Responses by readers of Althouse 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
2.12% 5
21-30
20.34% 48
31-40
21.19% 50
41-50
25.00% 59
51-60
23.31% 55
61-70
6.78% 16
71+
1.27% 3
Total Respondents 236
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2. Sex
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Male
74.15% 175
Female
25.85% 61
Total Respondents 236
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3. Annual family income:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
0-$10,000
3.11% 7
$10-$20,000
3.11% 7
$20-30,000
2.22% 5
$30-$45,000
8.44% 19
$45-$60,000
8.44% 19
$60-$90,000
24.44% 55
$90-$120,000
20.44% 46
$120-$150,000
11.11% 25
$150-$200,000
8.89% 20
$200-$300,000
4.89% 11
$300-$500,000
2.67% 6
>$500,000
2.22% 5
Total Respondents 225
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4. Household size:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
1
27.04% 63
2
36.05% 84
3
14.16% 33
4
15.02% 35
5
6.01% 14
6
1.29% 3
7
0.00% 0
8+
0.43% 1
Total Respondents 233
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5. Job title:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Accountant/auditor
1.27% 3
Admin Assistant
1.27% 3
Analyst
2.97% 7
Artist/musician/entertainer
0.42% 1
Architect
0.85% 2
Associate
1.27% 3
Broker/trader/adviser
0.42% 1
CEO/Chairman/President
0.42% 1
CFO,COO,CTO,CIO
0.85% 2
Clergy
0.00% 0
Clerical worker
1.27% 3
Computer professional
8.47% 20
Consultant
5.93% 14
Director
3.81% 9
Doctor
0.42% 1
Educator
5.08% 12
Engineer
5.51% 13
Entrepreneur
1.69% 4
Government official
2.12% 5
Health care worker (other than Dr.)
0.42% 1
Homemaker
2.97% 7
Lawyer/Judge
12.29% 29
Manager
2.54% 6
Military officer
0.85% 2
Partner/principal/owner
1.27% 3
Researcher
1.69% 4
Sales
1.69% 4
Skilled labor
0.42% 1
Scientist
1.69% 4
Service provider
0.00% 0
Student
7.63% 18
Supervisor
0.85% 2
Technician
1.27% 3
Vice President
1.27% 3
Writer/editor
4.66% 11
Retired
8.05% 19
Other (please specify)
6.36% 15
Total Respondents 236
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6. Your education:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
High school graduate
2.12% 5
Some college
19.49% 46
College graduate
34.75% 82
Post-graduate degree
43.64% 103
Total Respondents 236
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7. Industry:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Accounting
0.44% 1
Agriculture
0.44% 1
Architecture, Design
0.88% 2
Arts, Entertainment
2.63% 6
Computers, Software, Tech
11.40% 26
Construction
1.32% 3
Consulting
2.19% 5
Education
12.28% 28
Engineering
3.51% 8
Finance, Banking, Brokerage
6.58% 15
Government, Diplomacy
6.14% 14
Health care
2.19% 5
Homemaker
1.32% 3
Import, Export, Trade
0.00% 0
Information Management/Library
1.75% 4
Insurance
0.44% 1
Legal
15.35% 35
Manufacturing
1.75% 4
MarCom, Advertising, PR
3.51% 8
Media
5.26% 12
Military
2.19% 5
Non-profit/Associations
0.44% 1
Pharmaceuticals
2.19% 5
Politics
1.32% 3
Real-estate
0.44% 1
Recruiting/HR
0.44% 1
Religious
0.88% 2
Retired
3.07% 7
R&D
1.75% 4
Retail
1.75% 4
Social Services
0.00% 0
Telecommunications
3.51% 8
Transport
0.88% 2
Travel, Hospitality
0.88% 2
Wholesale
0.88% 2
Total Respondents 228
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8. Politically, you are:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Apolitical
1.75% 4
Democrat
10.92% 25
Republican
35.81% 82
Libertarian
25.33% 58
Independent
25.76% 59
Green
0.44% 1
Total Respondents 229
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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 49% (105) 23% (48) 9% (19) 10% (21) 5% (11) 3% (6) 1% (2) 0% (1) 0% (0) 213
Clothes 37% (80) 10% (22) 17% (37) 20% (44) 9% (20) 5% (10) 0% (1) 1% (3) 0% (1) 218
Software 35% (76) 29% (62) 18% (38) 9% (20) 7% (16) 1% (2) 1% (2) 0% (0) 0% (0) 216
Music 28% (62) 46% (102) 16% (35) 6% (13) 2% (4) 1% (3) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (1) 220
Books 15% (34) 29% (68) 22% (50) 24% (56) 6% (13) 3% (6) 1% (2) 1% (2) 0% (1) 232
Plane tickets 36% (77) 0% (0) 2% (4) 12% (25) 18% (38) 13% (27) 10% (21) 7% (14) 4% (8) 214
Computer 49% (105) 7% (15) 6% (12) 8% (18) 6% (12) 11% (24) 6% (13) 5% (11) 2% (4) 214
Consumer electronics 43% (93) 13% (27) 9% (20) 13% (28) 10% (21) 7% (14) 3% (6) 1% (3) 1% (2) 214
Subscription to a publication 46% (97) 40% (84) 10% (22) 2% (5) 1% (3) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 211
Total Respondents 235
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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
64.77% 125
Attended a political rally, speech, or organized protest of any kind
19.69% 38
Attended a public meeting on town or school affairs
37.31% 72
Held or run for political office
2.59% 5
Served on a committee for some local organization
35.75% 69
Served as an officer for some club or organization
31.61% 61
Written a letter to the Editor of a newspaper or magazine or called a live radio or TV show to express an opinion
38.86% 75
Signed a petition
49.74% 96
Worked for a political party
10.36% 20
Made a speech
21.24% 41
Written an article for a magazine or newspaper
18.13% 35
Been an active member of any group that tries to influence public policy or government
21.76% 42
Total Respondents 193
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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
54.08% 126
5-10
25.75% 60
11-20
11.59% 27
21-30
3.43% 8
31-40
1.72% 4
41-50
0.43% 1
51-60
1.29% 3
61-70
0.43% 1
71-80
0.00% 0
81-100
0.43% 1
101-150
0.00% 0
151-200
0.00% 0
200+
0.86% 2
Total Respondents 233
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12. What newspapers do you read at least once a week?
