The Republican presidential debates have been breaking records for the networks who’ve aired them, and it’s not all attributable to Donald Trump. People are generally interested in who their choices are, and fed up with the status quo.
But how much have you heard about the Democrat debates? There are hardly any candidates — and, as it turns out, there are hardly any viewers, either. Which may be cause for concern for the Democrats.
Via IJ Review:
The Republican primary debate in Greenville, South Carolina, was the most-watched of the new year, according to Nielsen.
CBS averaged 13.5 million viewers to take the top spot from the debate just one week prior, which averaged 13.3 million viewers over the course of its broadcast:The GOP primary debates have routinely been the subject of strong interest compared to their Democratic counterparts. CNN notes that last week’s Democratic debate, which simultaneously aired on two television channels, only produced 8 million viewers — slightly more than one-half of the GOP debate.
So what does this mean for the election?
Most Democrats are always going to vote Democrat (well, except for the 20% that would defect to Trump), while most Republicans are always going to vote Republican. It’s the independents that sway every election. If the ratings are any indicator, independents don’t see much to be enthused about on the Democrat side of the aisle.
It’s hard to blame them. Most Democrats aren’t too excited about their choices, either.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]