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Last updated on August 3rd, 2017 at 11:11 am

According to the latest research:

Labor supporters are more likely to watch ABC Current Affairs programmes, The 7:30 ReportForeign CorrespondentFour CornersInsiders, and Lateline than Coalition supporters. The 7:30 Report has an audience made up of 41% ALP supporters (3% above average) and 36% L-NP supporters (3% below average). Foreign Correspondent’s audience is 40% ALP (2% above average) and 34% L-NP (5% below average), while Four Corners has 41% ALP supporters in its audience (3% above average) and 33% L-NP supporters (6% below average). The Insiders and Lateline audiences are more polarised. Insiders has a 46% ALP audience (8% higher than the general population) and a 30% L-NP audience (9% below the general population). Lateline’s audience is 45% ALP (7% higher) and only 29% L-NP (a substantial 10% lower).

Labor folk might be feeling pretty good about themselves right now, what with all the tuning in to serious leftoid ABC current affairs nonsense. But wait:

When it comes to lighter viewing, more ALP voters and less L-NP voters are to be found in the audiences of Home and Away (42% ALP and 36% L-NP), Neighbours (43% ALP and 32% L-NP), The Bold and the Beautiful (44% ALP and 39% L-NP), Young and the Restless (46% ALP and 38% L-NP), Days of Our Lives (47% ALP and 36% L-NP) and Passions (48% ALP and 27% L-NP) than in the general population (38% ALP and 39% L-NP).

Labor voters watch trash.

(Via Peter Van Lierop)

Posted by Tim B. on 12/04/2005 at 11:24 AM
    1. In related breaking news, flies hover around dunnies…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 12 04 at 12:37 PM • permalink


    1. GIGO!!

      Posted by Tango12 on 2005 12 04 at 01:20 PM • permalink


    1. More to the point, they wash trash that mostly screens in the middle of weekdays, when other folks are out earning a living.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2005 12 04 at 05:34 PM • permalink


    1. God-dammit! They WATCH trash.  Well actually, they wash a lot of trash too, but that’s another story.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2005 12 04 at 05:35 PM • permalink


    1. off topic!
      Think about this line from The Age’s editorial on climate change this morning:
      “Figures released by the State Government show metropolitan Melbourne can anticipate annual (my emphasis) warming of 0.2 to 1.4 degrees Celsius over the next 25 years.” 
      Taking the mid-point of the range (0.8deg per annum) we would get an overall Melbourne temperature rise of 20deg Celsius by 2030.
      Even the Bracks Government can’t be dumb enough to produce such figures; the editorialist must have skipped maths education. Rather undermines the cred of the rest of the piece.

      Posted by percypup on 2005 12 04 at 06:17 PM • permalink


    1. I always wonder with polls if Labor voters are also more likely to participate in polls – seems they did in polls for the last elections.

      Posted by Melanie on 2005 12 04 at 06:54 PM • permalink


    1. #6 Melanie, you may be right – according to a recent survey I read, 63.17% of people think that polls are a complete load of crap, 38.12%  admitted to lying to the pollsters and the other 15.06% were undecided.

      Posted by larrikin on 2005 12 04 at 07:09 PM • permalink


    1. Sandy McCutcheon of Australia Talks Back has complained that he doesn’t get much right of centre comment from listeners.  The reason is obvious – he editorialises and shows his left bias on every program.  I’d say the left percentage tuning in to this is about 75%, the others are just lonely..

      Sandy thought ‘refugees’ was the word to use of Katrina in New Orleans, not evacuees because of the ‘African nations’ comparison!

      Another left bolthole, like Adams’ and Terry Lane’s sinecures. Yet the ABC still just don’t get it -how to easily increase their audience.

      Posted by Barrie on 2005 12 04 at 07:44 PM • permalink


    1. Pity they didn’t look at SBS’s claim to be multicultural, while they were at it. Probably 78% of SBS’s viewers are Anglo-Aussie inner-city luvvies who enjoy a bit of ethnic tucker while viewing programs that confirm John Howard is responsible for everything that’s rotten in the world. Whereas, 50% of viewers of Neigbours and Backyard Blitz are likely to be migrant Australians trying to learn English and to get a handle on local culture.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2005 12 04 at 07:57 PM • permalink


    1. Mr Magoo,

      SBS used to have a very high number of late shift blue collar workers who’d watch the network. This was back in the days when the midnight movie was semi-porn, but the luvvies have stopped that rot.

