Xbox Live owners vote for Obama in second presidential debate


Microsoft is doing their bit for good citizenship by promoting election participation on Xbox Live.

They broadcast the Presidential debates on Xbox Live, and polled watchers at the same time.

Venturebeat reports:

"More than 100,000 members of Microsoft’s Xbox Live online community for the Xbox 360 tuned into the presidential debate via their game consoles. And based on 2 million real-time responses to 70 polling questions, Barack Obama won the second debate."

Showing that the service is not inherently biased, challenger Mitt Romney won the first debate, a consensus I think most would agree with.

Apparently the participants are pretty representative of the voting population, with 80% being  aged 18-44, 29% Republican and 25% Democrat, expect for men being vastly over-represented at 66% of the participants vs 34% female.

"88% of the respondents were likely voters and 69% engaged to the point of not only voting, but responding that they will definitely talk to their social network about their position on the election." noted Venturebeat.

Microsoft said the level of participation made the event one of the largest single-screen interactive TV experiences in history. With such an active population, the US presidency may be the biggest game Xbox Live members will ever win or lose.


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