Jerry Brown Or Meg Whitman? Your Phone Is A 'Tell'

It might be a little scary knowing that pollsters and political operatives can take one look at you or, rather, at your mobile phone, and have some idea of who you will vote for in California's November gubernatorial race. That is, at least if you have one of the two most-popular smart phones.

If you carry a 2005 Motorola Razr you're out of luck, and you probably should be looking for work instead of studying the major candidates -- Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman -- who are vying to become California's next governor. According to Capital Weekly (via LA Observed):

A new study by Tulchin Research, a polling and strategic consulting firm, has recently shown that the majority of Californians carrying iPhones support Jerry Brown in the race for governor while those pecking away on Blackberries are more likely to support Meg Whitman.

... among voters, they are in the minority - about one in five voters, or 20 percent of the state's voting population, owns a smart phone.

Some 57 percent of all iPhone users said they supported Brown for governor, while 47 percent of Blackberry users opted for Whitman.

This is a little strange because Whitman's camp has been painting Brown as a '70s, bell-bottom throwback. That would suggest "Luddite," right? And then you have Ms. eBay, who is painting herself as a forward-thinking, tech-savvy businesswoman. That would suggest she might attract those who favor using the latest technology. Like the iPhone. Wrong.

What we really want to know is who the dork with the belt-clip phone and Bluetooth earpiece is voting for. We just hope it's not our candidate.


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