New York Grindr users on the 2021 mayoral election

On November 2, New York City will elect its next mayor. Prior to that, on June 22, Democratic and Republican primaries will be held to select their candidates for the election. I’ve polled Grindr on a number of previous occasions (including the United States’ 2016 and 2020 presidential elections). This time – 4 months in advance of the actual mayoral election, but just a few days before the primaries substantially narrow the field – I asked 1,414 NYC Grindr users who they want as mayor.

The following is a sample of the replies.

(Faces in profile pictures have been censored.)

Me: Good morning, Diamanté's. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? Diamanté's: Which ever has the biggest dick

Me: Good evening, MascJim. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? MascJim: Whichever one has the largest cock.

Me: Good morning, uncommon freak. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? uncommon freak: The biggest dick owner

Me: Good evening, Sloppyslurp🤤. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? Sloppyslurp🤤: Yea Sloppyslurp🤤: Im voting for which ever one has the biggest dick

Me: Good morning, head4headnmore. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? head4headnmore: Politics on grindr?!. WTF. DEPENDS ON HIS DICK I GUESS> ERIC SHOULD HAVE DESCENT ONE

Me: Good evening, OralMode🍑. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? OralMode🍑: Do you really want to talk about politics in grindr? Me: Yes. OralMode🍑: I'm not really interested in politics after Trump left presidency I can breath peacefully again, OralMode🍑: But somehow I feel inclined by Adams

Me: Good evening, 🇩🇲HORNGRY🇺🇸. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? 🇩🇲HORNGRY🇺🇸: I don't remember his name but the Black American Guy,he was Police,live that guy 🇩🇲HORNGRY🇺🇸: Live that guy

Me: Good morning, crisk. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? crisk: Al expolice Me: Is Al Expolice someone's name? crisk: Eric dan Me: Are you referring to Eric Adams? crisk: Yes Me: Thank you for your input, crisk. crisk: You loock for

Me: Good afternoon, r u a pig?. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? r u a pig?: Nah looking for nasty big r u a pig?: Eric adams blm

Me: Good evening, Pothead Top. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? Pothead Top: None they're all insane. Maybe Andrew

Me: Good morning, Load💦bb🍆taker. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? Load💦bb🍆taker: Stringer Number One and I gave Paperboy my second choice. I don't vote for business men, or cops or former cops.

Me: Good morning, BOTTOM. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? BOTTOM: I forget her name Me: Barbara K from Real Housewives? BOTTOM: No. Cathryn Garcia

Me: Good evening, Pfizer Vers. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? Pfizer Vers: Straight into politics. Love it Pfizer Vers: I'm going for Kathryn Me: Thank you for your input, Pfizer Vers. Pfizer Vers: Ahahah you? Me: I am undecided. Hopefully Grindr can help me resolve this. Pfizer Vers: Love this journey for you

Me: Good morning, seekingtop. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? seekingtop: Curtis Silva seekingtop: [photo of a TRUMP 2020 KEEP AMERICA GREAT banner, which could do with ironing]

Me: Good evening, Need head. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? Need head: Non fuck em Me: Thank you anyway, Need head. Need head: Yes i do Need head: Where are u

Me: Good morning, blaqueerdo. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? blaqueerdo: The gay one Me: Which one is the gay one? blaqueerdo: Exactly

Me: Good evening, PR oral top. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? PR oral top: I think you in the wrong website

Me: Good evening, needmyhole. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? needmyhole: Excuse me I'm not trying to be rude however what made you think that it was okay for you to ask such an invasive rude personal question

Me: Good evening, Uncut top. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? Uncut top: None of your fucking business

Me: Good evening, I'm cute guy NY. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? I'm cute guy NY: Hi face pic Me: [photos of candidates Eric Adams, Maya Wiley, Kathryn Garcia, and Andrew Yang] I'm cute guy NY: Face pic Me: Those are face pics I'm cute guy NY: Fuck you faggot bitch I want to see your face pic

Me: Good morning, young top. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? young top: idk young top: you really think a young rebel would care about politics young top: that's so cute Me: Are you a young rebel? young top: kinda Me: Thank you anyway, young rebel. young top: you a bottom? young top: if everyone was concerned about politics I dont think there be such bullshit like politics

Me: Good evening, Horny Looking. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? Horny Looking: Dick in my ass Me: Is that an option on the ballot? Horny Looking: On mine yes

Me: Good evening, Im top. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? Im top: Bend over n show me ur butthole to see who I'm supporting Me: The candidate you are supporting is in my butthole? Im top: Yes let me see it

