Done with it: Republicans shun heavily politicized late-night TV, poll finds

A comprehensive new survey conducted by Morning Consult and The Hollywood Reporter reveals what many Republicans already know: Late-night TV has become Democratic turf thanks to heavily politicized content. The wide-ranging poll of more than 2,000 Americans finds that 54 percent of Democrats said they watch late-night talk shows — compared to just 26 percent of Republicans. There is also a pronounced cultural divide. Democrats were more likely than Republicans to say they liked late-night hosts to discuss politics. Sixty-two percent of the Democrats want that political content, and 63 percent prefer that late-night hosts express their personal political views. More than half — 51 percent — say they would be more likely to watch a late-night talk show if a politician made a guest appearance. Republicans appear to favor late-night TV from a previous era, which did not base the nightly fare exclusively on divisive politics. They are “diametrically opposed” from Democrats in their views, the poll analysis said. “Republicans, by contrast, seem to prefer less political discourse in their late-night viewing: Sixty-two percent of Republicans said they did not like when late-night hosts discuss politics, and 61 percent said they did not like it when hosts shared personal political opinions. Fifty-six percent said they would be less likely to watch a show that included a politician’s guest appearance,” the analysis said. “One thing the parties were able to agree on was the perceived political leanings of late-night talk show hosts: 57 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of Democrats said that they thought late-night talk show hosts tended to lean more liberal,” the survey noted.

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