You cant get really hard figures for votes on shows like american idol, but with 31.5 million votes in a very small window of time, and only made by the limited number of people who watch the show its rather amazing. They get roughly 1/4 the votes each show as the total number of votes cast in an american presidential election. What I mean by hard figures is who would acutally be eligible to actually vote in an election. People are more concerned with who will get a singing contract, than who is leading their country. How sad is that?