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  • Chicago Boyz Reader Survey Results

    Posted by Jonathan on February 15th, 2006 (All posts by )

    Here are the results to date. I cleaned them up as best I could, but you should still interpret the data with a skeptical eye. At the least there are probably a few duplicate responses. Unfortunately the formatting below is not very good, but it’s not difficult to understand the answers once you get the pattern. Note that free-form answers are generally listed under “other.”

    The results are interesting and should help us to improve the blog. Thanks to all who participated, and particularly to those respondents who left kind remarks.

    I will leave the survey running for as long as it continues to accumulate responses.


    ChicagoBoyz Reader Survey
    Date: 2/15/2006

    Total number of responses collected: 169

    Q1_1 ( ): Your age?

    (Respondents were limited to brief text responses)
    Frequency Count
    22 1.2% 2
    23 2.4% 4
    24 3.6% 6
    25 1.2% 2
    26 1.8% 3
    27 1.8% 3
    28 3.0% 5
    29 3.0% 5
    30 3.6% 6
    31 1.2% 2
    32 1.8% 3
    33 2.4% 4
    34 3.0% 5
    35 1.8% 3
    36 3.0% 5
    37 2.4% 4
    38 2.4% 4
    39 1.2% 2
    40 1.2% 2
    41 1.8% 3
    43 5.9% 10
    44 2.4% 4
    45 3.0% 5
    46 1.2% 2
    47 4.7% 8
    48 2.4% 4
    49 1.2% 2
    50 2.4% 4
    51 2.4% 4
    52 1.8% 3
    53 1.2% 2
    55 1.8% 3
    56 4.1% 7
    57 3.0% 5
    58 2.4% 4
    60 3.6% 6
    61 1.2% 2
    62 1.2% 2
    63 1.2% 2
    64 1.2% 2
    65 2.4% 4
    68 1.2% 2
    Other Responses 5.3% 9
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q2: Your sex?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    M 88.2% 149
    F 11.8% 20
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q3: Where do you live?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    USA 84.6% 143
    Canada 2.4% 4
    UK 2.4% 4
    Oz 0.6% 1
    France 1.2% 2
    Germany 1.8% 3
    Elsewhere: 7.1% 12
       Sweden
       Bulgaria
       Venezuela
       Australia
       Belgium
       Belgium
       Russia
       Poland
       NL
       Portugal
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q4: Your religion?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    Christianity (Protestant) 35.5% 60
    Christianity (Roman Catholic) 24.3% 41
    Christianity (other) 5.3% 9
    Judaism 2.4% 4
    Islam 0.6% 1
    Other: 6.5% 11
       Agnostic
       generic Christianity
       Fundamentalist Atheism
       JEDI KNIGHT
       Was neo-pagan, now just tired
       Deist, with a bias towards Christianity
       agnostic
       Buddhist
       Pan-agnostic
       agnostic (from nominally Catholic family)
    None 25.4% 43
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q5: How religiously observant are you?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    Not at all. 37.5% 63
    Only on rare occasions. 23.8% 40
    On holidays. 6.0% 10
    Moderately observant; religion is a frequent and important part of my life. 21.4% 36
    Highly observant; I try to observe the rules and traditions of my faith to the extent possible. 11.3% 19
    Not Answered 1
    Valid Responses 168
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q6: The area of your principal occupation?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    The Arts 1.8% 3
    Academia 8.9% 15
    Banking/Finance/Trading 9.5% 16
    Law 10.7% 18
    Computers/Networks/Software 23.1% 39
    Journalism (non-blog) 1.8% 3
    Blogging 0.0% 0
    Military 2.4% 4
    Government (nonmilitary) 4.1% 7
    Politics 0.0% 0
    Internet Schemes 0.0% 0
    Entrepreneurship 2.4% 4
    Manufacturing 6.5% 11
    Personal Services 1.8% 3
    Fulltime Parenting 1.2% 2
    Retired 9.5% 16
    Other: 16.0% 27
       Research/Science
       self-employed (Entreprenurship?)
       consulting
       Consulting
       Research
       law student
       Medical
       Energy Services
       Engineering
       Electronics Engineering
       insurance
       College student
       Engineering
       Education, non-academia
       engineering/technology/research
       Engineering
       Sales – political non-profit org
       Consulting
       Engineering
       Engineering
       healthcare
       Chemist
       secretary studying journalism
       Forester/Forestry
       Graphic Design
       Librarian
       Engineering/R&D
    Unemployed 0.6% 1
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q7: Have you served in the US military?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    Yes 17.2% 29
    No 66.3% 112
    Not applicable, due to age, citizenship/immigration status, health or other disqualification. 16.6% 28
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q8: How active are you in politics? (Check the highest level of political involvement that applies.)

