By the Numbers, Part 2

By the Numbers, Part 2

By the Numbers, Part 2

Tracking politics as it's practiced on the Web.
Feb. 29 2000 3:30 AM

By the Numbers, Part 2

{{Industy Standard Gif#34651}} Slate and the Industry Standard join forces to examine the effect of the Internet on Campaign 2000.


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Politicians will tell you just about anything they think you want to hear. But this year's real story beams through in numbers. Here's a follow-up to our first random, but awfully revealing number narrative. It says as much about those of us who surf the Net as it does about the politicians who crave our votes.

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1. Ratio of requests for Texas Gov. George W. Bush entered into the Lycos search engine in January to those for the Bible: 1 to 8

2. Ratio of Lycos searches for Arizona Sen. John McCain to those for Bush during the first week in February: 2 to 1

3. Ratio of Lycos searches for Alan Keyes to those for Bo Derek: 1 to 1

4. Seconds necessary to load a page of Bush's Web site: 3.53

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5. Seconds necessary to load a page of Steve Forbes' Web site: 14.56

6. Average number of minutes spent on Vice President Al Gore's Web site per visit: 25

7. Average number of minutes spent on the New York Times Web site per month: 21.6

8. Number of states whose residents have contributed less to Bill Bradley's campaign than has come through the Internet (through Dec. 31, 1999): 45

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9. Number of states whose residents have contributed less to Bill Bradley's campaign than has come through the Internet (for month of January 2000): 50

10. Number of major presidential Web sites running on a Sun Solaris platform: 4

11. Number of major presidential Web sites running on a Linux platform: 1 (Gore)

12. Unique visitors to Gore's Web site on average day, according to Gore campaign: 12,000 to 15,000

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13. Unique visitors to Gore's Web site for week ended Feb. 19, according to PC Data Online: 10,000

14. Funds raised by McCain campaign from all sources during January: $2.5 million

15. Funds raised by McCain campaign through Internet since Feb. 1: $3.5 million

Sources:

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4-5 Keynote Systems study

6. Gore campaign

8-9 Federal Election Commission filings (http://www.fec.gov/)

10-11 Keynote Systems study

12. Gore campaign

13. PC Data Online

14. Federal Election Commission filings

15. McCain campaign