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Our Readers: Obama 74%, Jill Stein 18%

Highlights of our 2012 Readers' Survey

- Common Dreams staff

The Common Dreams 2012 Reader Survey results are in.

Between Nov. 1st and 12PM EST Monday, 15,767 of our readers weighed in on a wide variety of issues - including who they would vote for for US President Tuesday.

Some key highlights:

  • 74% of our readers will vote for President Obama with the Green Party's Jill Stein at 18% and the Justice Party's Rocky Anderson at 2%. Romney will get the votes of 1%.
  • The older you are, the more likely you support the Obama ticket. The younger you are, the more likely you support 3rd party candidates.
  • Our readers overwhelmingly support the progressive position on key ballot issues being voted on in various states on November 6
  • 57% of our readers have been reading Common Dreams for over 5 years.
  • 82% of our readers use Facebook; 18% do not. 43% use Twitter; 57% do not.
  • 73% of our readers read the comments below articles; 27% do not. But, only 12% have commented themselves; 88% have not.
  • 87% of our readers are 51 years old or older.
  • 56% of our readers either have graduate degrees or have attended graduate school.

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The Presidential results:

Stewart Alexander/Alejandro Mendoza
Socialist Party
0.2%
Rocky Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez
Justice Party
2.2%
Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer
Constitution Party
0.1%
Gary Johnson/Jim Gray
Libertarian Party
1.3%
Barack Obama/Joe Biden
Democratic Party
73.8%
Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan
Republican Party
1.2%
Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala
Green Party
18.0%
None of the above/Write-in 3.1%

 

The results by age group show a sharp difference. Obama has the support of 80% of those 67 years old and older; Jill Stein comes in first among readers between the ages of 21-35:

Candidates 21-35 36-50 51-65 66-79 80+ Total
Rocky Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez
Justice Party
8.5% 1.9% 2.2% 1.8% 2.0% 2.2%
Barack Obama/Joe Biden
Democratic Party
37.7% 62.4% 73.0% 78.8% 80.8% 73.8%
Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala
Green Party
44.3% 25.8% 18.3% 14.8% 12.2% 18.0%

 

On the Ballot issues facing voters around the country on Election Day, readers overwhelmingly supported the progressive positions:

  YES NO UNDECIDED
California's Prop 37: Label GMO Foods 93.5% 2.8% 3.6%

 

  YES NO UNDECIDED
Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage 91.2% 4.3% 4.5%

 

  BOTH YES MEDICAL ONLY BOTH NO UNDECIDED
Legalize Marijuana/Legalize Medical Marijuana 79.7% 14.0% 1.9% 4.4%

 

  YES NO UNDECIDED
Weaken Reproductive Rights 3.7% 92.8% 3.5%

 

How our readers self-identify on the political spectrum:

Radical 8.1%
Progressive 48.0%
Liberal 25.0%
Moderate 4.5%
Conservative 1.1%
Other 13.3%

 

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