Bob Bestler | Still on the left, except for golf

On the LooseNovember 2, 2012 

I just ran across a survey on the contrasting TV preferences of Democrats and Republicans, and for a moment I feared I might be more of a Republican than I thought.

The survey, done by TiVo Research and Analysis, put me in the GOP column on one very big item: Golf. Yes. Virginia, I and they all like to watch golf on TV. (Actually, I prefer to watch golf when Tiger Woods is playing, so we probably differ there.)

Democrats, by contrast, list as among their favorites animated comedies “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show” (whatever that is).

I’ve never watched any of them, but in my defense I believe that fact is a large gap on my cultural resume.

The survey, done during basketball season, found that Republicans prefer the NCAA basketball tournament, Democrats the National Basketball Association. I’m with the GOP on that one, too. Ouch.

I am saved by the GOP’s interest in NASCAR. Lord knows I’ve tried; I even went to Darlington races a couple times. But the next NASCAR race I watch on TV will be the first one I watch on TV.

Among non-sports shows, Republicans like reality shows such as “The Biggest Loser,” “American Idol,” “The Amazing Race” and “Survivor.” OK, I’m still stuck on “Survivor.” The others? Include me out.

Democrats loved the White House Correspondents Dinner. But of course. The White House is inhabited by a Democrat. Wait until a Republican moves in.

They also regularly watch “The Daily Show with John Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.” Well, duh. Isn’t that like saying Republicans regularly watch Fox News?

Republicans like Leno, Democrats prefer Letterman.

Republicans like “Pawn Stars,” Democrats like “Mad Men.”

So it goes.

In the end, my viewing habits tell me I’m firmly on my side of the aisle, meaning the left side. Except for that darn golf thing.

Contact BOB BESTLER at bestler6@tds.net.

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