How Representative of American Public Opinion is USMB?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Epsilon Delta, Apr 10, 2009.

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How Representative of American political views is USMB?

  1. A true snapshot of America

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  2. Paints a somewhat good picture

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  3. Neutral... only my half of the board represents America

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  4. No, the place is too liberal

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  5. No, the place is too conservative

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  1. Epsilon Delta
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    A lot of time when I'm browsing through the posts here I tend to wonder just how representative the board is of the US population as a whole, in terms of political views mostly. Overall I feel there's a pretty good geographical representation, there's people from a lot of different places in the US, as well as some urban, some suburban, and some rural posters. There's also a lot of posters (I mean, almost 10,000, but probably how many are active? About 10%? 5%? Not a great sample size, but meh), but then there's also a lot of things that would skew it... ONLY people with internet, and ONLY people who have some interest in discussing their political views (then again, that could be positive, since we're talking about political views, probably there's a higher ratio of voters/politically active members here than in the population as a whole).

    It does feel like the board has a pretty solid 'conservative' leaning, but I don't know if that is because just America as a whole has a conservative leaning (or maybe because I'm a far-left pinko radical)... Though most public opinion polls don't seem to really support that (i.e. majority support for abortion, health care, stem cell research, defense spending, etc).

    So.... uh, what's your insight on it?
     
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    If you listen/watch Washington Journal on c-span you would see it's true. true snapshot.
     
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    Overall, Conservatives tend to be more politically active and informed. For the same reason that conservative talk radio is so successful compared to liberal talk radio, you will see more conservatives on this board. Well informed Liberals pale in comparison to well informed Conservatives. In other words, many who vote to the left do so because they are just voting what sounds good without placing much thought behind who and what they actually support.

    However, trying to draw any conclusions as to how it relates to the general population is difficult, because so many people fall in the middle. While the majority support things like abortion, stem cell research, global warming, and many other liberal type programs or ideas, the silent majority still don't trust government to do everything for us and feel that government is much too big. That is why this country is still fairly evenly divided. Despite the Dems having control currently, Obama did not win by a large margin. Had 4% of voters gone the other way, McCain would have won despite an extreme backlash against Republicans.

    So while you will see more Conservatives posting on boards such as USMB, the actual numbers are closer to being even, yet many of those who fall into the liberal category are there because they are too easily influenced by outside factors. This is why younger people tend to be much more liberal as they are indoctrinated by liberal teachers from high school through college. Younger people tend to have positive aspirtations and like the idea of utopian societies, and that is what liberalism preaches. Once these people wake up to reality and understand that it just doesn't work that way, then they tend to become more conservative.
     
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    Funny, I was going to say the exact same thing you did, but replace the word "conservtive" with "liberal."


    Red states are predominantly conservative, and yet are the biggest recipients of welfare AND have the highest divorce rates AND the highest teen pregnancy rates. Plus, they don't pay in as much in taxes as they receive.

    Listen, the day the red states pull their own weight is the day I'll take any of them seriously.
     
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    this board is HEAVILY conservative and NOT representative how how diverse America is.
     
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    the only reason blue sates are blue is because of the large population in the cites......they also seem to be in quite a bit of financial trouble......

    btw...i thought you all were going to unite americans not divide them.....

    after all you did vote for change.....
     
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    more financial trouble than the red states with their high poverty level?

    but you can't unite people who give you the finger. would be nice... but not likely, eh?
     
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    This board has a strong conservative leaning. It looks about even too me.

    Of course, the actually number of far left and Far right is really small.

    Just alot of people that tend to favor one political perspective over another, but has a great potential of switching(or blaming) if things do not work out the way they think it should.
     
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    california is more in debt than any state and has the highest unemployment rate....

    kinda funny....all you all bitched at bush for 8 years saying he wouldn't unite america while you all called him hitler, chimpy, moron and shrub and gave him the finger.....

    you all should really come clean and just admit that you think nothing is your fault.....
     
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    Overall, American public opinion is not liberal, conservative, libertarian, nor populist, but apathetic. That some are sufficiently politically informed and interested to post on USMB already implies a major divergence from the general American public.
     
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