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Mac Users More Liberal Than Windows Users
Slashdot ^ | 4/24/11 | Soulskill

Posted on 04/24/2011 7:36:36 AM PDT by Clint Williams

adeelarshad82 writes

"A recent survey conducted on 400,000 people — in which 52% of respondents were self-described PC (Windows) people, 25% were Mac users and 23% were neither — showed that Mac users are more politically liberal than their PC-using counterparts. 58% of Mac users were 'liberal,' as compared to 38% of PC users. Amongst other things, the survey also indicated that Mac users were, on average, more urban, younger and more educated than PC users, which could potentially be a contributing factor toward being more liberal."


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1 posted on 04/24/2011 7:36:38 AM PDT by Clint Williams
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To: Clint Williams

IIRC Rush Limbaugh uses a Mac...


2 posted on 04/24/2011 7:37:41 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Birther on Board)
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To: Clint Williams

3 posted on 04/24/2011 7:38:04 AM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Clint Williams

Blasphemers. LOL


4 posted on 04/24/2011 7:38:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Clint Williams

Does this actually surprise anyone? Most mac users I know bought one because “it’s not a windows machine so I’m not supporting GREEEEEDDDDD”.


5 posted on 04/24/2011 7:41:38 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Ah. The exception that "proves" the rule!
6 posted on 04/24/2011 7:42:41 AM PDT by Clint Williams (America -- a great idea, didn't last. The only reasonable response to Jihad is Crusade.)
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To: Clint Williams

Fools. They are living examples of capitalism and market forces in action. Personally, I think that the government is in a much better position to decide for them which computing platform is better for them. The government decides....Windows. Take it and be happy. (do I really need a sarcasm tag?)

(typed on a Macbook)


7 posted on 04/24/2011 7:43:40 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Clint Williams

Don’t care. I will NEVER go back to Windows.


8 posted on 04/24/2011 7:43:54 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: Clint Williams

Any studies of which group takes this stuff most seriously?


9 posted on 04/24/2011 7:46:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Clint Williams

What about those of us who use both?


10 posted on 04/24/2011 7:49:38 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Clint Williams

Anybody who would refuse to use the tools that works best for them because of who else uses it is think like a liberal.(sung in a wimpy voice.) Feelings, nothing more than feelings.


11 posted on 04/24/2011 7:49:38 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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To: arderkrag
Most mac users I know bought one because “it’s not a windows machine so I’m not supporting GREEEEEDDDDD”.

Yah, and we all know Apple is not about GREEEEEEEEDDDD. Apple users are supporting Chinese employment, not to mention landfill operators because the batteries aren't replaceable. Talk about planned obsolescence!

12 posted on 04/24/2011 7:49:38 AM PDT by Clint Williams (America -- a great idea, didn't last. The only reasonable response to Jihad is Crusade.)
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To: Clint Williams

Anybody who would refuse to use the tools that works best for them because of who else uses it is think like a liberal.(sung in a wimpy voice.) Feelings, nothing more than feelings.


13 posted on 04/24/2011 7:51:01 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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To: cripplecreek
Any studies of which group takes this stuff most seriously?

Somebody could cross-post this on DU and compare results...

14 posted on 04/24/2011 7:51:45 AM PDT by Clint Williams (America -- a great idea, didn't last. The only reasonable response to Jihad is Crusade.)
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To: savedbygrace
What about those of us who use both?

You're more liberal than you are. You better watch yourself around here.

15 posted on 04/24/2011 7:53:38 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Clint Williams

What company conducted the survey?


16 posted on 04/24/2011 7:54:23 AM PDT by Dr. White
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To: Clint Williams
Ah. The exception that "proves" the rule!

Would that be the exception that otherwise smart people occasionally do a dumb thing?

17 posted on 04/24/2011 7:54:29 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: ThomasThomas

The free market has no allegiance to the left or right. Buy what is best for you at the best price.

Let the idiots on the left ban whatever and try to live without it. And if they offend too many on any side and lose market share, they will have learned a lesson through starvation.


18 posted on 04/24/2011 7:54:52 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: Clint Williams
Ah, the power of advertising. Mac has worked hard to brand itself as the hip, iconoclastic, David vs. Goliath company. And the herd of independent minds swallows it hook, line, and sinker.

That's not a knock on Macs. It's a tribute to effective marketing. I'm sure there are people who have perfectly good practical reasons for preferring Macs. But I'm also sure that a lot of home uses have just bought the brand.

I'm a keep it simple guy myself. I got used to using a Windows machine at the office. When I got a home computer, I got another Windows machine just to be sure that everything was compatible. That was many years ago, and I've never had any reason to change. If I had more demanding uses, my mileage might differ.

