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Which TV Shows Do Republicans and Democrats Rate The Highest?

Which TV Shows Do Republicans and Democrats Rate The Highest?

Democrats prefer shows that are sexy, edgy and emotionally involving. Republicans prefer shows that are family-friendly, funny and depict "Good v. Evil."

LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In a recent analysis, E-Score(®) identified the top 10 favorite programs among folks who identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans.

Programs Rated "One of My Favorites"



Rank Program Network Program Network
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1 Game of Thrones HBO Supernatural CW
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2 The Haves and the Have Nots OWN The Walking Dead AMC
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3 Supernatural CW Scorpion CBS
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4 The Big Bang Theory CBS Arrow CW
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5 Suits USA The Flash CW
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6 The Walking Dead AMC The Big Bang Theory CBS
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7 How to Get Away with Murder ABC NCIS CBS
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8 Doctor Who on BBC America BBC AMER Blue Bloods CBS
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9 Empire FOX Grimm NBC
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10 Nashville ABC Last Man Standing ABC
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-- Democrats - Prefer programs that are sexy, edgy, emotionally involving,
ethnically diverse or have strong characters. These shows may be more
attractive to supporters of Clinton.
-- Republicans - Prefer programs that are family-friendly, funny, plot
driven or have storylines that involve "good vs. evil." These shows may
be more appealing to supporters of Trump.
Family Friendly vs. Sexy | Funny vs. Emotionally Involving

Republicans prefer broadcast programs that are safer for families and more likely to be described as "Family Friendly" and "Funny" while Democrats prefer edgier programming and describe their favorite shows as "Sexy" and "Emotionally Involving." The top 3 favorite shows described as "Sexy" by Democrats were Game of Thrones, The Haves and the Have Nots, and Suits. By contrast, half of the top 10 shows on the Republican list had more than 25% of respondents describing the shows as "Family Friendly" and air on broadcast television.

Ethnically Diverse

On the Democrats' list, 3 of the top 10 shows: The Haves and the Have Nots on OWN, How to Get Away with Murder on ABC, and Empire on FOX all have a racially diverse cast and have powerful lead roles for women. This reflects the Democratic viewer who is also typically more diverse, with higher concentration of black and female supporters.

Good vs. Evil

Republicans enjoy clearer "good vs. evil" characters and storylines compared to the Democrats' favorites. Republicans prefer shows featuring superheroes like The Flash, Arrow and the super intelligent team on Scorpion. Two procedural programs such as NCIS and Blue Bloods also have the "good vs. evil" component, as well as skewing slightly older than some other programs in the list.


E-Score analyzed more than 750 prime time broadcast, cable and streaming programs among Americans of voting age whose political affiliation is either Republican or Democrat and ranked the results for shows described as "One of My Favorites" by each group.

E-Score Programs is a monthly tracking survey that measures awareness, viewing and perceptions of more than 3,000 US television programs. Surveys are conducted monthly among a representative sample of US viewers with 1,200 respondents per show.

About E-Poll Market Research:

E-Poll Market Research is a full-service consumer research company that provides quantitative and qualitative research to media, entertainment and Fortune 1,000 companies. E-Poll was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Los Angeles. More information is available at

Media contact:

Randy Parker

877-MY-EPOLL x25

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