Responses by readers of Firedoglake to March 2006 political blogs reader survey, organized
by Blogads.com. Full survey responses and party breakouts available here.
1. Age?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
<14
0.00% 0
14-21
0.28% 2
21-30
4.90% 35
31-40
14.41% 103
41-50
30.63% 219
51-60
35.66% 255
61-70
10.91% 78
71+
3.22% 23
Total Respondents 715
(skipped this question) 1
2. Sex
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Male
55.10% 394
Female
44.90% 321
Total Respondents 715
(skipped this question) 1
3. Annual family income:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
0-$10,000
1.32% 9
$10-$20,000
3.37% 23
$20-30,000
3.96% 27
$30-$45,000
9.82% 67
$45-$60,000
15.54% 106
$60-$90,000
19.94% 136
$90-$120,000
18.18% 124
$120-$150,000
9.38% 64
$150-$200,000
9.38% 64
$200-$300,000
5.13% 35
$300-$500,000
1.61% 11
>$500,000
2.35% 16
Total Respondents 682
(skipped this question) 34
4. Household size:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
1
23.64% 165
2
36.96% 258
3
15.62% 109
4
16.19% 113
5
5.16% 36
6
1.58% 11
7
0.57% 4
8+
0.29% 2
Total Respondents 698
(skipped this question) 18
5. Job title:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Accountant/auditor
0.42% 3
Admin Assistant
1.82% 13
Analyst
2.10% 15
Artist/musician/entertainer
1.54% 11
Architect
1.82% 13
Associate
0.28% 2
Broker/trader/adviser
0.84% 6
CEO/Chairman/President
1.96% 14
CFO,COO,CTO,CIO
0.70% 5
Clergy
0.00% 0
Clerical worker
0.42% 3
Computer professional
8.39% 60
Consultant
4.34% 31
Director
1.82% 13
Doctor
0.98% 7
Educator
8.53% 61
Engineer
1.40% 10
Entrepreneur
1.82% 13
Government official
0.84% 6
Health care worker (other than Dr.)
2.38% 17
Homemaker
4.06% 29
Lawyer/Judge
6.99% 50
Manager
3.08% 22
Military officer
0.00% 0
Partner/principal/owner
2.80% 20
Researcher
1.26% 9
Sales
3.08% 22
Skilled labor
0.42% 3
Scientist
2.52% 18
Service provider
1.26% 9
Student
2.10% 15
Supervisor
0.56% 4
Technician
1.12% 8
Vice President
1.54% 11
Writer/editor
5.59% 40
Retired
9.65% 69
Other (please specify)
