Should Stephen Colbert Really Join the 2012 Race?

By Alex Weprin 

The Lost Remote newsletter brings you the the best in streaming news, from staffing changes to premiere dates to trailers—to the latest platform moves. Sign up today. 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:

Do you think that Stephen Colbert Should Join the 2012 Race for President?

12.5% 68.2% 19.3%

National Telephone Poll of 541 Registered Voters / 01.15.11 / Margin of Error +/- 4%

An overwhelming majority of respondents don’t approve of Colbert’s faux-Presidential run. Note: this question was part of a poll of 1,179 registered voters, but was only asked to the 541 respondents who identified as Republicans who said they were likely to vote, hence the +/- 4% margin of error.

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A majority of every demographic group agreed that Colbert should not join the 2012 race. In a primary race with lots of disagreement, one thing Republicans can agree on is that they don’t want a comedian on their turf.

Poll Position Crosstabs – Colbert