Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Are Most Israeli Bloggers Leftists?

Lisa Goldman seems to think so:
Assuming the polls are accurate – and they have been quite consistent – Israeli voters are poised to elect a rightwing government in next week's elections. But if bloggers were representative of the mainstream, Israel's next government would probably be a Jewish-Arab coalition of socialists, social democrats and environmentalists.

The disparity between the polls and the blogosphere is quite remarkable – especially in Tel Aviv, Israel's liberal heartland, where the two parties vying for the votes of hipsters and leftist intellectuals are the Green Movement-Meimad, an environmentalist–religious partnership headed by a liberal rabbi; and Hadash, a Jewish-Arab socialist party.
I am wondering where she gets her statistics from. What do you think?


Jameel @ The Muqata said...

And a Tel Aviv University election poll had Meretz getting 27 seats.

She's off the deep end.

Anonymous said...

It's hard to say.. I do know that there are a lot of leftist Jews in the world period. America is the leftist-Jewish haven of the world. Out of everyone I grew up with, only one other Jew I can remember was right-wing per se. The rest were all lefties.

Esser Agaroth said...


Yeah, she's off the deep end. But perhaps she's just talking about

There are quite a "blogs" on Tapuz and other Hebrew hosts, for example.

Where are the English speaking leftist bloggers? Why don't they ever send me anything for HH?

Jason H. Elbaum said...

I doubt she has any statistics. As with other media, people tend to read blogs they agree with. Her sample is just distorted.

Anonymous said...

Most Hebrew-speaking Israeli blogs are LW. Most English-speaking Israeli blogs are RW.

Batya said...

The usual short-sighted Leftist junk. She doesn't read our blogs. I don't know about the Hebrew stuff, but in English, it's hard to find much to the Left of Bibi.

Ya'aqov's right in that HH is Right, because that's what comes in.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps if one of you would actually take the time to read the article, you would see that it refers specifically to Hebrew-language bloggers. The article also specifies a source for the numbers cited. And it notes that bloggers are not representative of the mainstream.

Cosmic X said...


The article says the following:

"The Hebrew-language blogger Ori Katzir made a survey of 92 prominent political bloggers."

It does not mention that we are talking about "Hebrew-language bloggers" although if you go to the link that becomes obvious.

Ori Katzir's "poll" is far from being scientific and if this is her source than she really doesn't have a source.

Anonymous said...

Huh? Where have you all been? I'm up to about 10 English language blogs for the Green Movement-Meimad. And I'm not looking for Meretz, Labor or Chadash.

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