Some final stats for the YouTube.com/AskObama forum we’ve been covering…
193,060 people have submitted 139,679 questions and cast 1,380,616 votes.
The top question, submitted by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, garnered 13,842 votes – over 1% of all votes cast (people could vote for more than one question).
As a police officer, I saw how waging the war on drugs has cost a trillion dollars and thousands of lives but does nothing to reduce drug use. Should we discuss legalizing marijuana and other drugs, which would eliminate the violent criminal market?
Of the 193,060 people who voted more than 7% voted for the LEAP question. That’s about one in fourteen people who took the time to Ask Obama.
The next most popular question (which is also about the Drug War) had 5,745 votes. Numerous other Drug War questions had thousands of votes. Here are the most popular questions’ stats for the categories besides “Other” (where Ask Obama staff have been placing any Drug War questions):
- Jobs & Economy: 3,575
- Foreign Policy & National Security: 3,152
- Health Care: 2,819
- Education: 3,671
- Immigration: 2,288
- Energy & Environment: 3,108
As I was composing this the final stats changed…
193,060 people have submitted 139,667 questions and cast 1,379,814 votes
…so it would appear they are pruning some questions and their votes, which means the LEAP question (assuming it isn’t pruned) will represent even larger stats than 1% of all votes and 7% of all voters.
Are you listening, President Obama? We are – we’ll be covering your live responses to these questions on NORML SHOW LIVE at 11:30am Pacific tomorrow.