Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

September 23, 2008 -

A press release touting Xbox Live's partnership with Rock the Vote notes that Barack Obama has a 12% edge over John McCain among participants in an XBL poll. 100,000 users took part, which, according to the press release, makes the XBL sample larger than Gallup, NBC and CNN combined. Of course, as Giant Bomb notes:

...they aren't pretending that it's actual science, because there are so many holes in this poll that it's impossible to take it as anything other than sort-of interesting. For example, as someone who has more than one Xbox Live gold account, I probably could have voted twice...

Still, it is a fascinating use of what started out a few years back as a space designed strictly for online gaming.

As far as the results, Obama's big lead is not especially surprising, given that XBL users likely skew significantly younger than the population as a whole. Here are the numbers:

  • Obama \ Biden:                  43%
  • McCain \ Palin:                    31%
  • Undecided:                         13%
  • Other:                                13%

Of more value than the polling is the impressive level of political engagement engendered by the XBL / Rock the Vote partnership. As the press release points out:
 

In its first two weeks of the program, more than 55,000 voter registration forms were downloaded through Xbox LIVE and xbox.com. Additionally, videos from the recent Democratic and Republican conventions were downloaded nearly 25,000 times.

 

To-date, the Xbox LIVE community has downloaded more than 350,000 pieces of program-specific content, ranging from candidate gamerpics to videos and Rock the Vote logos. That’s nearly five times the amount of people present at Barack Obama’s acceptance speech during the Democratic Convention in Denver.
 


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Obama's speeches are amazing. He is good speaker. To have such good speech writing skills you should be a perfect speech writer.

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It is mostly young people on Xbox Live, who the hell do you think they would pick?


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Well,I guess I should be surprised.But the McCain/Palin power ticket has dashed my surprises at this point.

To be honest,I wish we could do over the Republican primaries.

Oh,and I think Obama is an empty suit with a pretty face.But hey,McCain is a really old guy who probably didn't even have a say in his choice for his own Veep!

 

Good Lord,this is just stupid.

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It really doesn't matter which gets elected as they are both funded by the same interest groups (ie: corporations).  Here's an interesting perspective on their 'differences': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5WiE6MnmCM

I know they differ in other areas, sure, but that's just to make the whole thing look 'believable'.  The Commission on Presidential Debates is a private organization, just like the FED and the IRS (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commission_on_Presidential_Debates).  The idea that we actually have a choice regarding how our country is run is really just a common misconception.  The only way to break this endless cycle of Democrat-Republican-Republican-Democrat rhetoric is to throw a curve ball.  Vote for Ralph Nader.  Send a clear message to the corrupt system that we're not going to be fooled any longer.

At the VERY LEAST, they should let Ralph in the debates.  The fact that they won't is proof they don't want anyone 'mucking around' with their perfectly rigged system.

Watch that video and then tell me they aren't being fed their 'answers' to how the issues should be handled.

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You know, it must be nice to be able to write off all of the worlds problems to a gigantic conspiracy instead of human nature and incompetence.  

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I don't know why the spam filter won't let me make my short post, but basically imagine a joke about how you mockingly refer to a 'gigantic conspiracy' from behind your ANONYMOUS post, and how the patriot act is proof that our best interests are NOT being kept in mind.

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mockingly refer to a 'gigantic conspiracy' from behind your ANONYMOUS post

Damn, you found me out.  Freemason strike teams are already headed towards your house right now. Run out into the night and continue the proud naderite tradition of good intentions and disasterous consequences.

 

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

 That's cool. I guess that people who own Xbox's are more likely to be better off economically, thus more likely to be better informed, thus more likely to be politicaly liberal. I don't think it's a true rep. of XBL's player base, because it's only the poeple who cared enough to vote.

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If someone gets out and votes because Xbox Live told them to do so, then I don't think that person's vote should be considered valid.  They can have the cookie and a certificate that says, "Thanks for participating!"

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For those who still want to register to vote, there's a handy widget to the right where it says "Register to Vote Here."  It'll take you through the process.

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Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

I'd vote Obama only because he's the lesser of two evils and the race is so close.

Of course i'm Canadian so i can't vote in the U.S. election but we have an upcoming Canadian election up here and i'm voting for the Liberals for the same reason (lesser of two evils compared to the Conservatives) even if i don't really care for them. A Conservative majority government would be scary so i'm hoping it's just a Conservative minority again as the Conservatives are going to win for sure it's just a toss up between a Minority or Majority government for them. With a minority government the Conservatives have to pander to the center which keeps things in check. None of the political parties up here fit my beliefs which if i had to fit myself somewhere would be moderate populist libertarian.

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

I'm not sure what I would call myself, but I consider McCain to be the lesser evil. Honestly, Ron Paul is a great candidate, and should've won the Republican primary. Then the race would've been a shue-in (sp?)

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Ron Paul has some great ideas like Free Speech absolutism (no law means no law), getting rid of the war on drugs, no coorperate bailouts, get out of the war in Iraq, lesser government intervention in our social lives and nanny-statist protectionist bullshit, right to bare arms, ect. but some of his fiscal/economic views are way too extreme for me.

