How the Winter Olympics trumps the midterm elections, in one chart

January 7, 2014

The public is more eager for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, to begin than they are for the midterm elections, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday.

Fifty-eight percent of Americans say they are looking forward to next month's Olympics. By comparison, 51 percent say they are looking forward to the midterm elections.


Of course, the fact that the Olympic games take place in a matter of weeks, whereas the election is nine months away, probably explains part of why Americans express more interest in the former.

The difference between the Olympics and the midterms is largely driven by Democrats. Roughly equal shares of independents and Republicans express interest in both events. But 65 percent of Democrats say they are looking forward to the Olympics, compared to just 53 percent who say the same thing about the midterms.

A majority of Americans, meanwhile, say they are looking forward to the Super Bowl. Roughly equal shares of Republicans and Democrats say they are looking forward to the National Football League's  championship game in February.

Only about one in four Americans (24 percent) say they are looking forward to the Academy Awards, slated for early March. Democrats (36 percent) are more likely to look forward to the event than Republicans (20 percent).

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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