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