PUBLIC OPINION > Jon Stewart Has the Edge Against Bill O'Reilly

News 2012/10/04 21:15:57
The next presidential debate isn't until October 16, but there's another big showdown on the horizon. Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart have agreed to settle their differences over a good ol' Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium at 8 p.m. this Saturday, October 6. We asked the public who would come out ahead, and after more than 1,200 votes, we have a [speculative] winner.

There was hardly a consensus (there rarely is in politics) but Jon Stewart managed to eek out a win by 8% overall. Naturally, conservatives voted overwhelmingly for O'Reilly and liberals voted overwhelmingly for Stewart, but there were some interesting nuances in the demographics, as well. Let's take a deeper look at how people voted.

Libertarians Leave O'Reilly Behind

O'Reilly didn't have the entire right on his side. Libertarians were actually 53% more likely to pick Stewart than conservatives. Progressives, on the other hand, agreed whole-heartedly with the liberals and supported Stewart en mass. Moderates and "Others" voted similarly to libertarians, with most of their support going to Stewart.

Bill Wins Over Workers

O'Reilly did manage to come close in the overall vote with a couple of important demographics, including full-time workers and the retired. However, part-time workers and the unemployed were convinced Stewart would take the debate. Stewart is openly more supportive of public programs, like Medicare, so that shouldn't come as a surprise.

College Students Cheer on Stewart

Besides liberals and progressives, Stewart's strongest supporters were college-aged voters. Teens picked him, too, but college voters were even more gung-ho. O'Reilly has often joked that Stewart's fans are young, and he appears to be right. Of course, young people tend to lean left, anyway, so it's probably incidental.

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  • Jdogg 2012/10/04 21:48:06
    It don't matter who wins this anyway, All the money made is going to charity anyway, I think this makes the both of them winners here. john stewart and bill orielley

