Most Americans say it's inappropriate to discuss U.S. politics in Golden Globes acceptance speeches

Linley SandersData Journalist
January 10, 2023, 6:22 PM GMT+0

When the winners are called at awards shows, the speeches (and oftentimes the controversy) begin. Previous speeches from Golden Globes winners have included comments about abortion access and the Me Too movement, prompting the 2020 host, Ricky Gervais, to tell the attending celebrities, "If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a political platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything."

In the days before this year's Golden Globe Awards, YouGov asked 1,000 Americans whether they think it is appropriate for winners to discuss U.S. politics or international politics.

Most Americans (53%) say it's completely or somewhat inappropriate for winners to discuss U.S. politics in their acceptance speeches. Separately, 53% of Americans also say that it's inappropriate to bring up international politics during these moments. In both cases, Democrats are more likely than Independents and Republicans to say it's appropriate to bring up either U.S. or international politics.

See the results for this YouGov poll conducted January 6 - 9, 2023

Methodology: This poll was conducted on January 6 - 9, 2023 among 1,000 U.S. adult citizens. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel using sample matching. A random sample (stratified by gender, age, race, education, geographic region, and voter registration) was selected from the 2019 American Community Survey. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, education, 2020 election turnout and presidential vote, baseline party identification, and current voter registration status. Demographic weighting targets come from the 2019 American Community Survey. Baseline party identification is the respondent’s most recent answer given prior to March 15, 2022, and is weighted to the estimated distribution at that time (33% Democratic, 28% Republican). The margin of error for the overall sample for each poll is approximately 4%.

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