11.61% 83
Total Respondents 715
(skipped this question) 1
6. Your education:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
High school graduate
2.11% 15
Some college
16.48% 117
College graduate
37.32% 265
Post-graduate degree
44.08% 313
Total Respondents 710
(skipped this question) 6
7. Industry:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Accounting
1.03% 7
Agriculture
0.59% 4
Architecture, Design
2.65% 18
Arts, Entertainment
5.60% 38
Computers, Software, Tech
9.28% 63
Construction
2.50% 17
Consulting
4.42% 30
Education
15.17% 103
Engineering
2.65% 18
Finance, Banking, Brokerage
4.42% 30
Government, Diplomacy
3.98% 27
Health care
7.22% 49
Homemaker
1.62% 11
Import, Export, Trade
0.29% 2
Information Management/Library
1.91% 13
Insurance
0.88% 6
Legal
8.69% 59
Manufacturing
2.36% 16
MarCom, Advertising, PR
1.77% 12
Media
2.65% 18
Military
0.44% 3
Non-profit/Associations
2.80% 19
Pharmaceuticals
0.74% 5
Politics
0.74% 5
Real-estate
1.62% 11
Recruiting/HR
0.74% 5
Religious
0.44% 3
Retired
4.57% 31
R&D
1.03% 7
Retail
2.65% 18
Social Services
0.59% 4
Telecommunications
1.33% 9
Transport
1.03% 7
Travel, Hospitality
1.03% 7
Wholesale
0.59% 4
Total Respondents 679
(skipped this question) 37
8. Politically, you are:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Apolitical
2.32% 16
Democrat
67.25% 464
Republican
1.01% 7
Libertarian
2.90% 20
Independent
22.90% 158
Green
3.62% 25
Total Respondents 690
(skipped this question) 26
9. In the last 6 months, how much money have you spent online in each of the following categories?
Spending range
  0 $1-$100 $100-$199 $200-$499 $500-$999 $1000-$1499 $1500-$2499 $2500-$4999 $5000+ Response
Total
Contributed to a cause/campaign 16% (104) 33% (213) 19% (119) 17% (108) 8% (51) 3% (20) 2% (11) 1% (7) 1% (5) 638
Clothes 26% (155) 17% (101) 17% (100) 23% (136) 11% (69) 5% (28) 1% (7) 0% (3) 1% (5) 604
Software 32% (187) 29% (173) 16% (97) 14% (83) 5% (30) 2% (14) 1% (3) 0% (0) 0% (2) 589
Music 27% (165) 43% (257) 16% (96) 10% (58) 3% (16) 1% (8) 0% (1) 0% (0) 0% (0) 601
Books 9% (60) 31% (203) 25% (167) 23% (151) 7% (49) 2% (14) 1% (9) 0% (2) 0% (1) 656
Plane tickets 34% (212) 1% (5) 2% (15) 12% (71) 17% (104) 13% (79) 10% (64) 7% (44) 4% (23) 617
Computer 43% (253) 8% (48) 6% (34) 10% (59) 9% (53) 9% (50) 9% (50) 5% (27) 2% (11) 585
Consumer electronics 39% (231) 16% (93) 12% (72) 16% (93) 10% (58) 4% (22) 2% (10) 2% (10) 0% (1) 590
Subscription to a publication 40% (238) 44% (267) 11% (67) 3% (20) 1% (6) 0% (2) 0% (1) 0% (0) 0% (0) 601
Total Respondents 692
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10. Which of the following have you done in the last twelve months:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Written or called any politician at the state, local, or national level
85.41% 568
Attended a political rally, speech, or organized protest of any kind
39.85% 265
Attended a public meeting on town or school affairs
38.50% 256
Held or run for political office
1.20% 8
Served on a committee for some local organization
27.52% 183
Served as an officer for some club or organization
21.35% 142
Written a letter to the Editor of a newspaper or magazine or called a live radio or TV show to express an opinion
49.77% 331
Signed a petition
83.01% 552
Worked for a political party
22.71% 151
Made a speech
8.57% 57
Written an article for a magazine or newspaper
12.03% 80
Been an active member of any group that tries to influence public policy or government
33.98% 226
Total Respondents 665
(skipped this question) 51
11. In an average week, how many friends and colleagues do you e-mail, IM or talk with about political news or opinions? (Please exclude web postings.)
