Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Great Canadian Blog Survey

Over 1,000 responses - you can find the results here.

Obviously any self-selecting survey has limited scientific value, but it still makes for a highly fascinating read.

It's no surprise to see that that both bloggers and blog readers tend to be overwhelingly Conservative whereas us Liberals are very under represented (despite Steve MacKinnon's pleas to change this). So the big question is: why?

I tend to think that many people blog to share an opinion that goes against the mainstream view. With one or two notable exceptions, there aren't a lot of people who blog simply to say "gosh, I really like what the PM is doing." This could also explain why there are a lot of Liberal bloggers who aren't big fans of Paul Martin, and quite a few left wing blogs in Alberta.

But I'd be curious to hear other theories too - be they serious or not.

6 Comments:

  • Serious theory:

    Many bloggers tend to be activists (or potential activists if the right scenario takes place) for their political party, and I get the sense that there isn't a lot of grassroots activism within the Liberals. (For two reasons, namely, being in government vs. opposition, and also due to fundraising purposes which focused efforts toward the higher income braket donors, rather than Joe and Jane Grassroot Liberal.)


    Not-so-serious Theory:

    Blogging is such a classic Torism...Spouting off about self-rightous ideas more than practical boots on the ground work getting elected.

    By Blogger The Hack, at 2:01 AM  

  • Dead on Calgary Grit:
    Rightly or wrongly, Tories feel they are under-represented by the main stream media. So, they go off and try and create their own streams of information.

    Sort of like talk radio in the States 15 years ago, eh?

    Also, Tories tend to be thinkers who want to hash out policy options and determine the best, most practical solution. Everyone else just chews bubble-gum. (Okay, I'm joking!)

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:51 AM  

  • CG:

    Yes, a non-probablistic sample has limited scientific value. But there is a key way to mitigate this: Compare the sample to the population. I do this for marriage status, population (regional) by electoral vote.

    I agree with the activist idea, but don't forget readers. With the Gomery publication ban, a lot of readers could get info from blogs that the MSM was not giving them. That info was on Conservative blogs.

    Not only are there a lot of conservative blogs, there may be a lot more conservative readers out there.

    Anon: I touch on this dynamic in my report a bit. Fringe politics have a huge representation in the Canadian blogosphere, with Libertarians being the most overrepresented by one measure.

    I'm looking for more ideas for my thesis, so don't hesitate to contact me if you have a question or an idea!

    By Blogger Aaron, at 1:10 PM  

  • Calgary Grit:

    I'm waiting for you to post on this, but this Gomery thing is now full-blown bullshit.

    Here's a link:

    chuckercanuck.blogspot.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:42 PM  

  • Blogging is ideal for the silent majority conservatives. Left wingers like to talk to the press and see their name in the editorial page - remember your universtiy paper. Also, if you are conservative and speak up the left wingers starts calling you names.

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