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Infographic: What Your Favorite Shows Say About Your Politics

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | November 1, 2012 | Comments ()


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The good folks over at Buzzfeed put together this infographic using data provided by Engage. Basically, Engage cross referenced Facebook likes with political alliances to not only come up with where on the spectrum certain shows reside, but how likely viewers of those shows will turn out to vote, based on their Facebook engagement level.

There's nothing particularly surprising here (especially how liberal "30 Rock" is, especially if you've watched the last couple of episodes), but it's fun to see visually.

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There's also one for television networks which essentially shows that PBS viewers are very liberal, while MTV viewers are very tuned out.

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  • Maria Jekova

    I don't get it, why are the food network and HGTV in the Republican camp?

  • Clancys_Daddy

    Interesting but false. I watch none of the shows that would mark me an Obama supporter and most of the ones that would mark me as a Romney supporter. Yet, you could not force me to vote for that cocksucker if you held my entire family including the dog hostage and I love my dog, the family is a bit iffy but I still wouldn't vote for him.

  • Gina

    Being a third party voter, I would have to say that this is spot on for me.

  • Jim Slemaker

    The big surprise is that there are Republicans on Facebook.

  • HMDK

    I remember watching an episode of NCIS Los Alamos (sic) a year or two ago. And it had the dumbest fuckin' plot-point ever. It was that every country even somewhat critical of the U.S. were all working in perfect concert to, I dunno, blow up America. All of which was explained by a 15 year old to a grown military person, who then folded in the face of this Kissinger-like wisdom.

  • Haystacks

    Yes it is shocking that Age seems to influence what party you vote for and your interest in voting. You might notice the Romney/high turn out voters all watch "old people shows" and the low turnout/Obama supporters watch "young people shows.

    But I apparently CSI is the TV show of the undecided voter. I would put my political adds there is I were them.

  • I watched CSI last night. Yep, they sure did. One in nearly every break.

  • Quatermain

    That seems about right, or as right as anything that depends on collating Facebook 'likes' can be, anyways. I watch CMT, NCIS, and Fox (among other things not on their graph) and I tend to skew conservative/libertarian.

  • space_oddity

    Given that this is based entirely on whether someone 'likes' a page on Facebook, which are voluntary and seem to be completely haphazard, I don't really you can read much into this at all.

  • Natallica

    "Jersey Shore" watchers wouldn't even get up in the morning to go voting

  • Anthony Hoffman

    They wouldn't crew before swallowing.

  • damnitjanet

    Well, we watch NCIS (shut up, hubs is a Navy vet!), American Pickers, and I watch Ghost Hunters and we watch SyFy, but I can ASSURE you....this is NOT representative of us!

    I'm a member of the Bull Moose party, meself

  • BlackRabbit

    I didn't see it on there: is the NFL listed? And where is it vs. college football?

  • Quatermain

    I was wondering that myself.

  • Lauren Mckenzie

    Ok, good... now I feel much better about my belief (because science!) that only crazy-eyed teabaggers watch CBS. Caveat- How I Met Your Mother. My guilty pleasure. I wish they could do an IQ test for viewers of The Big Bang Theory. I'm pretty sure that most actual dorks (my favorite people) do not find that show the least bit entertaining. I think Fox News viewers watch that show because they think it's smart and edgy, rather than obnoxious and boring. Real dorks watch Community. And that's a damn fact.

  • I personally, am immensely fond of TBBT, and I never EVER watch FOX News. And given all the smart people that appear on the show, like Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Stephen Hawking - they seem to like it, too.

    Funny that TBBT is in its fifth season and Community is all but canceled.
    ~~~

  • Hasytacks

    All my fellow nerds find the show boring. It is just stereotypes and bad one-liners. All the nerds I know watch Community.

  • Wembley

    Why do people think TBBT is targeted towards geeks/nerds/dorks? Pretty much all it does is make fun of them.

    Anyway real dorks don't watch Community-it's not on the air right now.

  • Green Lantern

    Some dorks have a sense of humor about ourselves.

    I mean, uh...what?

  • My instantaneous reaction was split evenly between:
    'Duh!'
    and
    'Profound, but technically meaningless'

  • Puddin

    Funnily enough, that's been my exact response to many sexual encounters. Hey-oh! Can a sister get a rimshot up in here?!

  • HMDK

    You're THAT bad in bed?

  • Puddin

    Why don't you ask your MOM?

  • HMDK

    I did. Sadly she confirmed.

  • HMDK

    She confirmed it

  • HMDK

    She confirmed it.

  • HMDK

    HELP, I'M VAPOR-LOCKED

  • HMDK

    ISTOP HIM BEFORE HE SINGS THE PANTS.UP SONG

  • F Robert

    I dropped to my knees and audibly thanked a power I'm not too sure of that TLC viewers don't vote or care. The thought of anyone who watches Honey Boo Boo BY CHOICE *shudders nonstop for 2 minutes* choosing the next President is enough to drive a man to Canada.

  • Guest

    It's not much better here. Trust me.

  • John G.

    I visit Canada all the time from the states, like 50 times a year. Trust ME, it's better.

  • Guest

    Yes, but "not much," as I said. We're all heading to Scandinavia in our dreams, now. We're no longer smug.

  • Hm. I totally cannot stand most of the shows on the left side of the TV shows chart (except The Big Bang Theory), and I never miss an episode of NCIS, and yet, I would vote for a yellow dog before I voted for a Republican and I would lose a limb before I voted for Rmoney.

    Their argument is invalid.
    ~~~

  • Monica

    While I watch a lot of the shows on the left, it looks like I'm more of a Likely Romney voter on the weekend - NCIS marathons anyone? - thankfully the election is on a Tuesday.

  • BWeaves

    Where's Doctor Who in all this?

  • Haystacks

    I belong to the Ood party. We tend to vote as a group. Donna Nobel for President. Er...Prime Minister.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    They vote Lib Dem.

  • Puddin

    If I watch American Pickers and 30 Rock, does that mean I'm an Whig?

  • This downvote was sponsored by the Tory Party. Suck it you whig hippie!

  • Groundloop

    I too enjoy both American Pickers and 30 Rock, and I'm a member of an anarcho-syndicalist commune, so either I'm an outlier, or the study's methodology is flawed.

    That said, I don't get invited to the meetings anymore, so I'm not sure I have a counter argument to the study's results, or even an actual point.

  • Puddin

    Oh, you must have missed the last meeting where we decided that meetings were nothing but an oppressive arm of the central government, used to dull our senses and repress our natural Darwinian state. So now we just throw poo on each other.

  • Groundloop

    Awww, screw you guys!

    The poo throwing was originally my idea you blackballing so and so's!

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