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    Not at all: I don’t pay much if any attention and don’t vote. 0.0% 0
    I vote in some elections but only if it’s convenient to do so. 1.2% 2
    I only vote in elections that feature issues that are particularly important to me. 4.7% 8
    I always vote in national elections and sometimes in state/local (outside the USA: regional/local) elections. 18.3% 31
    I always vote in state/local elections and sometimes in national elections. 1.2% 2
    I vote in every election for which I am eligible to vote. 52.7% 89
    I vote and I am active in politics–either on behalf of local issues and organizations or for the local branches of my state and national party apparatus. 4.1% 7
    I am active in state and/or national politics. 1.2% 2
    I work or have worked as a local party official (e.g., precinct captain). 3.6% 6
    I am running or have run for elected office. 0.6% 1
    I hold or have held elected office. 0.0% 0
    I am serving or have served as an elected official and am running or intend to run for a higher office (e.g., from a county or municipal office to Congress). 0.6% 1
    I follow politics closely, as a matter of self-preservation, but do not participate beyond occasional defensive voting, and generally find political activities to be distasteful. 9.5% 16
    None of the above: I avoid politics because I am not a citizen or am otherwise disqualified from participating. 1.2% 2
    None of the above: I live in a dictatorship. 1.2% 2
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q9: How much time do you spend each week on the Internet?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    1 hour or less. (ha) 0.0% 0
    Between 1 and 5 hours. 4.7% 8
    6-10 hours. 15.4% 26
    11-20 hours. 36.1% 61
    21-40 hours. 27.8% 47
    Almost all the time, if you must know the truth. 16.0% 27
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q10: Approximately how many different blogs do you visit in the course of a week?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    I only read Chicago Boyz! 0.0% 0
    2 to 5 blogs. 9.6% 16
    6 to 15 blogs. 34.1% 57
    16 to 30 blogs. 34.7% 58
    More than 30 blogs. 21.6% 36
    Not Answered 2
    Valid Responses 167
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q11: Do you have a blog?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    Y 25.1% 42
    N 74.9% 125
    Not Answered 2
    Valid Responses 167
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q12: How long have you been reading Chicago Boyz?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    I just got here. 2.4% 4
    Less than 1 month. 3.0% 5
    Between 1 and 3 months. 4.1% 7
    Between 3 months and 1 year. 27.2% 46
    More than 1 year. 63.3% 107
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q13: What are your favorite Chicago Boyz discussion topics? (Check all that apply.)

    (Respondents were allowed to choose multiple responses)
    Frequency Count
    Books 34.9% 59
    Movies 14.8% 25
    Military History 65.1% 110
    Political History 68.6% 116
    General History 52.7% 89
    Anglosphere 52.1% 88
    Economics 68.6% 116
    Business/Finance 33.7% 57
    Blogging 8.9% 15
    WOT 35.5% 60
    US Politics 58.0% 98
    International Politics 55.0% 93
    Science/Tech 39.1% 66
    The Arts 14.8% 25
    Music (even Lex’s girly bands) 8.3% 14
    Europe/EU 39.1% 66
    China 28.4% 48
    Middle East 38.5% 65
    Education/Universities 23.7% 40
    Religion 21.9% 37
    Sci Fi 21.9% 37
    Photography 16.6% 28
    Humor 26.0% 44
    Political Philosophy 46.2% 78
    Religion 15.4% 26
    Architecture and Design 11.2% 19
    Customer-Service Rants 7.7% 13
    Other: 6.5% 11
       I like them all, but what’s “WOT”?
       Religion for a third time
       Book recs by Lex!
       security (personal and otherwise)
       Flying cars
       not sure yet
       Just about everything y’all write!
       Anything Shannon writes
       Ginny’s essays
       Anything with Thomas PM Barnett
       “big picture stuff” of any sort
    Other: 0.6% 1
      civil liberties
    Other: 0.6% 1
      freedom of speech
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q14_1 (Yes:): Are there any topics that you’d like us to discuss less?

    (Respondents were limited to brief text responses)
    Frequency Count
    98.2% 166
    Other Responses 1.8% 3
       Anglosphere
       free speech
       Lex’s Girly Bands
       Philosiphy
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q14_2 (and also:): Are there any topics that you’d like us to discuss less?

    (Respondents were limited to brief text responses)
    Frequency Count
    99.4% 168
    Other Responses 0.6% 1
       pornography
       Anglosphere
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q14_3 (not to mention:): Are there any topics that you’d like us to discuss less?

