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Xbox Live survey puts Obama ahead in polls

Xbox Live survey puts Obama ahead in polls

An Xbox Live survey of over 100,000 gamers showed that a clear majority favoured Barack Obama for president.

A survey of opinions on Microsoft's Xbox Live service has shown that console gamers prefer Barack Obama for president in the current US elections, putting the candidate for the Democratic Party more than ten percent ahead of rival John McCain and the Republican party.

An equal 13 percent portion of the vote however sits either either with other, smaller parties, or on the fence between the two.

Microsoft ran the US survey over the past few weeks, surveying almost 100,000 Xbox Live users in America - a figure far larger than that used in any of the official polls for news services.

The results showed that 43 percent of Xbox Live gamers favoured or would vote for Barack Obama in the US election, while John McCain and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin managed to get only 31 percent of the vote. The remaining fractions were split; 13 percent listed themselves as undecided, or indicated they would vote for another party.

"These results do not map to national trends, which show Senator Obama and Senator McCain to be pacing neck and neck," said a diplomatic official statement which claimed that the results instead "provide insight into a unique subset of young, engaged citizens."

Then comes the marketing spiel...

"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."

So, there you go - Barack may be ahead in the polls, but Microsoft's Xbox 360 would make a more popular president. There's nothing like a Red Ring of Death to show the world who's boss!

Where do your political allegiances lie in the US election? With the Democrats or Republicans? We'd love to hear from everyone for this poll, so head to the forums and let us know what you think.

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Mentai 23rd September 2008, 10:09 Quote
Obama. Because anyone who would vote for the lying shell of a man that is McCain is an arrogant fool or an American

7 day ban for derogatory comments towards Americans.
yodasarmpit
proxess 23rd September 2008, 10:12 Quote
I'd vote Obama tho I can't. But I bet that majority of Americans, with their so-low IQ will vote on McCain, just like they voted on Bush a second time round.

Bill Clinton for President! He at least worked hard for peace. Peace and Love, Peace and Love!!



7 day ban for derogatory comments towards Americans.
yodasarmpit
badders 23rd September 2008, 10:17 Quote
John Mcain: "I'm ten percent down in a poll of what users? Exemabox live? Is that some kind of Rock 'n' roll group?"
Tim S 23rd September 2008, 10:18 Quote
I think Paris Hilton should be president... after all, she said she's "totally ready to lead the country." :|
d3fiant 23rd September 2008, 10:23 Quote
so probably 98% of those who voted in the poll are not old enough to vote for real ......the point is? and why must we resort to bashing the yanks as stupid all the time, I step out of my house in the UK and meet just as many stupid people frequently, we have no right to place ourselves on a pedastal, its arrogant .....sorry to bitch but havent had my coffee yet :P
Burnout21 23rd September 2008, 10:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by d3fiant
so probably 98% of those who voted in the poll are not old enough to vote for real ......the point is? and why must we resort to bashing the yanks as stupid all the time, I step out of my house in the UK and meet just as many stupid people frequently, we have no right to place ourselves on a pedastal, its arrogant .....sorry to bitch but havent had my coffee yet :P

I think we tend to bash george bush more than anything, rather than the whole nation. Considering that main of the great project logs come from the states.
d3fiant 23rd September 2008, 10:30 Quote
hey I'm all for bashing George Bush, he is either A - naturally stupid or B - poorly advised, being american doesnt come into it :)
Mentai 23rd September 2008, 10:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by d3fiant
so probably 98% of those who voted in the poll are not old enough to vote for real ......the point is? and why must we resort to bashing the yanks as stupid all the time, I step out of my house in the UK and meet just as many stupid people frequently, we have no right to place ourselves on a pedastal, its arrogant .....sorry to bitch but havent had my coffee yet :P

We do it in the hope that worldwide distaste for their republican leaders will actually affect their decision. It wouldn't matter if their global policies didn't have an effect on the rest of us, because you're right, there are just as many stupid people regardless of nationality. Also being arrogant against a country renowned for its arrogance, isn't it slightly satisfying?
lewchenko 23rd September 2008, 12:57 Quote
I for one, couldnt give a damn who becomes president of the US. Just like they dont care who runs our country! (PS - for those Americans who are reading this, we currently dont have a leader in the UK... just some schmuck who is pretending to lead but is really running our country into the ground).

