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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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To: Clint Williams

Mac user here and I nor were any of my friends who also use macs asked and w e are some of the most conservative people you’d ever meet.I suspect since so many are used on colleges acrss America that they are the people who were asked.


51 posted on 04/24/2011 9:32:32 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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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”.

This Mac user bought one because I was sick of viruses and the Blue Screen of Death. Four years later, my iMac is still running strong and virus-free. Two years ago I bought a Windows laptop for work use. I remembered immediately why I switched to Mac.

Nothing smug, green or liberal in my decision to use a Mac.

52 posted on 04/24/2011 9:35:33 AM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: ccmay
Don’t care. I will NEVER go back to Windows.

You missed the meeting. Windows doesn't want you.
53 posted on 04/24/2011 9:38:20 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Clint Williams
This is not really news. there had been a noticeable difference as early as 1996.

However, every rule has its exceptions

A well known conservative Apple user.
54 posted on 04/24/2011 9:41:08 AM PDT by jmcenanly ( "We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him." -Samuel)
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To: Clint Williams

Yes, they are different. For one thing they don’t feel pain the way we do.


55 posted on 04/24/2011 9:41:37 AM PDT by LouAvul
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To: savedbygrace

“What about those of us who use both?”

Sounds like a RHINO thing to me...a moderate, middle-of-the-road approach. One of those...’can’t make up my mind’ approach.

The only consolation for you any of you Mac people is that Bill Gates is also a leftist. :)


56 posted on 04/24/2011 9:42:11 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: Clint Williams

People that own computers are probably more likely to be lib.
And consider this. Apple products ain’t cheap. Those that are sucking on the gov teet are more likely to have a non-Apple product.


57 posted on 04/24/2011 9:48:52 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: cripplecreek

I’d guess it is the old peerr pressure stuff...you know “see you have a mac there for you are liberal so if you really want to run with the herd”.... of course this is being typed on a MacBookPro and I’m probably on a scale of 1-100 in conservatism somewhere in the 95%+ range.They didn’t ask me....


58 posted on 04/24/2011 9:49:36 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Clint Williams

I can replace my battery?


59 posted on 04/24/2011 9:50:46 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: VoiceOfBruck

Linux users probably lean libertarian... they are DIY.


60 posted on 04/24/2011 9:50:52 AM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: sphinx
If I had more demanding uses, my mileage might differ.

Here, let me fix that for you:

If I had less demanding uses, wanted to run less software, have a less powerful machine for each dollar spent, have near zero interchangeability, no upgrade path, play less games, but look more smug my mileage might differ.

61 posted on 04/24/2011 9:53:56 AM PDT by EvasiveManuever (Shakespeare got it wrong. Not the lawyers... journalists.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
"Mac users were, on average, more urban, younger and more educated than PC users"

ROFLOL! OK then....let's see... I and hubby live in SE Ohio which is not urban, I'm 50 hubby is 3 years older, and both of us completeled high school and have had some college but no degree.I guess I just buck every trend.

62 posted on 04/24/2011 9:56:08 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: cripplecreek

We do fix our own computers here? Not sure why anyone thinks it can’t also be done on a mac? A compiuter is a computer on the inside.


63 posted on 04/24/2011 10:00:47 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: cripplecreek

We do fix our own computers here? Not sure why anyone thinks it can’t also be done on a mac? A computer is a computer on the inside.


64 posted on 04/24/2011 10:00:55 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: mkleesma
ever notice liberals drive Subarus

Hey, no fair. I own a Mac and I drive a Subaru.

65 posted on 04/24/2011 10:15:24 AM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: savedbygrace

You know what they say about moderates. Traffic on both sides of the road runs over you. :)


66 posted on 04/24/2011 10:27:48 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Explorer89

Which is why schools all have Macs? ;)


67 posted on 04/24/2011 10:31:22 AM PDT by BenKenobi
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To: EvasiveManuever

LMFAO!


68 posted on 04/24/2011 10:32:42 AM PDT by BenKenobi
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To: Kirkwood

Lies? No, just the simplicity of a machine for home use. I have built a Linux mail server from scratch, but was unable to keep the crap-ware from building up on a Windows box.

Your mileage may vary.

I love capitalism. I love that I can choose to be a Mac person, and you can choose to be Windows person. If you love Windows, rock on. We each vote with our dollars. I’m not religious about it.

I do find it ironic that many Mac people are liberals. They don’t see the irony in themselves.


69 posted on 04/24/2011 10:37:50 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Clint Williams

I wouldn’t turn down a Mac as a matter of principle, but all I use the computer for is web surfing mostly, so I just need something cheap. My friends who have macs are really into video editing or composing music.


