If only 24% of Americans Consider Themselves Republicans, Why do Republicans Dominate Sunday Talk Shows?
Republicans make up less than a quarter of all American voters, but somehow managed to constitute a majority of guests on Sunday talk shows this year.
The GOP brand weakened during 2013, especially after most Americans blamed the party for the government shutdown in October. Only 24% of respondents to a recent Gallup survey (December 5-8) considered themselves Republicans.
And yet, GOP politicians consistently made more appearances than Democrats on programs like “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” “This Week,” “State of the Union,” and “Fox News Sunday.”
Six of the top seven, and 10 of the top 13 guests on these shows were Republicans, according to the calculations of Steve Benen of MSNBC.
Representative Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, made 27 appearances, putting him atop the list.
No. 2 was Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), with 24 appearances. No. 3 was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia), who hasn’t been in office since 1999.
Also finishing third was Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate’s majority whip.
Durbin was followed on the list by more Republicans: Representative Peter King of New York, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.
To Learn More:
The Great 2013 Sunday Show Race (by Steve Benen, MSNBC)
Party Affiliation (Gallup)
Cal Thomas and Lindsey Graham Win Worst Pundit Predictor Titles (by David Wallechinsky, AllGov)
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