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Democrats use streaming services more than Republicans, with only one platform used more by GOP
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Democrats use streaming services more than Republicans, with only one platform used more by GOP

Democrats use streaming services more than Republicans do, with the liberal party members out-watching their conservative counterparts on almost every major streaming platform.

Of the top eight streaming platforms in the United States, more Democrats had subscriptions on seven of them in 2023. The difference in viewership is not staggering, but on each of those seven platforms at least 5% more Democrats are members than Republicans are.

The largest gaps are on Netflix, where 68% of Democrats watch as opposed to 58% of Republicans, as well as Hulu, which has a 44% DNC watch rate compared to 33% GOP. The biggest difference came on HBO's MAX service, which saw 33% Democrat usage and 20% Republican usage.

The national consumer study by MRI-Simmons, analyzed by Variety, did show that one streaming platform is more preferred by conservatives. Paramount Plus saw 24% usage by Republicans in 2023, while 22% of Democrats subscribed.

While the survey did not attribute reasons for why a given streaming service was preferable, Paramount's streaming service holds the rights to beloved show "Yellowstone."

The drama series reportedly has high viewership in cities such as Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Fort Myers, Florida, according to Time, which also noted the show's significant crossover with the outlet Country Living.

The show's co-creator, Taylor Sheridan, recently appeared on "The Joe Rogan Experience" and explained his view on political division in the country.

"It's fascinating the language is being reinvented before our eyes there's all these new words that are just meant to keep one person from disagreeing with another person's position," Sheridan explained. The filmmaker then cited a passage he had read about why liberals and conservative opinions have drifted further apart as opposed to aligning on issues.

"The liberal point of view was that crime and all these social ills ... it was a, so it's a social construct, and that if you could find a way to level the playing field for everybody that crime would be eliminated all these issues would go away," Sheridan began. "The flip side of that is the conservative view, which is there's evil in the world [and] there's good in the world. We're going to try and manage the evil as best we can and create an opportunity for people to succeed or they can f**k up and best of luck," he continued.

"One side seems naive, one side seems extremely harsh, but those are the beliefs and that side can never compromise with this side and vice versa because you're abandoning your own ideology."

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Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados is a writer focusing on sports, culture, entertainment, gaming, and U.S. politics. The podcaster and former radio-broadcaster also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, which he confirms actually does exist.
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