Politics Makes Strange Phone Fellows: The iPhone/Tea Party Connection

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Got an iPhone?  Sarah Palin wants to be your friend.

According to a recent poll by the Zogby group, one in five iPhone users are likely to be influenced by the right-wing Tea Party's ideology — double the numbers of those damn liberals with their Androids and Blackberries.  The same poll found that iPhone subscribers are twice as likely to believe that Palin "speaks for them," and more than 60 percent predict a Republican takeover of Congress this year.

Analysts credit this iPhone/Tea Party confluence less to sales numbers — the iPhone still lags behind Blackberries in the overall smartphone market — and more on the party's crypto-Libertarian rhetoric and aggressive social media usage.  (The fact that there's already a Tea Party app for the iPhone probably isn't helping…)

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