Here’s how you voted in our U.S. Presidential Election poll yesterday:
Barack Obama and Joe Biden: 69%
John McCain and Sarah Palin: 24%
Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez: 3%
Robert Barr and Wayne Root: 2%
Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente: 1%
Charles Baldwin and Darrell Castle: 1%
And here are the actual results, as of 12 p.m. PST today:
Barack Obama and Joe Biden: 52%
John McCain and Sarah Palin: 46%
Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez: 1%
Robert Barr and Wayne Root: 1%
Charles Baldwin and Darrell Castle: 0%
Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente: 0%
It looks like while the percentage of WordPress votes varies from the actual election results, the rank of candidates is almost identical. The only exception is the bottom two tickets: You pushed McKinney ahead of Baldwin by the eensy margin of one vote, while Baldwin fared better than McKinney in the real election by about 30,000 votes. But I’m no statistician, so I’ll let you do your own analysis beyond that
Thanks for casting your votes with us yesterday, and props to those in the U.S. who wore their stickers with pride.
To see a cool graph like the one above for your own polls, along with other extras, log in to PollDaddy.com with the same email address you use for your WordPress.com username.
Note: While comments on this post are open, they will be moderated carefully. Please keep your comments pertinent to the poll process and the relationship between WordPress community results and actual U.S. results. One-word comments and comments that only include statements about a particular candidate will not be approved.
- Nov 5, 2008 @ 9:16 pm
Nov 6th at 4:18 pm
WOW I VOTED IN THIS
i even have polls on my own blogs about the election,
i think its gd idea 4 all ppl n wordpress users especially as a lot of us dont get to vote.
as we are fromm all over the world
Nov 6th at 5:08 pm
The skew to Obama is really not surprising. As`already noted the media workers are bound to have a liberal bias and overseas folks will be entirely in the tank.
An interesting exercise.
Nov 6th at 6:12 pm
It’s cool that WordPress is out there with the community! Thanks!
Nov 6th at 6:21 pm
Thanks for the opportunity to vote virtually WP
Nov 6th at 9:40 pm
While the wordpress votes percentages vary greatly from the national poll results in terms of popular vote, they do reflect more closely the electoral college vote which went to Obama by a 2 to 1 ratio (66% Obama-Biden, 33% McCain-Palin)
Nov 6th at 11:05 pm
I think the results lean towards Obama because of the international element. I think the world is scared of seeing another republican in the white house after George Bush. I live in Australia, and with my brother being in the army, I always fear that George is going to call for more back up.
Nov 7th at 3:47 am
It iss interesting how Obama fared better in your poll open to users from around the world then in the national results. It just goes to show how well liked Obama is around the world
Nov 7th at 7:52 am
Thank-you American voters, the rest of the world just exhaled
Nov 7th at 10:18 am
I would have liked to vote for Moore/Alexander of the SPUSA but they were not included in this poll … … but congratulations for dumping the REPs!
Nov 7th at 3:26 pm
I believe America came together to let the establishment know that we are tired of the direction this nation is going.
Nov 7th at 8:12 pm
it”s bloody amazing
Nov 7th at 9:25 pm
My favorite candidate was Cynthia McKinney. I guess she didn’t fare so well in either contest.
Nov 8th at 8:24 am
On another site (http://www.iftheworldcouldvote.com/results), three countries were pro McCain at election time; Albania, Macedonia and Niue. Every other country preferred Obama. I think the international skew has much more to do with it then a “media= liberal” skew. I’m pretty sure conservatives own computers too.
Nov 8th at 8:42 am
Wow, amazing… What a reality result… Obama should be the absolute winner for this poll.
Nov 8th at 11:59 am
Really a brilliant work….. appreciate that you are sharing this with us all…..
Thanks, have a nice time.
Nov 8th at 7:26 pm
Hmmm, did you also play with the numbers in SPSS? I see many statistical drawbacks. In any case, who cares? It is the history already. Now we need to save the world.
Nov 8th at 8:22 pm
GO OBAMA!!! lol i saw tthe simpsons episode tree house of horror homer was trying to vote for obama but it was rigged LOL!!!!
Nov 9th at 9:09 am
Voting fever has occured…fun!
Nov 9th at 11:42 pm
Obama Nation! Woo Hoo!
Nov 10th at 9:32 am
barack and roll!!!!
Nov 10th at 9:56 am
I was not most startled on the victory Obama, but I was startled by the percentage that almost 2 fold times by John McCain and Sarah Palin. Although obama continue to his winner.
Nov 11th at 1:23 am
I wonder if this polls is representative of the wordpress community. I noticed the number of McCain votes was much less than in the actual poll results. I also think perhaps the Obama votes might be overinflated just slightly due to the international pollsters. Mainly speculation and bias on my part, so I won’t debate other opinions. Thanks Heather for the follow up on the poll results.
Nov 11th at 7:56 pm
The word press results were probably different for 1 reason only. Study your demographic results and you will know why. Amongst 18-30 year old in the real polls Obama was streets ahead but decreasing with the ages of voters. Maybe word press reflects that in having a younger average user therefore reflecting voter trends quite accurately in it’s readership?
Live long and prosper.
xxx Stan Rogers
Nov 12th at 1:35 am
Regarding your poll results, I think Ceeceejaye’s analysis is pretty accurate.