  Print Online Respondents
Total
The New York Times 25% (28) 89% (101) 113
USA Today 48% (11) 52% (12) 23
The Washington Times 10% (5) 94% (48) 51
The Boston Globe 23% (5) 91% (20) 22
The Wall Street Journal 33% (38) 83% (95) 115
The Financial Times 17% (3) 89% (16) 18
The Guardian 0% (0) 100% (21) 21
The Washington Post 9% (9) 97% (102) 105
The Hill 11% (1) 100% (9) 9
The Los Angeles Times 12% (4) 91% (30) 33
The Philadelphia Inquirer 29% (2) 86% (6) 7
The Christian Science Monitor 13% (2) 94% (15) 16
Roll Call 0% (0) 100% (6) 6
National Journal 22% (2) 100% (9) 9
The Jerusalem Post 0% (0) 100% (16) 16
Total Respondents 179
(skipped this question) 59
13. Magazines you read regularly:
  Print Online Respondents
Total
The Advocate 50% (2) 50% (2) 4
American Rifleman 100% (14) 0% (0) 14
The American Prospect 25% (1) 75% (3) 4
Atlantic Monthly 74% (26) 31% (11) 35
Barrons 64% (7) 45% (5) 11
Business 2.0 75% (6) 25% (2) 8
Business Week 50% (7) 57% (8) 14
Christianity Today 100% (3) 0% (0) 3
Depatures 0% (0) 0% (0) 0
The Economist 74% (34) 43% (20) 46
Editor & Publisher 0% (0) 100% (11) 11
Esquire 100% (9) 0% (0) 9
Forbes 89% (17) 37% (7) 19
Foreign Policy 43% (6) 57% (8) 14
Fortune 100% (8) 25% (2) 8
Guidepost 100% (3) 0% (0) 3
Harpers 100% (6) 17% (1) 6
Harvard Business Review 50% (2) 75% (3) 4
Inc. 67% (2) 33% (1) 3
The Jerusalem report 0% (0) 100% (3) 3
Money 71% (5) 29% (2) 7
Mother Jones 100% (6) 0% (0) 6
National Geographic 93% (28) 7% (2) 30
The Nation 20% (1) 80% (4) 5
National Review 26% (19) 82% (59) 72
New York 40% (2) 60% (3) 5
The New Yorker 76% (25) 33% (11) 33
The New York Review of Books 33% (2) 67% (4) 6
The New Republic 21% (5) 88% (21) 24
New Scientist 57% (4) 43% (3) 7
Newsweek 74% (20) 30% (8) 27
NRA Rifleman 100% (8) 0% (0) 8
Onion 31% (13) 81% (34) 42
Popular Science 78% (7) 22% (2) 9
Reason Magazine 20% (5) 84% (21) 25
Rolling Stone 88% (7) 13% (1) 8
Scientific American 73% (11) 33% (5) 15
The Smithsonian 78% (14) 22% (4) 18
Salon 0% (0) 100% (13) 13
Slate 0% (0) 100% (56) 56
Smart Money 100% (2) 0% (0) 2
Soldier of Fortune 75% (3) 25% (1) 4
Time 72% (13) 39% (7) 18
The Week 100% (3) 33% (1) 3
Time 67% (4) 33% (2) 6
US News & World Reports 59% (10) 47% (8) 17
Utne Reader 50% (1) 50% (1) 2
Vanity Fair 71% (10) 29% (4) 14
The Washington Monthly 11% (1) 89% (8) 9
Weekly Standard 30% (12) 80% (32) 40
Wired 70% (14) 40% (8) 20
Total Respondents 185
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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 13% (25) 20% (39) 51% (102) 16% (31) 2% (3) 200
Television 6% (13) 28% (62) 48% (107) 18% (40) 0% (1) 223
Radio 14% (31) 13% (29) 37% (81) 25% (55) 10% (22) 218
Newspapers (print) 13% (28) 17% (37) 38% (82) 24% (52) 9% (19) 218
Newspapers (online) 4% (9) 6% (13) 41% (90) 36% (81) 13% (29) 222
Magazines (print) 14% (30) 10% (21) 43% (90) 24% (50) 8% (17) 208
Magazines (online) 14% (30) 4% (8) 42% (88) 31% (64) 9% (19) 209
Blogs 0% (0) 0% (1) 13% (30) 40% (93) 47% (109) 233
Forums 47% (88) 17% (32) 24% (45) 9% (16) 3% (6) 187
% of total media consumption
  0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Response
Total
Word of mouth 34% (53) 56% (88) 7% (11) 2% (3) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 1% (1) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 156
Television 23% (44) 50% (96) 16% (31) 7% (14) 3% (5) 1% (1) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 191
Radio 24% (42) 40% (70) 25% (44) 7% (13) 1% (2) 2% (3) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 1% (1) 0% (0) 175
Newspapers (print) 26% (45) 43% (75) 20% (35) 6% (11) 3% (6) 1% (2) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 174
