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Poll: Democrats like tuning into Republican debates

By Ann Marie Awad
Poll: Democrats like tuning into Republican debates
2016 Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) gives a thumbs up as he waits with the stage lights off for the GOP debate to be resumed after a break, January 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. Billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump has boycotted the debate, which is the final one before Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, February 1. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A study found some 70 percent of registered Democrats likely tuned into Thursday night's Republican presidential debate.

Pew Research Center found the cross-party viewing trend is more pronounced with Democrats. By contrast, 49 percent of registered Republicans surveyed said they watched Democratic presidential debates.

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The trend may have more to do with the higher incidence of fireworks at GOP presidential debates, even at Thursday's, despite the absence of Donald Trump. USA Today reported the three highest-rated debates so far have all been Republican debates.

The first debate for the Republican presidential nomination, back in August, tops the list with 24 million viewers.

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