      Posted by jpaulg on 2005 12 04 at 08:54 PM • permalink


    1. jpaulg,

      Now they have Queer As Folk and Annette Shun Wah.

      Target Demographic?

      Posted by Jay Santos on 2005 12 04 at 09:06 PM • permalink


    1. What’s even more interesting is that almost one out of every four voters don’t watch any ABC Current Affairs programs, even though they’re paying for it.

      ‘Our Ray’ and ‘Our Naomi’ must be well chuffed that the Narre Warren News is so highly thought of as an alternative to Aunty.

      Posted by Jay Santos on 2005 12 04 at 09:12 PM • permalink


    1. It’d be interesting to see the figures on the sort of TV which falls into the “reality” and “talent search” categories.

      Posted by murph on 2005 12 04 at 09:49 PM • permalink


    1. #4

      Yes that would be centenary house?

      Posted by W i l l i a m on 2005 12 04 at 09:51 PM • permalink


    1. Hey whats wrong with The Bold and the Beautiful? How can you call the riveting lives of Brooke, Stephanie, Ridge, Nick and Bridget TRASH!! Why, only last month, Taylor came back from the dead to give the viewers an important lesson in medical science ie, that the dead and buried often return (sometimes with plastic surgery). And not all Muslim sheiks are baddies, Taylor was taken care of during her coma by one Sheik Omar.

      Any migrant watching B&B as a way of getting a handle on the local culture should be very interesting to observe ….

      Posted by dee on 2005 12 04 at 09:52 PM • permalink


    1. Migrants who watch Neighbours or Home and Away would probably believe that all Aussies are young and blonde, have beautiful bodies, live by the beach, don’t work and aren’t too bright. They wouldn’t meet too many of them in the sweatshops of Cabramatta.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2005 12 04 at 11:28 PM • permalink


    1. mr magoo #9

      Les Murray, the great poet from Bunyah, thinks the Keating ‘new class’ in Australia, which still rules the cultural roost, are mostly about style, not substance.  That their muticultural chic bears no relation to what is happening among migrants on the ground is neither here nor there to them.  It’s what they show to one another that matters most.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2005 12 04 at 11:29 PM • permalink


    1. You know, it’s easy to bash SBS for left bias, political correctness, catering to the latte set, blah blah blah…

      But let us not forget that, somewhat paradoxically, SBS is also home to some of the most politically incorrect programming on Australian TV today…

      1) Can you imagine South Park on Channel 9 ???

      2) John Safran had an ex-Afghan islamist terrorist on his chat show the other day, complete with disguise to avoid retribution, for his no-holds-barred views on all that is wrong with Islam

      3)  #10, there is still some euro-tits-and-ass late at night, every now and then.

      4) Fat Pizza.

      For all its “faults”, SBS is still less predictable and banal than all other channels, especially the ABC.

      Posted by closeapproximation on 2005 12 04 at 11:50 PM • permalink


    1. Close is right. Only SBS can show South Park, Pizza, and all that primo Euro-tits’n’ass, in the same way that ‘only Nixon could go to China’.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2005 12 05 at 12:33 AM • permalink


    1. I’m surprised that the ALP ratio is higher for The Insiders than for the 7.30 Report, since it’s just about the only ABC programme with a token conservative voice, usually able to hold his own against the other three.

      Posted by Andrew R on 2005 12 05 at 12:36 AM • permalink


    1. #18, re. Mr X, was he ex-Afhgan, ex-islamist, ex-terrorist? Please explain.

      Posted by larrikin on 2005 12 05 at 12:56 AM • permalink


    1. #13 murph, it’s all in the report:

      “When it comes to Reality Television ALP supporters prefer Big Brother (43%, 5% higher than average) and Newlyweds (42% 4%, higher than average) whereas Coalition voters are substantially more likely to watch Dancing with the Stars (48%, 9% higher than the general population) and Super Nanny (43%, 4% higher than average)”.

