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Republicans Love 'Modern Family,' Democrats Favor 'Dexter,' New Study Shows
TV Squad ^ | November 10, 2010 | Chris Hamick

Posted on 11/14/2010 12:25:09 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Republicans Love 'Modern Family,' Democrats Favor 'Dexter,' New Study Shows

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 10th 2010 10:45AM

'Modern Family,' a seemingly liberal show about a blended family -- with a gay couple and adopted kids -- is among the favorites of Republicans. Say what?

According to a new study by Experian Simmons, Republicans favor many of TV's biggest hits such as 'Modern Family,' 'American Idol' and 'Dancing With the Stars.' On the Democrat side, TV favorites include cable shows like 'Dexter' and 'Mad Men.'

"The big shows with mass appeal tend to have above-average scores from Democrats and Republicans but with higher concentrations of Republicans," John Fetto, senior marketing manager at Experian Simmons, told The Hollywood Reporter. "Looking at the Democrats side, I don't mean to make light of it, but they seem to like shows about damaged people. Those are the kind of shows Republicans just stay away from."

Unsurprisingly, the top show for Republicans is 'Glenn Beck' and 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' for Democrats. But who knew Democrats favored 'Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami'?

Check out the full list below. (Click onto link provided.)

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boobtube; democrats; idiotbox; popularculture; redstatebluestate; republicans; television; tv
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Personally ... I have only watched three shows from the Republican list (Glenn Beck, V and Desperate Housewives) and I have watched two shows from the Democrat list (Dexter and Mad Men.)

I have never seen and/or don't watch the rest of the shows on either list.

1 posted on 11/14/2010 12:25:15 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; GOPsterinMA

Julia Stiles is now on “Dexter” and all grown up. Eventhough she’s a flaming lib, she’s rather attractive.


2 posted on 11/14/2010 12:33:07 PM PST by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: DogByte6RER
And i've never watched or been tempted to watch a single show on the list.

Watcha know 'bout that.

3 posted on 11/14/2010 12:33:32 PM PST by Celtic Cross (I AM the Impeccable Hat.)
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To: DogByte6RER

What the bleep is “Dexter?” These libs live in a fantasy world created by Hollywood.


4 posted on 11/14/2010 12:40:10 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Celtic Cross

CC, Wow! I’m with ya! The only show I recognize is Beck’s, but I don’t watch it.


5 posted on 11/14/2010 12:40:27 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: DogByte6RER

I watch one show, Sons of Anarchy, which my wife says has no redeeming qualities. :-} And I’m a 59 year old across the board conservative with a deep belief in God and my faith. Go figure.


6 posted on 11/14/2010 12:41:21 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: DogByte6RER

“Republicans favor many of TV’s biggest hits such as ‘Modern Family,”

Where one “family” is gay and have a “child”, sometimes rips into churchgoers in their scenes..are we talking about RINO’s or DIABLOS?


7 posted on 11/14/2010 12:41:21 PM PST by max americana
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To: Brilliant

Dexter is about a serial killer who only hunts other serial killers. Very good show. Suprised that Libs like it ‘cause it definitely pro capital punishment.


8 posted on 11/14/2010 12:43:13 PM PST by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: DogByte6RER

Are we that divided that we have to say that, “Democrats have to have a playlist, and Republicans have a playlist.” For crying out loud, this is rediculous.


9 posted on 11/14/2010 12:43:23 PM PST by jdlucas04
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To: Celtic Cross

I’m not really certain if this survey is indicative of anything. I think someone was just filling space to keep his paycheck coming. With the exception of Glenn Beck on occasion, I can’t say I’ve seen any of these shows.


10 posted on 11/14/2010 12:46:28 PM PST by Jagdgewehr
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To: DogByte6RER

Funny. I actually watch Dexter, and that Modern Family is stupid.


11 posted on 11/14/2010 12:46:35 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: rbg81

And he’s a self starter!


12 posted on 11/14/2010 12:47:12 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: jwalsh07
I watch one show, Sons of Anarchy, which my wife says has no redeeming qualities. :-} And I’m a 59 year old across the board conservative with a deep belief in God and my faith. Go figure.