19 posted on 04/24/2011 7:56:44 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
IIRC Rush Limbaugh uses a Mac...

I remember Rush saying, somewhat accurately, back in the day when there was a big hulabaloo about Windows 94, "Windows 94 equals Mac '89".

Mac had a much better user interface than Windows, but hefty boutique prices and less software available. It is amazing the degree to which some people resent Bill Gates but give Steve Jobs a complete pass. I use windows for better compatibility and generally lower prices, but I can see the appeal of Macs. My first PC was a Mac Plus back around 1986 for about $2500, used. When I toy with Macs at Best Buy, I realize that if I go back to Mac I'll need to relearn the user interface. I actually had a FORTRAN complier on the Mac and wrote toy programs to amuse my daughter. I also used it with "Numerical Recipes in FORTRAN" to code things like FFTs and such. I really got a good intuitive feel for a lot of numerical programming using my Mac. Windows used to come with MicroSoft Basic, but no more. Since Office for home use is only $100 smackers, I've learned to use Excel 2007 VBA for home projects.

20 posted on 04/24/2011 7:57:27 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: Wildbill22

And it amazes me how celebs want to share their political views, as if they are doing us some service by sharing their ignorance. They don’t seem to understand how they are driving away customers as if their money isn’t good enough. Morons.


21 posted on 04/24/2011 7:57:39 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: Clint Williams

more educated = better indoctrinated


22 posted on 04/24/2011 7:58:07 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: Clint Williams
the survey also indicated that Mac users were, on average, more urban, younger and more educated than PC users, which could potentially be a contributing factor toward being more liberal.

That would also probably indicate that they were buried in federally "guaranteed" student loans, which would make them serfs of the federal government.

23 posted on 04/24/2011 7:58:07 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing." -Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: Clint Williams

Well I’m a recent Mac convert. I’ve been in IT for a long time and still made the switch to Mac.

Apple is simply making a higher quality product. In fact the quality with Apple products simply has no equal in the PC industry.


24 posted on 04/24/2011 7:58:17 AM PDT by precisionshootist (Donald Trump Is a Patriot first and a businessman second.)
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To: paulycy

Hey, if I’m all busy watching the screen and the keyboard, how can I possibly watch myself too? That’s just madness, man.

;-)


25 posted on 04/24/2011 7:58:21 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

This thread is too binary:

Linux!


26 posted on 04/24/2011 8:00:09 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Birther on Board)
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To: savedbygrace
"What about those of us who use both?"

Just don't listen to NPR while you use it. They broadcast the sync signal that lets the Mac interface hypno virus start to corrode your neural nets and build new pathways where you don't want them.

27 posted on 04/24/2011 8:00:55 AM PDT by Rashputin (Barry is insane., so handlers keep him medicated and on the golf course.)
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To: Clint Williams; SunkenCiv; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; Yaelle; Atom Smasher; sheik yerbouty; LucyT; ...
Seems to me that the sampling technique employed for this "survey" leaves much to be desired. The ratio of Windows users to MAC users in the real world is much greater than the 53 to 25 percent (a little over 2:1) obtained here. I don't know offhand the exact percentage of the personal computer market using MAC operating systems, but I'm sure it's nowhere close to one in three, and it may even be as low as single digits.
28 posted on 04/24/2011 8:01:01 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Steve Jobs is a cult figure for the easily brainwashed youths of this nation, just like our President. That said, Apple is an amazing company. I run windows on may laptop but am an Iphone addict.


29 posted on 04/24/2011 8:02:31 AM PDT by pineybill
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Steve Jobs is a cult figure for the easily brainwashed youths of this nation

And Bill Gates isn't?

30 posted on 04/24/2011 8:04:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Clint Williams

When he’s not on FR, my Mac likes to shop for bulk ammo.


31 posted on 04/24/2011 8:05:17 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Ouderkirk
"more educated = better indoctrinated"

You got that right. It's actually a big joke on the Mac users who think they've got something different. There is no Mac anymore. There's an Apple interface running on, essentially, BSD Unix and Wintel hardware. Wow, really kewl, dude.

32 posted on 04/24/2011 8:05:34 AM PDT by Rashputin (Barry is insane., so handlers keep him medicated and on the golf course.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Windows used to come with MicroSoft Basic, but no more. Since Office for home use is only $100 smackers, I've learned to use Excel 2007 VBA for home projects.

Have you looked at Windows Powershell?

33 posted on 04/24/2011 8:07:17 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: sphinx
That's not a knock on Macs. It's a tribute to effective marketing.

If it was all that effective, it wouldn't just work on liberals.

