Poll: Viewers split on the politics of 'Saturday Night Live'
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A plurality of viewers say “Saturday Night Live” has gotten “too political,” according to a new poll.

A Hollywood Reporter–Morning Consult survey released Tuesday found that 39 percent of respondents strongly or somewhat agree that NBC’s long-running sketch comedy series has become too much about politics. Thirty percent of those polled disagreed that the show is “too political,” while another 31 percent said they didn’t know or had no opinion.

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The results appear to be somewhat divided among partisan lines, with 60 percent of Democrats saying they aren’t bothered by the politics on “SNL,” while 52 percent of Republicans say they are.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE has repeatedly slammed “SNL” for jokes that frequently skewer him. On Sunday, Trump again criticized the show the morning after it aired a rerun of an episode that included a skit depicting life if he had never become commander in chief.

"Saturday Night Live" and other late-night comedy shows, Trump wrote on Twitter, "can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of 'the other side.' Like an advertisement without consequences."

“Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this?” wrote Trump, who, as a White House hopeful, guest hosted “SNL” in 2015. “There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia! Such one sided media coverage, most of it Fake News. Hard to believe I won and am winning.”

But another poll question from Tuesday’s survey — which was conducted earlier this month ahead of Trump’s latest comments — found that the majority of viewers indicated “SNL” is incorporating “about the right amount” of politics into its sketches.

Thirty-seven percent of those polled said the show’s infusion of politics was just right, while 31 percent said it was too much, and a mere four percent responded it was too little. Twenty-eight percent said they were unsure.

Viewers also appeared split on whether political candidates should make “SNL” appearances. During the 2016 White House race, both former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats battle for Hollywood's cash The House Judiciary Committee's fundamental choice Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (I-Vt.) made surprise cameos. The show has a long history of featuring real-life lawmakers on its airwaves, with everyone from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) to former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreImpeachment can't wait Lessons of the Kamala Harris campaign The Memo: Will impeachment hurt Democrats or Trump? MORE and former President Obama popping up.

While 32 percent of respondents said they would have a more favorable impression of a political candidate who appeared in an “SNL” sketch, 29 percent said they would view the political pro less favorably. Forty percent had no opinion either way.

The poll was conducted among 2,201 adults and has a sampling margin of error of 2 percentage points.