Keller @ Large: Survey Links Political Leanings To TV Show Preferences

BOSTON (CBS) – Entertainment Weekly magazine has published the results of a new survey linking the TV show preferences of people with their political leanings, and the results are somewhat troubling.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

According to the magazine, Liberal Democrats are drawn to “sarcastic media-savvy comedies” like “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” “30 Rock” and Letterman, and to “morally murky anti-heroes” like “Dexter,” a show about a serial killer, and something called “Cougar Town,” about which I bet the less said, the better.

As for Conservative Republicans, they are apparently attracted to “serious work-centered shows” such as “Swamp Loggers” and “Myth Busters,” and to “reality competitions” like “The Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars.”

Even more revealing are the shows these two groups like the least. For the liberals, it’s “Cops,” where authority rules supreme, and “The Price is Right,” that triumph of consumerism.

Conservatives seem most averse to the slackers of “Jersey Shore,” the tabloid celebration of “TMZ,” and, as you might imagine, “South Park.”

To each his or her own, I always say. But I wonder – do we really need to let our petty political beliefs divide us over something as culturally meaningful as our favorite TV shows?

Can’t we all just get along?

I don’t know if I speak for other independents, but I enjoy a good laugh at the expense of either party, and prefer an irreverent view of the status quo to a reverent one. Isn’t that the American way?

No, I don’t want the gang from “Jersey Shore” moving in next door. But I don’t how conservatives who hate that show can turn around and love “Cops,” when they’re just two sides of the same reality?

And the truth is, I don’t regularly watch any of those shows. Give me the game, a good movie now and then, and I’m all set.

Even better, give me a free afternoon, a tennis ball, and Buddy the Lab to fetch it, and I’m totally entertained. So, what does that make me politically? I know – a card-carrying member of the dog party.

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  • tsal

    Jon – as I read I kept looking for at least one show I watch. There were none. Like you – I enjoy a good football game, a major golf tournament (my husband watches all golf), a comedy and old movies. I watched the entire series of MASH this past spring and summer. I wonder where that fits in. Friends is one of my all time favorites. Blue Bloods is among my top current shows but not as much for the show as to watch Tom Selleck :) And The Big Bang Theory.

    I have no idea what that makes me but I’d rather laugh and also like you enjoy a good spoof on either side.

    • gramps

      You left out your apparent addiction to MSNBCS’s evening line-up…


  • mikey

    Shoot your t.v.

  • mikey

    I’m wondering where the ‘Jersey Shore’ gang will be twenty five years from now.

    • KathyD

      Residing in the where-are-they-now file.

  • DoverDavid

    There is little network television that I actually watch. Although I do like certain sitcoms, I am happy and a proud supporter of public television. It is there I escape the mind numbing reality shows and cookie cutter programs that the regular networks produce and find programming that I both enjoy and learn from.

  • emom

    WOW now I know what my in laws are like ,, GO FIGURE, I like some reality TV, but only a few, survivor and Big Brother. I like those to simply watch how a bunch of grown adults can act like a bunch of insensitive spoiled arrogant brats, But at the same time claim to be sweet as southern tea. excuse me for one second, I need a bag.. If you know what I mean.. I love comedy, BUT today’s shows well have left the comedy out, seriously , dry humor with sarcasm. really. FRIENDS and MAD ABOUT YOU great comedy’s , Movies, Oh bring on the old stuff. I can do with out most of the love stories, and as for war movies nope not my cup of tea.
    Heck can not even watch that long drawn out southern movie,,, gee I cant recall it, some southern bell flick. old too. Me I rather watch Sound of Music any day any time. Action, bring on planet of the apes, African Queen, the classics. I find myself searching the channels for something interesting, Oh wait whats this, Big blue planet, Now that’s interesting, man verse wild, Man tracker, We need more of these guys,they will get the bad guys. Myth busters I actually like them . Maybe its because I like science, Into the worm hole, Price is right sure I watch it, but I also like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, Hey have to keep my mind sharp some how,
    But I have to say I have watched Two Broke Girls and Big bang Theory, they are funny and not to stuffy.
    As for Jersey shores ASRE YOU KIDDING, all they are are a bunch of self centered pampered selfish , spoiled brats, thinking that when they snap their fingers and yell at you that you will automatically stop and pay attention to them, Bringing the bad out of them and boy does it show. And cruel oh yes they are, something that seems to be more and more these days,
    well Back to my really scheduled program, guess the prices on the price as right , then the news and dare I say it My soaps, WHAT it’s like watching real life anyways, and far better than some of the garbage on TV.

  • Nosgood4me

    I ‘m glad that our government decided to take away analog tv. It made the decision easy.. of seeing that i am being lied to as well as to listen and purposely cause ill health to my mind by watching insulting commercials and tasteless shows as well as not being forced to buy cable or Digital tv . Nope i learned too enjoy life free of the boob tube.
    The mind rotting crap that has taken over good shows during the time of the change over,, make the idea ** all most** watching feces swirling down to oblivion in the toilet bowl more entertaining than any of these shows they think what entertainment really is.
    Life without the idiot box is so enriching.
    But sadder still , if these young people find a political affinity by watching these… “shows” proves how people can be duped by anything or anyone.
    Perfect for any regime as the government wants robots…. well on the way as we have now and certainly government does not want independent thinkers.

    Thanks to state and government i have them to thank as being successful in never smoking again and ending the waste of time called tv. soda and fast foods. keep interfering big government and their taxation hardon… see how much more money i can save. by not buying in to the lie. 2012 can’t come fast enough !

    as the above said shoot the TV………..

  • KathyD

    What party are you in if you eschew mindless TV shows for good conversation and a good book? I don’t know either but, whatever it is, I’m in it.

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