34 posted on 04/24/2011 8:11:48 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I use have and use both and I am staunchly conservative.


35 posted on 04/24/2011 8:13:56 AM PDT by The Louiswu (Government is made up of people, individuals who are largely ungoverned)
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To: arderkrag

Hey Georgia Cracker buddy

I just got a Mac Pro because Apple is the least Green friendly company -
and because Al Gore is on the board.

I love lib hypocrisy.
But I also love Macs.

Apple scores last.

http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-scores-last-in-greenpeace-report-on-green-friendly-data-centers/91490


36 posted on 04/24/2011 8:15:41 AM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: A'elian' nation

Wow. In that case, I may reconsider my next purchase. ;)


37 posted on 04/24/2011 8:19:33 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: Explorer89

Guess you totally bought into the lies. The Mac users are slaves who must take what they are given from big brother and are not allowed to make changes. PC users are free to choose what hardware, operating system, and software applications they use and free to modify their systems to suit their needs.


38 posted on 04/24/2011 8:22:05 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: tacticalogic
Have you looked at Windows Powershell?

Not until you just mentioned it. It seems to be more oriented to system administration. VBA is essentially free and easy to use. What are the advantages of Windows Powershell?

39 posted on 04/24/2011 8:24:39 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: sphinx

I’d like to try a Mac for my graphics work but I’m not interested in paying the price. Also I like being able to fix the computer myself.


40 posted on 04/24/2011 8:29:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Clint Williams

This poll is useless and not surprising. Macs are more used at universities, and we know what type of people are there, from professors to the students. This is starting to change as Macs are starting to make inroads in the business world. Macs are also more expensive, and therefore the middle class are more likely to have PC’s.


41 posted on 04/24/2011 8:31:31 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: Clint Williams

Another thing...ever notice liberals drive Subarus?
Or I should say, the majority of Subuaru owners tend to be liberals


42 posted on 04/24/2011 8:32:06 AM PDT by mkleesma (`Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.')
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To: Clint Williams

iGore thanks you for all the support.

43 posted on 04/24/2011 8:33:12 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Clint Williams; Swordmaker

44 posted on 04/24/2011 8:41:40 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Clint Williams
Tools are tools. I use my Alienware for online games, serious research, and general 'heavy lifting'. I have an iPad 2 and a Samsung GalaxyS phone for work that I use for mobility, communications and light research.

The range of tools available and the flexibility that modern programs and apps provide a great competitive edge to anyone who takes the time to learn them. Apple has a solid image as a hip, adventurous product line, and I'm happy to redirect that marketing appeal against my own clients. The iPad 2 is good kit, but it definitely wows your client when you casually do something useful on it. They don't need to know I did my homework earlier with more powerful, less sexy tools.

As far as the political considerations of it, that analysis is weak, but on the right track. "Young, urban, educated", you say? While folks in that group may be liberal in general, they're something else in specific. To wit;

Trendy, image-conscious, and easily fooled by marketing.

Kind of explains their affinity for Messr Obama, no?

45 posted on 04/24/2011 8:57:01 AM PDT by Steel Wolf ("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate." - Ibn Warraq)
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To: arderkrag

It’s true, I bought my Mac(s) because they weren’t Windows. After 30 years in the PC camp, I am finally Windows free and ain’t looking back. It’s gotten to the point that when my GF wants me to troubleshoot her W7 laptop, I damn near feel like pulling my hair out. I HATE that thing!


46 posted on 04/24/2011 9:01:21 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Powershell is also free, and was back-ported to run on XP SP2 and later. MS is switching over all of it’s system administration to using it, but it’s really a general purpose shell / scripting language that gives you access to all the .net libraries.


47 posted on 04/24/2011 9:06:03 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Rashputin

Once Mac went to the Wintel architecture it was pretty much an admission that their previous systems could not compete against the speed and cost of the Intel based systems.

The Mac GUI is too cutsie for my taste and was a fan of Irix from SGI. Even SGI couldn’t compete against the Wintel design and has abandoned their Irix based systems and has since filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.


48 posted on 04/24/2011 9:06:16 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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I’m one of those horrible Conservatives, and I’ve owned nothing but Macs.


49 posted on 04/24/2011 9:13:34 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
This thread is too binary:

Linux!

I was just thinking the same thing. All of the linux users in my household are conservative-leaning independents, although the sample size (1) is probably too small to draw any legitimate conclusions.

My purely anecdotal observation is that linux users are generally hardcore computer geeks who do not ascribe to conventional political affiliations.

50 posted on 04/24/2011 9:29:39 AM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (Smile! You weren't aborted!)
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