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    Do Political Talk Show (Radio & TV) influence Elections?

    How about it, do they?

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    Re: Do Political Talk Show (Radio & TV) influence Elections?

    I don't see how you could say it doesn't. The degree to which it does can be debated.
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    Re: Do Political Talk Show (Radio & TV) influence Elections?

    I suspect the effect the have is very minor. I get the feeling that most of the people who listen to those shows are already solid members of that party anyway.
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    Re: Do Political Talk Show (Radio & TV) influence Elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
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    My first instinct was to say no. Those who watch these shows are diehards to begin with and watch or listen to them because these shows tells them what they want to hear in the first place. I would say most independents or those undecided voters don't watch political talk shows. But Republicans watch Hannity and Democrats Shultz and each will swear up and down every word that comes out of their mouths is true. I am assuming by political talk shows you mean those that run on MSNBC and FOX and not Meet the Press or something like that. But even for Meet the Press, its viewers are those interested in politics and usually reruns of NCIS gets better ratings.

    So perhaps they do sway a few voters, but in the grand scheme of things, I would say not many. But in a very close election, they might make a difference.
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    Re: Do Political Talk Show (Radio & TV) influence Elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
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    Absolutely they do.

    That shouldn't even be a question. The question would more appropriately be how much do they influence elections.

    Ads, talk shows, news shows, newspaper columns, news paper headlines, news paper editorials, magazines, friends, neighbors, coworkers, your job....the list cna go on and on in terms of things that influence elections.

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    Re: Do Political Talk Show (Radio & TV) influence Elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
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    I picked other. I say media coverage in general influences elections.When a candidate gets gets tv interviews, gets invited to so-called presidential debates that excludes most of the other candidates, gets to go on Oprah and other talk shows it builds name recognition for who is running for president. This is how a no name senator became president.
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