61 Percent of Americans Say They Plan to Watch the State of the Union. They Are a Bunch of Liars.

Only about a third of Americans are willing to cop to the fact that they are not going to watch the State of the Union address tonight. 

In the latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 20-23 among 1,001 adults, 61% say they plan to watch the State of the Union address, either on television (54 percent) or the internet (7 percent). About a third (35 percent) say they don't think they will watch the State of the Union, Obama's first since Republicans took control of the House in the 2010 elections.

Pew also did a bunch of polling about whether people think this year's speech is particularly important relative to past years:

Nearly three-in-ten (28 percent) say this year's speech is more important than addresses in past years, while 53 percent say it is about as important and 11% say it is less important. The number saying this speech is more important is down from just before Obama's 2010 speech (39 percent more important).

But Pew doesn't seem to have asked why people feel compelled to lie to pollsters about their intentions to watch the SotU. Last year, 48 million viewers saw the speech, clocking in at about 20 percent of the U.S. adult population. That's nothing to be ashamed of. We should be happy that 80 percent of American adults found something better to do at 9 p.m. on a weekday than listen to a politician talk. 

That said: Join the Reason staff as we liveblog the State of the Union address tonight, because we have not found anything better to do.

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  • ||

    We should be happy that 80 percent of American adults found something better to do at 9 p.m. on a weekday than listen to a politician talk.

    I'm leaning towards hookers and blow.

  • Warty||

    we have not found anything better to do.

    You're just being lazy. I mean, you could bukkake Ezra Klein, or something like that. Use your imaginations, for Christ's sake.

  • Testing||

    He's got a gun!

  • Ska||

    I'll be playing Two Worlds II. Hopefully XBOX finally has a multi-player RPG worth talking about.

  • Brett L||

    Let me know if that is less disappointing than the original. So much potential, so much suck.

  • Ska||

    So I've heard. A few buddies and I are doing the dirty work so others won't have to.

  • Brett L||

    Also, I plan to turn on my TV and set it to the SOTU because I have some guilt related to the indoctrination I received in Civics class in school. However, my ADD will probably kick in during the initial applause and I'll wander off to do something else.

  • ||

    im gonna flip bet obama & the buckeyes stomping their next victim.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    Goddamn it, Orkin. Why'd you have to be an OSU fan?
    As for me, I care so little about TSOTU that I'll be at a Blewjackets game instead, watching "hockey."

  • ||

    I watched OSU pound Purdue myself. LOL @ the people who didn't vote them #1.

  • ||

    I'll be sorting my sock drawer, based on from the least to most competitive socks.

  • ||

    Who are you to play God? Let natural selection take its course.

  • BakedPenguin||

    I always assume the most competitive already made it to the top of the pile.

    Why they're buying up all the rare earth metals, I have no idea.

  • ||

    Last year, 48 million viewers saw the speech...

    48 million people forgot to turn off their TVs?

  • T||

    Watching DVDs of Brisco County, Jr from Netflix and drinking.

    I might fire up a laptop and join in the mockery. But i doubt it.

  • yonemoto||

    I'll be at work. But hey! I'm subsidized by the DOE to do 8 hours a work a day and since I've been cheating taxpayers the last two days because I caught a cold, I have to put some time in.

  • DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN||

    It may well be that they only surveyed people who still have land line phones? Sample problems have caused skewed polls in the past.

  • ||

    I would watch the SOU if I had to take an hour long crap and the bathroom had a TV. As it stands I plan to implement the former and replace the latter with Sudoku puzzles and periodic random mock cheering.

  • sevo||

    The last political speech I listened to was Nixon's resignation, and I only listened to half of that, since the lying bastard was using the time to whine.
    I wouldn't listen to the current Liar in Chief if you pad me.

  • fitness studio marketing||

    Not a chance Obama will veer away from his leftist ideology tonight. He will deliver a good speech but his spending proposals are DOA in the new Republican controlled House Of Representatives.

  • Robert||

    See, now what does this say about polling?

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