According to the Pew Research Center, 61% of American adults say the plan to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.
To which I say, “You lie!”
If 60% of adults actually made good on that promise, that would amount to well over 120 million people watching the speech.
Looking back at last year, the telecast totaled 48 million viewers across multiple networks. In fact, that 61% figure returned by the Pew poll would more than double the audience for any State of the Union address since Bill Clinton in 1993, according to this way-cool list of past SOTU ratings compiled by Nielsen.
The lesson here? There’s a big gap, always, between what people say they’ll do — especially if they think it’s the right answer — and what they actually do, especially when it comes to things like civic participation and TV viewing. That’s why if you simply polled people, far more would say they watch PBS’ “Masterpiece” than WWE wrestling. Liars!
A big “Duh” to Pew, also, for publishing those poll results without any context as to how overstated those estimates are.