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September 18, 2005

The Power of the Blogs?

Chris Bowers has a new post up commenting on the new poll out by the Pew Research Center confirming last week's Newsweek poll on the 12% advantage to the Democrats, meaning 40% would vote for a generic Republican vs. 52% for a generic Democratic.  Some key strength for Democrats:

  • 27 to 55 advantage from Independents
  • 39 to 57 advantage with young people, aged 18-28
  • 38 to 55 women

This is good but it gets better.  Chris then goes on to ponder the influence of the progressive blogs on the results.  He makes an astounding but compelling argument that the progressive blogs are having an enormous effect on how Democrats, Indepentents, and Moderate Republicans, especially the young, feel about politics: 

Considering the similarity of these polling numbers to the general outlook of the progressive netroots, I have to wonder about the role of blogs in all of this. Just like the Democrats in this poll, the progressive blogosphere is often pissed off at leaders of the Democratic Party. However, like the Democrats in this poll, it is rabidly partisan, and it isn't taking its votes anywhere in a general election for public office. Also, by overhwelming, two-to-one margins, Democrats do not feel the Party is standing up for its traditional values, a regular online complaint. Further, the younger the voters in this poll are the ones most pissed off at Republicans and most likely to vote against them. As I have previously reported, the progressive blogosphere is a lager source of news for younger Americans than all of the cable news networks combined (and the progressive blogosphere has more than doubled its audience since I made that report). This could all be coincidental, but it could mean that the progressive blogosphere is becoming the heart and soul of the rank and file opposition to Republicans nationwide. People often accuse me of overstating the power of the netroots and the blogosphere, but perhaps even I have been dramatically understating it. I mean, if the blogosphere plays a central role in the political life of over two million of the most politically active progressives, and those people tend to be the influentials in their family and social circles, how could we not be basically driving the progressive zeitgeist nationwide?

Posted by Lynn Allen on September 18, 2005 at 10:50 AM in Media | Permalink


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