Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Cafe Press and Comic Book Polls

Skeptical of standard political polls?  Here are a couple of lesser known, offbeat polls.

CafePress is the online retailer that let's people personalize merchandise (t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc).  Of course, some of this merchandise is personalized with candidate's names or information on it.  The company keeps track of what sells.  Here are their latest findings:

With this in mind, in the month of October, CafePress has seen an absolute surge in Herman Cain’s popularity, with merchandise tagged with Cain’s name accounting for 58% of the merchandise sales total for potential GOP nominees. Merchandise tagged with “Mitt Romney,” on the other hand, has accounted for only 6% of the nominee sales—a number that has fallen sharply since he held 15% in June. Interestingly, the merchandise tagged with “Romney” that has been doing well are Flip Flops. Perhaps this is related to the Obama campaign’s comments on Sunday (Obama strategist, David Axelrod, dubbed Romney a flip flopper)?

Decision2012 Comics asked people to pre-order biographical comic books of the presidential candidates.  Orders were due before Sept. 29th.  The top candidates were announced Oct. 6th:

BOOM! announces the results of DECISION 2012, the comic book industry's first straw poll: Barack Obama has won, with the top Republican candidacy going to Sarah Palin and a shocking result for last place: Rick Perry!

The results:
1. Barack Obama
2. Sarah Palin
3. Ron Paul
4. Michele Bachmann
5. Mitt Romney
6. Herman Cain
7. Newt Gingrich
8. Jon Huntsman
9. Rick Santorum
10. Rick Perry

Take this with a grain of salt, but enjoy it for the entertainment value!

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