SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – In the last day before the election, Bush’s challenger John Kerry has opened up a more decisive lead (56% – 44%) in an online music poll tracking Republican and Democratic musical tastes conducted by free hi-fi digital radio service http://www.BlueBeat.com.
More than 40,000 users have logged their choices for Republican and Democratic- themed musical playlists on the site.
In addition to music by artists favored by the Bush/Cheney and Kerry/Edwards campaigns, as well as partisan musicians on both sides, the site features a reissue of Kerry’s original garage band album from his days in The Electras – the only place on the Internet it’s available.
While Democratic party wags in swing states and nationally have remained silent, BlueBeat has attracted attention among the President’s supporters. Mindy Fletcher, Advisor to the Bush-Cheney campaign, said, “This election cycle people are looking at many different indicators to judge the candidates. BlueBeat has brought us one more way to support the President – music.
I love hearing Pat Green’s ‘Wave on Wave’ start playing at the end of the Bush rallies.
I hope all Republicans will go on-line and make their voice heard for the Bush music at the red,white and blue link on http://www.bluebeat.com.”
Why, then, hasn’t the GOP’s newfound organizing strength shown up in the numbers on the site, which would – especially considering the large sample – suggest what most other polls do: Bush leading or at least even?
Hank Risan, CEO of BlueBeat’s parent company Media Rights Technologies, offers, “I believe [Kerry’s] lead in our poll reflects Internet users and cell phone users who seem to favor Kerry in large margins but who are not counted in conventional polls.
Like the X-Generation, the Net Generation will participate and possibly determine the outcome of this election.”
Well, there’s only one more day before we find out-or will we?