Jonah Goldberg had an article about the show in National Review.

It's like The Godfather or The Sopranos: there's an ethic of loyalty to the group that is in some ways admirable combined with viciousness to people outside the group.

It's the same sort of thing you can find (in less self-conscious fashion) in ancient warrior sagas.

Does the mixture of admirable courage and loyalty with cruelty and exploitation of outsiders make it better or worse than another kind of story?

I don't know, but Dexter takes the formula way too far: the serial killer with his own "moral code".

13 posted on 11/14/2010 12:47:33 PM PST by x
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To: rbg81
Dexter is about a serial killer who only hunts other serial killers.

This is JMO - but that show should be taken off the air. Here in Indy that show has caused waves because an Indiana teen idolized Dexter and tried to imitate him by strangling his 10 year old brother.

Seriously, this is the kind of values you want to teach your kids????

14 posted on 11/14/2010 12:49:11 PM PST by conservativegramma
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To: rbg81

Agreed! Dexter is my “must see” TV. lol


15 posted on 11/14/2010 12:49:29 PM PST by ozaukeemom (Is it 2012 yet?)
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To: DogByte6RER
I call BS on this survey. Olberdork has what 185,000 viewers on a good night.
16 posted on 11/14/2010 12:49:40 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (What flavor Kool-aid are you drinking?)
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To: jdlucas04

It IS ridiculous! I eagerly await the weekly episode of “Dexter” and am sorry when it’s over. And I’m about as Conservative as one can get! Our next door neighbor’s grown daughter emails me after every episode and we chat about the show. She’s also Very Conservative! Even named her puggle “Reagan”!!


17 posted on 11/14/2010 12:50:00 PM PST by Fran B (Love!)
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To: Jagdgewehr
I’m not really certain if this survey is indicative of anything. I think someone was just filling space to keep his paycheck coming. With the exception of Glenn Beck on occasion, I can’t say I’ve seen any of these shows.

Agreed. It's a rather lame attempt to put viewers in demographic boxes. Who cares...you watch what you watch.

Me? One of the few shows I actually do watch regularly is "Hell's Kitchen". Too bad we can't have similar show named, "Hell's Presidency". I would enjoy seeing a teary-eyed Obama get eliminated before the first episode break of the first episode.

18 posted on 11/14/2010 12:50:32 PM PST by kromike
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To: DogByte6RER

I love “modern family”

Its funny, its real. Its about a family with all sort of flaws and also with alot of loveable things about them. thats real life. yeah, theres a gay brother and his partner with their adopted asian child. Theres the sister with her dingy husband and modern kids and the patriarch and his second wife who is much younger and columbian and her child from a previous marriage.

Maybe the fact that more republicans like the show kind of proves that their not as “racist” as people like to believe.


19 posted on 11/14/2010 12:51:28 PM PST by annelizly
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To: Celtic Cross

Neither have I. TV today really blows.


20 posted on 11/14/2010 12:52:39 PM PST by VeeP22
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To: DogByte6RER

The only current shows this Republican watches frequently (excluding politics and public affairs):

REALITY
History Channel only, Pawn Stars and a few others

MUSIC
Austin City Limits (the only PBS must)
Later w/ Jools Holland (BBC America)

SCIFI
Stargate Universe
Caprica (although it’s starting to bore me)
The Walking Dead

COMEDY
South Park
Family Guy
Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show (Great Job!)

DRAMA
In Plain Sight
True Blood


21 posted on 11/14/2010 12:52:45 PM PST by Stultis (Democrats. Still devoted to the three S's: Slavery, Segregation and Socialism.)
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To: conservativegramma

Of course not, but my kids are old enough watch whatever they want.

But lets face it, there are lots of shows on TV where people get murdered any number of ways. There is always the occasional waco who emulates what they see on TV or in the Movies. But we all know that behavior is very rare—almost everyone can tell fantasy from reality. I don’t advocate taking something I like off the air because of that.


22 posted on 11/14/2010 12:54:17 PM PST by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: DogByte6RER

Wow! I’m familiar with these shows, but mine aren’t on either list (Burn Notice, Human Target, Leverage, old Criminal Minds). I must be an anomaly!


