Political News for Seniors
Senior citizens not enjoying political debates but
still most likely to watch
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!
"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
"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
The analysis, entitled "Debates
Help Fuel Strong Interest in 2016 Campaign," adds, however,
that "most say the campaign has not focused on important
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.
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
"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...
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