Second Life Users Support Obama by 73%, More Than Even Hawaii -- Here's Why
The Presidential election results are in, and the support for Obama is overwhelming. No, I don't mean the popular election, I mean my survey of Second Life opinion on the Presidential race -- with nearly 300 NWN readers registering their opinion, a massive 73% said they preferred President Obama over Romney, who attracted a paltry 13% (which is just a little more than those who chose Neither/Don't Know/Don't Care). Notably, this means Second Life users support Obama more than even the voters of Hawaii, Obama's home state (and mine!), only 71% of whom went for for Obama. (And unsurprisingly, Hawaii is more pro-Obama than any other state -- see screencapture above.)
Why so much support for Obama in Second Life?
The main reason, I think, is that the Second Life user base skews overwhelmingly international, with just about 30% of the userbase based in the US, and most users located in the EU, Brazil, and Japan, countries which all heavily favor Obama. Another less important but likely significant factor: Unlike other online worlds, Second Life users has almost near gender parity (about 40% women, who also tend to be the most active users), and women generally favor Obama over Romney.
Finally, with its emphasis on individual freedom, creativity, non-traditional lifestyles, and acceptance of sexual content, Second Life by its very nature probably attracts people who are more likely to be liberal than not. (Then again, you can just as easily be a gun-toting, rapacious capitalist in Second Life, though in my personal observation, right-leaning SLers tend to be libertarian, not traditional values conservatives.) To be sure, neither Obama or Romney are stereotypical liberal or conservative candidates (I'm still not even sure what Romney actually believes, politically), so it's unwise to infer general political belief simply from preference of candidate. But that would probably make for a good follow-up survey.
Speaking of Hawaii, the President vacations a couple miles from where I grew up -- here's my guide to finding his place, so if you happen to visit Oahu over the holidays, you can wave your congratulations.Tweet