Me: Good afternoon, Brotein Farms. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? Brotein Farms: The one that supports Brotein Farms' highly respectable business practices, duh! Me: And which candidate supports Brotein Farms' highly respectable business practices? Brotein Farms: The ones that say so! Me: And which candidates say so? Brotein Farms: The ones that open their mouth as if they were at a bukkake party! Me: And which candidates open their mouths as if they were at a bukkake party? Brotein Farms: The kinky ones! Me: And which candidates are the kinky ones? Brotein Farms: The kinky ones! Me: And which candidates are the kinky ones? Brotein Farms: The kinky ones! Me: And which candidates are the kinky ones? Brotein Farms: The kinky ones! Me: And which candidates are the kinky ones? Brotein Farms: The kinky ones!!

Me: Good evening, BattleAxe9. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City?<br /> BattleAxe9: How are you hung<br /> Me: Not very.<br /> BattleAxe9: Oh well

Me: Good evening, PrettIBoiSwagg. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? PrettIBoiSwagg: Steve Rodriguez the fat gay one Me: I don't think there's a fat gay Steve Rodriguez on the ballot. PrettIBoiSwagg: Yea there's some fat queen looks like Fred flinstone Me: Is this a mayoral candidate, or just someone you know named Steve Rodriguez? PrettIBoiSwagg: Lol just fucking with u it's just some fat fuck I know

DL: [an unsolicited photo of his dick] Me: Good morning, DL. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? DL: Idk Me: Do you have any preferences at the moment? DL: [the same photo of his dick again] Me: Does that have ballot access? DL: Im your mouth Me: You're my mouth? DL: In your mouth

Me: Good afternoon, WEST AFRICAN. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? WEST AFRICAN: I havent decided yet WEST AFRICAN: None has impressed me. Me: Is there a candidate you are least unimpressed with at the moment? WEST AFRICAN: Nope Me: Thank you anyway, WEST AFRICAN. WEST AFRICAN: You welcome WEST AFRICAN: I see you leaning towards a particular candidate Me: Do you? WEST AFRICAN: No WEST AFRICAN: Come out and let me know who you are supporting Me: I am undecided. Hopefully Grindr can help me resolve this. WEST AFRICAN: How can grindr help you WEST AFRICAN: Do you want the same bs or something better. Me: Who's offering something better? WEST AFRICAN: None WEST AFRICAN: Same bs WEST AFRICAN: High crime,homelessness and weakened police and city getting dirty by the day. WEST AFRICAN: Anyone who has solutions for this have my vote. Me: Barbara K from Real Housewives? WEST AFRICAN: Hmmmm I see Me: You see? WEST AFRICAN: She talks a lot WEST AFRICAN: I wish we had someone who will govern from the middle WEST AFRICAN: Not extreme to the left we need common sense rules Me: What common sense rules do you have in mind? WEST AFRICAN: Empower the police more,crime is on the ascendency,homelessness is getting out of hand.get on the subway at night and it's scary the police is afraid to do anything. WEST AFRICAN: Or they don't care anymore

Me: Good evening, NEED PLUGG!. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? NEED PLUGG!: The black dude Me: Black male candidates include Eric Adams, Ray McGuire, and Isaac Wright Jr. NEED PLUGG!: The bald one Me: Isaac Wright Jr has hair, of a sort. The bald black male candidates are Eric Adams and Ray McGuire. NEED PLUGG!: Eric adams Me: Thank you for your input, NEED PLUGG!. NEED PLUGG!: Well I would go with ray McGuire maybe. I thought he wasn't as far ahead in the polls tho. Fyi, I'm basing my vote purely on aesthetics, I'd u have t guessed. Lol I also have no intention of voting either although I am registered Me: Eric Adams is further ahead in the polls, though I don't think people have been polled specifically on aesthetics yet. NEED PLUGG!: I mean I'm basing it off his outer appearance exclusively. Glad he's ahead tho. Hopefully I'm right. Not proud of this but...it's better than yang. Me: In terms of aesthetics? NEED PLUGG!: Yes. NEED PLUGG!: Whoever deals with the homeless and mentally ill people I would vote for. It's disgusting. Me: "Deals with" in what sense? NEED PLUGG!: Gets them off the subways and streets. Not to sound apathetic or inhumane but.... They gotta figure it out! It sad. And unsightly!

