If you will recall, on September 9th, I conducted a straw poll on Facebook to gauge the support of the Republican candidates for President. Voters had a selection of the nine most popular choices as well as an option to pick “someone else/none of the above”. All in all, 146 people voted.
Well, now that three weeks have passed, I figure that I should announce the results. Given that you’ve already read the headline, it should come as no shock that Representative Ron Paul won. Here is the specific breakdown by vote total:
Ron Paul – 52 votes
Rick Perry – 34 Votes
Gary Johnson – 21 Votes
Herman Cain – 10 Votes
Michelle Bachmann – 8 Votes
Someone Else/None of the Above – 8 Votes
Mitt Romney – 6 Votes
Jon Huntsman – 3 Votes
Rick Santorum – 3 Votes
Newt Gingrich – 1 Vote
Given Ron Paul’s popularity around the internet, he routinely does well in online polling. I was not at all surprised by his victory. However, I should mention that in the early hours and days of the poll, Gary Johnson held the lead. I guess that as more and more Paul supporters discovered the poll, Paul quickly came to dominate the field.
One other interesting point is Mitt Romney’s low numbers. Given his supposed media status as currently one of the top two contenders, I would have expected him to do better.
Here are a few other statistics of note:
Of the 146 voters, I am Facebook friends with only 28 of them. I’m glad to see that the poll included more than my own personal political circle. Then again, far more than half of my Facebook friends are politically active. It is a bit disappointing to find that so few of them voted.
Speaking of people that I know, if we only include my Facebook friends in the totals, we end up with a different set of results. In that scenario, Gary Johnson takes the top billing with 8 votes, followed by Rick Perry with 7, and Ron Paul settles to third with 5. But what reasoning explains this change? Well, looking through the specific votes, this shift likely comes from my associations with libertarians who hold the former Governor of New Mexico in very high regard. Although many libertarians do prefer Paul, rhetoric around Facebook indicates that a majority of “hard core” libertarians place themselves in the Johnson camp.
Although not concerning the race for President, I should mention that Bearing Drift just put up a new poll for Virginia’s U.S. Senate race. Stop by their website and cast your vote! I already did.
Well, thanks to everyone who took a few seconds out of his or her day to vote on my poll. Keep your eyes open, for there will be more of them coming in the future.