The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

At­ten­tion, po­lit­i­cal strate­gists: Video gamers are now a vot­ing bloc, and ready to show up at the polls in droves. So says a first-of-its-kind sur­vey, which finds that 80 per­cent of gamers say they plan to vote.

“One hun­dred mil­lion gamers will vote next year. Gamers are en­gaged, in­formed and hold strong opin­ions on crit­i­cal is­sues,” in­sists Michael D. Gal­lagher, pres­i­dent of the En­ter­tain­ment Soft­ware As­so­ci­a­tion, the trade group which con­ducted the poll of 4,100 gamers.

Al­most half of the gamer vot­ers — 48 per­cent — are con­ser­va­tives, and 38 per­cent are lib­er­als; by party break­down, 38 per­cent said they are Repub­li­cans or tea par­ty­ers, 38 per­cent are Democrats, while 24 per­cent are in­de­pen­dents. “They’re smart, con­cerned, and they vote,” de­clared Michael Steele, for­mer chair­man of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee.

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