This past election was the Perfect Storm – FOR the Democrats and AGAINST the Republicans.
An unpopular Presidency such as Bush’s was an unsurmountable obstacle for any Republican candidate – especially for an elderly, polarizing figure such as John McCain. Many Americans couldn’t “get behind” McCain or be excited about supporting him, even though he may have represented their political party and many of their political views.
Obama, on the other hand, had many advantages. First, he was a member of the Party that is NOT currently in power – always an advantage! No matter who is governing at the moment, the grass always looks greener on the other side.
Secondly, Obama’s youthful image resonated with many younger voters – a direct contrast to McCain’s 72 years. Also, Obama’s eloquence in prepared speeches, along with an attractive smile, was warming to many undecided voters, especially compared to McCain’s aged appearance and occasional gloomy demeanor.
Thirdly, the current American economy is in shambles – mostly due to years of poor legislation by both political Parties. The fact that Obama is relatively new to the Senate allowed him to appear as though he had not been involved in those poor decisions, and that he could be the new, fresh face to offer solutions.
Finally, Obama’s racial background was the deciding factor for many voters. CNN’s election night polls showed
that his race was a factor for nearly 65% of the voters, but that it was actually a positive influence. Meaning not only did his ethnicity not hurt him, but it actually helped him.
I believe that a candidate should be voted for solely based on their platform and stance on the issues at hand, no mater what their race happens to be. However, I can certainly appreciate the fact that some racial minorities supported Obama because they felt that they would have a stronger National voice and be more adequately supported on a National level.
Obama is an engaging and charismatic figure in modern politics. Perfect timing for the Democrats, especially in the wake of an administration that even most Republicans would consider a huge disappointment.
In conclusion, I do not believe that Conservatism in America is dead. It does, however, need to rebuild its image. It has been tarnished by 8 years of poor leadership and even poorer decisions. I believe it is up to the next, younger generation of fiscal and moral Conservatives to revive the simple, logical ideals of Conservatism.
They are not based on war, greed or global oppression. Instead, they are based on personal responsibility, traditional family values, and abundant generosity. Unfortunately, many of those values have been tarnished and set aside in the recent past. True conservatives also see large, ruling government as the problem – not the solution.
But, for the incoming Obama administration, I hope and pray that he governs well. That he makes wise, non-partisan decisions that stimulate our economy and global image, and increase individual American’s financial independence, and not a sense of dependency.
While I may not have supported him, I certainly hope that America is better off because of him.
Nov 12th at 4:13 pm
Nov 12th at 6:04 pm
The outcome of the election has really made me excited and hopeful, not just because of who our new president is, but the attitudes of people about the election. The outpour of support and the sheer number of voters this year makes me confident that the people in our country are not willing to just roll over to a political power but stand up for progress and community the a passion we haven’t seen since the fifties and sixties. I recently saw the new film Cadillac Records that comes out on December 5th and it’s message is similar. It is about the rise and popularity of blues music in the 1950′s in Chicago that brought black culture to the mainstream and simultaneously, an acceptance of a misunderstood race at the time. (see the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QJyAXfG8NM) Now we as a society, at least a good majority of us, have cast our vote for change and understanding. One step closer to a united American community working towards the greater good.
Nov 13th at 11:26 am
Yes, it seems WordPress users lean towards the Democratic party. I was really starting to wonder after seeing the fox news blogs consistently at the top of your blog lists prior to the election.
Nov 13th at 4:36 pm
Thanks, for the opportunity to votes virtually WordPress
Nov 14th at 12:11 am
While people can talk about demographic this and demographic that, the bottom line is that to read a blog and vote on it, you have to be LITERATE. Obviously, bloggers THINK. The numbers speak for themselves
Nov 14th at 1:24 am
I missed the vote, but I’m your lone Alan Keyes representative (unless there’s anyone else?
Nov 14th at 11:08 am
Obama is the best!
Nov 14th at 4:09 pm
Did u know that in texas obama got 43% of the vote?Even though mcain won,texas could turn blue if the dems ever start campaining in our state.NEITHER obama nor mcain campained once in texas,nor their vice presidential nominees or wives-or bush.
Nov 16th at 4:16 am
Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama
Nov 16th at 7:41 am
I WISH OBAMA IS THE BEST PRESIDENT FROM USA.. WHO MAKE WORLD ALWAYS PEACE!!!! ^^
Nov 16th at 3:32 pm
Well done, change we can believe, hope you can bring good things to the world.
Nov 16th at 5:38 pm
congratuletions for new President Barack Obama from Italy, Calabria sud italia.
Nov 17th at 6:09 pm
FYI Sarah Palin did come to Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio and she had huge crowds that seemed to adore her…So yes, someone did campaign in Texas…LM
Nov 17th at 8:59 pm
Let’s see what Barak Obama will do for the minorities of the nation.
Nov 17th at 11:55 pm
A good reflection of what America really wanted. I guess…
Nov 18th at 9:11 am
It seems Obama is the destiny child the US has chosen……. now it is to be seen how far he can take on the things from here.
Nov 18th at 2:43 pm
obama!!! obama!!!! obama!!!! its like super hero….whoo hooo
Nov 19th at 12:05 am
Nov 19th at 1:15 am
nice work America , it’s great to see you made the right decision THIS TIME !!!!!