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24 October 2008 @ 12:15 am
An Informal and Completely Unscientific Political Poll  
So it occurred to me this morning while I was driving into work that I could perform an informal poll on who is supporting whom in the presidential election by counting the number of pro-Obama bumper stickers I see as opposed to the number of pro-McCain stickers.

I have one small rule:

I can count stickers I see in parking lots but for parking lots that I frequent, I can only count those stickers once during the entire poll. Since I only frequent two parking lots--work and home--I've counted them in tonight's totals.

I'm planning to count these right up to November 4th and I should get quite a few on several occasions as I am planning two out-of-town trips in the next couple of weeks.

Today's results:

Obama 13
McCain 1

The McCain stickers that I saw (by the way, multiple stickers on the same car only count as one) were actually interesting. One was the standard NOBAMA '08 but the other one was a red lip imprint on a black field that said "Read my lipstick: McCain/Palin '08". Horrific.

I'll try to post my results every evening, so until tomorrow, twoodles!

Erin
 
 
 
TrueXena: VOTE - Obama OMG!truexena on October 24th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Does it have to be a 'sticker'? Cuz I've seen a few people who have that window foam sporting their 'choice'.
seftiri: Billie Smilesseftiri on October 24th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
No, I suppose it doesn't have to be a sticker. It just has to be something on the car that supports either an Obama ticket member or a McCain ticket member. But all I've seen are stickers where I'm at. LOL No window foam.
dragynflies: OBAMAdragynflies on October 24th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
LOL I like your plan...but ANOTHER informal and completely unscientific poll? Aren't there enough of those on TV?

I don't listen to the polls. They're just a way of systematically predicting what's going to happen. ;)

And dude, what do you do in the case of an anti-party bumper sticker?? Does it count as one for the opposing?
seftiri: Currant Eventsseftiri on October 24th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
This is really for my own entertainment but I thought I'd document it here for posterity's sake. LOL And yes, something like the NOBAMA '08 sticker counts as a McCain. It just so happened that the car I saw that on had another sticker next to it clarifying that they were McCain supporters.

I apologize for adding to the many valueless polls already in existence! LOL I just couldn't resist when I found myself counting the stickers in passing. :)
froggumz: Limefroggumz on October 24th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
I saw the first one that truly amused me today -

"'08 We're screwed"

Living in what has been considered the most Republican state in the nation, I see far more McCain stickers then anything. If I remember right, we're the only state who has NEVER voted Democrat in the history of the universe.
Tiffany: food cuckoo for coconutspiekid on October 24th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
While Utah is the "reddest" of all, there were a few times that Utah's votes went to the Democrat, but you have to go back a while.

In fact, the Mormons used to support the Democrats because Stephen A. Douglas* and other Democrats in Illinois helped them get settled in the state, and gave other support. I believe the Democrats continued to receive that support until the Mormons tried to join the US as the State of Deseret. Douglas pissed them off during the statehood debate and they switched support. It made little difference back then of course, because they were not yet a member of the union. Hence the state's highly Republican official voting record.

*At the time of his help Douglas was a judge and a future Illinois Democratic senator. He was also a future opponent of Lincoln for President.

And with this comment you now know why no one will ever utter the phrase, "I wish I had Tiffany's body of knowledge." Sorry about the weird history lesson.
froggumzfroggumz on October 24th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Whoa! Don't be sorry, it's good to know. Thanks ^-^ I went hunting and the last time they voted democrat was 1964.

Now for the real question - Can you imagine would Utah and the Mormons would be like if they still were Democrats?
Tiffany: other crackers don't matterpiekid on October 24th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
OMG I can't even imagine. I don't think even Star Trek people could ever come up with that alternate universe storyline. LOL
Shut up and smile: Political // I can see Russia from here!morningafter2 on October 24th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Living in what's considered to be a swing state (although most polls put Obama ahead by either double digits or high single digits), I've seen a pretty even scattering of Obama and McCain stickers. There's a buttload of McCain stickers on adults' cars, but I think roughly half the students who drive at my school have Obama stickers of some sort on their cars. What I've noticed is that the people with Obama stickers typically have other stickers on their cars as well (ONE campaign, environmental, supporting general political awareness, Rock/Get Out the Vote, etc.), were the McCain stickers typically fly solo on cars. I think it speaks to a mindset in a way.

Of course, we have but a measly 4 electoral votes, since our entire state has just over a million people (I think), which is less than the population of most major cities in America. *shrug* Either way, they're courting us like you wouldn't believe. It's a slow day when at least one of the three people registered to vote in our home doesn't receive some sort of political flier.

Now I just need to convince my parents to stick that Obama-Biden sticker we've got on the car...
seftiri: Lifelineseftiri on October 25th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
We have 15 electoral votes and are a "battleground" state. Traditionally, we are more red but right now we're about 50/50.

I don't even have a sticker of my own to put on the car! Unbelievable! LOL
Shut up and smile: Political // Lipstickmorningafter2 on October 25th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
New Hampshire is supposed to be a red state, but I have no idea why that is, since in the last four elections, it's only gone red once (in 2000).

I think I managed to get my sticker free from MoveOn.org, and I believe the Obama campaign is giving them out on their website, if you want one.
tulliolustulliolus on October 24th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
I've seen an Obama sticker here (which, for them as don't know, is Oxford, England).

The mind boggles.
seftiri: O_oseftiri on October 25th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
Maybe it was an American who is voting absentee because he/she is currently abroad? But then one could make the argument that there would be no real point in displaying his/her American political leanings there.

tulliolus: feettulliolus on October 25th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
I know, I'm being grossly unfair. What with Rhodes Scholarships and Oxford's international reputation generally, that car has probably gone past at least a couple of people who could, if they were so minded, obey its exhortations to "Vote Obama".

My minds still wishes to boggle, however, though.

And I still [heart] that icon. Novak for President!
seftiri: NovakJusticeseftiri on October 28th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Now there's a ticket I could really get behind! :D
Tiffany: tbbt freaky smilepiekid on October 24th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
OMG! MY ICON! MY ICOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!
seftiri: Cephalopodsseftiri on October 25th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Oh for God's sake! THE TERROR!! THE TERROR!!
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seftiri: ::facepalm::seftiri on October 25th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
Yeah. So much so that he's completely turned his whole life, his family, his every thought and word over to the media and the white hot scrutiny of nearly every person in the world. Because he hates America. Yeah.

See my icon for my opinion of that. LOL