Reston, VA, Aug 13, 2008- Senator John McCain topped Senator Barack Obama by an overwhelming 76% to 24% margin in a poll of MAPPS members conducted July 19-23.
The poll, conducted during
the MAPPS annual summer conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, measured the preference
of principals, owners, partners and senior professional executives of the
geospatial community's leading firms.
"The MAPPS members clearly prefer
Senator McCain based on his record on business issues, taxes, foreign policy and
national defense," said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello. "The margin
in the poll demonstrates that MAPPS members view the 2008 Presidential election
as a clear choice."
MAPPS members participating in a similar poll
favored President George Bush over Senator John Kerry in July, 2004. Bush went
on to defeat Kerry in the November, 2004 election.
McCain was also the
choice in a poll of spouses, guest and others attending the MAPPS 2008 summer
meeting. In a poll open to all conference attendees, McCain led Obama by a 64%
to 36% margin.
MAPPS is the most politically active association in the
geospatial community. The association features a full time government relations
staff in Washington, DC, sponsors the MAPPS Political Action Committee (MAPPS
PAC), and hosts a Federal Programs Conference in March of each year in which
members of MAPPS visit Capitol Hill for meetings with some 300 members of the
U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
As a nonprofit, nonpartisan
association organized under section 501(c)(6) of the Interal Revenue Code, MAPPS
does not endorse any candidate or party. The poll was taken for informational
purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement nor an attempt to influence
any members, voters or elections.
McCain Tops Obama in MAPPS Preference Poll
August 15, 2008