23 posted on 11/14/2010 12:57:14 PM PST by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: x
Yes the loyalty and brotherhood thing is attractive reminding me of my young days spent in the Army. And I ride, have guns and spent my life doing things my way rather than a corporate way. Of course I drew the line at shooting competitors or folks who dissed me. :-}

But what really has me glued is the inner struggle that Jackson has had since reading his fathers memoirs. The timeless battle of good versus evil wracking his mind and soul.

I haven't figured out yet where the writers are gonna end up on that.

24 posted on 11/14/2010 12:58:25 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Perdogg

I gave up on “Dexter” after the start of the Jimmy Smits season. I prefer my soaps and old “Miami Vice” reruns.


25 posted on 11/14/2010 12:58:35 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj; Impy
I concur. Going back to the flick “Things I hate About You”, I've thought she was attractive.

The flip side is that she is a flaming lib, and IIRC, she also is a puffer. Still, she's pretty, with cupie-doll type features.

26 posted on 11/14/2010 12:58:49 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Massachusetts: like sh*t, it happens.)
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To: DogByte6RER
I must be behind the times...I am still watching Andy Griffith, Hogan's Heroes, Zorro, I Love Lucy, Robin Hood (1955?), and Spin and Marty. :)
27 posted on 11/14/2010 1:01:05 PM PST by WorldviewDad (following God instead of culture)
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To: Jagdgewehr
I think someone was just filling space to keep his paycheck coming.

And the people that answered "Keith Olbermann" just did it so as not be kicked out of the moonbat "kool" crowd. Anybody with a sense of truth, accuracy, facts, and decency would not be watching KO unless they have to.

28 posted on 11/14/2010 1:05:17 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: DogByte6RER

I’ve never seen a single episode of any of those shows.


29 posted on 11/14/2010 1:05:27 PM PST by Tax-chick ( "This country is not multicultural: it is multiethnic, with ONE culture and ONE language."~Oatka)
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To: WorldviewDad

Sky King...?


30 posted on 11/14/2010 1:06:31 PM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: DogByte6RER

I liked Dexter bet I never cared for DeeDee who was always ruining his experiments.


31 posted on 11/14/2010 1:08:31 PM PST by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Democrats . . . seem to like shows about damaged people. . . the top show . . . is . . . 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' for Democrats.
32 posted on 11/14/2010 1:10:07 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: Brilliant

Dexter is forensic scientist psychopathic killer that you hate to love. The first season was a bit on the raunchy side for me but it’s a show that keeps your attention.


33 posted on 11/14/2010 1:10:54 PM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (You will try to nudge commies toward the truth, while they try to nudge you toward the cattle cars.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Which definition of puffer ?


34 posted on 11/14/2010 1:12:16 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: MayflowerMadam

Did not know about this one but looks interesting...will have to find it on DVD. Thanks


35 posted on 11/14/2010 1:14:38 PM PST by WorldviewDad (following God instead of culture)
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To: DogByte6RER; Impy; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj
My “must” list:
The League (FX)
Always Sunny in Philly (FX)
The Office (although it's been really bad for the last 2 seasons) (NBC)

My “If I catch it, I catch it” list:
Dragnet (RTV)
Adam 12 (RTV)
It Takes a Thief (RTV)
Rubicon (AMC)

My “Bummer I can't have a satellite dish” list:
Damages (DirecTV, formerly on FX) Best-written show on TV, IMO.

36 posted on 11/14/2010 1:16:16 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Massachusetts: like sh*t, it happens.)
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To: DogByte6RER
I have never watched most of these shows. The only ones on the list I have watched with any regularity are Glenn Beck and NCIS. What I want to know is where does Psych fit in?
37 posted on 11/14/2010 1:16:27 PM PST by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Smoking butts. Yuck!!!


38 posted on 11/14/2010 1:18:45 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Massachusetts: like sh*t, it happens.)
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To: annelizly

i love that show also!


39 posted on 11/14/2010 1:21:58 PM PST by ronniesgal ( I miss George Bush. Hell, I miss Bill Clinton!!)
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To: DogByte6RER

A friend turned me on to Dexter about two months ago.
So far I’ve watched seasons one through three,
Great show, very different from nearly anything I’ve seen so far. Nearly riveting.
And I’m a lifelong very conservative pubbie, up til now.
Leaning towards the tea party and possibly looking for a govt overthrow.


