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McCain/Obama Xbox Face-Off

The results are in on an Xbox Live poll for the Presidency.

Microsoft issued a press release with the details on the poll that it ran as part of its partnership with Rock the Vote. Thankfully, 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... but I actually didn't see anything on Xbox Live promoting the poll when it was running. Plus, the release is careful to avoid any mention of age, instead just sort of calling you things like "young" and "engaged." I believe that's "engaged" as in "we are able to get them to opt-in on stuff because they are way into Xbox Live," not "going to get married soon."

Anyway, here are the results:

TicketPercentage
 Obama/Biden 43%
 McCain/Palin 31%
 Undecided 13%
 Other 13%

That's from nearly 100,000 US-based Xbox Live users, nearly half of which probably would have voted for a Fenix/Santiago ticket if it was an option. Additionally, the plan to register votes through Xbox Live resulted in the download of over 55,000 voter registration forms. I actually signed up to receive such a form, but never got mine. This part of the process was supposed to be handled via e-mail, with users opting-in to receive an e-mail with a link to a printable form.

Those of you who already know about my dream of a paperless, phone call-free world probably won't be too shocked when I tell you that I think it's about time we got technology more integrated with the voting process. This whole "go to your local polling place and tick boxes on a form or use a crazy voting machine" thing seems like an outdated solution with plenty of room for error. I have hope that we'll see some change along these lines in my lifetime, but then the government isn't exactly known for being speedy or technologically savvy. OK, OK, if I go on I run the risk of turning this into Political Base. But I will say that anything that gets people to take a more active interest in politics is probably a good thing.

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Posted by Jeff
Microsoft issued a press release with the details on the poll that it ran as part of its partnership with Rock the Vote. Thankfully, 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... but I actually didn't see anything on Xbox Live promoting the poll when it was running. Plus, the release is careful to avoid any mention of age, instead just sort of calling you things like "young" and "engaged." I believe that's "engaged" as in "we are able to get them to opt-in on stuff because they are way into Xbox Live," not "going to get married soon."

Anyway, here are the results:

TicketPercentage
 Obama/Biden 43%
 McCain/Palin 31%
 Undecided 13%
 Other 13%

That's from nearly 100,000 US-based Xbox Live users, nearly half of which probably would have voted for a Fenix/Santiago ticket if it was an option. Additionally, the plan to register votes through Xbox Live resulted in the download of over 55,000 voter registration forms. I actually signed up to receive such a form, but never got mine. This part of the process was supposed to be handled via e-mail, with users opting-in to receive an e-mail with a link to a printable form.

Those of you who already know about my dream of a paperless, phone call-free world probably won't be too shocked when I tell you that I think it's about time we got technology more integrated with the voting process. This whole "go to your local polling place and tick boxes on a form or use a crazy voting machine" thing seems like an outdated solution with plenty of room for error. I have hope that we'll see some change along these lines in my lifetime, but then the government isn't exactly known for being speedy or technologically savvy. OK, OK, if I go on I run the risk of turning this into Political Base. But I will say that anything that gets people to take a more active interest in politics is probably a good thing.

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Posted by AquaGeneral

Interesting...

Posted by MasterSplinter

29% of McCain's votes are because of Palin.

Posted by papercut

nice

Posted by Aaox

Ugh... Politics...

Posted by patrick

most people i know just chose mccain ironically

Posted by The_A_Drain

100% Fail. Everybody knows politics dont work.

Posted by MB

It's too bad they don't break down the votes by age.  This hardly surprises me though - younger people are much more likely to support Obama.  I'm surprised McCain got 31%, I was expected half that.

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Posted by Great_Ragnarok

Ron Paul FTW! oh noes...its too late..

Posted by jakob187

So basically, this is a poll of a bunch of 7-12 year olds that have no clue what the hell they are talking about and just picked the guy that they talk about on TV the most?  lol  Seriously, who thought it was a good idea to put a poll on XBL about the next prez/vp?  Tsk tsk...

...next thing you know, they'll end up actually putting voting on Wiis!!!
Posted by GalvanizedNails

Big Daddy/ Little Sister ticket!

Posted by CrazyManDan

Replace the bumbling buffoon with a lovable one:

Banjo / Kazooie '08.

Posted by LordelX

What about Nader?

Posted by Superchris129

too bad colbert dropped out...

Posted by Splitterguy

Link for president, Kirby for vice. 

"HYAAAAA!"

Posted by jyurakyumihawk

Palin 4 president.

Posted by Brad

FENIX/SANTIAGO '12

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Posted by Worm

The best way to see who's the better president is to make 'em face eachother in a 1-on-1 TF2 match.

Posted by Metamorphic

Palin kills wolfs :(

link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEDlj3CNmn8

Posted by BeeMac420

RON PAUL - THE REST ARE PUPPETS

Posted by ElectricHaggis

If McCain wins were all doomed, just saying.

Posted by n00bosaurusRex

I did the register to vote thing on xbox.  I got an e-mail and was linked to all this stuff I needed to print out and mail.  I printed it all out and was gonna mail it but then I was at the post office and saw a voter registration card with postage pre-paid... I just did that instead.  That way I didn't have to dig up my damn envelopes and stamps.  I haven't used them in like 8 months.

Posted by MrKlorox

Why, President Beavis and VP Butt-head of course! Yes, they're not original videogame characters... but this is Giant fucking Bomb!

Posted by RHCPfan24

I didn't do this myself, but I bet a bunch of people just downloaded the pictures to get them all then to actually vote.  I voted for Obama though.

Posted by Media_Master

OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA!!!!!!!