Still, 40 percent of likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers said they agreed with Huckabee’s characterization of Beyoncé’s music as “mental poison,” according to the poll. Thirty-eight percent said Huckabee “went too far” with his criticism of the singer, while 22 percent said they were unsure.
Huckabee, a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, included the “mental poison” assessment in his new book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy. In an interview with People magazine published in January, Huckabee went on to knock the Obamas for allowing their daughters to listen to the singer. “I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything—how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school…and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable,” he told the magazine.
Sixty-one percent of likely Republican caucus-goers and 95 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers said Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Fox News host, “went too far” in his critique of the Obamas, according to the poll. Just 23 percent of Republicans and 2 percent of Democrats said Huckabee was “mostly right.” Sixteen percent of Republicans and 3 percent of Democrats said they were not sure.