Have There Been Too Many Republican Debates? Or Do You Want More?

By Alex Weprin 

Mediabistro.com is partnering up with Poll Position, the new polling company founded by former CNN executive Eason Jordan. On occasion, TVNewser and our other blogs will share results from Poll Position polls having to do with news media consumption and coverage. Each Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday night, Poll Position conducts national telephone polling, asking more than 1,000 Americans 10 hot topic questions in addition to demographic questions – gender, race, age, political affiliation. Among the Poll Position questions this week was the following:

After the 19 Republican presidential candidate debates thus far in the campaign season, do you believe the GOP candidates should have more debates, or no more debates?

No More
46.5% 40.3% 13.2%

National Telephone Poll of 1,186 Registered Voters / 01.29.12 / Margin of Error +/- 4%

By a slim margin, a  plurality of respondents believe that there should be more debates. What happens when you break down the demographics?

Demographic details below

A majority of young respondents (those 18-49) believe that there should be more debates, while a majority of older respondents (65+) believe there should not be any more. Those in between were split between the two options.

Among political parties: Democrats overwhelmingly want there to be more GOP debates, while a plurality of Republicans want there to be more debates as well. Independents are split almost evenly, with a small plurality supporting no more debates.

Poll Position Crosstabs – GOP Debates