Xbox Live is a Blue State

November 4, 2008 -

The official Xbox color may be green, but when it comes to politics, online gaming venue Xbox Live is clearly a blue state.

According to a Microsoft rep, a final pre-election poll taken over the weekend shows Democrat Barack Obama with a commanding lead over Republican John McCain among XBL gamers. Here are those numbers:

  • Obama 53%
  • McCain 33%
  • Undecided 14%

In a late September XBL poll, Obama led 43-31%. The new data seems to suggest that some XBL users who were undecided or who supported other candidates in the earlier poll have largely shifted to Obama.

As Xbox Live project manager Ben Vaught recently pointed out to GamePolitics, with 14 million subscribers, if Xbox Live was a state, it would be the seventh largest in the U.S. with 20 electoral votes.


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Now in this "vote" they did bother to only count those gamers age 18 and over right?

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How many electoral votes is Live?

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 This feels like an AVP fight.

"McCain vs. Obama: whoever wins...we lose!"

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It would be nice if they showed the percentages for people that are elgible to vote on xbox live along with this.  

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Well, if McCain wins there is a 80% chance that he will die of old age or illness before the end of 4 years, while Obama has about a 40% chance to get assassinated.  Hopefully Obama wont be, and McCain will die a peaceful death when he does go, but either way, the odds aren't really pretty for either of them from my world view of possibilities.

Okay, maybe the odds for the Obama  thing is higher...  It happened to JFK, but JFK was stupid enough to get out in the public like he did.  I thought a shot would have been taken by now if someone was going to do it though.  We'll see...

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I don't know about those percentages, but there is a distinct possibility that no matter who gets elected, the Vice President will end up sitting in the Big Chair.

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 I think i recall reading their being actual stastics on McCain's chances of dying in the next 4 years... i think it was something like 20%; though not sure, been a while since i saw the article... though when it comes to the idea of President Palin, i gotta say, i would not want to take a 1 in 5 chance... I mean really, if McCain wanted to pick a woman to steal Hillary votes, why couldn't he pick a competent one; i think Kay Hutchinson and Olympia Snow were two very fine choices 

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Actually, Obama's biggest fear is cancer. His mom and grandma both died of it. And families with a history of cancer tend to die in their 50's. Obama will likely make it through the first term, but Biden's got a higher chance at the presidency than Palin.

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I think the biggest follow-up to the election will be the 'splainin' that BHO may likely have to do about who "Barry Soetoro" is ... since that was he legal name when he was a citizen of Indonesia.  If the vote goes as it seems to be going tonight, the XBox Live voters may have selected the first illegal alien president elect in the nation's history. 

The Berg case regarding's "Obama's" true nation of birth, his loss of U.S. Citizenship after being adopted by an Indonesian step-father and the lack of evidence that it was regained by him is not going to disappear just because the man gets elected. --Verbinator

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 I do find the issue of Obama's indonesian citizenship to be rather complexing... first off, their seems to be little doubt that he was born in Hawaii; poeple have looked over the actual physical birth certificate and their is even a newspaper clipping announcing his birth (along with everyone else born that month)...

As for his indonesian citizenship... if i'm correct, Idonesia did not allow duel citizenship back then and as such his american citizenship should have made him inelegable for citizenship... However, since the US does allow multiple citizenships, i think the only way to voluntarily give up american citizenship is to actually go to the american government and tell them you are giving it up... in otherwords, in order to to give up his american citizenship his parents would have needed to go to the US embassy and sign paper work to officially take away his citizenship; if they don't, then the records he will keep him listed as a citizen. This would mean that there should be a physical record of Obama giving up his US citizenship. If there is no record then that means there is no evidence that he OFFICIALLY gave up his citizenship. But then the question remains, if he never gave up his US Citizenship, then how did he gain Indonesian citizenship when he should have been inelegable... that is another mystery.... though my crackpot theory in that case would be that his parents found a loop hole in the indonesian system by giving them a new name instead of his american name (thus barry in indonesia, Barack in america)

 

All in all, i think the only way his citizenship status will come into play is if they find records where his parents forfeited his citizenship... I'm not sure, but i think the only way to forfeit american citizenship is to sign paperwork declaring such... thus, if there is no declaration, then according to all US records and for all legal purposes, Barack Obama has always been listed as an american citizen

 

It will be pretty fun watching all that come down.

Though i do wonder... if Obama was actually found to be inelegible before he is sworn in, what happens then? I figure if it happens after january, Biden will be president, but i'm not sure about what happens before the actual swearing in.... Does Biden get to sit in the big chair, or do they hold some kind of emergancy re-election...

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Wow. Nice made-up statistics. Thanks for the deep analysis!

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Kind of funny how so many support Obama, despite his anti-game comments.

Although I personally don't think (should he get elected, as well as not assassinated shortly after) he's going to write/sign any anti-game legislation.

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@ MaxVivian

Yeah, made me think it was just a badly run day care that I could meet my friends on if I want civilized play lol.

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I honestly wouldn't have guessed.  Based on the things that get yelled at me during games anyway...

 
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