Politics

14 Ways To Tell Whether You Support Obama Or Romney

CivicScience harvested polling data to compile a list of characteristics that correlate with presidential candidate preferences. It’s mostly about cats and dogs.

1. Got a thing for Clooney?

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Then you’re probably hoping for another four years of Change We Can Believe In.

2. Look forward to the Halloween-time scary movies?

If horror films rank high up on your list of all-time favorite movies, you’re more likely to support the incumbent this year. Action movie lovers tend to go for Romney.

3. Cars, cars, cars

If you can rattle off the latest NASCAR standings, or have Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s model car on your desk at work, you can be counted on to vote Republican come election day. Same goes for hunters, recreational fishermen, and country music fans.

4. Edward or Jacob?

If you get passionate about the answer to that question, odds are you’re siding with Barack.

5. Humming “Bad Romance” as you walk down the street?

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Or perhaps “Single Ladies”? If you’re a fan of Lady Gaga or Beyonce, it’s pretty unlikely that you’re hoping for a Romney victory in November.

6. Do you believe Google is evil?

Yes? You’re probably with Mitt.
No? Chances are you’re an Obama supporter. They generally view the company as trustworthy.

7. Creative or practical?

Creative, diplomatic individuals tend to vote for Obama. Practical, straight-forward problem solvers usually side with Romney.

8. The Auto Test

Obama supporters can often be found navigating the interstate in a GM or Fiat car.

9. Shopping Tendencies

If you gravitate towards the organic foods section and check out nutrition facts, you’re likely an Obama fan. Always use plastic bags? Well then, it’s Romney all the way.

10. Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Fiction lovers side with Obama, non-fiction fans and those who profess to rarely reading books go with Romney.

11. Gardening v. Cooking

In the world of household chores, you’re likely to vote for Obama if you enjoy cooking or cleaning, and Romney if you prefer to spend the afternoon doing yard work.

12. Walmart or Target?

Your department store preferences reveal a lot. Walmart frequenters are more likely to back Romney, while Target fans favor Obama.

13. Morning People

If you feel like this little green guy when your alarm clock wakes you, odds are you’ll vote Obama come November. If you like to rise with the sun though, Romney can probably count on your support.

14. And because animals really should be the deciding factor in everything…

Meow! Obama generally appeals more to the feline-loving population. If you prefer dogs, or else don’t like pets at all, you’ll tend to back Romney.

CivicScience, a polling startup, collected responses from hundreds of online polls, using cookies to track, and later develop, a profile of each respondent. The company ran over 15,000 questions against the question, “If the 2012 Presidential election was held today, who would you vote for?” It then compiled a list of 255 questions that correlated strongly (had a p-value of less than 0.05) with the respondent’s presidential preference. This list is a selection from those 255 responses.

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