Whoever the US chooses, I hope he does better than the lame 'stealth taxing' pretender we currently have as our 'dear leader'.
mikeuk2004 23rd September 2008, 13:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
I think Paris Hilton should be president... after all, she said she's "totally ready to lead the country." :|

+1 lol
jfab199+ 23rd September 2008, 14:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by d3fiant
so probably 98% of those who voted in the poll are not old enough to vote for real ......the point is? :P


You have to consider the actual demographic of gamers. From what I understand it is more 20-30 year old people, if I'm wrong feel free to correct me. However you have to wonder how many vote and I think the totals are skewed since they are only polling a certain demographic.
slugbug 23rd September 2008, 14:15 Quote
90% of the people I encounter on Xbox Live are total idiots. I fully believe many of these same people would vote for a turnip if given the chance.
hitman012 23rd September 2008, 14:17 Quote
Generally speaking, Xbox gamers are going to be younger people, aged 14-30. The Republicans tend to appeal to older, married Americans, so this poll isn't really representative of anything.
spectre456 23rd September 2008, 14:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by lewchenko
I for one, couldnt give a damn who becomes president of the US. Just like they dont care who runs our country! (PS - for those Americans who are reading this, we currently dont have a leader in the UK... just some schmuck who is pretending to lead but is really running our country into the ground).

Whoever the US chooses, I hope he does better than the lame 'stealth taxing' pretender we currently have as our 'dear leader'.

ROFL
-EVRE- 23rd September 2008, 14:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by proxess
I'd vote Obama tho I can't. But I bet that majority of Americans, with their so-low IQ will vote on McCain, just like they voted on Bush a second time round.

Bill Clinton for President! He at least worked hard for peace. Peace and Love, Peace and Love!!

Ever think the other party thinks the same about Dem's... If I remember right, our economy starting going to **** when the dem's took over the lesislature. The fall of the economy when Bush took office, the legacy of Mr. Bill? I see a trend..

woot for political flame wars!
Mo_ 23rd September 2008, 15:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by slugbug
90% of the people I encounter on Xbox Live are total idiots. I fully believe many of these same people would vote for a turnip if given the chance.

lol. - who ever votes for McCain is a pilick :(.
Haramzadeh 23rd September 2008, 16:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mentai
Obama. Because anyone who would vote for the lying shell of a man that is McCain is an arrogant fool or an American

:D;)
talladega 23rd September 2008, 16:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Burnout21
I think we tend to bash george bush more than anything, rather than the whole nation. Considering that main of the great project logs come from the states.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Mentai
Obama. Because anyone who would vote for the lying shell of a man that is McCain is an arrogant fool or an American

Quote:
Originally Posted by proxess
I'd vote Obama tho I can't. But I bet that majority of Americans, with their so-low IQ will vote on McCain, just like they voted on Bush a second time round.

Bill Clinton for President! He at least worked hard for peace. Peace and Love, Peace and Love!!


:|


Although I am in Canada and dont vote in the US I would in fact vote for McCain. Why? Because on many of the topics that they are opposite on I am on the same side as McCain. Obama ain't near as bad as Hillary was but I still disagree with most of his opinions.
Furymouse 23rd September 2008, 17:04 Quote
Meh. Whoever becomes president, it will just be more of the same.
Haramzadeh 23rd September 2008, 17:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by talladega
:|


Although I am in Canada and dont vote in the US I would in fact vote for McCain. Why? Because on many of the topics that they are opposite on I am on the same side as McCain. Obama ain't near as bad as Hillary was but I still disagree with most of his opinions.

That's just a polite way of saying "I DONT VOTE FOR BLACK PEOPLE". :p
-EVRE- 23rd September 2008, 17:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Haramzadeh

That's just a polite way of saying "I DONT VOTE FOR BLACK PEOPLE". :p

wow.. you must be shallow.. I wouldn't vote for him because he's a too liberal for me.. and a lawyer.

....Woot for morons that pull out the race card! .... and liberals.. race card pulling liberals.... oh the trouble the world would be in if it were ruled by people like you...
pendragon 23rd September 2008, 18:40 Quote
wow.. this thread is full of epic fail. :( .. I was hoping for better from bit-tech
cyrilthefish 23rd September 2008, 19:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by -EVRE-
wow.. you must be shallow.. I wouldn't vote for him because he's a too liberal for me.. and a lawyer.

....Woot for morons that pull out the race card! .... and liberals.. race card pulling liberals.... oh the trouble the world would be in if it were ruled by people like you...
Excuse me if i'm reading this wrong but it seems to me your reasoning is like this:

-person mentioned obama's race
-therefore that person must be liberal
-therefore, all liberals are just pulling the race card

I see this kind of thing happening so much in American politics lately, with constant mudslinging against whole parties like that you've no hope of anything ever changing or improving :(
Haramzadeh 23rd September 2008, 19:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by -EVRE-
wow.. you must be shallow.. I wouldn't vote for him because he's a too liberal for me.. and a lawyer.

....Woot for morons that pull out the race card! .... and liberals.. race card pulling liberals.... oh the trouble the world would be in if it were ruled by people like you...

Notice the little 'tongue' smiley. That means I was joking. Gosh I hate right-wingers and their constant political correctness soooo much.
Cthippo 23rd September 2008, 19:32 Quote
I'm doing what I can to help Obama get elected.