40 posted on 11/14/2010 1:22:06 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Get out of our house and take your big ass wookie bride with ya)
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To: GOPsterinMA

You also like ‘the League’ and ‘It’s always sunny?’ So do I though I find the language and crudeness too much sometimes. So much for the idea that Republicans are such prudes. This season of Sunny, like the last, is not that great though, IMO. Some episodes of the League this year have had me howling with laughter bit others have been a disappointment. I look forward to the return of “Archer” also.

I hate to admit I am also a fan of “Community” and “30 Rock” though they are on the Demo list. You could not pay me enough to watch “the Office” though. Not funny at all, IMO. I also like “Modern Family.” Though it does seem odd that would appeal to a lot of Republicans.


41 posted on 11/14/2010 1:22:43 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: WorldviewDad

Andy Griffith? Dump him. He is a big fan of 0bama.

I used to like Michael C. Hall on ‘Six Feet Under’ though it slanted to the left too, as do so many shows. But the one time I tried to watch ‘Dexter’ I found it so gory and violent I turned it off after 5 minutes.


42 posted on 11/14/2010 1:25:28 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: GOPsterinMA
'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia', IMO, is the funniest show I have ever seen.

The only other show I watch is 'South Park.'

43 posted on 11/14/2010 1:31:40 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: DogByte6RER

I love Dexter and Mad Men, but no way I’m a lib! I never watched the other shows.


44 posted on 11/14/2010 1:44:53 PM PST by Rick_Michael (Have no fear "President Government" is here)
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To: TNCMAXQ; LdSentinal
I do enjoy The League and Sunny. Are they crude? Yep! But, they make me laugh - an that’ something we need these days, eh?

I agree, Sunny's been a touch off from last season, although it's still good, especially the episode where they buy a boat and show Dee's (lack of) dance skills.

The League has been funny as hell - I even liked the fool BIL of Ruxin’s - Rafi. Any show that has a character named “Taco” on it has to have something going for it, right? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm planning on giving Archer a look. Community is ok, I've never seen 30 Rock (Alec Baldwin - still waiting for him to leave the USA) or Modern Family - no interest.

The Office has stunk the last 2 seasons; I watch it more out of habit than anything else - although I'm getting to the point of dropping it entirely - it's just not funny. Steve Carell is leaving and the show has become a “cover band version” of itself; long since “jumped the shark”.

South Park is good. But, like Family Guy, I can only watch so much. I'm taking a break from both of them.

45 posted on 11/14/2010 1:45:18 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Massachusetts: like sh*t, it happens.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I like Dexter better than Modern Family.

I watch both weekly and if it weren’t for Al Bundy in “Modern Family” I wouldn’t watch it (also it comes on after “The Middle”) -which I love.


46 posted on 11/14/2010 1:49:33 PM PST by submarinerswife (Stay focused and determined. Our destination is NOVEMBER!!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Television is for idiots.


47 posted on 11/14/2010 1:50:47 PM PST by InternetTuffGuy
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To: Tax-chick

Agree. I don’t watch a whole of TV but when I do it’s a football game or episodes of “Mythbusters or Swamp Loggers or Meteorite Men” or some similar such.

The last regular shows I watched were “The Sopranos” and “Deadwood”..........haven’t found a whole lot to get interested in since.


48 posted on 11/14/2010 1:53:21 PM PST by JoenTX (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: conservativegramma

Hey know-it-all, save your lecture for somewhere else. What are you doing that your kids don’t know about?


49 posted on 11/14/2010 1:56:09 PM PST by submarinerswife (Stay focused and determined. Our destination is NOVEMBER!!)
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To: JoenTX

I’ve never seen “The Sopranos” or “Deadwood,” either. We watch Mythbusters and other shows like that on Netflix, and also cooking and travel shows. And “Monk.”


50 posted on 11/14/2010 1:57:03 PM PST by Tax-chick ( "This country is not multicultural: it is multiethnic, with ONE culture and ONE language."~Oatka)
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