      I’d rather go to the dentist than watch any of them.

      Posted by slammer on 2005 12 05 at 12:59 AM • permalink


    1. 21.  I think he was actually an Egyptian ex-Islamic Terrorist, but I may be wrong.

      Posted by Razor on 2005 12 05 at 01:14 AM • permalink


    1. 21, 23:

      IIRC Tawfik Hamid met Zarqawi (a Jordanian) in Egypt, his nationality wasn’t mentioned.

      This bio claims that he’s Egyptian and a former member of “GI” (which I think means Al-Gama’at al-Islamiya), I think he gave “JI” as an acronym on the show and mentioned that it was different to the Indonesian JI. Given the involvement of Zarqawi and Zawahiri, it was likely a Takfir wal-Hijra offshoot that later became Al-Qaeda affiliated.

      Posted by AussieJim on 2005 12 05 at 01:30 AM • permalink


    1. #24 – Thanks AussieJim, for finding that link – my memory did not serve me well (he was not Afghan).

      #21 – I did mean ex-terrorist – he had renounced his former ways.

      I must say, following the link in #24, we find a somewhat tacky-looking enterprise….

      Posted by closeapproximation on 2005 12 05 at 01:47 AM • permalink


    1. So do Labor voters watch more TV in general, or do the L-NP voters make it up with compulsive viewing of Blue Heelers and All Saints?

      Posted by Yobbo on 2005 12 05 at 02:06 AM • permalink


    1. #17, Yes, Inurbanus, lots of pretty tat from Asia to decorate the fashionable Balmain apartment and a tasty Thai takeaway from those darling Thai boys down in Darling Street. No need to go to Cabramatta (unless on one of those escorted food tours) and certainly not to Canterbury or Bankstown where one could get mugged.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2005 12 05 at 02:17 AM • permalink


    1. Hey Guys!
      Lay off The Bold and the Beautiful will ya!
      Taylor has her implants removed soon anyway.

      Posted by Brian on 2005 12 05 at 02:28 AM • permalink


    1. Seriously though, I’m surprised that the L-NP viewership is that high. Considering that the ABC offers them hardly anything at all.

      ps…for reasons I won’t go into here, B&B is a great show!

      Posted by Brian on 2005 12 05 at 02:32 AM • permalink


    1. Its quite easy really, lefties watch ABC current affairs “you rotten bastard” then watch B&B, Y&R etc “you rotten bastard”

      Its all about envy.

      Other people are doing things and they have missed the boat.

      Posted by rog on 2005 12 05 at 02:44 AM • permalink


    1. Hypocrisy is probably a better way to describe it rog.

      Posted by Brian on 2005 12 05 at 02:49 AM • permalink


    1. There are substantial IQ differences in voting behavior. People of higher IQ tend to vote for parties that promote fiscal responsibilty, personal accountability, and polices that promote the generation of both personal and national wealth. In other words, they build more efficient societies.

      See the important book by Lynn and Vanhanen discussed at Sydney Bluegum. Consequently, although interesting, your data is not surprising.

      Sydney Bluegum

      Posted by Pericles on 2005 12 05 at 03:09 AM • permalink


    1. I watch Midsomer Murders, CSI various, and maybe the Nine news. Otherwise Zilch. Much easier watching reruns of Yes Minister etc,

      Posted by Louis on 2005 12 05 at 03:43 AM • permalink


    1. I watch The Simpsons, Futurama (YAY channel 10), South Park and Invader Zim whenever I can catch it.

      I am also NOT 13 years old, despite what my viewing habits may suggest.

      Posted by RhikoR on 2005 12 05 at 03:57 AM • permalink


    1. I heard about this on the radio a few days ago. The findings weren’t suprising to me, but the subsequent explanation by some ALP hack that Labor voters like soaps and Big Brother-like trash because they ‘care about people and are interested in the community around them’ a tad sickening; not to mention that apparently Coalition voters like home improvement programs because they ‘tend to be wealthier and are interested in improving their homes’. Apparently they watch trash because they care.

