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Survey o' the day

From, just for a change, France. It concerns the Tour de France.

Do you follow the Tour de France?

27% of our Gallic chums say yes, but those lovely people at IFOP give a full demographic breakdown, and that is where it gets interesting:

38% of chaps say yes, compared to 17% of women. Interest peaks with the 50-64 age cohort, folk in rural areas are more interested (33%) than Parisians (20%) or other urbanites (25%). Maybe they should finish it somewhere other than La Ville-Lumière, as geographichally North Easterners are the most interested. Lille, maybe?

The political split is my favourite bit, with Greens (18%) the least interested. One would think that they would approve of people getting around by pedal power, but apparently not. Frontistes are similarly underimpressed at 19%, presumably because a Frenchman is unlikely to win. Gaullists and Socialists mirror the general population at 32%, the Extreme Left is pretty keen too (30%), but Liberals are the most likely to be glued to the TV, or who knows, actually going outside if it comes through their locale - 36%.

Lance Armstrong's return appears to be controversial, given allegations of his having used banned drugs in the past. Liberals are the most upset at 40%, and the Extreme Left the least, at 22%. Said Trots and Tankies are the most likely to think he might win (74%), and Gaullists the least (44%).

As a footnote, I doubt whether there is any sporting event that makes its entrants toil quite so hard and quite so long relative to the final reward.

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