In the ongoing GD thread, “Joe Wilson Fingers Karl Rove for Outing His Wife” (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=213000&perpage=50&pagenumber=1), smiling bandit made the following off-hand assertion:
It got me to wondering. Does a conservative really view the SDMB community this way? It seems to me there are an awful lot of right-wingers on this board. (And an awful lot they are! [rimshot]) But I’ve never done a poll, or seen one. What do you think? Are there more left-wing or right-wing dopers posting in the Great Debates forum? (The other forums, obviously, are not as relevant to this question.)
For that matter, how do we Dopers differ from the general population? Some characteristics are obvious:
Since the SDMB is conducted in English, all Dopers know how to read and write (or type) English. Unless they have some B]really** good language-translation software.
All Dopers have access to an Internet-linked computer and know enough to use it to post on this board.
Dopers are self-selected for a certain level of interest in intellectual matters – that is, they are willing to devote a certain amount of their time and effort to discussing things on this board. (In this assertion I am using the phrase “intellectual matters” broadly enough to encompass a serious interest in Flintstones trivia, etc., or absolutely anything one might discuss in Cafe Society, General Questions, or MPSIMS.)
Most or all Dopers learned about this board through Cecil’s column, which is published mainly in alternative weekly tabloid newspapers in major urban areas. (However, a lot of Dopers do seem to post from rural areas.)
Now, does all this add up to a community which is skewed toward the left? Toward the right? Toward some other direction? What do you all think? Are there more liberals or conservatives on this board?