For Republicans, there is no shame in an AOL e-mail address. Poll Position surveyed over 1,000 registered voters about their email habits and found that partisan divide extends to e-mail service providers. About 20 percent of Republicans preferred AOL to both Google (19 percent) and Yahoo (16 percent), according to the survey. Those numbers are almost flipped when it comes to Democrats, as they tapped Google (27 percent) as their favorite over Yahoo (25 percent) with only 5 percent choosing to go with AOL. The survey calls to mind Politico's Ben Smith's take on AOL e-mail addresses slowly becoming a status symbol:
With the help of some friends on Twitter, here's a list of people who have fairly recently been reachable, often with quirky handles, on their old AOL accounts:
POLITICS: David Axelrod, Jim Messina, John Weaver, Joe Trippi, Mandy Grunwald, Dick Morris (a recent defector to gmail), Frank Luntz, Ed Rollins, Guy Cecil, Tad Devine, Al Franken, Aaron Schock
MEDIA: Matt Drudge, Arianna Huffington (who was holding onto an AOL account long before AOL bought her company), David Brooks, David Corn, Robert Draper, Rick Perlstein, Ann Coulter, Tina Brown, Lawrence O'Donnell
And from just chatting around The Atlantic Wire office, we can vouch for Huffington's AOL address but also found more outliers. Specifically Chris Matthews, Al Franken, (and Kelly Bensimon who has to be Democrat, if she has a political party, right?) buck the trend of Democrats opting for Gmail or Yahoo, while Peggy Noonan and Michelle Malkin have been known to use Gchat or Gmail.