More than 21,000 FactCheck.org subscribers responded to our online survey conducted Nov. 13-19. That's roughly 30% of all those who signed up to get our articles emailed to them. Overwhelmingly, those who responded found our articles clear and easy to understand, politically unbiased, reliable, and helpful in forming opinions about the candidates and their positions.
Journalists make up only 2 percent of respondents, but most of them found our articles helpful and nearly half quoted us as an authority. Teachers made up 10 percent of the respondents, and one in three used our articles in class.
One in six who responded worked in the 2004 presidential campaign at some level. Few Kerry nor Bush workers thought our articles made their opponent more careful about stating the facts, however.
A note of caution as you read these results. Our subscribers are not a random sample of everybody who visits our site, and the subscribers who chose to respond to our invitation to take this survey are not a random sample of all subscribers. So we don't pretend that these results are anything like a scientific sample of all who visit our site. But with that said, we are gratified at what we consider a very high response rate for such a survey and at the very favorable results.