Friday, February 12, 2010

Polling the Rightroots; or, Hey, I'm a Lot Like Those Other Conservative Bloggers!

How about the wisdom of the crowds? Er, conservative blogging crowds, that is?

John Hawkins has a super cool post, and one that took quite a bit of work to compile: "
Polling Conservative Bloggers On Gay Marriage, Impeachment, Birtherism, Secession, And Health Care":
... Right Wing News emailed more than 250 right-of-center bloggers and asked them to answer nine questions that were copied from the Kos/Research 2000 poll and one bonus question about health care.

The following 79 blogs responded.

101 Dead Armadillos, Ace of Spades HQ, All American Blogger, All That Is Necessary, The American Princess, The Anchoress, And Rightly So, The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, Argghhhh!, Axis of Right, Bad Example, Basil's Blog, Black and Right, Bookworm Room, Bright & Early, Bull Moose Strikes Back, Cao's Blog, Confederate Yankee, Copious Dissent, Dodgeblogium, Doubleplusundead, Drumwaster's Rants, Election Projection, Cara Ellison, Exurban League, Fausta's Blog, Cassy Fiano, Flopping Aces, Fraters Libertas, Freeman Hunt, GayPatriot, Generation Patriot, GOPUSA Northeast, GraniteGrok, Guardian Watchblog, Paul, IMAO, Infidels Are Cool, JammieWearingFool, The Jawa Report, Linkiest, Little Miss Attila, Mean Ol' Meany , Moonbattery, Midnight Blue, mountaineer musings, Mount Virtus, No Oil For Pacifists, No Runny Eggs, Outside The Beltway, The Nose On Your Face (Buckley), The Nose On Your Face (Potfry), Pal2pal, The Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill, Pirate's Cove, Pirates Man Your Women!, QandO, Right Wing Rocker, Right View from the Left Coast, Russ. Just Russ, Say Anything, Don Singleton, Sister Toldjah, The Smallest Minority, Snark and Boobs, Solomonia, Stolen Thunder, The Sundries Shack, Don Surber, This Ain't Hell, The TrogloPundit, Twenty Mule Team, Viewpoint, Wolking's World, Word Around the Net, YidwithLid.
Here are the findings on gay rights, which track perfectly with my positions:

4) Should openly gay men and women be allowed to serve in the military?

Yes: 53% (41 votes)
No: 47% (37 votes)

5) Should same sex couples be allowed to marry?

Yes: 24% (19 votes)
No: 76% (60 votes)
Be sure to read the whole thing. The sample of respondents (linked above) is not representative of the GOP base (as John points out), but they're fair and thoughtful by a look at these results, and they don't go in for wild conspiracy theories.

Something to keep in mind when comparing right bloggers to the crazed denizens of the netroots left.