Sunday, May 29, 2011

Campaign 2011 -- already?!?

It appears the electoral campaign (or possibly cam-PAIN) for 2011 is already underway. We've already received our first piece of literature (is "literature" really the right word?) for a candidate for this November's election. 

Receiving that reminded me that I'd never posted my summary of attitudes of the flyers, mailings, door hangers, etc. we received for the 2010 campaign, so here it is, for whatever it's worth:

Of the 77 items we received ...

  • 28.6% were from Democratic candidates or organizations* with a positive focus (i.e., in favor of the candidate).
  • 14.3% were from Democratic candidates or organizations* with a negative focus (i.e., against the opposing candidate).
  • 7.8% were from Republican candidates or organizations* with a positive focus (i.e., in favor of the candidate).
  • 49.4% were from Republican candidates or organizations* with a negative focus (i.e., against the opposing candidate).
* This includes the candidates themselves, their PACs or other organizations promoting the particular candidate.

That's right -- well over half of what we received focused simply on saying "my opponent is bad" rather than saying "I'm good". Not the kind of thing that really inspires confidence. 


E-mail summary: April 2011

April e-mails
Work: 860 (41.0 per day for the 21 business days in the month)
Personal: 94 (3.1 per day for the 30 calendar days in the month)
Other (ads, etc.): 736 (24.5 per day for the 30 calendar days in the month)