More Republican Voters Than Democrats Disagree with ’12 Years of Slave’ Oscar: Poll

12 Years a Slave Best Picture

It looks like Democrats are more welcoming to the idea of “12 Years a Slave” being named best picture at the Academy Awards than Republicans, according to a recent poll.

In a survey released by Public Policy Polling, the organization asked 1,152 registered voters, via telephone and Internet, their thoughts on the Steve McQueen’s most recent film being named best picture at the Oscars. While the majority of respondents, 52%, answered “not sure,” dissimilarities appeared when the answers were divided by the political party the participants identified themselves with.

In all 53% of respondents who identify as Democrats said they agreed with the selection of “12 Years a Slave,” while only 15% of the Republican participants answered the same way. Also 23% of the Republicans went on to say that they disagreed with the selection, while only 10% of Democrats did as well.

The survey can be viewed in full here.

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  1. keith says:

    This article is a pure example of the race baiting bullshit that is alive and well in our country today. Give me a fucking break.

  2. Jay Sinn says:

    Is it the norm to conduct an opinion poll about a whether a movie deserved to win Best Picture? If not, why do that for this movie but not others?

    Sometimes questions answer themselves merely by being asked.

    • Jay Sinn says:

      I ask that because as a Black person with zero ties to Hollywood, a regular person, I find it extremely insulting that such a question was even asked.

      Was a poll taken after Titanic? Sophie ‘ s Choice? Schindler ‘ s List? Dances With Woves?

      In regards to Black people in America, we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t!

      • bestproud says:

        i feel the same way bro…no point of asking this question at all. did they ask when the piano lesson came out? i see where you are coming from

  3. Jake says:

    Maybe it’s because Republicans are racist! I mean, why else have a survey asking political background coupled with an opinion about a film about racial issues and history? What is this headline and “article” for except to insinuate such a belief?

  4. Carl says:

    I don’t normally comment, but the headline of this article suggests an absurd conclusion, which is probably similar to the conclusion “Krick” says below this comment. The fact that more republicans disagreed with the best picture oscar than democrats IN THIS SURVEY ALONE does not accurately reflect what all republican voters think, it reflects the opinions of 265 republicans out of roughly 55 million registered republicans in this country; hardly the whole picture (around .00004% of the whole picture.)
    Maybe the republicans who disagreed with the oscar choice thought that the other nominees were better pictures, maybe if this pole asked what registered voters thought about Lupita Nyong’o winning best actress, they might have found out that MORE republicans agreed with this than democrats. The results do not mean republicans thought 12 years a slave was a bad picture, and it certainly DOES NOT MEAN THAT THOSE WHO DISAGREED ARE RACIST. And side note, the relevance of this question is scant at best when compared to every other question that was asked.
    Alex Stedman, one can only speculate as to what you are suggesting in this article, but anyone who can read between the lines will know that this article is without class. Variety magazine is better than this.

  5. eddiebaby says:

    Actually, Republicans thought 12 Years a Slave was a comedy.

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