Newspapers (online) 8% (15) 48% (94) 28% (55) 10% (19) 4% (7) 1% (2) 2% (3) 1% (1) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 196
Magazines (print) 27% (45) 59% (100) 8% (14) 4% (6) 1% (1) 1% (2) 1% (1) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 169
Magazines (online) 20% (33) 55% (91) 17% (28) 7% (11) 1% (2) 1% (1) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 166
Blogs 0% (1) 13% (28) 19% (41) 23% (49) 19% (41) 11% (23) 6% (13) 3% (6) 4% (9) 2% (5) 0% (1) 217
Forums 68% (81) 24% (29) 4% (5) 2% (2) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 3% (3) 0% (0) 0% (0) 120
Total Respondents 235
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15. Do you have your own blog?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes
36.86% 87
No
63.14% 149
Total Respondents 236
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16. Why do you blog?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
To influence public opinion.
33.72% 29
To let off steam.
33.72% 29
For money.
3.49% 3
For fame.
8.14% 7
To meet new people.
13.95% 12
To formulate new ideas.
43.02% 37
To stay in touch with old friends.
22.09% 19
To keep track of my thoughts.
59.30% 51
I'm not sure, but I love it.
22.09% 19
To smite my enemies.
6.98% 6
To praise my friends.
1.16% 1
Other (please specify)
22.09% 19
Total Respondents 86
(skipped this question) 152
17. When did you start blogging?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
1998
1.16% 1
1999
1.16% 1
2000
1.16% 1
2001
3.49% 3
2002
8.14% 7
2003
10.47% 9
2004
32.56% 28
2005
39.53% 34
2006
2.33% 2
Total Respondents 86
(skipped this question) 152
18. How many blogs do you read daily?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
1
1.68% 4
2
2.52% 6
3
2.94% 7
4
2.94% 7
5
10.50% 25
6
8.40% 20
7
7.56% 18
8
2.94% 7
9
0.42% 1
10
13.87% 33
11-15
24.79% 59
16-25
14.71% 35
26-50
5.88% 14
51-100
0.00% 0
101-200
0.84% 2
200+
0.00% 0
Total Respondents 238
(skipped this question) 0
19. Do you leave comments in other people's blogs?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes
61.80% 144
No
38.20% 89
Total Respondents 233
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20. In an average week, roughly how many hours do you spend reading blogs?
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
0
0.00% 0
1
1.68% 4
2
3.36% 8
3
4.20% 10
4
4.20% 10
5
7.56% 18
6
2.52% 6
7
3.78% 9
8
3.78% 9
9
0.84% 2
10
21.43% 51
11
0.00% 0
12
4.62% 11
13
0.00% 0
14
6.72% 16
15
12.61% 30
16
1.26% 3
17
0.00% 0
18
1.68% 4
19-24
13.87% 33
24-30
3.36% 8
30-36
1.26% 3
36+
1.26% 3
Total Respondents 238
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21. You read blogs for:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Faster news
64.41% 152
Latest trends
37.71% 89
Transparent biases
51.69% 122
Better perspective
80.51% 190
More personality
61.86% 146
More honesty
60.17% 142
News I can't find elsewhere
78.39% 185
Links
59.32% 140
Humor
65.68% 155
Other (please specify)
7.20% 17
Total Respondents 236
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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
69.74% 159
Occasionally
14.04% 32
Often
7.89% 18
Always
8.33% 19
Total Respondents 228
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25. You listen to how many podcasts each week:
    Response
Percent
Response
Total
Never
65.82% 156
1
13.50% 32
2
10.13% 24
3
4.64% 11
4
2.11% 5
5
2.95% 7
6
0.00% 0
7
0.42% 1
8
0.00% 0
9
0.00% 0
10
0.42% 1
11-15
0.00% 0
16-25
0.00% 0
>25
0.00% 0
Total Respondents 237
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