    (Respondents were limited to brief text responses)
    Frequency Count
    99.4% 168
    Other Responses 0.6% 1
       prostitution
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q15: Are you a dog person or a cat person?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    Yes 59.6% 99
    No/WTF 26.5% 44
    I don’t eat meat. 3.6% 6
    It’s just me and my computer. 10.2% 17
    Not Answered 3
    Valid Responses 166
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q16: How did you first learn about Chicago Boyz?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    From a link at another blog: 25.4% 43
       instapundit
       Instapundit
       instapundit
       One Hand clapping
       instapundit.com
       instapundit
       Thomas Sowell
       instapundit
       Instapundit
       instapundit.com
       oxblog
       insty
       asymmetric information
       http://www.janegalt.net/
       captainmojo.com
       don’t remember which!
       photoncourier.blogspot.com
       Instapundit
       instapundit
       Photon Courier
       Adam Smith Institute
       kudlow & co
       Instapundit
       Instapundit
       www.thomaspmnarnett.com\weblog
       Instapundit
       instapundit
       vdare.com
       Instapundit
       Instapundit
       Hit & Run
       Instapundit
       Kudlow
       Instapundit.com
       EU referendum
       Barnett
       http://anglosphere.com/weblog/
       Daily Ablution
    From a link at another blog (don’t remember which blog). 48.5% 82
    From a link in a non-blog online article or publication. 0.0% 0
    From a search via Google or other search engine. 3.0% 5
    From someone I know. 7.7% 13
    From a source not listed above: 1.8% 3
      http://www.peres-fondateurs.com/
       Looking for Steven Den Beste comments/posts
       Lex saw my blog and introduced me to Chicago Boyz
    Don’t remember. 13.6% 23
    Valid Responses 169
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q17: Which of the following labels most closely matches your political philosophy?

    (Respondents could only choose a single response)
    Frequency Count
    Wobbly 0.0% 0
    Socialist 0.0% 0
    Democratic Socialist 0.0% 0
    Religious Socialist 0.0% 0
    (Wo)Man of the Left 0.0% 0
    Liberal (i.e., “left of center” as in current American usage) 1.8% 3
    Liberal (except on defense and foreign policy) 0.0% 0
    Communitarian 0.6% 1
    Apolitical 0.6% 1
    Moderate 3.6% 6
    Economic Conservative + Social Liberal 8.3% 14
    Northeastern USA Moderate Republican 2.4% 4
    Conservative 17.9% 30
    Tory 0.0% 0
    Cultural Conservative 1.2% 2
    Religious Conservative 1.8% 3
    Southern/Jacksonian Conservative 3.6% 6
    Cultural Conservative + Economic Dirigiste 0.0% 0
    Whig 2.4% 4
    Libertarian 4.8% 8
    Libertarian (except on foreign and defense policy) 13.1% 22
    Libertarian Conservative 22.0% 37
    Libertarian Techno-Optimist 3.6% 6
    Gun Libertarian 1.8% 3
    Drug Libertarian 0.6% 1
    Populist 0.0% 0
    Rightist 0.6% 1
    Jacksonian 3.6% 6
    Other: 6.0% 10
       damned if I know, Jacksonian Consv. may be close, not sure.
       Jeffersonian libertarian
       several of the above apply
       No one label fits
       to the Right of Attila the Hun
       Was a democrat, then 9/11 and reality struck (plus, the Demos are off in the weeds)
       Observer of history
       Hayekian “liberal”
       Anarcho-Capitalist
    Not Answered 1
    Valid Responses 168
    Total Responses 169
    —————————

