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Two Americas: Oscars, Daytona 500 Draw Different Crowds

The Sunday events drew their respective audiences from two completely different geographic areas.

The Daytona 500 and the Academy Awards, annual hallmarks of American culture, showed just how deep the divide between coastal elites and middle America runs.

The Academy Awards’ viewers hailed mainly from elite and liberal centers on the coasts, while the Daytona 500 drew its audience from the southern and more conservative parts of the country.

New York City, NY, San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, and San Francisco, CA ranked as the top five television market for the Academy Awards Sunday night.

Conversely, Greensboro, NC, Greenville, NC, Indianapolis, IN, Knoxville, TN, and Jacksonville, FL ranked among the top markets for the Daytona 500.

Even though the Daytona 500 occurred earlier in the day, it’s viewers did not switch over to the Oscars as those television markets ranked among the bottom for the Academy Awards.

The divide transcends culture as well, as all of the top 5 Academy Awards markets were in states that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, while the top 5 Daytona 500 markets were in states that went for Donald Trump. This cultural and political divide threatens to deepen as Hollywood elites continue to pontificate and condescend to those who enjoy different hobbies than they.