The local blogosphere (at least those who congregate at Manolo Quezon's blog) tend to cluster in the lower left quadrant of the Compass. Another pattern that can be detected, as traced by the red line of best fit below, is the farther one is to the left on the economic scale, the less authoritarian that person tends to be.
Whether the above patterns are representative of the larger Philippine Society or a segment of it is, at this point, a matter of speculation.
Update Nov-30-2007 12:56AM: Over at mlq3's, commenter inidoro ni emilie makes an interesting conjecture:
"i suspect that with more data points you can muster, your fit will turn out to be more downward parabolic than linear [q3 and q4]. which means, those in the first quadrant will turn out to be outliers–more exceptions to the rule."The only way to find out one way or the other is to get enough data points.
Update Nov-25-2007 12:32AM: I have adjusted the line of best fit above to conform to the results of the linear regression computations. Here's the slope, y-intercept and correlation coefficient and median values given the available data.
|Correlation Coefficient, r=||0.289|
I will adjust as new data comes in.
Update Nov-24-2007 8:50PM: Below are the raw scores i used for the above graph.
Update Nov-25-2007 10:20PM: For purposes of comparison, here are the results of a similar exercise done for the New Zealand Blogosphere more than four and a half years ago.
|Correlation Coefficient, r=||0.553|
The same inverse relationship between leftist convictions and authoritarian dispositions is found among the Kiwi bloggers of that time period.
Update Nov-26-2007 11:14PM: Here's another such ongoing survey from 2004 with 299 bloggers. My guess is that these are mostly American blogs.
|Correlation Coefficient, r=||0.566|
As seen from the positive correlation coefficient, the observed relationship also holds for this batch.