John McAfee crypto survey on Twitter shows surprising result

Social media plays a vital role in the cryptocurrency. Blockchain firms use many platforms to communicate with their clients and investors and make announcements. The social media attract colorful characters, John McAfee, the self-appointed crypto overlord.

Poll of Cryptocurrency Community

John McAfee, who sometimes back posted controversial daily recommendations of altcoins to trade before shifting to ICOs and writing of whitepapers, is also into polling crypto community.

He conducted a poll of cryptocurrency community that attracted over 400,000 votes in the last 24 hours and with surprising results.

The poll respondents were those from his Twitter followers. The results shows that half were between 18 and 30  age while only 4 percent was over 40 years.

43 percent of his survey respondents buy once a month or less and 20 trades on a daily basis. Over 40 percent were mostly interested in altcoins and a quarter by Bitcoin/Ethereum and all currencies. Only 5 percent invested in ICOs.

The results about ICO interest are slightly different from those found in a separate poll by a Reddit user by the name Tricky_Troll who surveying Reddit cryptocurrency community in early December. It found out that 30 percent had invested in an ICO before.

The Troll Poll

The poll by Troll had over 40 questions posted in different cryptocurrency subreddits. The study was a bit more inclusive given that it covered cryptocurrency users in various subreddit forums.

Troll collected over 300 results and came up with detailed graphs that can help with some strategy.

A third of McAfee’s survey respondents were students, and 50 percent were under 30. In comparison, of the respondents in, only about 20 percent in Troll’s survey were students, and 60 percent of these were studying at the University. 75 percent of all respondents in the survey had a University degree or considering at the time of the review. This indicated a technical or professional alienation. 40 percent identified themselves as gamer.

Also, 94 percent of the polled crypto Reddit users according to a Troll analysis checked price of their cryptocurrencies daily. Over 40 percent checked prices over ten times per day, and 80 percent did it at least three times per day.

95 percent of those surveyed were male with a median age of 26 to 30 years old. Nearly 50 percent came from Europe and a third from North America.

In McAfee’s survey, almost a third had 50% of their total savings in crypto. 35% held less than 10% of their savings. In comparison, Troll found out that about 45 percent invested either less than 10 percent or more than 90 percent of their total savings in cryptocurrencies. The Troll survey found out that 80 percent had made profits from their crypto investments and 60 percent who invested after the end of June 2017 got profits.

The majority (58 percent) also used cryptocurrency primarily as an investment vehicle according to McAfee. 38 percent use it both an investment vehicle and currency.

Result

The poll by Troll found out that the median user had about $5,000 and $20,000 invested in cryptocurrencies. Just one third had more than 10 percent of their portfolio outside of the top 10 coins. 70 percent of those surveyed considered themselves as holders (HODlers). 45 percent had experience in stock markets, 36 percent entered crypto markets in 2017 and 27 percent in 2013.

Besides that, 60 percent in the Troll survey owned altcoins outside of top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap. 50 percent used three cryptocurrencies or less while 30 percent have invested in an ICO before. The average user had signed up with three cryptocurrency exchanges.

Most (55 percent) of the respondents in McAfee poll says that the governments were the most significant threats followed by banks (30 percent).

The number of respondents in both surveys is meager comparing to global figures. For instance, the number of global active users of cryptocurrency wallets was around 2.9 million and 5.8 million as of April 2017 according to the Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study released last year.

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David Kariuki is a journalist who has a wide range of experience reporting about modern technology solutions including cryptocurrencies. A graduate of Kenya's Moi University, he also writes for Hypergrid Business, Cryptomorrow, and Cleanleap, and has previously worked for Resources Quarterly and Construction Review magazines.

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