You’d never know it judging by yesterday’s slobber-filled media coverage.
Turns out turnout wasn’t just lower on the Mall. Gallup finds fewer Americans watched President Obama’s inauguration yesterday than did so in 2009.
Only 38 percent of Americans surveyed said they watched yesterday’s presidential inauguration as it happened, while another 27 percent saw, read, or heard news coverage of the events, according to Gallup’s new survey. In 2009, 60 percent said they watched the ceremonies live, while 20 percent saw news coverage later. That means about two-thirds of Americans saw some coverage of the second inauguration, while four our of every five saw coverage of the first.
Viewership was even lower than President George W. Bush’s second inauguration in 2005, when 40 percent watched live and an additional 33 percent saw news coverage later, according to Gallup’s survey.