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Let’s Factcheck Campaigns and Elections Magazine

- December 11, 2007

From this piece (gated) in Campaigns and Elections magazine:

bq. Since most Republicans live in rural America, where they are less likely to have broadband Internet, “we’re not fighting with a fair piece of the pie,” [“Republican Internet strategist David] All says. [Carol] Darr [a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School] also points to differences between the parties. “The people who are white and working-class tend to be Republican, particularly those who are white, working-class, and religious.” She characterizes Democrats as “ostensibly being the part of the poor and working class, but they end up being the yuppie party and most people at universities tend to be Democrats.”

Percentage of Republicans who live in rural areas: 24%
[Source: 2004 American National Election Survey]

Percentage of Republicans who have Internet access: 77%
Percentage of Democrats who have Internet access: 69%
[Source: 2004 American National Election Survey]

Percentage of Republicans who do not have broadband access: 21%
Percentage of Democrats who do not have broadband access: 21%
[Source: November 2006 Pew Survey. Lack of broadband access is defined as someone who uses the Internet at home via a dial-up modem.]

The claims that “most” Republican live in rural areas and that Republicans have less access to high-speed Internet access are easy to verify. Too bad no one did.