Sunday, April 22, 2012

Poll results : Wings Over Scotland is your favourite political blog

Lallands Peat Worrier held a narrow lead for most of the voting, but in the end Wings Over Scotland came through with a strong finish to be voted your favourite political blog. Of course it was a slightly chaotic, make-it-up-as-I-go-on, two-section voting process, and because eight more people voted in Part 1 than in Part 2, the results are not exactly comparable. So I'm going to add the raw votes each blog received in brackets after the percentages.

Q. Which political blogs do you read?

Multi-voting was enabled, so the figure for each blog refers to the percentage of voters who read it.

1. Wings Over Scotland 81% (100/123)
2. Lallands Peat Worrier 79% (104/131)
3. Bella Caledonia 71% (94/131)
4. A Burdz Eye View 58% (77/131)
5. Moridura 57% (75/131)
= Gerry Hassan 57% (75/131)
7. Better Nation 56% (74/131)
8. Iain Macwhirter Now and Then 54% (67/123)
9. Munguin's Republic 48% (63/131)
10. Subrosa 46% (61/131)
11. Ian Hamilton QC 43% (54/123)
12. Another Side of Lesley Riddoch 40% (50/123)
= Alex Massie 40% (50/123)
14. Stephen Noon 38% (51/131)
15. Craig Murray 36% (48/131)
16. Pseudepigrapha 35% (44/123)
17. Witterings of a Weegiewarbler 34% (43/123)
18. Auld Acquaintance 31% (39/123)
19. Peter A Bell 25% (31/123)
20. Devolution Matters 23% (29/123)
= Dark Lochnagar 23% (29/123)
22. Slugger O'Toole 22% (28/123)
23. Labour Hame 21% (28/131)
24. The Lockerbie Case 20% (25/123)
= Guido Fawkes 20% (25/123)
26. A Scottish Liberal 18% (24/131)
27. Brian Taylor 16% (20/123)
28. Forfar Loon 15% (20/131)
= Alba Matters 15% (20/131)
30. Liberal Conspiracy 14% (19/131)
31. UK Polling Report 13% (18/131)
= Left Foot Forward 13% (18/131)
33. Leanne Wood 12% (16/131)
34. Tory Hoose 10% (14/131)
= Political Betting 10% (14/131)
36. Will Patterson Notebook 9% (12/131)
37. Tarff Advertiser 9% (12/123)
38. Caron's Musings 8% (11/131)
39. Political Scrapbook 7% (10/131)
40. Ian Smart 7% (9/123)
41. Liberal Democrat Voice 6% (9/131)
42. The Green Benches 6% (8/123)
43. Bright Green 6% (8/131)
44. Kezia Dugdale 5% (7/131)
45. LabourList 4% (6/131)
46. SNP : The Inside Track 3% (4/131)
47. Conservative Home Blogs 2% (3/123)
48. The View from the Hills 2% (3/131)
= Labour Uncut 2% (3/131)
50. Councillor Terry Kelly 1% (2/123)
= Braveheart's Blog 1% (2/123)
52. Shuggy 1% (2/131)
53. Andrew Burns' Really Bad Blog 0% (1/123)
54. Eric Joyce 0% (1/131)
55. Jim Murphy 0% (0/123)


Write-in Votes (ie. blogs I stupidly forgot to include even at the second time of asking) : The Universality of Cheese, A Sair Fecht, Scottish Economy Watch

Of course these figures probably say less about the objective popularity of each blog than they do about the profile of visitors to this site. It's well-known that Guido Fawkes is the most widely-read political blog in the UK, so its joint-24th place here is fairly meaningless. However, it was an interesting exercise all the same. Obviously there's a strong pro-independence bias, but it's notable how well the non-nationalist bloggers who at least give the SNP a fair hearing did - Iain Macwhirter at 8th, Lesley Riddoch and Alex Massie at joint 12th.

It's slightly surprising to see Councillor Terry Kelly so far down - I always assumed lots of nationalists went there regularly for the comedy value. And it seemed almost unkind to mention Jim Murphy's figures, but I'd have been failing in my psephological duties otherwise.

Thanks to everyone who voted.

3 comments:

ratzo said...

Did you miss Frankly Francophone's blog too?
One of the best around.

forfar-loon said...

There's a slight flaw in your analysis James. Namely that everyone that voted reads your blog (or has at least visited in order to vote!). So surely you should be top!

I must say I'm quite humbled to have soared to the dizzy heights of joint 28th! (given my ongoing semi-retirement from blogging I was surprised even to be in the poll!) I'd like to thank my mother and the milkman, without whom i wouldn't be here today, etc., etc.

James Kelly said...

Ratzo : Apologies for missing Frankly's blog. I think if I ever do anything like this again, I'll have to post a provisional list to check for any obvious omissions!

Forfar Loon : My 'chums' at PB already think I'm delusional for having the 'voted one of the top 100 political blogs in the UK' line in the masthead ("I doubt there are as many as 100 political blogs in the UK, James" one of them said in all apparent seriousness), so declaring myself the winner of my own poll might have been a step too far!