PVV – Measure B and voter demographics

These extremely compelling demographics came my way recently via Kelly Shibari – thanks Kelly!!

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So, as we all know, Measure B happened/passed/whatever…

[to catch up on all things Measure B, go here and here and here]

…and though those who backed this measure would like to have you believe that this was some sort of overwhelming victory, the fact remains that voters were very divided on this issue – 1,171,287 Yes on B (55.85%) VS 925,782 No on B (44.15%).

(pictured: Yes on B)

A recent (November 12, 2012) article on LA Observed – “Now that’s a gender gap” – adds nuance to this split by looking at different voter demographics. To wit:

 

gender – 63% of women voters in LA County supported Measure B VS 61% of men who did not.

race and ethnicity – 41% of Whites, 56% of Asians, 62% of Latinos, and 69% of Blacks [all attributions sic] supported Measure B by voting yes.

neighborhoods – “Measure B got its highest levels of support in Compton, Inglewood, the Athens area, and other sections of the county with the most concentration of black voters.” Only 46% of voters living in the “gay-centric” city of West Hollywood voted yes on Measure B.

age
18 – 29 years: 58% yes
30 – 44 years: 51% yes
45 – 64 years: 48% yes
65+ years: 54% yes

political affiliation – Democrats: 58% yes VS Republicans: 42% yes

And, not surprisingly, voters in the San Fernando Valley said  “No” while the rest of the county said “Yes” —> SF Valley: 51% No VS Not SF Valley: 54% Yes

 

This voter “gap” is about way more than gender!!

What I find most compelling about these numbers is that, regardless of Yes or No, almost all of them hover around the dead heat 50/50 mark. In spite of what anyone wants to tell you, voters were extremely divided across most demographics. There was no landslide one way or the other.

Given all this and the vicious problematic campaigning leading up to the election (ie here), I can’t help but wonder – what do people think and/or how would they have actually voted if either 1) they hadn’t been “educated” in a specific way or 2) both camps had had even semi-comparable resources for spreading their respective messages.

It’s an interesting thing to think about…

And if you’re a member of the adult industry, an appreciator of adult content and adult performers, and/or a member of humanity that values their civil rights, I strongly suggest you think about it too.

 

*all numbers/percentages and categorical descriptions are from exit polling data compiled by the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, as reported by LA Observed here.

 

And incidentally, speaking of Kelly, this lovely lady and her brilliant transgressive project Kelly Shibari is Overloaded (2012) were recognized recently with some impressive industry accolades – an XBIZ Award nomination for Specialty Release of the Year and AVN Award noms for Best Specialty Release and Best Overall Marketing Campaign (Individual Project).

Congratulations, Kelly!!

Overloaded is awesome for quite a few reasons. Check out my review of this film on PVV right –> here <– enjoy!!

 

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