How tuned in will Western New Yorkers be to election night coverage

Posted at 12:07 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 00:08:02-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — What will you be doing when election results start to roll in Tuesday night?

7 Eyewitness News heard a variety of answers when we posed the question to people in Buffalo, ranging from watching results all night long to skipping the coverage completely.

"I'll be all into it, I mean it's more exciting than any sporting event by a long shot," said Chris Jones. "I'm sure I'll have my laptop out, my TV on, I'll be you know clicking on all the different channels,."

In 2016, 71 million people tuned in to prime time coverage of the 2016 election, according to Nielsen. That's about 30 million less people than this year's Super Bowl viewership.

Most people 7 Eyewitness News spoke with said they plan to follow along, but won't necessarily be glued to the coverage.

Kenneth Kerr and his wife usually watch election coverage, but decided to forgo it this year.

“Turning off the news, maybe watching a movie or something, and waking up Wednesday and seeing what happened, and avoiding all the Tuesday night drama,” he said.

Several people expressed a feeling of election coverage fatigue, and are looking forward to the process being over. According to the American Psychological Association, 68% of adults said this presidential election is a significant source of stress in their life.

"I just want to get it over with at this point, and kind of, I don't know, just figure out who's who and move on rather than like keeping having it just covered 24/7 and having to hear constantly about it," said Miguel Valencia Vallejo.

Election die-hards on the other hand, will be starting the countdown to 2024.

“It’s like the day after the Election is like the day after Christmas, and I can't wait for another four years,” said Jones.

No matter how you feel about it, that day after will come.

“You know the reality is, either way, November 4th is going to come," said Suzanne Platino.