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Are Americans interested in British politics?

Asked by martyjacobs (491points) April 23rd, 2010

Over a year ago I remember watching the lead-up to the American election with great interest.

Now Britain is in the grip of election fever. Things are very different this year because for the first time in history, we are having televised debates involving the leaders of the three main parties (thanks for the great idea America). All this has got me thinking.

Does the average American take an active interest in our election process, or do you take little notice?

Does the fact that we have TV debates make political matters over the pond more compelling?

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gemiwing's avatar

I think many Americans are confused about our own election system that to add more information just makes our heads explode. Some are interested, but don’t know enough about the parties/candidates to really go in-depth. Plus, this is a crazy election for you guys.

MarcoNJ's avatar

We barely pay mind to our own elections. And for many, I’d say this last election was the first time they’ve had any interest in participating. Take a good guess why. It was a history in the making for millions.
Now that history is made, I think the average American only catches wind of the soundbites on TV. There’s no in depth knowledge of politics around here. Especially toward another country’s. Sorry.

jrpowell's avatar

I’m interested in it. I have been keeping tabs but I haven’t watched the debates. I’m rooting for Nick Clegg.

mattbrowne's avatar

Educated Americans are.

martyjacobs's avatar

@johnpowell, Caremon and Brown were really taken off guard by Clegg. Everyone is impressed by how well he speaks in the debates.

@MarcoNJ, I thought this might be the case. No need to apologise, I was just curious.

Zen_Again's avatar

I’ll read an article if its a headline – but I can’t say I follow it. I think it also depends on the global political scene, and also on how charismatic the leader is – e.g. the Iron Lady.

Nota bene – I’m not American.

wilma's avatar

We would have to go looking for news on another countries political races, it will not be brought to us in most of our news.
I care what happens over there, but to tell the truth, I’ll probably get most of my information right here on Fluther.

janbb's avatar

I care since I have close connections to England, but I would say that most Americans don’t. It is not well covered in the news.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It ranks right up there with paint drying and other exciting activities.

Snarp's avatar

For the most part, no. I honestly don’t know anything about the current election. Frankly, Britain just isn’t that influential. Basically British leaders just seem to do what our leaders tell them to.

Sophief's avatar

I would doubt it very much, just like Brits aren’t interested in American politics.

Snarp's avatar

I do miss watching British House of Commons debates. That’s entertainment right there: “The honorable gentleman from Hertfordshire is a drunk and his father’s identity remains a mystery.” I love that they hurl whatever insults they want as long as they start with “The honorable gentleman…”

aprilsimnel's avatar

I’m interested. But I’mjust the one, aren’t I?. :(

pathfinder's avatar

both of them should cooperative that way.They own each other a big time

wundayatta's avatar

I am, but I have no idea about other Americans. I assume some are, but the vast majority don’t even know what England is, much less where it is.

dpworkin's avatar

I’m quite interested. I regularly listen to the Beeb, I always watch Prime Minister’s QT, I have been following the debates with interest. I don’t know much about provincial politics, but I certainly pay attention to the Lib Dems, the Tories, Labour, and the BNP. I think Gordon Brown is underestimated, I think David Cameron is a toff, I don’t know enough about Klegg, and I’m scared of the BNP.

Cruiser's avatar

I’m interested to see if Obama will bow to him when they meet! ;)

DAVEL's avatar

Overall, we pay little notice to politics outside America unless it makes for a good sensational story. Admittedly, its sad. Part of it can be blamed on the media, because they are very US-Centric in their reporting. Perhaps if we had more exposure to world politics and world events, we’d have more desire to keep up on them. I have to flip to BBC America or other channels if I want to see world events that are not biased or limited in terms of the rest of the world. All that said, I LOVE AMERICA in case you wondered. We’re not perfect, though.

martyjacobs's avatar

@DAVEL, thanks for replying. I was just curious to see what the situation was, and I’m not suggesting the American population should take an interest per se. British politics might seen a little dull when compared to the US brand.

I also don’t think this limited reporting you mention is restricted to the US. Our papers definatley do it here as well. Thanks for the interesting response.

NomoreY_A's avatar

Some are, some aren’t, some of us probably couldn’t point out the UK on a map. They just know Socialist World, (Europe), swarming barbaric hordes country (Latin America), Lumberjack Land (Canada) and a vague place where commies reside (Russia, China). And a vast swath of the world, marked only: There be Dragons Here.

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