Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain topped his Democratic counterpart, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, by an overwhelming 76 percent to 24 percent margin in a poll of Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) members conducted from July 19 to 23 at the association's annual summer conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

The poll 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 W. Bush over Sen. John Kerry in July 2004.

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 percent to 36 percent margin.

According to MAPPS, the association features a full-time government relations staff in Washington, D.C., sponsors the MAPPS Political Action Committee (MAPPS PAC), and annually hosts a Federal Programs Conference in March.

As a nonprofit, nonpartisan association, MAPPS said it 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. Formed in 1982, MAPPS is a national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field.