Me: Good morning, cyph no homo. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? cyph no homo: Your mother cyph no homo: You cops are pussies cyph no homo: You roll in packs and make up lies to the best of your ability cyph no homo: Then I alter your reality with some of my own the minute you think I'm a participant in this realm cyph no homo: Boom we all wake up 😂 cyph no homo: Why don't you arrest the punks selling drugs and shooting kids. cyph no homo: Why don't you face me like men. I'd be an idiot to expect something like that from something other than men cyph no homo: How about you finish off that incest pie you was eating cyph no homo: Or go punch a jook cyph no homo: I'm going to be gay for a few minutes. Ttyl maybe during my morning coffee walk? cyph no homo: The 81 st will be my footstool cyph no homo: Ya bald head leader Gon be called shoeshine in FDC cyph no homo: Get new spies I'm tired of seeing the same idiots who need retraining cyph no homo: And I'm.submitting this to Wilson too cyph no homo: I'm not hiding my sexuality dickheads cyph no homo: You're going down. Played right into my non gangsta hands 😂😂😂😂😂

Me: Good morning, Kiritsugu. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? Kiritsugu: I'm putting Wiley first Kiritsugu: Out of the four most likely to win, I definitely don't want Adams or Yang to win Me: Thank you for your input, Kiritsugu. Kiritsugu: Do you have any input on that? Kiritsugu: I went to school for polisci so I'm obviously interested Me: I am undecided. Hopefully Grindr can help me resolve this. Kiritsugu: Well I think Adams and Yang are actively detrimental candidates to NYC. Basically Republicans Kiritsugu: Adams does have a high likelihood of winning though because people are taken in by his "tough on crime" bullshit Kiritsugu: Yang had a better chance weeks ago but he's consistently fumbled and shown himself to be a true asshole lately Kiritsugu: Especially in the debate the other night when he blamed mentally ill homeless people for violence and called for increasing the number of psych beds dramatically to "get them off our streets" Kiritsugu: Garcia kinda sucks but would be better than either of them. She has some government experience from the department of sanitation. But she also has said some questionable things Kiritsugu: The progressives all have had major issues this race Kiritsugu: Scott Stringer who would've been my preferred candidate got hit with a sexual harassment allegation, but the Intercept's piece on it makes me question it's legitimacy or if it's an opportunistic attack by the Yang Gang (she just happened to be gathering signatures for Yang to be on the ballot). Kiritsugu: I think Stringer has a smarminess to him that I don't love but he feels like a true new Yorker and I think a lot of people can identify with that. Regardless he got sniped by the allegations, true or not. So he's not got a chance Kiritsugu: Dianne Morales is a fake progressive with numerous scandals, especially regarding treating her campaign team poorly and being against their unionization. She also has past issues regarding bribery. She has the right positions when she talks but she's a phony. Zero chance Kiritsugu: Maya Wiley is definitely not who I'd have originally picked. She's a bit too woke professor for me and I have a feeling it's going to stop her from being able to win the election. But she had good progressive policies. A distinct upbringing. She's smart enough to surround herself by the right people if she were elected and I have hope if she wins. But it's definitely an underdog race for her. Kiritsugu: So I'm ranking Maya Wiley, Scott Stringer, Kathryn Garcia

Me: Good morning, Gav. Which candidate are you supporting for mayor of New York City? Gav: Hey! Great question! I ranked Maya Wiley #1 Gav: You? Me: I am undecided. Hopefully Grindr can help me resolve this. Me: Thank you for your input, Gav. Gav: I can actually help you out!! Gav: There's a website called "the City" which has a questionnaire you can fill out. As you answer, it tells you which candidates agree with you on each answer Me: Thank you, Gav, that does sound helpful. Gav: So just Google "the City mayoral questionnaire Gav: https://www.thecity.nyc/22330081/meet-your-mayor-nyc

(Here’s the link to that.)

STATISTICS:

Of the 1,414 users I questioned, 294 responded. 90 of these respondents named real people or political parties, and I’ve counted all of those votes in the table below, irrespective of whether or not the people named are actual mayoral candidates.

22% (20)Eric Adams
21% (19)Maya Wiley
11% (10)Kathryn Garcia
10% (9)Andrew Yang
7% (6)Scott Stringer
6% (5)Dianne Morales
3% (3)Curtis Sliwa
2% (2)Rudy Giuliani
2% (2)"You", i.e. me
2% (2)"Your mom", i.e. my mom
1% (1)Ray McGuire
1% (1)Bernie Sanders
1% (1)Deez Nuts
1% (1)Teeana Trump
1% (1)Jeffrey Dahmer
1% (1)Steve Rodriguez
1% (1)Democrat (no specific individual named)
1% (1)Republican (no specific individual named)
1% (1)Green (no specific individual named)
3% (1x3)"Myself" (namely, respondents "Caucasian", "Satan", and "God Love ❤️❤️")

Eric Adams receives the most first-preference votes from Grindr users.

