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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Obama Will Be President of 7-Eleven This Year

Posted by on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

You know that dumb coffee cup poll that 7-Eleven does every election year? Obama is winning in a landslide:

So far Obama is ahead nationally by a wide 60-40 margin, although more scientific polls have the national race as virtually a dead heat. In the closely contested swing state of Ohio, where both candidates are campaigning heavily this week, the coffee cup poll favors the incumbent 57 to 43, with undecided coffee drinkers excluded.

Even though the poll bills itself as "unabashedly unofficial and unscientific," it has accurately predicted the winners since it began in 2000. Not only that, the results have hewed within 1 percentage point of the final popular vote. In 2008, Sen. John McCain got 46 percent in the 7-Election and 45.7 percent in the real election, while Obama got 52 percent of the coffee cups and 52.9 percent of the actual votes. In 2004, President George W. Bush beat Sen. John Kerry in the 7-Election 51-49, compared with 50.7 to 48.3 in the real polls.

The only thing this scientifically proves is that Romney voters are way, way less likely to buy their coffee at a 7-Eleven, which is probably something we all could have guessed before this promotional program even started.


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Cracker Jack 1
Mormons don't drink coffee.
Posted by Cracker Jack on October 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM · Report this
Then where DO Romney voters buy their coffee? Probably not Starbucks, and definitely not an indie shop. Maybe Romney's just a dick that nobody likes, even on their coffee cup.
Posted by DOUG. on October 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM · Report this
pfffter 3
"The only thing this scientifically proves is that Romney voters are way, way less likely to buy their coffee at a 7-Eleven"

No. No it doesn't.
Posted by pfffter on October 10, 2012 at 4:56 PM · Report this
pragmatic 4
@3 More than that, the percentage of rich people in the US, people like Romney in Paul's view, are the margin of error. They don't have enough effect on the polls to sway it. The people supporting him are conservative values voters, and bootstrappy people who should be smart enough to see through the GOP lies about the "American Dream".
Posted by pragmatic on October 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 5
1) Mormons do not drink coffee.

2) Hardworking liberals have to drink coffee to stay awake long enough to work at their two or three jobs at a company that Bain Capital recently acquired and is about to close.

Posted by Tacoma Traveler on October 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM · Report this
Now if they were measuring the amount of Mountain Dew sold... Romney'd be winning in a landslide. The Mo's may not drink coffee, but I've seen many a Mo starting their day off with a Big Gulp filled with Mountain Dew.
Posted by StuckInUtah on October 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 7
Why are we talking about this at all? This wasn't a poll, nor was it ever intended to be. It was a marketing campaign to sell coffee.

While you're at it, why don't we ponder the deep philosophical truths involved in a Red Stripe commercial? Is the phrase "HOORAY BEER" somehow indicative of where this country is going?
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on October 10, 2012 at 9:31 PM · Report this
TreGibbs 8
@7 - Ain;t that the truth, Ruth. Just wait till Honey Boo Boo hits legal drinking age... that is if she even lives that long.
Posted by TreGibbs on October 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 9
@7: It is relevant because, had you read the entire post, this little stunt has predicted the election results twice running within a margin of 1%-3%. This is a damn good prediction.

Now obviously two data points make a weak trend, but this is a blog, and internet space is effectively infinite. Pull that stick out of your ass and smile.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 11, 2012 at 6:43 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 10
@8, Honey Boo Boo will be preganet in the next season of her show.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on October 11, 2012 at 7:08 AM · Report this
@9 two data points don't make a weak trend, they make no trend.
Posted by sanotehu on October 11, 2012 at 7:34 AM · Report this
Unfortunately the republicans have successfully disenfranchised most people that go to 7-11.
Posted by longball on October 11, 2012 at 8:09 AM · Report this

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