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
1-5
44.82% 316
5-10
33.05% 233
11-20
13.19% 93
21-30
4.11% 29
31-40
1.28% 9
41-50
1.42% 10
51-60
0.43% 3
61-70
0.43% 3
71-80
0.14% 1
81-100
0.28% 2
101-150
0.00% 0
151-200
0.28% 2
200+
0.57% 4
Total Respondents 705
(skipped this question) 11
12. What newspapers do you read at least once a week?
  Print Online Respondents
Total
The New York Times 23% (128) 87% (475) 547
USA Today 28% (21) 73% (55) 75
The Washington Times 2% (1) 98% (40) 41
The Boston Globe 14% (19) 89% (117) 132
The Wall Street Journal 45% (47) 62% (64) 104
The Financial Times 14% (9) 86% (57) 66
The Guardian 3% (6) 98% (215) 220
The Washington Post 7% (33) 97% (471) 486
The Hill 0% (0) 100% (69) 69
The Los Angeles Times 13% (36) 91% (247) 271
The Philadelphia Inquirer 24% (10) 80% (33) 41
The Christian Science Monitor 6% (6) 97% (94) 97
Roll Call 0% (0) 100% (44) 44
National Journal 0% (0) 100% (49) 49
The Jerusalem Post 0% (0) 100% (10) 10
Total Respondents 629
(skipped this question) 87
13. Magazines you read regularly:
  Print Online Respondents
Total
The Advocate 71% (5) 29% (2) 7
American Rifleman 50% (1) 50% (1) 2
The American Prospect 30% (27) 76% (68) 90
Atlantic Monthly 72% (84) 38% (44) 117
Barrons 92% (11) 8% (1) 12
Business 2.0 67% (6) 56% (5) 9
Business Week 69% (20) 34% (10) 29
Christianity Today 50% (2) 50% (2) 4
Depatures 100% (1) 0% (0) 1
The Economist 66% (50) 37% (28) 76
Editor & Publisher 2% (3) 98% (136) 139
Esquire 80% (8) 20% (2) 10
Forbes 63% (12) 42% (8) 19
Foreign Policy 34% (10) 66% (19) 29
Fortune 82% (14) 24% (4) 17
Guidepost 100% (1) 0% (0) 1
Harpers 73% (91) 28% (35) 125
Harvard Business Review 25% (2) 75% (6) 8
Inc. 100% (1) 0% (0) 1
The Jerusalem report 20% (1) 80% (4) 5
Money 71% (10) 29% (4) 14
Mother Jones 47% (49) 58% (61) 105
National Geographic 80% (65) 21% (17) 81
The Nation 39% (73) 70% (130) 186
National Review 10% (2) 90% (18) 20
New York 84% (16) 16% (3) 19
The New Yorker 70% (175) 34% (84) 249
The New York Review of Books 58% (57) 49% (48) 98
The New Republic 26% (11) 77% (33) 43
New Scientist 38% (9) 71% (17) 24
Newsweek 59% (107) 48% (86) 181
NRA Rifleman 33% (1) 67% (2) 3
Onion 8% (12) 92% (139) 151
Popular Science 59% (10) 41% (7) 17
Reason Magazine 38% (3) 63% (5) 8
Rolling Stone 54% (33) 48% (29) 61
Scientific American 78% (45) 28% (16) 58
The Smithsonian 85% (40) 15% (7) 47
Salon 5% (11) 95% (227) 238
Slate 4% (7) 96% (166) 173
Smart Money 73% (8) 27% (3) 11
Soldier of Fortune 100% (1) 0% (0) 1
Time 56% (71) 53% (67) 126
The Week 90% (9) 10% (1) 10
Time 38% (20) 66% (35) 53
US News & World Reports 58% (23) 43% (17) 40
Utne Reader 72% (23) 31% (10) 32
Vanity Fair 79% (97) 25% (31) 123
The Washington Monthly 23% (19) 80% (66) 83
Weekly Standard 0% (0) 100% (7) 7
Wired 62% (48) 44% (34) 77
Total Respondents 593
(skipped this question) 123
14. Please rate how well the following media provide you with news and opinion:
Usefulness
  NA Worthless Somewhat useful Useful Extremely useful Response
Total
Word of mouth 18% (100) 13% (73) 49% (270) 17% (91) 3% (15) 549
Television 3% (21) 43% (278) 45% (288) 8% (50) 1% (4) 641
Radio 11% (68) 14% (84) 36% (219) 29% (179) 10% (64) 614
Newspapers (print) 12% (74) 11% (71) 45% (277) 26% (161) 6% (36) 619
Newspapers (online) 4% (26) 2% (15) 39% (250) 40% (257) 14% (91) 639
Magazines (print) 13% (75) 7% (39) 41% (246) 31% (184) 8% (49) 593
Magazines (online) 12% (69) 3% (15) 41% (229) 36% (200) 9% (49) 562
Blogs 0% (0) 0% (0) 3% (20) 17% (120) 80% (547) 687
Forums 51% (245) 9% (45) 20% (94) 14% (65) 6% (27) 476
% of total media consumption
  0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Response
Total
Word of mouth 42% (167) 49% (196) 5% (20) 1% (5) 1% (2) 1% (5) 0% (0) 0% (1) 1% (2) 0% (0) 0% (0) 398
Television 30% (165) 49% (270) 14% (78) 3% (17) 1% (6) 1% (8) 1% (3) 0% (1) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 548
Radio 23% (115) 41% (211) 22% (110) 9% (44) 3% (13) 2% (11) 0% (2) 0% (1) 0% (2) 0% (1) 0% (0) 510
Newspapers (print) 24% (123) 49% (249) 17% (87) 6% (29) 2% (12) 1% (6) 0% (1) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 507
Newspapers (online) 7% (39) 50% (280) 26% (143) 11% (59) 4% (20) 1% (6) 1% (5) 0% (0) 0% (2) 1% (5) 0% (1) 560
Magazines (print) 22% (100) 57% (262) 16% (76) 3% (14) 0% (2) 1% (6) 0% (0) 0% (2) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 462
Magazines (online) 18% (79) 64% (285) 12% (54) 3% (13) 1% (3) 1% (5) 0% (1) 0% (2) 0% (2) 0% (0) 0% (0) 444
Blogs 0% (0) 3% (21) 15% (94) 24% (152) 15% (99) 16% (101) 10% (65) 8% (53) 5% (31) 4% (24) 1% (5) 645
Forums 65% (190) 23% (67) 7% (21) 2% (6) 0% (1) 1% (2) 0% (1) 0% (0) 1% (2) 0% (1) 0% (0) 291
Total Respondents 708
(skipped this question) 8
15. Do you have your own blog?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes
11.89% 85
No
88.11% 630
Total Respondents 715
(skipped this question) 1
16. Why do you blog?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
To influence public opinion.
