The Couch Potato Divide

I’ve been alerted (thanks Terry!) to a poll that contrasts U.S. Democrat supporters favourite television shows with those of  self-identified conservative Republicans. From Entertainment Weekly:

In a report prepared exclusively for EW, the company calculated some of the favorite — and least favorite — TV shows of political partisans. (Specifically: the report measures which shows among the survey group were watched by the highest concentration of self-identified “Liberal Democrats” and “Conservative Republicans.”) In the findings, “sarcastic” media-savvy comedies and morally murky antiheroes tend to draw Dems [while] serious work-centered shows (both reality shows and stylized scripted procedurals), along with reality competitions, tend to draw conservatives.

The thing that surprises me is that there’s no overlap in the top 25 liberal Democrat’s fave TV shows and top 25 Conservative Republican’s most watched programs. Democrats don’t like This Old House? Republicans don’t like The Walking Dead? Weird.

It’s pretty funny that Republicans like more PBS shows than Dems, though. But I’m a little annoyed that Republicans are bigger Mythbusters fans than Democrats.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth will never, ever pass up a chance to make a Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo pun.

3 thoughts on “The Couch Potato Divide”

  1. I wonder what the Canadian divide is? Harper once confessed to not watching Canadian television because he doesn’t like the news reportage, too many negative things said about him.

  2. I am annoyed about the Mythbusters gap too, Stephen. Must be all that gun stuff they do on there.

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