The overwhelming majority of votes were for Democrats. This year, for the first time, the Democratic primary is using ranked-choice instant-runoff voting – you can choose a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th preference. (The Republican primary has only 2 candidates – Curtis Sliwa and Fernando Mateo. None of the respondents mentioned Mateo.)

I only asked each Grindr user for one candidate, but 11 respondents elected to tell me their additional preferences. Let’s see how those change the results.

To start with, here’s a table of just the Democratic candidates’ first-preference votes.

29% (20)Eric Adams
27% (19)Maya Wiley
14% (10)Kathryn Garcia
13% (9)Andrew Yang
9% (6)Scott Stringer
7% (5)Dianne Morales
1% (1)Ray McGuire

With the fewest votes, Ray McGuire is eliminated first.

29% (20)Eric Adams
28% (19)Maya Wiley
14% (10)Kathryn Garcia
13% (9)Andrew Yang
9% (6)Scott Stringer
7% (5)Dianne Morales
Ray McGuire

His 1 voter did not give a 2nd preference, so this changes nothing. Next to be eliminated is Dianne Morales.

33% (19+3=22)Maya Wiley
30% (20)Eric Adams
15% (10)Kathryn Garcia
13% (9)Andrew Yang
9% (6)Scott Stringer
Dianne Morales

3 of her voters gave 2nd preferences, all for Maya Wiley. This puts her in the lead. We now eliminate Scott Stringer.

35% (22)Maya Wiley
32% (20)Eric Adams
18% (10+1=11)Kathryn Garcia
15% (9)Andrew Yang
Scott Stringer

2 of his voters gave 2nd preferences. 1 gave their 2nd preference to Paperboy Love Prince, who received no 1st-preference votes and is not in contention. That user did not give a 3rd preference, and their vote dies here. The other 2nd preference was Kathryn Garcia.

42% (22)Maya Wiley
38% (20)Eric Adams
21% (11)Kathryn Garcia
Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang’s elimination changes nothing – none of his voters gave a 2nd preference. But 2 of the users whose 1st preference was Garcia gave 2nd preferences…

50% (20+2=22)Eric Adams
50% (22)Maya Wiley
Kathryn Garcia

…both for Eric Adams. This means Adams and Wiley now tie for the lead – until we take into account the 3rd preference of the user whose 1st preference was Stringer and 2nd preference was Garcia. His 3rd preference was Maya Wiley.

51% (23)Maya Wiley
49% (22)Eric Adams

Maya Wiley receives Grindr’s endorsement for the Democratic mayoral candidacy.

Here’s the full list of 2nd/3rd/4th/5th preferences:

ADAMS > Yang
WILEY > Stringer > Garcia
WILEY > Stringer > Chang > Morales > Yang
WILEY > Morales > Yang
GARCIA > Adams > Donovan > Stringer
GARCIA > Adams
STRINGER > Garcia > Wiley > Donovan
STRINGER > Prince
MORALES > Wiley > Garcia > McGuire > Stringer
MORALES > Wiley
MORALES > Wiley

3 candidates who did not receive any 1st preference votes appear here – Shaun Donovan, Art Chang, and Paperboy Love Prince. Another 3 candidates on the Democratic ballot did not receive any support at all – Aaron Foldenauer, Joycelyn Taylor, and Isaac Wright Jr.

Most responses were not counted as votes. Non-vote responses can be categorised as follows:

34Undecided
35None of the above
27Not eligible to vote (24 not a resident, 3 unspecified)
108Evasive or unclear

And evasive or unclear responses can be roughly divided into the following categories:

12Immediately rerouted to stock small talk like "hey", "how are you", "what's up" as if I hadn't asked anything and they'd started the conversation
11Too horny to engage politically
11Who cares?
10None of your business
9Vague/cryptic
8Lol, lmao, etc
8Illegible
7This is not the platform for that
6What the fuck?
4Why?
4Who are you?
4Whoever has the biggest dick
3Miscellaneous evasion
3I've already voted (presumably people who think I'm trying to change their vote)
2'Liked' my message, but didn't actually send a message back
2Turned out to be a spambot

 
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