      Posted by lmbrjk on 2005 12 05 at 04:05 AM • permalink


    1. SBS is planning a double dose of Negustivity this week as George hosts the two part show about terrorism being just a beat up so governments can manipulate us!
      Even the commercial channels are more surprising than the ABC. Try this quick quiz: who showed the program The Flight That Fought Back?

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 12 05 at 04:27 AM • permalink


    1. Channel 7.

      Posted by Brian on 2005 12 05 at 04:28 AM • permalink


    1. Re: #36,
      The SBS program you’re referring too was originally planned to air in July, but the inconvenient mass murder in London days before broadcast kinda left their silly conspiracy theory in a smoldering wreck, just like the trains of the London underground!

      Posted by Brian on 2005 12 05 at 04:32 AM • permalink


    1. From the “fair and balanced” ABC last week –  reportage of the IR laws being passed:

      “the Governments IR Laws were RAMMED through the Senate, with debate GAGGED”.

      Blow me down if debate on this has been “gagged” for flips sake – these people have their heads so far up their arses they get the shock of their lives every 3 years or so when “little” Johnny gets elected… yet AGAIN.

      Posted by der FRED on 2005 12 05 at 05:08 AM • permalink


    1. mr magoo

      I haven’t been able to find this on the net, so its copied from Les Murray’s essay collection about Australia, The Quality of Sprawl:

      The new class is the natural upper class of a socialist world order, and has come into existence as it were in anticipation of that order.  In it, tertiary education plays a part analagous to that played by land ownership in past ascendencies:  it is a central but not an entirely exclusive organising principle.  Just as a university degree or some ability in the general field of letters or the higher fornication could gain one a place in the English gentry of two centuries ago, a certain radical style can get one into the new class now. 

      Style, in fact, is probably the broadest common denominator of the new ascendancy, and one of its most important cohesive principles.  Another feature that is diagnostic for the whole class, above and beyond all of its apparent divisions, is its tendency to see all opposition to it as being right wing, and to use fashion as a weapon of defence and attack … The new ascendancy has, if we want to be dramatic about it, captured most of education, much of the arts, and much of fashion in Australia …

      Irritation at the ascendancy’s style, in particular, was obviously a large factor in the Labour Government’s downfall … I expect that the new class will get into the corridors of power again after its present set back, though whether it will do so again under the aegis of a Labour government is less clear; socialism in Australia may have finished with Labour.  The new class, however, is too interested in rule and power to be permanently excluded from government.  It will survive its present exile partly because of a powerful psychological safeguard built into its belief system, the image of itself as a valiant, downtrodden band bearing aloft the torch of enlightenment against all oppression.  We have reached the age of priviledged, often subsidised martyrs.

      -from ‘The Australian Republic’

      Sorry; the quotation’s long but its also bloody good, I think.

      Happy to recommend this book. (Available on Amazon.)

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2005 12 05 at 05:35 AM • permalink


    1. Best program on telly is the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, closely followed by NBC’s Meet the Press with Tim Russert. I NEVER miss them!

      …or B&B either! :-p

      Posted by Brian on 2005 12 05 at 05:50 AM • permalink


    1. SBS news tonight,Merry Kostakidis in Pollyanna attire(still in mourning tho’).Karen Middletum much in evidence-Feds lashed for Gp ex Lib married to Iraqi.Kurds and other independent ex Iraqis say he’s
      Vanstone says the Immigration Dept refused to give him a visa but an appeal to the Administration Tribunal allowed it.
      SBS’s chief objection appeared to be the luxury appartment on the North Shore owned by his wife.One Linda Briskman was called in from RMIT to bolster sbs’s disapproval of immigration.Stott Despoja and Nettle also wheeled out.
      Iran’s new Nuclear programme got off lightly but Israel’s Neytinyahu? was rapped over the knuckles,being perceived by Mary as “talking tough” about it.
      Sbs has realised thirty years late that China is undemocratic and Hong Kong’s independence is threatened.
      Next GLOBAL WARMING caused the roof of a swimming pool in Russia to collapse,killing many people and the Kazakstan election was won by the incumbent and some say rigged.Oil
      rich Kazakstan.
      More oil with Chavez who also won election allowing him to stay on a lot longer by changing the law, the “opposition did not take part”-but no harsh terms like “rigged”.
      Good folk in Bad China are cooking with cornstalks in boilers unlike most Chinese environmental villein vandals who “demand to have what the WEST has.” Costello gets a lookin as a reserve bank villain.

