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In your opinion, is Mumsnet predominantly left wing, right wing, or finely balanced in the middle?

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Dumbledoresgirl Sat 05-Sep-09 16:48:44

You don't have to say whether you think it is a good thing or not, just where do you think the predominant view lies?

BecauseImWorthIt Sat 05-Sep-09 16:49:34

I think there are a myriad of different views, which is what makes it such an interesting place to be!

TheDMshouldbeRivened Sat 05-Sep-09 16:49:54

both I'd say. I've not 'met' any right wing types before so it makes it interesting having a mix.

UnquietDad Sat 05-Sep-09 16:51:05

I find there are a good few more "out" Tories on here than in real life. That could be because it's still seen as a dirty admission in some quarters.

Also vastly more private school users (it;s about 50-50 compared to 93-7 in the real world.)

On balance I'd say there is a fairly even split.

Heathcliffscathy Sat 05-Sep-09 16:51:36

majority right wing. very vocal left wing.

lots of apathetics too.

Dumbledoresgirl Sat 05-Sep-09 16:53:19

Sophable - that could describe society in general I think. Maybe that means MN is representative?

UnquietDad Sat 05-Sep-09 16:53:30

It's hard to tell, of course, because we don't know who the "silent majority" are.

I love silent majorities, me. They're so talkative.

BitOfFun Sat 05-Sep-09 16:55:12

A mixture. Overall it comes across as liberal middle class to me.

pickyvic Sat 05-Sep-09 16:59:00

seems quite surprisingly liberal actually - and all the boden threads made me think its quite middle class...
im scummy working class but am a guardian reader....no idea what that makes me, i think i probably lean to the left...

choosyfloosy Sat 05-Sep-09 17:01:45

I would say majority leftish/liberal with a strong right wing representation.

BerylCole Sat 05-Sep-09 17:02:07

Fairly centre-left-ish, with a few 'burn the benefit scroungers!' mentalists.

policywonk Sat 05-Sep-09 17:06:58

I think it's mixed. Basically, it reflects the concerns of ABC1 middle-aged women with young children. So some of its biases might be regarded as left-ish (eg very strong anti-racism), some are right-ish (pro-private schooling), and some are neither left nor right but just reflect current middle-class parenting norms (pro-breastfeeding, anti-smacking, pro-paid childcare).

Spidermama Sat 05-Sep-09 17:08:38

I don't do the wing thing. It's over simplistic and dated.

kittywise Sat 05-Sep-09 17:09:58

left for sure and very vocal with it.

Wonderstuff Sat 05-Sep-09 17:11:29

Policywonk I trust that you are completely spot on. smile I used to consider myself left wing, but now not so sure, I think middle class liberal sums me up.

Dumbledoresgirl Sat 05-Sep-09 17:11:29

Sorry Spidermama blush

But I am finding the answers interesting. They say so much about the poster.

BerylCole Sat 05-Sep-09 17:11:48

Sort of@Spidermama. But people do usually have leanings, don't they? Ok, it's not all black and white 'Up Thatcher' or 'Support the miner's strike'....but when people bang on about benefits, asylum seekers and their taxes going up, I do usually think 'Right'.

UnquietDad Sat 05-Sep-09 17:11:52

Funny, such differing responses. Maybe people's perception of how vocal each "wing" is will depend on their own leanings and what they have encountered in real life.

I suppose what one person might see as "centrist" or normal or an everyday preoccupation someone else might label with a political affiliation.

Spidermama Sat 05-Sep-09 17:15:17

No worries DG. I worked for the Green party this year and they get fed up with being pigeon holed in a wing. I think the perception of the old/current political landscape hinders real progress and stops people from believing there can be new ideas.

IMO there simply MUST be new ideas.

BerylCole Sat 05-Sep-09 17:20:36

Good point@UQD. A woman at work once called me 'an awful lefty' (behind my back, to another colleague who grassed her up grin). I had always thought of myself as a bit of a centre-left type (in those days I was a Blair supporter). Woman in question was your stereotypical Horse & Hounds Sloane, though, and probably thought Thatcher was soft Right.

Hassled Sat 05-Sep-09 17:22:41

Mostly centre left/woolly liberal, I think. Those with more right wing views tend to stand out more than those with leftie leanings.

UnquietDad Sat 05-Sep-09 17:26:33

A perfect example is the private schools thing. People who have no "choice", or no meaningful one, will think the endless debates about which one to "choose" are a little spurious, and may have to stop themselves answering threads which start "How do I choose a prep school?" with the line "Start by having a shitload of money." (Whistles innocently...)

Also there will always be people who think you are dangerously left-wing if you don't work in the City or holiday in Klosters, and people who think you are dangerously right-wing if you own a house bigger than a box and go on holiday at all.

Some US Republicans would be quite happy to call you Communist for supporting the NHS.

I assume this is part of Dumbledoresgirl's point in asking the question.

Prunerz Sat 05-Sep-09 17:26:33

I've always thought of MN as generally left-of-centre with some very clued-up posters who are left-er but well able to hold their own (rather than rabid lefties like my grandfather, for whom there was no other option). And a few strong right-wing voices who seem to have gorn.

Over the past couple of years, the sheer number of articles being linked to from the Mail has made me think, ah well, it's not as broadly left as all that. But I haven't noticed any more shrill right-wing posting (mind you I haven't been around much).

RumourOfAHurricane Sat 05-Sep-09 17:30:41

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Dumbledoresgirl Sat 05-Sep-09 18:48:56

I was trying to work out if I felt comfortable here anymore UQD, but of course I should have known, the leftwingers would feel it was right of centre and the rightwingers would feel it was left of centre.

I guess we all tend to fixate on that with which we disagree.

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