Political News for Senior Citizens

Political News for Seniors

Senior citizens not enjoying political debates but still most likely to watch

political campaign hatsYoungest U.S. adults say debates are fun but they don't watch

Jan. 17, 2016 - Senior citizens, those age 65 and older who are in the age group most likely to vote in U.S. elections, say  they are not enjoying the debates - at least most of them do. And, they add, they are not "fun to watch," according to Pew Research Center. The youngest adults find them the most fun to watch but, interestingly, report they are the least likely to even watch them.

Seniors least likely to say debates are "fun to watch," young adults love them!

Young people describe the debates as fun to watch

But, young people less likely to say they have actually watched a debate

Young people less likely to say they have watched a debate

 

"As candidates in both parties prepare for the next round of presidential debates, a new national survey finds that the public is highly engaged by the 2016 campaign," according to the analysis of the Pew Research conducted in December.

"Fully 74% of Americans say they have given a lot or some thought to the candidates, higher than the shares saying this at comparable points in the past two presidential campaigns."

The analysis, entitled "Debates Help Fuel Strong Interest in 2016 Campaign," adds, however, that "most say the campaign has not focused on important issues."

Majorities across political groups say debates have been helpful"Among the 69% of the public that says they have watched any of the presidential debates, most say they have found them helpful but views are more mixed on whether they have been fun to watch.

"About two-thirds of debate watchers (65%) say the televised debates have been helpful in learning about the candidates, while far fewer (34%) say they have not been helpful.

"Majorities across partisan and ideological groups say the debates have been helpful in learning about the candidates.

"About half (51%) say the debates have been fun to watch, while nearly as many (46%) say they have not been fun to watch. Republicans (56%-39%) are slightly more likely to view the debates as fun to watch than Democrats (50%-48%) and independents (48%-49%).

"However, about as many liberal Democrats (57%) as conservative Republicans (59%) say the debates have been fun to watch.

"As in past election cycles, young adults under 30 are less likely than older adults to say they have watched a presidential debate.

"Overall, 58% of those under 30 say they have watched a presidential debate, compared with 72% of those ages 30 and older. All age groups are more likely to say they have watched a debate so far this cycle than in December 2007 – the last cycle with contested nominations in both parties.

 

"But while a smaller share of those under 30 have tuned into a debate, those who have watched are more likely than older adults to say they have found the debates fun to watch. Nearly six-in-ten (59%) of debate watchers under 30 say they have found them fun to watch, compared to about half of debate watchers 30 and older.

"When it comes to whether the debates have helped watchers learn about the candidates, there are virtually no differences by age. For example, 70% of those under the age of 30 and 68% of those 65 and older say the debates have been helpful.

To the full report at Pew Research Center, including more graphs...

Public impressions of 2016 campaign

Public impressions of 2016 campaign

 

 

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