Forget Gallup or CNN.
Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama at present is the runaway winner of the 7-Eleven coffee cup survey conducted in 30 states across the country.
As it did in 2004 and 2000, the nation’s largest convenience store chain is offering java drinkers a choice of blue cups for Obama or red cups for GOP contender John McCain.
The results as of 1:30 p.m. Central time on Oct. 14: on a national basis, blue is beating red by 59 percent to 41 percent of cups sold.
State-by-state results are even more fascinating. In the “safely” red state of Texas, Obama is pummeling McCain by 60 percent to 40 percent.
In the key swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, Obama is on top by 68 percent to 32 percent and 61 percent to 39 percent, respectively.
The GOP hopeful picks up just three states: New Hampshire, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Even McCain’s home state, Arizona, goes blue, by 57 percent to 43 percent, while Obama’s state of Illinois goes his way 61 percent to 39 percent.
Why should we care about these results?
Although this poll is not conducted in a scientific manner, it has been accurate in the last two presidential elections. In 2004, the cups went for George Bush 51 percent and John Kerry 49 percent–very close to the vote counts in many states.
In 2000, the Bush cup outsold the Al Gore version by just 1 percentage point, a mirror of that close race.
The patrons of 7-Eleven still skew predominantly male and blue collar, although the company has done an outstanding job of upgrading its food offerings to appeal to other demographics, like women. Its coffee is as good as any of the fancy chain brews and a lot less expensive. My personal 7-Eleven favorite: blackberry coffee.
It’s not over unil the votes are counted and certified, but the coffee cup poll points to a Democratic blow-out next month–at least at the presidential level. Let’s hope that voters will hand the Democrats control of the U.S. Senate as well.
Then we can get back to the business of government of the people, by the people, and for the people, to quote a president from Illinois.