Breaking news: Most Trump voters wish Hollywood stars would stop giving political speeches when they accept awards. This alert is brought to you by Captain Obvious, but also a detailed poll of Trump and Clinton voters, asking them questions about this year's Oscar nominees and award show speeches in general.
The poll, posted with graphs in The Hollywood Reporter, was conducted by the National Research Group. They asked 800 people -- half Hillary Clinton voters, half Donald Trump voters -- for their opinions, and one big takeaway was that 66 percent of Trump voters confessed to turning off an awards show because the winner discussed their political views in a speech, versus just 19 percent of Clinton voters.
When asked about political speeches at awards shows, 69 percent of Trump voters said "I dislike it," with only 18 percent choosing "I like it," and 13 percent picking "I don't mind it." On the flip side, 45 percent of Clinton voters don't mind the speeches, 32 percent like them, and only 23 percent don't like them.
That's not exactly shocking, and the strongest evidence of that came after Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech, which was loved by the left and hated by the right.
Furthering the political divide, the poll revealed 79 percent of the Clinton voters plan to watch this year's Oscars, vs. 66 percent of Trump voters. And consider the words/phrases the left and right think of during awards show speeches: Trump voters (44 percent) went first with "too political," then "phony," "long," "out of touch," "inspirational," and "funny"; Clinton voters gave the highest percentage (35 percent) to "touching," then "inspirational," "long," and "funny."
In terms of favorite films, this group's Trump voters said "La La Land" was their pick to win Best Picture (26 percent) followed by "Hacksaw Ridge" (21 percent). The Clinton voters picked "Hidden Figures" (27 percent) followed by "La La Land" (20 percent).
The sample size is pretty small, but the results (including when people go to the bathroom during awards shows) are interesting. All told, it suggests Trump supporters who watch this Sunday's Oscars may change the channel during political speeches, while Clinton supporters will be disappointed if they don't hear many political speeches.
The Oscars air Sunday, Feb. 26 on ABC.
[Via: The Hollywood Reporter]
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