I voted for him in the primary
I caucused for him at the precinct level
I was an Obama delegate to the county convention
I donated money to his political campaign (for the first time ever)

and I'm damn sure going to vote for him in November.

Obama's not perfect, I'd be happier if he were more progressive on a wide range of issues, but he is an canidate I can and do feel good about supporting.

As for Americans, yes, a LOT of them are that stupid. Maybe people everywhere are stupid, but living here and dealing with my fellow Americans every day makes me particularly aware of theie manifold failings.
johnmustrule 23rd September 2008, 19:40 Quote
must.. resist... posting....!
C-Sniper 23rd September 2008, 20:52 Quote
NEXXO FOR PRESIDENT!!!!
-EVRE- 23rd September 2008, 21:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by cyrilthefish
Quote:
Originally Posted by -EVRE-
wow.. you must be shallow.. I wouldn't vote for him because he's a too liberal for me.. and a lawyer.

....Woot for morons that pull out the race card! .... and liberals.. race card pulling liberals.... oh the trouble the world would be in if it were ruled by people like you...
Excuse me if i'm reading this wrong but it seems to me your reasoning is like this:

-person mentioned obama's race
-therefore that person must be liberal
-therefore, all liberals are just pulling the race card

I see this kind of thing happening so much in American politics lately, with constant mudslinging against whole parties like that you've no hope of anything ever changing or improving :(

cyrilthefish: I question your reasoning of my reasoning.

Haramzadeh: Kidding or not (kinda stupid imo on these boards) the media has said what you did, and they weren't joking, so my statement still stands.


btw, I would have voted for Hillary before I would have voted for Obama, a few Republicans before McCain. For me, with the choices, its a simple one..


OT:
I think the poll from Xbox live is an interesting one that examines an interesting part of the American public.
HourBeforeDawn 23rd September 2008, 21:52 Quote
neither are good but I think Obama is the lesser of two evils, at least hes not all religious gun ho ~_~ if McCain wins kiss our tech advancements and medical advancements goodbye here in the USA, at least Obama wants to try to improve the tech structure for the US.
DougEdey 23rd September 2008, 22:13 Quote
Obamas website acknowledges Technology and conforms a lot better to W3 standards then McCains, that's all we need to know!
Haramzadeh 23rd September 2008, 22:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by -EVRE-
Haramzadeh: Kidding or not (kinda stupid imo on these boards) the media has said what you did, and they weren't joking, so my statement still stands.

Who is this "MEDIA" that you speak of? Has Fox News pulled the race card? Stop turning yourself into a typical right-wing caricature. I was joking, but it's obvious some people on the right want to constantly impose their PC rubbish on the rest of us.

And besides, there's a lot of truth to the race card pulling anyways. Why else would a competition between a inspiring leader VS a slimebag corpse and religious bimbo be so close? The Republican party is a refuge for closet racists and other assorted scum - thats a fact!
yodasarmpit 23rd September 2008, 23:46 Quote
Anymore blatant US bashing and the ban hammer will fall again, already 2 temp bans in this thread and I'd prefer there to be no more.

Keep it civil or don't bother to post.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Haramzadeh
That's just a polite way of saying "I DONT VOTE FOR BLACK PEOPLE". :p
Choosing not to vote for Obama does not automatically equate to being racist.

Obama would be my choice, but that doesn't mean I don't like white folk, which would be kinda odd seeing as I'm white.
DXR_13KE 24th September 2008, 00:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by proxess
I'd vote Obama tho I can't. But I bet that majority of Americans, with their so-low IQ will vote on McCain, just like they voted on Bush a second time round.

Bill Clinton for President! He at least worked hard for peace. Peace and Love, Peace and Love!!



7 day ban for derogatory comments towards Americans.
yodasarmpit

i think he was talking about the low average IQ of an American.... not that Americans are more dumb... they are simply humans as we are :D

edit: and as such i feel that certain humans should not be allowed to vote... yes, i am talking about you mister "lets-make-a-blast-crater-out-of-the-f***ing-middle-east" guy.

i would vote Obama btw ;)

edit2: this post was not intended as a derogatory comment against or towards Americans.
johnmustrule 24th September 2008, 02:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by -EVRE-
OT:
I think the poll from Xbox live is an interesting one that examines an interesting part of the American public.

