NYTimes.com 52% Democrats vs. WSJ.com 40% Republicans; Republicans Outnumber Democrats Online

Nielsen//NetRatings announced that 36.6% of U.S. adults online are Republicans, 30.8% are Democrats and 17.3% are Independents. The Web site with the highest concentration of Republicans was RushLimbaugh.com, with an 84.8% Republican audience. Among Democrats, the top site was BlackAmericaWeb.com with 79.9% of Democratic audience.  

Top 5 Sites - Republicans and Democrats (U.S., 18+ Online Population)

Site

Site Composition -Republican %

Site

Site Composition -Democratic %

RushLimbaugh.com

84.8

BlackAmericaWeb.com

79.9

NewsMax.com

65.4

AOL BlackVoices

64.8

Bill O’Reilly.com

65.4

BET.com

58.6

Drudge Report

59.0

Salon.com

55.3

Salt Lake Tribune

57.9

Village Voice

55.2

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings @Plan, Fall 2006 Release
WSJ vs. NYTimes

WSJ.com has predominantly Republican readers, at 40.2%. Democrats make up 25.8% of WSJ.com’s readership, closely followed by Independents at 24.3%. At The New York Times online,  Democrats make up 52.3% of its readership. Independents compose 22.6% and Republicans 18.3% at the NYtimes.com.

Moderate Leanings

When respondents were asked about their political leaning, the largest segment, 36.1% identified themselves as “Moderate.” The second largest segment, 32.5%, identified themselves as “Conservative/Very Conservative,” while 19.8% of respondents identified themselves as “Liberal/Very Liberal.”

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