Tracking candidate popularity by MySpace friend numbers

techPresident is having some fun with non-scientific methodologies: they’re comparing 2008 presidential candidates using the metric of how many friends their profiles have on MySpace. Here are the numbers:

Democrats
Obama 52039
Clinton 25823
Edwards 12346
Kucinich 2565
Vilsack 1333
Richardson 658
Biden 583
Dodd 211
  Republicans
Paul 3061
Romney 1760
Tancredo 1085
Giuliani 817
Huckabee 490
Brownback 184
McCain 66

Notice how many more friends the Democratic candidates have versus the Republican candidates. It’s not even remotely close. The possible reasons include:

  1. Young people are generally more liberal/progressive than old farts and they get involved in social networking a lot more.
  2. Bush makes it embarrassing to be MySpace friends with any Republican.
  3. Republicans don’t know how to use computers.

I’m placing my bets on 1., but 2. might have something to do with it and 3. wouldn’t surprise me.

2 Responses to “Tracking candidate popularity by MySpace friend numbers”

  1. Doug Bell Says:

    You didn’t consider:

    4. People that spend a great deal of time on MySpace my not be well informed or likely to vote, and well-informed people likely to vote may not spend a great deal of time on MySpace, so the results may represent a meaningless sampling of views.

    Just a thought… :-)

  2. Cyde Weys Says:

    I’m not sure about all of that, but you do have a good point about people not being likely to vote (which is very unfortunate). I haven’t missed an election yet, and I don’t ever foresee myself missing one, but some of my friends, who are also 21, have never even voted.