Poll: Many Americans Turn Off TV When Awards Shows Get Too Political by B. Payton, Feb 2017
A lot of Americans are turning their TV sets off when award shows get too political. That’s bad news for Hollywood, but good news for America.
The Hollywood Reporter/National Research Group, surveyed a group of 800 Americans, half of whom voted for Hillary Clinton, while half voted for Donald Trump, to see what they thought about increasingly politicized awards shows.
Of the Trump voters surveyed, 66 percent said they turn the TV off when an awards show speech gets too political.
Unsurprisingly, very few Clinton voters (19 percent) say they turn off the tube when a speech veers into the political wilderness. When asked if Hollywood represents their core values well, 54 percent of Democrats responded affirmatively versus a mere 20 percent of Republicans.
The obvious reason: Hollywood is liberal. When actresses like Meryl Streep go on about how terrible Trump is, people who didn’t vote for him won’t tune her out because they agree. This isn’t rocket science, yet this Jezebel headline makes it out to be a befuddling mystery: “Trump Voters Hate Political Speeches at Awards Shows For Some Reason.”
…That 19 percent of Clinton voters are also turning off their TV sets suggests the disgust isn’t simply a partisan one. It’s obvious many Americans, regardless of who they voted for, just want a freaking break from politics.
If this article below is correct 25% is still far too high.
By Sarah Stites
The data comes from a February poll conducted by the National Research Group and commissioned by The Hollywood Reporter. According to the results, only 25 percent of participants have ever changed their opinions based on information presented in a political awards show speech. Sorry, Meryl, that includes you.
Although only 19 percent of Hillary Clinton voters turned off the television when actors got political, two thirds of Donald Trump’s supporters admitted to doing so.
While Clinton voters were eager to hear particular policy topics addressed by celebrities, Trump voters were far less interested. For example, 39 percent of Clinton supporters wanted to hear words on “women’s rights” at the Oscars. Contrast that with only 8 percent of Trump voters.
Since the entertainment world is predominantly blue, this aversion to Hollywood politics may have something to do with the left-leaning content of said speeches. ButThe Hollywood Reporter didn’t bother mentioning the bias.
If Hollywood is truly interested in bridging political divides, it might start with leaving politics out of the Oscars in the first place.
– From Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert by Dennis Prager