UK Twitterers more left & liberal than average


8:16 am - November 18th 2009

by Sunny Hundal    


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Often seen as little more than a harmless waste of time, the much-hyped online social network site Twitter is increasingly being used as a tool by liberal and left-wing political campaigners. Twitter users are among the most liberal groups in Britain, a new national poll of 2000+ people by Prospect magazine and pollsters YouGov reveals.

The poll tested Britain’s 5.5m Twitter users and compared them to the rest of the country — revealing that British Twitterers actually have a strongly liberal and civil libertarian bias. This is in contrast to the popular view that David Cameron’s Conservatives and their blogging supporters are the most adept online force in politics.

The poll shows that while 57 per cent of Britons think greater police powers to tackle terrorism are more important than protecting civil liberties, less than half of Twitter users agree. Fifty-six per cent of the public agree that “the greatest victims of discrimination in Britain these days are often ordinary white men,” compared to only 45 per cent of Twitter users.

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Reader comments


I’ve not met anyone over 40 who knows what it is. Most think it’s something to do with sparrows. What is it?

Trofim:

Twitter is an idle consumerist distraction, with the pernicious effect of making the politically engaged think they are doing something meaningful when spewing purient nonesense into the ether.

You can follow me at paul_sagar

That last bit Sunny, that last question made me do a bit of sick in my mouth.

Even 45% is too high, never mind the 56% of people questioned who were daft racists.

“Fifty-six per cent of the public agree that “the greatest victims of discrimination in Britain these days are often ordinary white men,” compared to only 45 per cent of Twitter users.’

Although one isn’t necessarily liberal just because of disagreeing with THAT.. At least I hope so, given that proposition is a fundamentally extreme one (in the other direction)..

“Fifty-six per cent of the public agree that “the greatest victims of discrimination in Britain these days are often ordinary white men,””

But this is democracy folks? Squiddley2% would like bankers to pay higher taxes, #$% would like banks to pay higher taxes and a massive !& percentage agree with the contention that the Tories are heartless bastards.

But if you’re going to roll out support from the public for these sorts of things as proof that they should happen (and windfall taxes on oil companies and the whole dreary list on) because that’s “democratic” then you’ve also got to accept the other side of “democracy” which is that the people want and believe quite a lot of things that you don’t.

@1,

I’m over 40 and I use twitter.

Of course twitterers are more likely to be left-wing. This is because left-wing people are far more likely to be sat on their arse all day long with nothing better to do rather than in useful employment contributing to the economy

So sitting on your arse all day long typing eulogies to Goldman Sachs (and issuing emigration threats on their behalf) into the comments box of a website you despise counts as a useful contribution to the economy?

Well you said it.

Looks like this astroturfing problem is worse than we thought…

DHG, absolutely NOT. What is the basis for that ludicrous statement? Like many socialists (I assume you are one) you seem to equate someone with right wing views as a racist.

Neil

I dont belong to any political party, left-wing or right. I do enjoy confronting socialists with the mad reality of their beliefs.

Andy

The Andy doth protest too much, methinks.

Yes, indeed and of course let us not forget that of course twitterers are more likely to be left-wing. This is because left-wing people are far more likely to be engaging with new media and forms of expression while right-wing people are too busy worshipping Hitler and buying Golliwogs.

Oh how I enjoy confronting right-wing web trolls with the mad reality of their beliefs.

DHG, I was making a generalisation – consistent with my hypothesis that twitterers are MORE LIKELY to be left-wing. A generalisation in this context is wholely appropriate. I did not say that twitterers are ALL left-wing. Dear oh dear. People who work are more likely to be right-wing as they are paying taxes and like to see something for it.

As it happens I am at work currently generating taxes to support the likes of you.

Have fun

“As it happens I am at work currently generating taxes to support the likes of you.”

So you *are* being paid to post on LibCon?

Fascinating.

Neil

You think I am paid to post entries on this site! Guess what – not everyone in the world of work is a blogger/twitterer/hack/politico etc etc.

Some of us have to work on less interesting but more economically productive areas.

Andy

Andy Jam. Gold star for missing the point mate.

Jarm* ^^

Lee, apologies if I did mate, have work to do and can’t give this my undevoted attention all day. cheers

You think I am paid to post entries on this site!

Yes, because that’s what you told us at comment #15.

I am paid to be a banker mate, yes, one of the tossers who works 15 hour days to generate the taxes that pay for everything

Interesting, I didn’t know posting comments on LibCon was one of a banker’s daily duties. Is this a new thing?

It is new for me yes. It isnt a duty, more of an infrequent, sadistic pleasure.

So, which bank is this, that pays their employees to add comments to LibCon?

As someone who may or may not use its services, I think I have a right to know.

So which bank is it, Andy jarm? I might not be one, but your customers deserve to know.

Neil,

Employees can use the net and blog in their lunch hour privately without having to state who their employer is. When you get a job you will still be able to blog also.

Cheers

Oh jolly good – so you won’t mind telling us which bank it is that has this generous IT policy, will you?

Neil

I do mind telling you, mainly because you dont need to know. Anyway, I need to do some real work now. Have fun spending the rest of your afternoon blogging away productively

Andy

I do mind telling you, mainly because you dont need to know.

Nothing to do with the fact that your “lunch hour” just stretched to a full 92 minutes, then:

http://www.liberalconspiracy.org/2009/11/18/these-are-the-tories-at-ground-zero/#comment-84820
http://www.liberalconspiracy.org/2009/11/18/these-are-the-tories-at-ground-zero/#comment-84887

*UPDATE*

Andy Jarm of [he wont tell us, can’t imagine why] bank’s ‘lunch hour’ has now broken the 100 minute mark!
http://www.liberalconspiracy.org/2009/11/18/these-are-the-tories-at-ground-zero/#comment-84891

Neil

Don’t tell my boss!

104 minutes and counting. Can he break the 2 hour lunch mark?

I have enjoyed this a lot chaps. Thank you

I have enjoyed this a lot chaps

A lot more than the customers and shareholders whatever unfortunate bank it is you work for will have, yes.

Fuck off, pagar.

@34

Bernard.

Are you coming out as the fake DHG?

No, I’ve never impersonated DHG or any other blogger. I just think you should fuck off.

Any reason?


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