View Poll Results: What would it take to switch parties in a Federal election?

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    1 2.44%
  • Depends on candidate's view of Social Programs

    0 0%
  • Depends on candidate's view of Tax Structure

    1 2.44%
  • Depends on candidate's view of Military

    0 0%
  • Depends on candidate's view of Environment

    0 0%
  • Depends on candidate's view of World Affairs

    0 0%
  • It would take more than 1 big issue to sway me from my normal vote

    19 46.34%
  • I only vote for my party

    2 4.88%
  • I don't vote

    2 4.88%
  • You left a necessary choice out for me - I'll explain.

    16 39.02%
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    Poll answer: "You left a necessary choice out for me - I'll explain."


    My choice would combine several of the issue-specific choices mentioned with a few other fiscal-related issues.



    While I'm registered independent, I tend to vote mostly for Republican candidates (I think there was an independent/3rd party candidate or two in there at some point).

    But I disliked/only tolerated most of the republican candidates I have voted for one reason or another - it's just that I disliked the Democrat candidates more.

    I tend to be a fiscal libertarian/conservative and a social liberal/libertarian. Or something of that sort, it’s probably a bit more nuanced.

    To illustrate, I recall during the last presidential election period telling a couple friends/co-workers that “McCain isn’t conservative enough for my taste” (this was during the primary, actually), or words to that effect…

    They were both democrat/liberal voters, and I was somewhat confused by their seemingly shocked/horrified responses until I later realized they thought was saying he wasn’t socially conservative enough…whereas I was speaking in terms of his fiscal stances.

    The social aspect of candidates has to be quite extreme to overshadow the fiscal part, for me personally…

    Thus while I dislike some of the apparent social policies/views that some of the current republican candidates hold, I think their fiscal policies are likely to be better than Pres. Obama’s are (IMO, again).


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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    i would vote for whomever i believe represents what i stand for the best no party is above that in importance
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    Just the question perplexes me ... !

    I can understand with certain belief systems ... how ones voting record historically would lean towards one party or another ... who the heck would be a party loyalist?

    That in itself ... seems unpatriotic imho.

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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    You've got to stand for something. There's nothing unpatriotic about knowing which side your bread is buttered on.
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    Quote Originally Posted by o3smog View Post
    i would vote for whomever i believe represents what i stand for the best no party is above that in importance
    Alot of people saying this, and it makes sense - but come on, plenty of people often find that one party represents their views more often than the other. That doesn't mean you're considering the party of the candidate, just that its the party you usually end up with.
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Alot of people saying this, and it makes sense - but come on, plenty of people often find that one party represents their views more often than the other. That doesn't mean you're considering the party of the candidate, just that its the party you usually end up with.
    The problem is, most of my voting is voting against the worst candidate, not voting for anyone I can actually support. If I actually had to support someone to vote for them, I don't think I'd ever vote again.
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    The problem is, most of my voting is voting against the worst candidate, not voting for anyone I can actually support. If I actually had to support someone to vote for them, I don't think I'd ever vote again.
    Not really a difference. You're voting for whomever you think is best out of the choices.
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenvilleGrows View Post
    Would you consider voting for someone in a different party than you normally support during a Federal election? If so, what would it take?
    I'm glad you added "it would take more than just 1 big issue". The majority of the time....people of a party will vote with their party. I could see switching parties for a President easier than I could Congress members.
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    I'm glad you added "it would take more than just 1 big issue". The majority of the time....people of a party will vote with their party. I could see switching parties for a President easier than I could Congress members.
    I should clarify I meant insted of "people of a party" elected officials. Most will vote with their party the majority of the time.
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    The #1 big reason for me that I cannot support any Republican (at least on the national level) is their appeasement of the radical right wings social agenda. I definitely could support a Barry Goldwater Republican but I don't believe that they exist any more. I cannot support a candidate who supports an agenda to pack the Supreme Court with activist judges that seek to overturn our Constitution in order to promote the agenda of the religious minority.
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