Last week’s presidential debate set the record for the most watched in history, drawing in a combined 84 million viewers over the thirteen channels that played the debate live. It’s hours until the first and only vice presidential debate where Mike Pence and Tim Kaine will face off – but don’t expect anywhere near the viewership.
Back in August, Mike Pence took a brief break from campaigning to stop for a haircut…. and the barber had no idea who he was. He shouldn’t feel too guilty over that however, as it turns out, most Americans don’t know who Mike Pence – or Democrat candidate Tim Kaine are either.
Over 40 percent of Americans can’t name the vice presidential picks of either major party, according to a new poll.
The poll, conducted by ABC News and the Social Science Research Solutions (SRSS) survey firm, surveyed 245 online respondents from Sept. 29-30 about the upcoming vice presidential debate between Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), The Hill reported.The poll found that 41 percent couldn’t name the Republican vice presidential nominee and 46 percent couldn’t name the Democratic presidential nominee.
Despite this finding, 64 percent of respondents planned to watch the vice presidential debate on Tuesday.That number is 10 percent lower than the amount of people who planned to watch the first presidential debate of 2016 between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Sept. 26.
Will tonight’s debate make a difference anyway? Given the historically high unfavorable ratings that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton share, perhaps many are looking to the Veeps to make a decision on which presidential candidate will earn their vote.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]