The Florida Courier has a summarized report of 2012 presidential campaign internet traffic of Nielsen ratings shows that surprise surprise, Ron Paul easily scoops up the 18-34 crowd:
In January, President Obama’s site received more unique American adult visitors than four Republican candidates’ sites combined. (“Unique” is defined as unduplicated – counting only once to a website over a specified time period – as opposed to “new” or “returning.”)
Hispanics comprised 17 percent of MittRomney.com, compared to 12 percent during the month of January 2012. RickSantorum.com attracted the lion’s share of women visitors (60 percent), which was the largest male/female split among the candidates.
Interestingly, 76-year-old Ron Paul drew the youngest visitors. More than a third of his hits were from members of the 18-34 group. Paul was almost neck-and-neck with Newt Gingrich with male visitors, 56 percent and 51 percent respectively.
Gingrich’s website guests were the most affluent and educated. Twenty-seven percent reported earnings of more than $100,000 a year and half had either a bachelor’s or post-graduate degree.
Nielsen also focused on the News & Information sites that feature political content. Google News wins the race for the highest concentration of young visitors, those 18-24. Survey results showed that 23 percent more 18-34 year olds visited Google News in January 2012 than were active online.
I’d love to get my hands on the original report being cited here. Mostly just to see with my own eyes that yes, rich cynical bastards were turning out in droves for Gingrich over Romney at some point.
The big question here is why that same age group that ostensibly delivered Obama to the White House in 2008 is now barely able to make a polling blip after switching to Ron Paul in 2012.