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  • CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/10/10 18:22:41
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    Note the graph. Those with jobs favored O'Reilly while college students overwhelmingly favored Stewart. BUT, many college graduates, who have more real world experience and wisdom than their student counterparts, went with O'Reilly. Had their been a breakdown for graduates over 40, it would have been O'Reilly in a landslide.
  • john brenni 2012/10/10 17:20:49
  • mark.moeller.773 2012/10/10 16:41:28
    College students, what a joke, the same ones interviewed in Madison that thought Obama should get a teleprompter for the debate. They cheer for stupid points, One of the idiots on stage suggested that Social Security is socialism and the audience clearly thought that was a great point, LOL what a bunch of morons
  • MindaBrown mark.mo... 2012/10/11 00:42:48
    And this is what may lead the nation at some point, that is if we still have one when Obama gets done with us.
  • mark.moeller.773 2012/10/10 16:38:16
    This was a stupid event, you had two people neither of whom have a command of any of the relevant facts. Jon did confuse debt with deficit and that is why he thought GWB ran up more debt than Obama who is running it up twice fast and O’Reilly did not seem to know that Obama had achieved the same level of just over two years that it took GWB eight years to add, On almost every issue discussed neither of these guy had any knowledge of any of the large issue, freshman knowledge at best. Both of these idiots lost the debate.
  • Nick 2012/10/10 13:06:50
    Gee whod-a-thunk-it, at least Bill was kind enough to do something for charity, unlike a lot of his viewers
  • Carlo 2012/10/10 00:49:49
    Jon has always had the edge. Its satire so the truth can be said in a humoristic way. Bill cant touch that and is limited to what fox allows him to say.
  • MindaBrown Carlo 2012/10/11 00:44:06
    It's idiots like you that will sink this country. You are not right in the head.
  • Carlo MindaBrown 2012/10/12 09:32:32
    Shut up clown, You dont know me and you sure in the fuk dont make any sense you chicken shiit fuk. You got point to make theh say it. Otherwise shut the fuk up.
  • Dave 2012/10/09 04:17:42
    That was the only debate that was worth watching. The telling part was when she asked about if the USA was on fire who would you save. O'Reilly would save Oprah because she's worth billions - Stewart would save his family. That's the difference.
  • Mr Chin 2012/10/09 03:25:36
  • Dave Mr Chin 2012/10/09 04:19:14
    No - of course it doesn't matter to you what Stewart says because he made the most sense.
  • PEEPL Dave 2012/10/09 05:08:07
    Totally dismissing what someone says and calling them a liar for absolutely no reason at all is low,. just plain low.
  • Dave PEEPL 2012/10/09 05:30:33
  • DANTE d... PEEPL 2012/10/09 22:48:14
    Notice O'Reilly had no comment about both of them promoting socialism via welfare support nor did he have a closing statement because Stewart nailed his so well... lol
  • Merna Mr Chin 2012/10/09 19:10:15
    As opposed to the guy who can't explain the tides.
  • Carlo Mr Chin 2012/10/12 09:35:59
    Yep and still much more popular than Orielly ever will be.
  • Mr Chin Carlo 2012/10/13 00:17:06
    Mr Chin
    People go to O'Reilly for the news. They go Stewart because Democrats respond to extreme emotions and Conservatives use logic and ideas. Democrats like their clowns like little children do. They need the emotional fix.
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  • Omnibus Annie 2012/10/08 21:03:54
    Omnibus Annie
    They're both opportunistic shills...who cares?
  • Mike 2012/10/08 20:56:50
    They are both entertainers....not real journalist....but I think I laugh more with John Stewart then I do with ORiely...but he does have his moments...
  • andrew.micheals.353 2012/10/08 19:04:55
    I watched the debate on You tube. I did not know much about these guys before, it was very funny. O'Reilly had some good strikes but seemed to lose the plot at one point. Stewart won no question.
  • cfd007 2012/10/08 18:19:46
    O'Reilly would eat his lunch. Stewart's a dumbass.
  • PAUL F 2012/10/08 18:01:25
    PAUL F
    I think this will help Bill O'Reilly continue to keep his audience. The people that watch Jon Stewart is far younger and Bill would like to grab that audience. Bill was a school teacher at one time in his life. He has had left leaning views that have been getting stronger in the last 5 years.
  • Manwé 2012/10/08 17:05:25
    Interesting, just about what the national vote will be. I watched it and Stewart as usual outperformed O'Reilly.
  • Apache 2012/10/08 16:25:52
  • Omnibus... Apache 2012/10/08 20:59:55
    Omnibus Annie
  • chgo 2012/10/08 16:16:00
    Bill-o is getting uglier and uglier by the day.
  • charles nelson 2012/10/08 15:30:17
    charles nelson
    The rumble was pretty edgeless but funny. Liked it when Stewart sat in O'fannies lap.
  • darthtbone 2012/10/08 15:07:16
    Here is the case of two guys ideologically opposed who are apparently friends. It's refreshing.
  • splmcken57 2012/10/08 14:50:05
    Jon Stewart will win because he is a funny guy and people like to be entertained....
  • Chris 2012/10/08 14:37:47
    Bad matchup in my opinion. I watched the first 40 minutes so far and it seems as if this is supposed to be a comedy show with some content. Stewart is a comedian, O'Rielly isn't. Dennis Miller would have been a better opponent. O'Rielly just looked a bit silly as he may be funny once in a while but he's not a comedian. He looked like he was trying to have a serious conversation while everyone else was out to have fun.
  • lida 2012/10/08 14:29:04
    Jon Stewart is cool and bill o'reilly sucks
  • Contarded Guru Chickenhawk 2012/10/08 14:26:48
  • housefly1 Contard... 2012/10/08 15:23:40
    It looks more like you don't know the truth, blind sheep are easily mislead by lies that fit there needs. You are probably one of those who depends or hopes to have government help and being easily scared by misleading adds. Educated people will do more to learn the truth. I would also guess that you are one of those who doesn't care or realize the lying and disreguard that Obama has had for the Americans that just died. Any real christian or American that knows how our country has become what it is would not consider Obama a choice.
  • Contard... housefly1 2012/10/08 15:27:11
  • housefly1 Contard... 2012/10/11 09:06:49
    Are you checking your breath? That would be more productive than talking and filling the air with it.
  • Contard... housefly1 2012/10/11 14:11:32
  • housefly1 Contard... 2012/10/11 19:45:39 (edited)
    That must be why you don't seem to know whats going on, spending a little too much time with your eyes closed.......makes sense.
  • Contard... housefly1 2012/10/11 20:02:28
  • Carlo Contard... 2012/10/12 09:37:02
    I know and there are actually 35 pages of this crap too.
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