NY Times: Do Mac users lean left?

BoingBoing reader Brian Topping created this:

The New York Times’ Tom Zeller Jr. then blogged about it, writing, “This moment of geeky, user-contributed political Zen [is] perhaps more resonant with Mac users than those of the PC persuasion, but hey, a shout-out to the diminutive Apple gang! And PC users surely get the picture.”

“There’s likely to be more such visual humor in this vein, and there are those who would argue that a fair amount of it will be crafted on Macs (despite the fact that Macs continue to command only 3.5 – 4 percent of the American computer market),” Zeller Jr writes. “The suggestion, of course, is the bit of folk wisdom that Mac users tend to lean left … but is it true?”

Zeller Jr asks, “How about it Mac users? How did you vote yesterday?”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “bc” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Note: Zeller Jr is using old stats. Apple Mac’s share of the U.S. market is currently somewhere between 5.8-6.1% in Q3 06 according to IDC and Gartner respectively. That’s up from 4.6-4.8% U.S. market share in Q2 06, according to Gartner and IDC respectively.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

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399 Comments

  1. I wouldn’t say that Mac users lean left, although I would hope most would…

    But I think it’s safe to say that at least Mac Users are better informed about the world, and make better choices both in the voting booth, and in life. (Rush Limbaugh being the exception to the rule)

    MDM word = college….like we all the Mac users went to college, although I KNOW that’s not true

  2. Conservative across the board.

    I will say that I am upset the Republicans couldn’t deliver on cutting government spending as they promised, but they did get attacked unexpectedly, had a hurricane hit New Orleans, etc., after all.

    I used to vote for some Democrats, but then I grew up, got a job, and saw my money being wasted. Now I’m seeing my tax dollars wasted left and right, so to speak.

  3. I wear a high heeled shoe on my right foot and a bedroom slipper on my left most days, so, yes, I do lean quite left.

    But I’m a Mac user who happens to be a registered Republican. Imagine that. There are more of us than you think. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. “And so, for those folks saying, make sure there’s flexibility, I couldn’t agree more with you. And I think the characterization of let’s stay the course is about a quarter right. Stay the course means keep doing what you’re doing. My attitude is, don’t do what you’re doing if it’s not working, change. Stay the course also means don’t leave before the job is done”.

    (Oct. 11, 2006)

  5. I don’t think that being a Mac user or not gives you the propensity to lean left or right. The two are really unrelated, IMHO. MDN obviously leans right; others on this discussion board lean left. Some don’t care. At any rate, I think you can tell that we are a passionate group.

    For Mac user since 128k, I am grown up and have a damn good job. I see that both sides waste my/your/our money. Conservatives used to be about small government and not spending our money. That’s not the case anymore. They spend just as much (if not more) of our money. They just aren’t concerned about taxing you for it. Instead, they pass that problem on to the future. Either way though, they are spending, just like the Dems. Neither is right. Both sides should learn to control their spending just like you and I have to.

    I am glad the election season is over. Maybe we can get back to seeing tampon commercials instead of political ones!

  6. Who cares….how many republicans like Mountain dew? How many democrats are right handed? Big effin whoop.

    I am a mac user since 1984 and I am neither

    I’m Canadian ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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