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Grateful Dead fans: Surprisingly Republican

A Grateful Dead fan stands outside Levi's Stadium before Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" farewell tour at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California June 27, 2015. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

The Grateful Dead are playing the final show of their "Fare Thee Well" Tour on Sunday in Chicago, and if that means anything to you, you're more likely a Republican than a Democrat.

What? America's pioneering jam band is more a Republican thing than a Democratic one? Well, kinda.

A poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and the Mellman Group found the band has a 46 percent hard name ID (i.e. whether people can judge it favorably or unfavorably) among Republicans, compared with 37 percent among Democrats, and 35 percent among independents.

It seems a little counter-intuitive that a band so often tied to drug use and tie dye is better known among members of the party largely opposed to legalizing marijuana. (Only 39 percent of Republicans or those who lean Republican support it, compared with 64 percent of Democrats or those who lean Democratic, according to Gallup.)

The reason though, is pretty simple: age. Fans who were teenagers in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the band released songs like "Dark Star," "Box of Rain" and "Truckin'" are now in their 50s and 60s. There are some of the most Republican age groups.

And Republicans are actually just as likely to be Grateful Dead fans than Democrats -- 32 percent and 31 percent have favorable opinions of the band, respectively.

Of course, members of the GOP are more likely to have an unfavorable view of the band -- 15 percent, compared to Democrats' 6 percent.

What a strange poll it's been.