36.47% 31
To let off steam.
50.59% 43
For money.
2.35% 2
For fame.
4.71% 4
To meet new people.
8.24% 7
To formulate new ideas.
44.71% 38
To stay in touch with old friends.
25.88% 22
To keep track of my thoughts.
50.59% 43
I'm not sure, but I love it.
22.35% 19
To smite my enemies.
18.82% 16
To praise my friends.
11.76% 10
Other (please specify)
22.35% 19
Total Respondents 85
(skipped this question) 631
17. When did you start blogging?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
1998
3.53% 3
1999
3.53% 3
2000
3.53% 3
2001
2.35% 2
2002
3.53% 3
2003
10.59% 9
2004
25.88% 22
2005
30.59% 26
2006
16.47% 14
Total Respondents 85
(skipped this question) 631
18. How many blogs do you read daily?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
1
0.14% 1
2
0.98% 7
3
5.17% 37
4
6.28% 45
5
15.78% 113
6
11.45% 82
7
6.15% 44
8
6.56% 47
9
2.09% 15
10
15.78% 113
11-15
18.30% 131
16-25
8.66% 62
26-50
1.68% 12
51-100
0.70% 5
101-200
0.28% 2
200+
0.00% 0
Total Respondents 716
(skipped this question) 0
19. Do you leave comments in other people's blogs?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes
61.22% 423
No
38.78% 268
Total Respondents 691
(skipped this question) 25
20. In an average week, roughly how many hours do you spend reading blogs?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
0
0.00% 0
1
0.70% 5
2
1.12% 8
3
2.09% 15
4
3.07% 22
5
4.61% 33
6
3.07% 22
7
5.17% 37
8
5.59% 40
9
1.96% 14
10
18.58% 133
11
0.70% 5
12
7.12% 51
13
0.84% 6
14
9.36% 67
15
10.20% 73
16
2.37% 17
17
0.84% 6
18
1.26% 9
19-24
12.99% 93
24-30
4.75% 34
30-36
1.12% 8
36+
2.51% 18
Total Respondents 716
(skipped this question) 0
21. You read blogs for:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Faster news
68.91% 492
Latest trends
23.67% 169
Transparent biases
34.03% 243
Better perspective
85.71% 612
More personality
36.97% 264
More honesty
77.87% 556
News I can't find elsewhere
88.94% 635
Links
59.66% 426
Humor
53.50% 382
Other (please specify)
14.01% 100
Total Respondents 714
(skipped this question) 2
22. List up to ten of your favorite blogs (to make this data parsable and useful for bloggers, please put each blog name on a new row and provide at least the first full word of blog's name):
23. Referring blog:
24. You read blogs via RSS:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Never
73.91% 476
Occasionally
15.22% 98
Often
7.92% 51
Always
3.11% 20
Total Respondents 644
(skipped this question) 72
25. You listen to how many podcasts each week:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Never
76.55% 532
1
8.49% 59
2
4.89% 34
3
4.03% 28
4
1.29% 9
5
2.16% 15
6
0.14% 1
7
0.00% 0
8
0.29% 2
9
0.14% 1
10
0.58% 4
11-15
0.72% 5
16-25
0.43% 3
>25
0.29% 2
Total Respondents 695
(skipped this question) 21