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I find this very hard to believe:

Male Rock Fans Likely to Vote Republican: Survey
By Sue Zeidler Wed Apr 2, 8:51 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If you are male and a Led Zeppelin fan, chances are you may be leaning toward voting Republican in the U.S. presidential election, according to a survey of rock radio fans released on Wednesday.

The Jacobs Media's Media/Technology Web Poll IV of more than 27,000 respondents cited stronger than expected interest in the November 2008 election among fans of rock, classic rock, and alternative radio stations.

It also found that John McCain, the Republican candidate for U.S. president, was the top pick for the Oval Office for men and classic rock partisans -- those people who tune in to stations playing music from the "original classic rock era" of 1964 to 1975, comprised of bands like Led Zeppelin, The Who and Pink Floyd

I know we have a tendency to create too many microdemographics in the USA, but really WTF?

Now I'm mostly bored by "classic rock" as a music and as a formatted radio genre, but I'm also pretty confident Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend and Roger Waters are all supporting the Dems (even if none of them can vote). I know the Stones support the Dems, Paul McCartney is liberal, and obviously Bruce Springsteen is a Dem. I've read the Grateful Dead (what's left of 'em) have been campaigning for Obama, and we all know how much the Clintons love Fleetwood Mac and Elton John. Yes there are exceptions: Ted Nugent is a first rate reactionary, and Alice Cooper is reputedlty a Republican. Charlie Daniels and a few others are all very right wing. But the vast majority of the dinosaur artists still alive who are actually played on these stations are NOT voting Republican.

So maybe some pro-Obama radio advertisements are in order: broadcast over Clear Channel "classic rock" stations in red state zones and directed towards this demographic? Let's rock the vote for Obama.

Originally posted to gnat on Wed Apr 02, 2008 at 09:12 PM PDT.

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