Presidential Race Maps Writing on the Wall

Gallup: 60% of Americans Tuned In Live To Inauguration

Posted Jan 22, 2009 at 1:51 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new Gallup poll, six in 10 Americans tuned in live to the presidential inauguration ceremonies on Tuesday. Another 20% heard or read news reports of the event while 20% caught none of it. Gallup observes: "The live audience included 70% of nonworking Americans, but also 53% of those currently employed -- suggesting that many workers either took the day off or had the opportunity to watch or hear the ceremonies at work. Americans were clearly more interested in the inauguration of Barack Obama than they were in George W. Bush's second inauguration four years ago. In 2005, only 40% of Americans said they watched or heard the inaugural ceremonies live."

Obama's Inauguration: Most Watched In US History?

Posted Jan 20, 2009 at 2:07 AM by Maurice Berger

It looks like President-Elect Obama's inauguration may be the most watched in US history. According to a just released poll by Rasmussen Reports, "75% of U.S. voters say they plan to watch at least some of Barack Obama's inauguration live next week, including 28% who plan to watch it all, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. 21% say they will not watch any of the presidential swearing-in ceremony and the activities surrounding it on January 20, and 3% aren't sure."