      Posted by crash on 2005 12 05 at 07:30 AM • permalink


    1. ABC 7.30 with Red Kezza and Costello is under the pump,not only for Gerard but also cause he Dared to say delinquent parents eg drug addicts-should not receive money for kids and the money should go to the grandparents.(It is a fact of life that many grandparents are raising their grandkids in Australia at this time. I know of three cases involving Caucasian parents.)Guest Brother of st lawrence invoked the 200 years black armband view as opposed to the Noel Pearson view of the Cape.
      After the programme promo of “Bringing up Gotti.”…..“MA -MA MIA—it’s LIKE A CAR CRASH THAT YOU CAN’T HELP BUT WATCH.”

      Posted by crash on 2005 12 05 at 08:11 AM • permalink


    1. I wonder, though, is there much overlap between the ALP-voting viewers of the ABC Pravda/al-Jazeera type programs and the ALP-voting viewers of the soaps/reality programs? I suspect the former, in their inimitable, probably sneer at the latter far more than the worst curmudgeons reading this blog.

      Posted by Jim Geones on 2005 12 05 at 10:06 AM • permalink


    1. the subsequent explanation by some ALP hack that Labor voters like soaps and Big Brother-like trash because they ‘care about people and are interested in the community around them’

      If he means that they’re more likely to be interested in make-believe communities, I’ll go along with that explanation. Much easier to believe in fake-but-accurate portrayals that appeal to your prejudices if you’re talking about Big Brother “reality” rather than actual reality.

      Posted by PW on 2005 12 05 at 11:38 AM • permalink


    1. Re #40, thanks for the quote, Inurbanus, it’s excellent.

      It is a sign of the remarkable tolerance of the Howard Government that it has left this cultural elite largely in power in the community institutions such as the ABC, SBS, art galleries and museums, universities, film schools, etc, where,on generous, publicly-funded salaries and grants, they continue to snipe at the Government and the mass of Australians who support it. In some ways their lifestyle and their disdain for the community seems akin to the French aristocracy shortly before the Revolution. Perhaps the guillotine is not far off.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2005 12 05 at 06:43 PM • permalink


    1. ABC does have the occasional gems, usually things like Meet the Ancestors and Viking Blood and even Blackadder and some other comedies. I watch Australian Story, but only appreciate the ones which show ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances (the Mary Moody book promo ones and similar others were a waste of time)

      RhikoR – Futurama available on DVD, complete boxed set this month in Aus for about $130 – Try J&B HiFi

      B&B – every six to 12 months, just to see if the children are older than the parents – and to check that Darlene Conelly’s last face lift is still holding…. And wondering when the pneumatic Hunter Tylo (who was just beautiful prior to her disfiguring inflation) will deflate.

      Crash – car crash? train wreck? Australian Princess – pathetic, but gripping (if you tape it and skip thru the ads & boring bits it takes about 20 mins)

      And I really make the effort to watch The Shield, but TEN have been messing around with that and it was suddenly taken off to make way for The Secret Life of Us (which is past it’s use-by date)

      Posted by kae on 2005 12 05 at 08:09 PM • permalink


    1. Philip Adams’quote for today “no one is safe in these paranoid times..”

      Posted by crash on 2005 12 06 at 01:12 AM • permalink


  1. Oh Man!
    Did you make any sense of SBS’s Cutting Edge program ‘The Power of Nightmares’ tonight???
    It completely contradicts all their, ie. the Left’s, earlier assertions as to what gave rise to the war, or the so-called war on terror.
    It comes straight from what I refer to as the Mr. Potato head view of history, in that, you construct whatever reality suits you best. It will come as no surprise to anyone that the U.S. is to blame for ABSOLUTELY all the world’s ills. Talk about a re-write of history. This one is truly BIZARRE! SHEESH!

    Posted by Brian on 2005 12 06 at 07:07 AM • permalink