70 posted on 04/24/2011 10:38:23 AM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: ccmay
Don’t care. I will NEVER go back to Windows.

Me either.

Got tired of always having to fiddle with the computers, defrag, scandisk, anti-virus, blue screen, on and on.
Bought a MacBook in 2007, now have that plus 2 iMac desktops, iPad. Turn them on and 30 sec later or less you're surfing. Cool

71 posted on 04/24/2011 11:27:59 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: VoiceOfBruck
"My purely anecdotal observation is that linux users are generally hardcore computer geeks who do not ascribe to conventional political affiliations."

I know a few Linux users and I've always wondered if someone who knows a good many of them could tell me whether being conspiracy theory nuts is common among Lunix users. All the guys I know who are big users and advocates of Linux are major league conspiracy theorists whether they're young or old. Maybe it's a clique of conspiracy nuts around here who went to Linux and are an exception or something, but it made me wonder. Regards

72 posted on 04/24/2011 11:53:26 AM PDT by Rashputin (Barry is insane., so handlers keep him medicated and on the golf course.)
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To: dfwgator

Jobs is to Gates as the Ipod is to the Zune. (The what?)

My impression is that Gates is looked at as some sort of rich super-nerd. Jobs could go on stage and sell dried up dog feces and his followers would line up to buy it from him. Not much different then what the socialist sold his followers three years ago.


73 posted on 04/24/2011 12:02:30 PM PDT by pineybill
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To: ccmay

As I’m getting deeper and deeper into CNC machining, I’m coming to the terrible realization that running CAD/CAM software like MasterCam is going to drag me back into Windows.

As you can guess, I view this development with all the enthusiasm of cleaning a cat litter box...


74 posted on 04/24/2011 12:54:44 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: mkleesma

Not here in Wyoming, I assure you.

Subies get you around in the winters here. If you’re not driving a 4x4 pickup or SUV, you’re likely driving a Subie here.

There’s darn few 2WD autos here.


75 posted on 04/24/2011 12:58:21 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: savedbygrace
What about those of us who use both?

Is that like being bi-sexual?

76 posted on 04/24/2011 1:21:45 PM PDT by newfreep (Palin/West 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Rush could a be a fake Conservative... ;)


77 posted on 04/24/2011 1:42:26 PM PDT by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: Clint Williams; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; ...
An unscientific survey concludes Mac users are more Liberal than PC users. PING!

Please, No Flame Wars, Discuss technical issues, software, and hardware.
Don't attack people!

Don't respond to the Anti-Apple Thread Trolls!
 PLEASE IGNORE THEM!!!

 


Apple users are LIBERAL ? Ping!

If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

78 posted on 04/24/2011 2:45:14 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Clint Williams
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!

Uh, Clint? The batteries on Apple products last far longer—typically 1000 recharge cycles to 80% of new capacity equalling an estimated FIVE YEARS longevity—than the batteries designed to be easily replaced, which are typically designed to last less than two years. . . and the Apple device batteries ARE replaceable and when they are replaced they get recycled... Guaranteed, not thrown in landfills. The batteries in the iPhone I bought in June of 2007 are still going strong four years later... Unreplaced... Still being used by the third hand-me-down user.

And, Clint? Those same Chinese workers are also working for HP, Dell, Motorola, Texas Instrument, Nokia, Sony, GE, Samsung, Google, and every other electronic maker you can name.

79 posted on 04/24/2011 2:58:52 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Clint Williams

Them’s fightin’ words, Clint!!!


80 posted on 04/24/2011 3:27:01 PM PDT by Ronin ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves" -- Bertrand de Jouve)
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To: Clint Williams
a survey of 388,315 Hunch users

Blog Pimp Survey? Are you "series"?
81 posted on 04/24/2011 4:23:07 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Clint Williams
Apple users are supporting Chinese employment, not to mention landfill operators because the batteries aren't replaceable.

What Apple product doesn't have a replaceable battery? And all those Windows laptop batteries that get replaced, where do they go?

82 posted on 04/24/2011 4:32:43 PM PDT by ReignOfError
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To: Clint Williams
"...more educatedindoctrinated than PC users, which could potentially be a contributing factor toward being more liberal." Fixed.
83 posted on 04/24/2011 4:37:00 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: Clint Williams

Love my conservitive IMac, IPad and IPhone! Don’t worry we will cream the Libs!


84 posted on 04/24/2011 5:46:53 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Tag line under construction, please mind the gap!!)
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To: Clint Williams

When I married my husband 18 years ago I went Mac.

And I’ll never go back.


85 posted on 04/24/2011 5:51:11 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Clint Williams

86 posted on 04/24/2011 5:55:51 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Clint Williams

Conservative and a happy mac-user. When a PC will run Logic Pro I might take a look at them again.

