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

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  • Depends on candidate's view of Religious Right

    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...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    I'll answer for myself (as a non-party Conservative).....

    I have never voted for a Democrat in a Federal election. HOWEVER, of the FIVE Presidential elections I've been able to vote in, I've only voted for the Republican candidate TWICE.
    Assuming we can all believe that Republican candidates and 3rd party candidates have equal chances of being nutty, was there an issue that would have brought you to the Republican table instead of 3rd party in the other 3 elections?

    For example, I really wanted to vote for the first black President. I didn't do it (McCain), but I would've considered Obama had in been in favor of small Federal Government. Or, I'd consider a 3rd party candidate if I felt like there was one that had a chance of winning - but why vote for someone who can't win (except in the primaries)?
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenvilleGrows View Post
    Assuming we can all believe that Republican candidates and 3rd party candidates have equal chances of being nutty, was there an issue that would have brought you to the Republican table instead of 3rd party in the other 3 elections?

    For example, I really wanted to vote for the first black President. I didn't do it (McCain), but I would've considered Obama had in been in favor of small Federal Government. Or, I'd consider a 3rd party candidate if I felt like there was one that had a chance of winning - but why vote for someone who can't win (except in the primaries)?
    Let's look at the particulars of my voting record....

    1992: Ross Perot 1996: DID NOT VOTE 2000: George Bush 2004: George Bush 2008: Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party)

    It would be very difficult for me to vote for ANY Democrat because there are SO MANY things that I differ with the party on. In the three cases where I voted against the Republican, I did so because I believed they were no better than the Democrat. In 2008 I MIGHT have held my nose and voted for McCain IF he hadn't chosen a female candidate for his VP. At that point it became totally impossible for me to vote for him.

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

    I always vote for the candidate I feel is best for the country regardless of party affliation. Alas, I've had to vote the lesser of the evils in far too many elections.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    I always vote for the candidate I feel is best for the country regardless of party affliation. Alas, I've had to vote the lesser of the evils in far too many elections.
    That is far too often the case. Sadly.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    I always vote for the candidate I feel is best for the country regardless of party affliation. Alas, I've had to vote the lesser of the evils in far too many elections.
    I understand what you're saying- and I totally agree. But, most of the candidates align very closely to the typical party platform. What will draw you to one or push you away from another as far as policies go? Or, is it mostly the "I think I can trust him" factor?
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    I have never... ever... voted for a Democrat for President, and I don't expect to change that habit in 2012. My votes have been about 50/50 Republican/Libertarian. Don't know what I'm going to do this year, though. I've soured on the Libertarian philosophy and the only Republican candidate I want, Huntsman, probably won't be nominated.

    I have voted for Democrats a couple times as state governor.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenvilleGrows View Post
    Interesting answer to me. Because I think religion is one area of potential swing voting. You might identify somewhat with core Republican beliefs, but because of a candidate's view of "religious right" issues, you've proven you would vote for a Democrat. Even though, in my mind, their views on some pretty large issues were distinctly different.

    I'm not saying I accurately described your situation, but that's the train of thought that made me ask the question.
    I will absolutely vote against anyone who wears their religion on their sleeve and announces they will allow their religious views to guide their job performance. I don't want those people in office, period.
    There is nothing demonstrably true that religion can provide the world that cannot be achieved more rationally through entirely secular means.

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

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I will absolutely vote against anyone who wears their religion on their sleeve and announces they will allow their religious views to guide their job performance. I don't want those people in office, period.
    I've heard the same sentiment from many Libertarians and other independents. I've even heard a number of Democrats say the same thing when poor-mouthing a particular Republican candidate (But I never got the feeling that the Republican candidate would have gotten their vote anyway).
    The US is an odd ship. The captain yells out when he sees obtacles , but 535 individual propellers do the steering.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I will absolutely vote against anyone who wears their religion on their sleeve and announces they will allow their religious views to guide their job performance. I don't want those people in office, period.
    I completely understand this, but I also am suspicious of the politician that says, "I am a devout <insert religion here>, but it does not influence my politics.". I see those people as disingenuous at best. If they are truly religious, how can their beliefs not influence what they would do in office? If they sacrifice what they personally believe while governing, how can I trust anything they say? They're not even willing to stand up for their religious beliefs, and those are supposedly the deepest convictions one can have.

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