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The unscientific results are in! The most popular political affiliation in the tech industry is…



Early last week, I invited Pando readers to take part in a wildly unscientific survey to determine how Pando readers define their political affiliation. In particular I wanted to understand whether my perception of the rise of libertarianism in tech is borne out in reality.

The response to the survey was much greater than I expected for such a throwaway thing. I still make no claims to scientific validity but, according to this sample size calculator, the results below should show 99% confidence, with a +/-4.5 margin of error.

So, are Pando readers a bunch of libertarians? Or does the traditional liberal swing of tech still hold? And, with so much money flowing in and out of the Valley, how much of a foothold have conservatives taken?

The answer, according to the survey, is that liberals are still holding on to the lead. Just. With 42.19% of respondents identifying themselves as liberal to 32.81% libertarians. Conservatives account for 8.77%.

I’ll probably do the survey again in six months or so and see if libertarians have gained any more ground.




An Unscientific, Yet Revealing Look at Anthony Weiner’s Social Media Strategy [Infographic]


Anthony Weiner’s digital strategy is unconventional, to say the least. He may be running for New York City mayor in the real world, but online, his racy photos and sexts from years ago are still the main topic of conversation. This begs the question: does he regret hitting “send” on those messages or does he secretly love the attention? Addvocate and Column Five have partnered on this infographic that literally gets inside the politician’s head. We don’t really want to know, but here it is.

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