Election Watch: Accountants choose McCain in election poll

In a recent online poll, accounting professionals selected John McCain as the next president of the United States. Over a period of four and one half weeks from September 30 to October 31, 2008, 49.4 percent of readers at AccountingWEB.com, the online community for members of the accounting profession, chose McCain and Sarah Palin as their presidential and vice presidential favorites, followed by 45.4 percent who selected Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Libertarian candidates Bob Barr and Wayne Root came in third place with 3.7 percent, and less than 1 percent voted for Constitution Party candidates Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle, Green Party candidates Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente, and Independent Party candidates Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez.

Similar online polls were conducted at AccountingWEB during primary season. The candidates of choice during the first primary vote, conducted in January 2008, were Democrat Hillary Clinton who won 29.7 percent and Republican Fred Thomson who generated 24.7 percent of the vote.

A second primary vote, conducted in March and April 2008 resulted in wins for Republican John McCain with 33.5 percent, and Democratic Barack Obama with 27.4 percent.

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