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Which political viewpoint/cohort is most over-represented on P.ie?


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The opinions one is exposed to on these pages differs greatly from what one normally experiences in day to day life. This is (IMO) for two primary reasons. One is that people on here don't often temper their views, which I think is part of the attraction for the site. You feel you can hold forth on a pet subject with less restraint than you might otherwise apply at work, or with family/friends. Obviously, this has its downsides too as we are regularly assailed with extreme and strident (not to mention often pitifully ignorant) opinions. The second is perhaps that site self-selects for people with strong political views.

Has it struck you, fellow p.ier, that a particular cohort is represented in numbers here that stand egregiously in excess of their actual numbers in the Irish population (as you perceive it)?

Despite the now semi-permanent stench left about the site, I think the outright racist cohort are actually under-represented on p.ie as racists tend to be apolitical mouth breathers more likely to be looking up sports results or porn than frequenting here.

For me, it is the militant left/anti-Israeli cohort (to the extent where they are unabashed supporters of Hamas/Hezbollah) who seem to be most over-represented here. What do you think, and why?
 

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The Father Ted - "Down with that sort of thing"
 

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If the government shills on p.ie are to be believed then SF supporters make up most of the demographic of this site. Their views (SF) seem to become very pronounced in polls that are conducted. If they, the shills, are to be believed that is. ;)
 

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I reckon it's the "I'm batsh1t off my head mad" cohort.

Followed by the "I cannot understand logic" group and then the "Foaming at the mouth is fun" splinter group.
 

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Hiding Behind A Poster's.
 

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The 'I post here only because I'm trapped in an office job, surrounded by people I would prefer never to have to see again, but if I sit here typing and looking all busy, then I might look like I am too busy to talk to them, rather than too ignorant to talk to them' massive.
 

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Aggressive atheism.
According to the Census, more than 1 in 20 are atheist in Ireland (that is, not the people who put down "RC" or "COI" on the census but don't really believe but people who deliberately self-identify as Atheist) I would put the numbers of posters regularly espousing atheistic views on here as much less than 1 in 20?

That said, religion is one of those subjects best avoided in face to face socializing which may make the politics.ie comparison more stark?
 
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According to the Census, more than 1 in 20 are atheist in Ireland (that is, not the people who put down "RC" or "COI" on the census but don't really believe but people who deliberately self-identify as Atheist) I would put the numbers of posters regularly espousing atheistic views on here as much less than 1 in 20?

That said, religion is one of those subjects best avoided in face to face socializing which may make the politics.ie comparison more stark?
No, they are massively over-represented here compared to the general population. I don't mean atheists, I mean the chippy, intolerant, think they're cleverer than they are ones who can't cope with anyone being religious.
 

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Er, there was a poll on p.ie recently?

Public RedC JanPIECompared
FG2819.5869.93%
FF218.3839.92%
Lab119.8289.25%
SF1932.98173.60%
Ind/Other2129.23139.21%

Does that help?
 

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prior to the last general election it was a FGfest on this site, I couldn't get these lyrics out of my head, not as bad now but the site is predominantly right leaning

Code:
I'm blue da ba dee da ba die...

I have a blue house with a blue window.
Blue is the colour of all that I wear.
Blue are the streets and all the trees are too.
I have a girlfriend and she is so blue.
Blue are the people here that walk around,
Blue like my corvette, it's standing outside.
Blue are the words I say and what I think.
Blue are the feelings that live inside me.

I'm blue da ba dee da ba die..
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No, they are massively over-represented here compared to the general population. I don't mean atheists, I mean the chippy, intolerant, think they're cleverer than they are ones who can't cope with anyone being religious.
You may have me included in that category, with reason - but I have to say that I have some sympathy with your views. I am an atheist, a secularist and a liberal. We can leave the atheism aside, that is personal. However I am finding here on P.ie an increasing conflict between the form that the expression of secularism is taking and my liberalism and have concluded that much of the secularism has crossed a line into anti-Catholicism. This is not secularism but naked bigotry and I reject anti-catholic bigotry as I reject all bigotry.
 

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You may have me included in that category, with reason - but I have to say that I have some sympathy with your views. I am an atheist, a secularist and a liberal. We can leave the atheism aside, that is personal. However I am finding here on P.ie an increasing conflict between the form that the expression of secularism is taking and my liberalism and have concluded that much of the secularism has crossed a line into anti-Catholicism. This is not secularism but naked bigotry and I reject anti-catholic bigotry as I reject all bigotry.
Agree with all of this, well put.

And very true.
 

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Ranting right-wingers tend to be very vocal and over-represented on every plinth--even if you're only sitting in the back of a taxi...

Rarely will you hear: "I think on balance politicians do their best but they mess up badly sometimes like the rest of us....in general unemployed people are not dossers or idlers, just victims of the crash....A lot of immigrants are polite, hard-working people who are a credit to themselves....most public sector workers are honourable, diligent and modestly paid, and struggling with reduced pay and austerities like other workers....."

Nope, you're not going to hear that kind of chat in the back of a taxi, on Newstalk, in the pub, or on P.ie...
 

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Er, there was a poll on p.ie recently?

Public RedC JanPIECompared
FG2819.5869.93%
FF218.3839.92%
Lab119.8289.25%
SF1932.98173.60%
Ind/Other2129.23139.21%

Does that help?
It does. But I was thinking wider than political party allegiance. But yes, helpful. The SF result above is exactly what my impression was. Activism.
 

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You may have me included in that category, with reason - but I have to say that I have some sympathy with your views. I am an atheist, a secularist and a liberal. We can leave the atheism aside, that is personal. However I am finding here on P.ie an increasing conflict between the form that the expression of secularism is taking and my liberalism and have concluded that much of the secularism has crossed a line into anti-Catholicism. This is not secularism but naked bigotry and I reject anti-catholic bigotry as I reject all bigotry.
You said it Sailor

I'm a lapsed Catholic with a lot of anger and baggage from a childhood blighted by clerical cruelty and an adulthood fighting as a feminist against Catholic power in the state......but I agree with you.
 

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Silly thread to be honest. I sense a trip to the zoo.
 

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Nope, you're not going to hear that kind of chat in the back of a taxi, on Newstalk, in the pub, or on P.ie...
So that would be under-representation? I think you're far more likely to hear some unlettered gobsh1te banging on about blacks or immigrants from the proverbial back seat of a taxi than you are "zio-nazis" or support for Hamas. Would you agree?
 
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