A Reader Poll on Gender, Among Commenters and Readers Who Don’t Comment

The comment thread on Sasha’s recent post about the gender of VC bloggers — we’re all guys — raises some interesting questions to which I’d like to respond. But before I do, I’d like to ask readers to participate in a simple poll. There are two polls below, and I’d like readers to participate in the one poll that is relevant to them.

The first poll is for readers who have never or only rarely left comments in VC comment threads. The second poll is for readers who have occasionally or often left comments in VC comment threads. Each poll asks readers to identify themselves as men or women, and also to say whether they generally agree with VC posts. The former categorization is probably self-explanatory. The latter isn’t, so here’s the goal: I’m trying to distinguish readers who (a) generally agree with the libertarian-ish conservative-ish themes that are often found in our posts from (b) readers who don’t. I realize that none of these categories are perfect, but my hope is to get a rough gender breakdown of both the commenters and the general readers.

Ok, so here’s the first poll.

PLEASE ANSWER THIS POLL IF YOU NEVER OR RARELY COMMENT IN VC COMMENT THREADS:

Non-Commenters: What is your gender, and do you generally agree or disagree with Volokh Conspiracy posts?
Man, and I generally agree.
Woman, and I generally agree.
Man, and I generally disagree.
Woman, and I generally disagree.
  
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And here’s the second poll:

PLEASE ANSWER THIS POLL IF YOU OCCASIONALLY OR OFTEN COMMENT IN VC COMMENT THREADS:

Commenters: What is your gender, and do you generally agree or disagree with Volokh Conspiracy posts?
Man, and I generally agree.
Woman, and I generally agree.
Man, and I generally disagree.
Woman, and I generally disagree.
  
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Oh, and to answer the inevitable objections. Yes, I realize this is unscientific. Yes, I realize that the categories are vague. No, I don’t think this would be acceptable in a peer-reviewed journal. I’m thinking that this is better than nothing, but if it’s not, then please feel free to ignore it.