PUBLIC OPINION > Ron Paul's Online Support Is Impressive
News 2012/03/14 22:38:03
It might seem a little strange that Republican candidate Ron Paul is doing so poorly in the primaries when he seems to have so much public support, but much of that support is online. An article by Yahoo! News suggests Paul's supporters are not nearly as populous in "the real world" as they appear to be online. And as a result, the presidential candidate has virtually no chance of winning. But the Internet is, and will continue to become, an important part of campaigning, so maybe he's on to something. We asked the public if his online support is as impressive as it seems.
Not everyone is impressed, but a narrow majority are. Granted, it's a little tough to objectively gauge an online phenomenon through the Internet, but there's not much else you can do. One reason Paul might be doing so well online, and we'll have more on this in a bit, is that he appeals to young people. One commenter wrote, "He is the only GOP candidate with a significant young following. I think that is impressive for a 76 year old candidate. It is also the reason why he does so much better online. Phone surveys are weighted toward an older demographic. Internet surveys to a younger demographic."
Yes, libertarians were very impressed, but that's about it on the political spectrum. He failed to impress most liberals, conservatives, and moderates. The libertarian base appears to be his main source of fuel, although he did snag 30%-40% of the rest, which is saying something.
Teens Take to the Internet
That commenter was right, teens are fond of the Internet support. That doesn't necessarily mean they'd vote for him (though it is a good indicator), but it does mean the Internet campaigning is popular with the kids. Obviously. We'll have to wait another four years to find out how they'd actually vote... That is, if Paul tries again at age 80.
Smokers Are Impressed
Oddly enough, smokers were significantly more likely to be impressed with Ron Paul's campaign. Our best guess is that it has something to do with the libertarian tie, especially following that attempt to require graphic warnings on cigarette packages. The government is not looking good to smokers.
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