Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that they would live-stream all three Presidential debates and the sole Vice Presidential debate via their new Elections Hub inside the Xbox 360 dashboard. But unlike YouTube, who's simply streaming the events, Xbox is asking (Xbox LIVE Gold) members to provide feedback during the contests.
"Throughout the debate, the Xbox LIVE community will be able to weigh in with their opinions by responding to real-time poll questions about the candidate’s performances, their responses to questions and views on issues," says Microsoft.
And according to a Major Nelson blog post, over 800,000 individual responses came in during last night's Vice Presidential debate. That means that Xbox LIVE users averaged about 30,000 responses per question posed during the debate.
Based on those reactions, Xbox LIVE can confirm that undecided voters swung heavily in favor of VP Biden.
Here are some of the quick stats from last night:
- Biden won the debate with Xbox Swing Voters: 44.1% of undecided voters declared Biden the winner with 22.9% choosing Ryan.
- Biden was overwhelmingly viewed by our swing voters as being more truthful, garnering the favor of 72.2% of undecided respondents.
- An overwhelming 70.1% of undecided voters do not consider a candidate’s religion when deciding for whom to vote.
- 53.7% of undecided voters felt that Biden is better prepared to step in as president compared to 21% for Ryan
When you look at the "who won the debate" question, 88.5% of Obama supporters (whether strong or leaning) chose Biden. The undecideds chose Biden, as did those who identified themselves as "other" - 52.6% to 26.4%. The only voters that picked Congressman Ryan as the winner were voters leaning Romney and those strong for Romney.
The same breakdown exists for the question "who do you think is more truthful."
If you missed out on participating in the live polling on Xbox LIVE, don't worry - you'll have another two chances. Both remaining Presidential debates will be available on Xbox LIVE. The next one is on Tuesday, October 16th.
And while you wait for that debate, you can check out the Xbox Elections Hub for videos and more coverage of the campaign 2012. They say that they've made two more additions to the content that should be appearing later this week - BBC and Comedy Central.