    Q18: Any suggestions for how to improve the Chicago Boyz blog (layout, content, anything)?
       More pictures of pretty girls in the margin wouldn’t hurt.
       Clean house on your blogroll.
       Laayout not particularly attractive.same with lettering.Who are those pictures at the top of?Why are they there?Maaybe some colour.
       Better coverage of the Miss Belgium contest.
       None at the moment, the Boyz are allright!
       I love thisa blog.
       Get people to use that entended post option more often so I don’t have to do as much scrolling on the front page to see all the recent posts.
       hae to read more
       love it. nice change from most others i frequent. thank you
       None
       borders on blog ads so i know where one starts and others begin more navigation to recent and best ever posts.
       None
       Keep up the good work. You are bookmarked.
       I generally enjoy the longer articles on your blog. It may look better if you posted the whole article, with no ‘link to the rest’.
       nope
       Shannon, Lex, and a few others need to post more.
       Comment spam filter seems a little anal sometimes (oops, can I say that?)
       No. I like it fine.
       Is there actually a way to join?
       Suggestion 1: How about a groovy, 60′s, surfer-party kinda theme? You know, with little surf board shaped buttons for links, pictures of Frankie and Annette hangin’ out near a ’49 Ford Woodie and a Jan & Dean tribute page. Suggestion 2: Using the name Chicago Boyz as a takeoff point, how about a gangsta rap theme? Replace the photos at the top with photos of Tupac Shakur, Ice-T, the whole crew. All posts and comments would need to phrased in gangsta speech or face deletion. Ooohh-oohh, and how about this, when the homepage is first opened have a deep voice say ‘Yo!Whadup dog? Woof.’ Suggestion 3: How about a medieval cathedral theme? Put the photos in the banner inside little pointed gothic windows forming a clerestory of libertarian saints. Little halos could be airbrushed around their heads as well. Posts would appear in illumnated manuscript form for effect. Medieval meditation chants playing softly in the background are an option. Suggestion 4: How about a scary theme? Skull shaped link buttons, bats flying randomly across the screen, and a mouseover effect on the banner photos that turns them into vampires or skeletons or green zombies! A Bach organ concerto for background music.
       Instead of having the extended entry go to another page, can you get it to just snap to (like Winds of Change)?
       still discovering your blog, too early to tell
       If it’s possible to give some of the most prolific contributors their own page of listed posts. It’s just tough on the eyes, when trying to find a specific one, to scroll through what must be a thousand posts among all the writers.
       Keep up the good work!
       Although I indicated what topics on ChicagoBoyz I most enjoy, really, I enjoy everything and am happy that you post on a wide variety of topics.
       I’ll have to get back to you on this. ;-) Oh, wait – that Intrade thing constantly refreshing itself while I leave a CB post open in another FF tab drives me crazy!!
       Not a suggestion; just a word of thanks for the role you and other bloggers play in fascilitating the spreading of the truth. This is so very critical to the future of freedom, and if it wasn’t for bloggers, talk radio, and a few television outlets, we would be left to rely on a totally unreliable main stream media. God bless your efforts.
    —————————

    Q19: Any questions you would like to see on future Chicago Boyz surveys?
       Who’s most important/interesting thinker in the last 100 years, in the last decade and, last 100 years? (No repetition in selections, please)
       Find the question that IDs me as somewhat culturaly conservative, some libertarian leanings (but find the purists and drug libertarians amusing), and believe in a national and personal right to self-defence and the pursuit, within legalistic and ethical limits, of self interest.
       Who is your favorite Miss Belgium, ever?
       Ask us who our fav contributers are. Or on 2nd thought maybe not. It could hurt feelings.
       have to read more
       Nah
       are there sex-positive conservatives or are there rest of you prudes ?
       None
       am I hot or not = )
       why do you keep coming back to Chicago Boyz? who are your favorite contributors? why do / don’t you comment?
       What do you think of Islam?
       Which label best describes your outlook on reader surveys? * I am the type of person who answers reader surveys. * I am NOT the type of person who answers reader surveys.
       Optimus Prime or He Man?
       Nah, they’re for you, aren’t they?

     

    8 Responses to “Chicago Boyz Reader Survey Results”

    1. Half Sigma Says:

      Obviously this blog is a bad place to meet women.

    2. Jonathan Says:

      True, statistically speaking. OTOH the women who do participate here are of high quality.

    3. Knucklehead Says:

      What have you learned from this exercise, young man?

    4. Jonathan Says:

      That this blog is a bad place to meet women.

      OK, seriously. No surprises in the responses, except for the small proportion of female respondents and the overall age of the crowd. The strong interest in topics like military history is probably what everyone expected. Some respondents made good suggestions that I will probably follow up on, particularly the idea of creating a prominent list of recent posts.

      Overall the survey was fun and useful but, I think, too long and with too many duplicative questions. Next time I’ll make it better.

      I encourage readers to use this comment thread to share their interpretations of the survey results.

    5. chel Says:

      Tell me about it. Data collection is tricky.

    6. JorgXMckie Says:

      How about a few damn charts? Jeez, get Excel or something.

    7. Andrewdb Says:

      This shows the importance of graphic presentation of this kind of data. Try bar charts or histograms.

    8. Jonathan Says:

      Thanks, but I think it shows more the importance of good survey design. This survey has so many questions and choices that putting the results into Excel graphs or whatever is a bigger job than I have time for. If any reader wants to do it for me, and can format the graphical results in a way that doesn’t require huge bandwidth for display, I would be happy to forward a .csv file containing the latest updated results data and to host and display the graphics here.