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

Face it, Ron Paul wants us to be just like the European Union. That is, loosely connected states with no formal power over each other and a passive-defensive military presence in the world.

 

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

 If you think McCain's the lesser of two evils you should pay more attention.

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1. McCain wasn't the #2 recipiant of money from Freddie Mac.

2. McCain didn't launch his political career from the living room of an unrepentent terrorist.

3. McCain didn't live next-door to a slum lord that ended up being convicted for fraud and bribery.

4. McCain didn't visit Pakistan while in college during a time when the US state department had travel restrictions in place expressly forbidding it.

5. McCain didn't work for a notoriously group supporting socialist values, claiming "his years as an organizer gave him the best education of his life".

6. McCain doesn't have a brother living on a dollar a month while proposing an $850bn plan to "help eliminate world poverty".

7. McCain doesn't put up straw men by saying things like "They'll say I don't look like the other presidents on the dollar bills", when in fact nobody says things like that expressly because it's such a silly and easily defeatable argument.

 

7 is a lucky number, but I can keep going if you'd like.

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Wait why does #3 matter? Why should we judge someone on what their neighbors are up to? 

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Ron Paul lost because he's insanely out of touch, not to mention a conspiracy nut (NAFTA superhighway! It's coming!). I'll never understand why there are so many Liberarinas on the internet. I guess people that are well intentioned but don't know much about politics what to think that there different and aren't ''sheep.''

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I don't know if I should mention that Paul's rejected 9/11 conspiracy claims, although what does the super highway matter. If there wasn't a super highway and he got elected, the government would just tell him that no highway was actually planned and we'd get on with our lives.

Oh and what are "Liberarinas"? I'm going to assume you mean librarians. Anyway the surgence of librarians can probably be blamed on wikipedia where all of a sudden gathering information was cool. There's nothing wrong with librarians though.

Edit: Sorry for criticizing your spelling I just have a habit of taking almost every oppotunity I can to make a joke.

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 Maybe the point is that someone running for president takes seriously  a theory that you can debunk in thirty seconds with a internet connection and a visit to snopes? I mean, do you want a president that is that that ll-informed?

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

Well then there's Mccain who doesn't know how to work the internet.

Oh and I searched highway on snopes and it came up with 153 entries and I didn't see the super highway you are reffering to.

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

I'm an Obama supporter, myself, but online polls aren't reliable. According to the Internet, the most beautiful person in the world is Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf.

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

 Yeah, ron paul won a lot of the internet polls, and we all know the massive impact his campaign had....

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Wasn't the only thing Ron Paul accomplished was second place in Maine and Nevada? Correct me if I'm wrong.

Pity though I was curios to see who he would've picked as VP

Ron Paul/Jillette '08. Doesn't have much of a ring to it but it would still get the job done.

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Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

 Second place in the primaries for one party in two of the least populated, lowest voter turnout states in the country!

A revolution is truly in the air.

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

I haven't been following Ron Paul news so he may have gotten more. But if you want to talk about unpopulated states check out Palin's home state.

Now why couldn't Obama pick someone from Alaska?

Obama/Gravel anyone?

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He is pretty hot, haha

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You mean was, heh.

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I am in the other camp as well...

Dennis, when you get back, can we have a poll were we can vote to see what the GP users stand politically?  I know how it will turn out, but I still want to see solid numbers.  Limit it where each IP address gets 1 vote maybe.  I don't know how many of you guys share a computer with someone...

I think Obama, McCain, Other, Undecided is fair enough.

Later we can vote on how crazy we think JT is,haha.

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

Should add Bob Barr...

 

and Ron Paul as a write-in (which my father is actually doing)

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

 What's the point? He's not going to win, so for practical purposes, undecided is close enough.

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Add JT as a joke, haha.

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can't be worse than Palin.

And hey if JT wins and still doesn't win court cases he can't claim a grand conspiracy anymore.

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Didn't take that poll, but did another one. Have to say - I'm in the 'other' camp

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I was for obama but got tired of his rhetoric really fast.

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I'm mildly disturbed that an XBL-only poll turned out 31% of its votes for McCain...

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I agree, much too low, I can't believe so many XBL gamers want socialism in the US

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Socialist is right! I heard that Obama is pushing for the government to spend $700bn on bailing out the banks! Oh wait, that's the current republican president. You dumbass.

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

You were thinking of Obama's push to spend $845bn on his pet project, the Global Poverty Act. Now who's the dumbass?

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 Pssst! I heard that he's a muslim as well as a filthy communist, quick, chain mail everyone you know!

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Pssst! Shut up. He isn't and nobody but the kooks are saying he is.

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That was satire.

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 ZOMG!! Populism!! 

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 shit, double post. My b.

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

 ZOMG!! Populism!! 

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Well, if I want a third grader's grasp of the issues, now I know who to contact. Thanks.

Re: Obama Favored in Xbox Live Poll

rofl. what do you think you have now with all the private sector bailouts? Socialism and no healthcare. Well done!

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