Science: People don't like and/or are ambiguous about 'hipsters'

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The word "hipster" is certainly not new (see Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" for an example of its use in 1955), but in the last five years or so, it's been used to describe an all-new group of individuals who, apparently, no one likes. Or at least, they don't really care about. 

According to a poll by Public Policy Polling, only 16% of Americans admit to having "a favorable opinion of hipsters." Of course, PPP never bothers to actually define what a hipster is (Know Your Meme defines the term as "a media stereotype commonly associated with young middle-class adults who share certain interests or values in alternative cultures, mainly independent label music, film and art"), which could be why 43% say they aren't sure how they feel.

In fact, the only question having to do with the taste of hipsters/those taking the poll, was "do you think Pabst Blue Ribbon, also known as PBR, is a good beer, or not?"

Dislike for hipsters could also be intimately linked with the distrust/disapproval of Millennials in general, considering the fact that almost all of those who consider themselves to be hipsters are young people. PPP notes the following trend:

Just 10% of voters say they consider themselves to be hipsters – and almost all of those are younger voters. Half of all voters aged 18-29 consider themselves hipsters; every other age group is 5% or less.

Interestingly, hipster apathy/animosity is skewed slightly by political views. Again, from PPP:

12% of Democrats and 27% of independent voters say they’d be more likely to vote for a hipster, but just 2% of Republicans agreed. 98% of Republicans say they’d be less likely to vote for a hipster.

The survey isn't exactly the be-all, end-all of public opinion, however; only 571 indivduals were surveyed.