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Republicans Hate 'Jersey Shore,' Love 'The Bachelor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 2:30PM
Democrat, Republican TV StudySnooki's poof apparently doesn't work its magic on Republicans.

A new study by Experian-Simmons found conservative-leaning viewers tend to favor reality programming like 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'The Bachelor,' 'The Biggest Loser,' 'MythBusters,' but one exception to that trend was 'Jersey Shore.' Also among GOP favorites is the History Channel's block of programming: 'Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy,' 'American Pickers,' and 'Swamp People.'

Two other popular liberal shows, 'Glee' and 'Modern Family,' topped the conservative list last year, but are no longer two of the favorite shows among Republican viewers, according to EW. They did, however, still rank high with those on the more liberal end of the political spectrum.

'30 Rock' and 'Parks and Recreation' also proved to be two favorite shows among Democrats in 2011. Liberals also love other cult-hit comedies like 'The Office,' Experian noted sarcastic humor does well with liberal audiences. Other favorites include some unsurprising choices: 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,' 'The Colbert Report,' 'Treme' and 'Cougar Town.'

In the late night category, 'The Late Show with David Letterman' and 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' ranks high with liberals, while 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' is the favorite among conservatives.

Among hated shows, the new study found Republicans do not like 'Weeds' -- drug content and a female anti-hero made it the least favorite among those polled -- 'The Daily Show,' 'The Colbert Report,' 'The Walking Dead' and 'South Park.' The polled Democrats dislike History's reality shows including 'Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy,' 'CSI: Miami,' 'Kitchen Nightmares,' nature-centric shows including 'Swamp People,' 'River Monsters,' 'Billy the Exterminator' and 'Swamp Loggers.'

Despite its not-so-subtle pro-life message, 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' proved to be unpopular amongst both Dems and stalwart Republicans.

Apparently, anti-heroes and quirky humor pull in liberals, while Republicans favor many of TV's most popular scripted and unscripted programs.

Tell us: What do you think of the study's findings? Do your viewing habits align with your political party?



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Kristen

My dad's a staunch Republican, and this describes his viewing habits to a T. My liberal friends' TV tastes are described pretty accurately here too.

December 10 2011 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
driftinn

No surprise wimpy Liberals would not watch Real American hard working men and women
like Swamp people,American pickers,,shrimpers ect. Liberals live in their own Fantasy world everyone who works hard is supposed to support the lazy lowlifes in society
Camille and Fred

December 10 2011 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davegnjanem

What makes You Liberals think we would watch either of these shows.Some people have to work and pay taxes ,so some can watch TV. A . REPUBLICAN

December 08 2011 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Margie

Just shows that Conservatives are shallow, uneducated idiots! No big surprise. Just look at the Rep. lineup this year! With the likes of Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich and "Oops" Perry,etc., and the plan to have The Donald as moderator coming up, the core must be sooooo embarrassed!

December 07 2011 at 7:16 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Obz3rv3r

I can't stand what they call John Caruso doing as acting.

December 07 2011 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
snakedoctor

I'm a Brown Dog Democrat and I have never missed an episode of CSI Miami. Figure that one out...

December 07 2011 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wodelson

This survey is totally stupid and very wrong. It does show however the Libs are not only wrong but stupid as well

December 07 2011 at 5:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dsarg7344

Regarding your article on the viewing habits of Democrats vs. Republicians: Do you guys actually pay real money for this crap?

December 07 2011 at 5:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Claudette

This article is stupid and inaccurate. As a Tea Party Republican, I do not watch any of the programs listed for Republicans or Democrats. There is a lot of good television, but this list is silly.

December 07 2011 at 5:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Walt

I AM A DEMOCRAT, MY FAVORIT SHOW RIGHT NOW IS THE REPULBICAN DEBATES, SUCH WONDERFUL AND SPONTANIOUS COMEDY, WITH PEOPLE MAKE THE SANE AMERICA LAUGH, AND THE HERO CONTINUES TO CHANGE EVERY WEEK, UNTILL A BACK GROUND IS DONE...I WILL TRULY REGRET WHEN IT IS TAKEN OFF THE AIR, BECAUS RIGHT NOW IT IS THE FUNNIEST PROGRAM ON TELEVISION....THANK YOU TEA PARTY...YOU HAVE CONFUSED YOUR FELLOW VOTES WITH YOUR DEMANDS, MAKES GREAT TV...

December 07 2011 at 4:41 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

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