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

    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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    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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    Aggressive atheism.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by toxic avenger View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Parlon View Post
    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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