Website Visits for Democratic Presidential Contenders, November 2006
For some time, we’ve hosted a modest mirror site here at irregulartimes.com that directs interested people to our larger web shop for various 2008 Democratic presidential contenders. Our mirror site features separate pages for the following presidential candidates: Evan Bayh, Barbara Boxer, Wesley Clark, Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean, Russ Feingold, John Kerry, Dennis Kucinich, John Lewis, Janet Napolitano, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, and Tom Vilsack. Each of these separate web pages is linked to from the same central web page and is structurally identical. This presents an interesting point for measurement: which contenders’ web pages are being visited more often, and which contenders’ web pages are being visited less often? The result is another useful measure of interest in the various Democratic presidential contenders.
Here are the results for each of the above contenders, presented as percentage share:
Percent Share of Visits to Web Pages promoting 2008 Democratic Contenders: Data for November 2006
Barack Obama: 47.0%
Hillary Clinton: 12.5%
Wesley Clark: 7.8%
Russ Feingold: 7.2%
Bill Richardson: 7.1%
Evan Bayh: 6.4%
Howard Dean: 5.1%
John Kerry: 4.8%
Barbara Boxer: 2.0%
Dennis Kucinich: 0.0%
John Lewis: 0.0%
Janet Napolitano: 0.0%
Tom Vilsack: 0.0%
Barack Obama is right on top, just as in our monthly rankings of bumper sticker, button and shirt sales for 2008 candidates. And that’s right: not one person visited the web pages promoting presidential candidacies of Dennis Kucinich, John Lewis, Janet Napolitano and Tom Vilsack during the entire month of November. Not one visit. Considering that our Janet Napolitano, Dennis Kucinich and John Lewis 2008 web pages are on the first page of respective google search results (with Tom Vilsack’s web page on the second page of google results), that’s really saying something.
Now, these results need to be taken with a grain of salt for a couple of reasons. First, Janet Napolitano and Russ Feingold (oh, Russ…) have announced that they will not run for president — and that means we need to sadly take their web pages down. Second and more importantly, I see that web pages promoting presidential runs by Joseph Biden, Christopher Dodd, John Edwards, Al Gore, Mike Gravel and Bill Moyers are missing. I’ll rectify this situation today — but clearly, with these contenders not in the mix for web page visits, the above results may not be fully reflective of internet surfers’ interest. Third, is that those who surf the internet are not, of course, representative of those who vote in primaries or the general election.
But for those who are interested in gauging levels of support for Democrats in 2008, even incomplete information is good to share. I promise to update those web pages today, and then get back to you with updated information as the new year swings around.