Late-Night Comics Poll: GOP, Dems Admit Hosts Are Lefties, Fallon Viewed Most Positively

NewsBusters | 3/19/2019 | Staff
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Given the ongoing anti-Trump onslaught in late-night television, it should come as no surprise that Republicans and Democrats have very different perspectives on how political content is used in those “comedy” shows, whether they’re on the mainstream networks or cable TV.

According to a recent survey, 54 percent of Democrats said they watch late-night talk shows, compared to 26 percent of Republicans. Also, Democrats were far more likely than those in the GOP to say they like it when late-night hosts discuss politics or personal political views.

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In the poll, which was conducted last week by The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult, half of the Democrats questioned said they would be more likely to watch a late-night talk show if a politician made a guest appearance.

Like many results of the survey, that’s a serious contrast from Republicans, 56 percent of whom stated that they would be less likely to watch a program with a political guest.

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According to an article by Morning Consult's Sarah Shevenock, one thing the parties agreed on was the perceived political leanings of late-night talk show hosts. Surprisingly, only 57 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of Democrats said they thought late-night talk show hosts tend to lean more liberal.

Among those hosts, Stephen Colbert of CBS’s The Late Show and Comedy Central's Daily Show host Trevor Noah were seen as “two of the most divisive late-night hosts,” while Jimmy Fallon of NBC’s Tonight Show was found to have the highest favorability at 58 percent.

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Fallon -- who has arguably done the most of the hosts to avoid politics -- was also the most popular late-night host among viewers in the GOP, 48 percent...
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