Majority of Professionals to Watch Tonight’s Debate

But most won’t talk about it tomorrow, keeping politics out of the office


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45% of business professionals plan to watch “all” or “part of” tonight’s first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, according to a recent Captivate Office Pulse survey of white-collar business professionals.

Do you plan on watching the first presidential debate tonight?

Yes, I’ll watch all of it: 17%

Yes, I’ll watch at least part of it: 28%

No, but I’ll catch highlights the next day: 28%

No: 27%

The percent of professionals who want Hillary Clinton to win tonight’s debate:


Other insights include:

65% don’t plan to talk about tonight’s debate with colleagues tomorrow – keeping politics out of the office. When looking at men vs. women, 46% of male professionals said they would talk about the debate at work, while a whopping 71% of women would not.


82% of Millennial professionals want Hillary Clinton to win tonight’s debate. That’s compared to just 58% of Baby Boomers.


72% think Hillary Clinton will win tonight’s debate. Slightly more women professionals believe she’ll win compared to male professionals (75% vs. 66%).


64% of middle managers think Hillary Clinton will win tonight’s debate.



77% of female professionals want Hillary Clinton to win tonight’s debate.



34% of Millennial professionals plan to talk about the debate tomorrow at work, compared to just 26% of Baby Boomers.

About Office Pulse

Office Pulse by Captivate offers marketers timely analysis and insights from a proprietary panel of upscale professionals in the top markets. The Office Pulse panel of more than 8,000 influential consumers and business decision makers includes C-level executives, Millennials, middle management, small business owners, working women and working moms.

About Captivate

Known for its vast network of 10,000 elevator and lobby displays located in 1,400 premier office buildings across the U.S. and Canada, Captivate brings life to work by connecting over 11 million unique monthly viewers to the world outside their office. By engaging its viewers with timely news and actionable information, Captivate provides advertisers with a highly desirable and difficult-to-reach audience of affluent and influential business professionals through creative, research-driven and Nielsen-measured advertising and marketing programs. Founded in 1997, Captivate is owned by Generation Partners and TEGNA.