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Tivo rates the presidential debates

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Candidates versus comics

This year, there's been a huge push to get more Americans, particularly younger ones, to vote in the upcoming elections. One particular TV show that is doing more than its share of the work is Saturday Night Live. Intentional or not, their political satires have more and more people checking the airwaves for the real versions of the candidates.

Candidates versus comicsBut are SNL's parodies more popular than the politicos themselves?

Tivo did a survey and here's what they found out.

1) What do you enjoy watching more on TV, a debate with Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin or the actual Sarah Palin?
Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, 48 percent
Sarah Palin as Sarah Palin, 52 percent
More female respondents enjoy watching Tina Fey as Sarah Palin than male respondents.

Younger respondents (age 34 and under) enjoy watching Tina Fey as Sarah Pa1in significantly more than older respondents

2) Who has/had the best political impression on TV?
Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, 43 percent
Dana Carvey as George Bush, 26 percent
Will Ferrell as George Bush, 20 percent
Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford, 17 percent
Phil Hartman as Bill Clinton, 15 percent
Darryl Hammond as Bill Clinton, 14 percent
Amy Poehler as Hilary Clinton, 10 percent
Darryl Hammond as Al Gore, 6 percent
Fred Armisen as Barack Obama, 5 percent
Chris Parnell as John McCain, 5 percent

Candidates versus comics3) Do you prefer hearing election news rundowns from:
Traditional newscasters on major networks such as MSNBC, CBS, Fox News or ABC, 72 percent
Satirical newscasters such as Jon Stewart or Steven Colbert, 28 percent

4) What has been the most TiVo worthy moment thus far in the election season?
SNL skit parodying Palin and Hilary, 30 percent
Sarah Palin's RNC acceptance speech, 25 percent
Barack Obama's DNC acceptance speech, 24 percent
When The View played hard ball with John McCain, 15 percent
Hilary's pantsuit comment, 13 percent
Sarah Palin's Lipstick jokes, 13 percent
Sarah Palin Charlie Gibson Interview, 10 percent
McCain's RNC acceptance speech, 10 percent
Barak Obama's arugula comment, 5 percent
Joe Biden's DNC acceptance speech, 4 percent

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