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Who Is Paying Closer Attention to Presidential Election: Republicans or Democrats?
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By Anthony Haddad
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May 31, 2024

Pew Research shows strong interest in 2024 election, yet fatigue grows over extensive coverage, with 62% of Americans feeling weary despite the increase in those closely tracking election news since April 2020. (AP File)

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Both former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial and President Joe Biden’s management of the Israel-Hamas conflict have kept both presidential candidates consistently in the news.

This year, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have a slightly higher interest compared to Democrats and Democratic-leaning individuals in following election news (64% vs. 58%).

While a majority of Americans show significant interest in updates on the 2024 U.S. presidential election, a recent survey by the Pew Research Center indicates a rising trend of fatigue towards the extensive coverage of the campaign and candidates.

More than half of Americans (58%) say that they are closely monitoring the news regarding the 2024 presidential election candidates. Another 28% report moderate interest, while 13% show minimal interest.

This indicates an increase from Americans closely tracking election news by 6% since April 2020 (52%).

This year, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have a slightly higher interest compared to Democrats and Democratic-leaning individuals in following election news (64% vs. 58%).

Consistent with prior presidential elections, older demographics are more engaged in monitoring candidate news. Approximately 82% of adults aged 65 and older are currently doing so, in contrast to 68% of those aged 50 to 64, 48% of those aged 30 to 49, and merely 34% of those aged 18 to 29.

Election Coverage Fatigue in Americans

Despite the significant attention given to the 2024 presidential candidates, a sizable portion of Americans express fatigue with the election coverage. About 62% already feel weary due to the extensive coverage, while 35% appreciate the abundance of news.

This exhaustion level mirrors sentiments observed in the later stages of the past two presidential election cycles. In June and July 2016, 59% of Americans felt fatigued, and in October 2020, this figure rose to 61%.

Interestingly, those closely monitoring election news are less likely to experience fatigue compared to those who are less engaged. Forty percent of closely following individuals express weariness, contrasting with 77% of those with minimal interest.

Republicans show marginally lower fatigue levels than Democrats regarding election coverage (58% vs. 66%). This discrepancy is largely influenced by conservative Republicans (55%), who exhibit lower fatigue levels compared to moderate or liberal Republicans (65%).

See all poll data at the Pew Research Center.

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