(typed on my iMac)


87 posted on 04/24/2011 6:11:33 PM PDT by TheStickman
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To: mass55th
I’m one of those horrible Conservatives, and I’ve owned nothing but Macs.

Me and thee. I am the exact opposite of the profile they describe and I would not care if Marx and Engels wrote the Communist Manifesto on the Mac I would still prefer it over others.

88 posted on 04/24/2011 7:08:12 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (I retain the right to be inconsistent, contradictory and even flat-out wrong!)
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To: Clint Williams

This Mac user isn’t.


89 posted on 04/25/2011 7:35:33 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: Rashputin
There's an Apple interface

Dan I think you have discovered the secret of Apple success.

90 posted on 04/25/2011 11:33:44 AM PDT by itsahoot (Almost everything I post is Sarcastic, since I have no sense of humor about lying politicians.)
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To: itsahoot
"Dan I think you have discovered the secret of Apple success."

LOL. The secret of their success is that they visited Xerox.

91 posted on 04/25/2011 11:46:40 AM PDT by Rashputin (Barry is insane., so handlers keep him medicated and on the golf course.)
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To: justiceseeker93
"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."

There was a recent thread regarding OS share, Statcounter has these numbers for April in the US (based on WWW user agent):

Operating System Market Share % Apr 11
Win7 31.98
WinXP 31.38
WinVista 18.92
MacOSX 14.89
iOS 1.17
Linux 0.71
Win2003 0.33
Playstation 0.3
Win2000 0.12
unknown 0.08
Nintendo 0.05
Win98 0.02
WinME 0.01
Android 0.01

The iOS numbers there are for iPad only. Mac market share has picked up quite a bit the last few years, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down.

According to the above, in the US there's about one Mac user for every 5.5 Windows users.

Even if the study has some validity, clearly the solution is to educate the misguided, foolish liberals so they adopt conservative views. ;-)

They have potential, 'cause at least they had the sense to pick the best computers... lol

92 posted on 04/25/2011 12:20:24 PM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: Rashputin
LOL. The secret of their success is that they visited Xerox.

That is so blatantly wrong that I laugh out loud every time some one throws it in the mix. The boys from Apple paid Zerox for what they used, you might note that Zerox had not a clue what to do with what they had.

You should of course include in the mix how Bill Gates stole(Actually bought) the original DOS. He was clever enough to only license it to IBM and those Savvy old boys agreed to it.

93 posted on 04/25/2011 12:45:58 PM PDT by itsahoot (Almost everything I post is Sarcastic, since I have no sense of humor about lying politicians.)
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To: Kirkwood
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.

This PC user chose iMac hardware with the operating system of Mac OS X, some applications I wanted, and customized the system as far as I desired.

94 posted on 04/25/2011 1:50:51 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Rashputin

Actually, there’s only one reason I can think of that so many PC users bother to post hate threads about Macs....


95 posted on 04/25/2011 1:53:20 PM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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To: Ouderkirk
The Mac GUI is too cutsie for my taste

The spartan, grey-themed OS X desktop is more cutsie than the Crayola colored Windows theme with all the little web-like links and pictures everywhere?

For processors, for a while it looked like MIPS might even win over x86, with MS making Windows NT for MIPS. But then Intel pushed x86 fast enough so that the performance difference wasn't worth the price premium. After that, nobody was willing to invest in R&D for those other processors and they died in the face of Intel's economy of scale, and especially the switch to the lower-power Core series (which is what got Apple onboard).

96 posted on 04/25/2011 2:06:17 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: chris_bdba

My son seems to work on his Mac. I don’t, but I didn’t work on my PC either. I just want a computer that works when I turn it on, and doesn’t get a virus every other week. Love my Mac. Not sure why that makes some people so angry. Or makes them think I’m a liberal. I guess they don’t like that my husband drives a Honda Fit either...


97 posted on 04/25/2011 2:09:57 PM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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To: eclecticEel

Obviously you’re a liberal and the conservatives don’t want you anymore. You might as well pack your bags and go hang out at Starbucks...


98 posted on 04/25/2011 2:11:05 PM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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99 posted on 04/25/2011 2:15:11 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: pineybill

One thing Jobs sells is really REALLY good customer service. The few times I’ve needed them they have not only been there when they said they would (if it was a phone consult they have called me exactly when they said they would) and/or I’ve spoken to someone who actually knew the product and had real honest to goodness correct answers. What a refreshing change after years of other companies. I’m sorry, and I’ve had other computers that were serviceable, but have had really crappy customer service virtually without fail. That is almost worth the price even if nothing else about the Mac were better.


100 posted on 04/25/2011 2:17:10 PM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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