Mainly the young uninformed one that has always been liberal, always. I'd be neat to get these polls for other specific demographics though, google time.
Ta10n 24th September 2008, 02:36 Quote
I don't think it much matters who you vote for, the difference in leadership when they're in office will probably be trivial. They make all the promises they like, but they aren't obligated to keep any of them once they get into office. Why? Because you can't exactly walk into the white house and pull the president out just because your taxes went up. Instead Presidents get thrown out because they "maybe" had sexual relations with a staff member. Wow. Remember that clause in the American constitution that says the President isn't allowed to show any human impulses what-so-ever? Because I sure don't. Practically every politician is in some sort of scandal these days, and every time I see one on the news I wonder why the hell people think it's such a big deal. OMG he cheated on his wife! Why the hell do we care? As long as our money isn't involved we should stay out of it. That kind of behavior certainly isn't what you'd want from a leader, but everyone has lapses in judgment right? While we're all busy staring at our TV screens and picking our noses George W. has blown the living hell out of someone else's country with taxpayer money so Dick Cheney's company can get taxpayer money to do the cleanup and re-construction. And has anyone ever wondered why the US war effort costs so damn much? Well that's because the US Government is spending billions on mercenaries to supplement it's forces on the ground, and deploying highly trained mercs is NOT CHEAP.

One way or another the US economy is in the ******* and I suspect that neither political party will be able to put a dent in the trillions of dollars in debt that the country has incurred over the years. The only way I figure they can start reigning in the deficit is by jacking taxes up to a more reasonable level for a country of that size. And start trimming the basic functionality of the country too. Why the hell does it take them 2 years to campaign before an election? Here in Canada Land our current election has what I believe to be a 31 day campaign attached to it. Do you really need more than that? Just catch a couple of TV debates and pay attention to campaign announcements. Do that and you probably just saved over 100 million dollars.

I've made my voting decision based on which party is going to spend my money in ways I want them to, and not on stupid crap like "creating jobs". If you've ever studied economics you'd know that when a party says "we're going to create jobs" they are a combination of stupid and full of ****. The reason that jobs are being lost in certain sectors (like the auto industry here in Canada) is because there is a shift in demand and because salaries are getting to be stupidly high. Believe it or not, thanks to the auto unions here the average plant worker was making about $70,000 a year. Yes that is correct, no I didn't add an extra zero. That's approximately $33 per hour. Holy crap. Now I know why we have a doctor shortage in Canada, because I'm 99% sure that because of our public health care system a doctor gets paid less than that. That is why you lost your jobs people. I'm sorry to say but things change, and life is about dealing with change.

Wow, that was a hell of a rant. Just as an FYI I am a Canadian citizen, but I lived in the states for five years, so I can have an opinion :)

-Ta10n
talladega 24th September 2008, 02:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by -EVRE-
wow.. you must be shallow.. I wouldn't vote for him because he's a too liberal for me.. and a lawyer.

....Woot for morons that pull out the race card! .... and liberals.. race card pulling liberals.... oh the trouble the world would be in if it were ruled by people like you...

There's the word I needed! I'm much more conservative on most all of the issues so it would make more sense for me to vote for McCain.


I don't get why people think only stupid people would vote for McCain. I could say the same thing about people who vote for Obama. Vote for whoever you agree with on the 'main topics' that they argue about and such.
Cthippo 24th September 2008, 05:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by talladega
I don't get why people think only stupid people would vote for McCain. I could say the same thing about people who vote for Obama. Vote for whoever you agree with on the 'main topics' that they argue about and such.

The truest test of a man's intelligence is the extent to which he agrees with you ;)

For the record, I don't think that everyone who votes for McCain is stupid.

I do have a problem with the people who are voting for McCain because Obama is black, or worse, because they think he's a muslim. I have a problem with the people who are voting for McCain because they think he'll "win" in Iraq or think he will lower gas prices. I have a problem with the Grover Norquist types who want to reduce government until it's small enough to drown it in a bathtub.

I especially have a problem with the so-called "values voters" who define their values as taking away other people's rights and changing the law to reflect their own religious beliefs.

I have a problem with the people, especially women, who are voting for McCain because he picked Sarah Palin as his VP even though his election will likley result in them losing control over their bodies and losing any chance of "equal pay for equal work" legislation.

And I especially have a problem with the people who are voting for McCain because they think Obama is "too intellectual". That statement right there is an admission that they don't want a president who is smarter than they are. Likewise , I have a hard time with people who prefer McCain because he reduces complex problems down to oversimplifications their brains can handle.

The world is a massivly complicated place, full of multi-faceted, nuanced problems and no easy solutions. The problem is that many Americans get their information in 30 second sound bites and cannot handle that complexity, so they tend to support someone who tells them "Don't worry, we just have to do X", ignoring the fact that X probably won't work and will cause problems Y and Z and probably piss off half the world on whom we increasingly depend.

I want the smartest, most worldly person in office who shares my values that I can find. Given the choices we now have at this stage of the election, that's Barack Obama.
dark_avenger 24th September 2008, 06:14 Quote
how did south park put it, it's a choice between a turd sandwhich and a douch bag.

no body likes pollatitions but we have to vote for someone.
PhenomRed 24th September 2008, 06:23 Quote
A vote for Obama is a vote for Relix.

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