Over at The Click Heard Round the World, Second Life devotee Rik Panganiban wonders why Democrats seem to far outnumber Republicans in SL’s online world.
Panganiban, who goes by Rik Riel in-game, is a self-identified Obama supporter and notes that the Democratic presidential candidate topped a recent SL poll by a 2:1 margin over Republican John McCain.
Panganiban also notes that McCain’s SL presence, "Straight Talk Cafe" is usually deserted and seems to be malfunctioning. He writes:
Looking at the Second Life resident-organized groups, there does appear to be a larger support base for Obama, with 1,300 residents in the "Obama for President" group, compared to only 300-some residents in the largest McCain for President group…
Given the fact that Obama and McCain have been in a virtual deadheat in the real world polls, what is the deal with Second Life? Are there more progressive, liberal folks flocking to the virtual world? Is it the age group that tends to dominate SL, the late-20s / mid-30s demographic?
I found this all kind of sad. Although I’m an Obama supporter, I would love to talk with McCain boosters about his policies, particularly his positions on foreign policy and the United Nations. Does McCain support closing Gitmo? Would he fully fund efforts to stop the scourge of AIDS in Africa? I really want to know, and I would want to know if his supporters care about these things.