The OF Blog: Apparently the readers of this blog are center-left to leftists

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Apparently the readers of this blog are center-left to leftists

Out of 98 votes, it seems that Obama was the clear choice, with 55 votes (56%). McCain was a very distant second at 13 votes (13%), followed closely by Michael Palin of the fictional Silly Party with 10 votes (10%). After them was a tie between Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party and the independent candidate Ralph Nader with 6 votes each, 6% each, with Socialist Party USA's Brian Moore garnering 5 votes (5%). Cynthia McKinney (Green), Róger Calero (Socialist Workers Party), and Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party) each received 1 vote, 1%.

When broken down along the flawed but traditional Left-Right Spectrum, with the Democrats occupying the Center-Left and the Republicans the Center-Right, it would go like this:

Leftist parties (Green, Socialist USA, Socialist Workers Party, Ralph Nader) - 13 votes (13%)

Center-Left (Democratic Party/Obama) - 55 votes (56%)

Center-Right (Republican Party/McCain) - 13 votes (13%)

Rightist parties (Libertarian, Constitution) - 7 votes (7%)

Absolutely Silly (Michael Palin, Silly Party) - 10 votes (10%)

While I know some Libertarians are social leftists to a degree, considering that Barr is a former Republican representative from Georgia and the rhetoric being that of a disaffected part of the Republican Party, I'm moving it to the Rightist side for those reasons.

Needless to say, with an international readership and one that I suspected would lean more to the Left than does American politics in general, the Leftists outnumber the Rightists by a nearly 2 to 1 margin, while there is a surprising 4 to 1 margin between those supporting Obama and those supporting McCain. While all of this is highly unscientific and therefore ought to be taken with ample grains of salt, it was interesting nonetheless. Anyone else want to comment on the poll results?


Brian Propp said...
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S.M.D. said...

I think it should be noted that people who are voting for Obama might not necessarily be Democrats. I am a registered independent and consider myself a moderate, but I'm voting for Obama because McCain is nuts and I'm tired of how the current Republican party is doing things. That and Sarah Palin scares the hell out of me with her dinosaur nonsense...
But I'm not a democrat, nor am I left leaning. I'm just choosing the better candidate because I feel we need a change at this point.

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