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...?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenvilleGrows View Post
    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?
    Like everyone else, I have my views on what is best for the US. My views are not all conservative, moderate or progressive so I don't fit well into any of the parties currently involved.

    Political parties are not fixed entities, they evolve over time. I'm closer in general to the current Democrats, but what the current Democrats are bears a lot of resemblance to what the GOP was back in the 1950s.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    ...what the current Democrats are bears a lot of resemblance to what the GOP was back in the 1950s.
    Pretty much agree with this.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    Like everyone else, I have my views on what is best for the US. My views are not all conservative, moderate or progressive so I don't fit well into any of the parties currently involved.

    Political parties are not fixed entities, they evolve over time. I'm closer in general to the current Democrats, but what the current Democrats are bears a lot of resemblance to what the GOP was back in the 1950s.
    Are there any national Republican candidates you'd vote for this election? If not, is there a candidate you would've voted for if he had a better track record from a particular issue or if he'd distanced himself from a particular issue?
    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...?

    It depends on the issue. I'm not above switching parties for one set of issues that are related.

    As for myself, even though I cannot completely adopt the culture of the GOP, I feel far less of an identity with the Democratic Party and its base, and consider it necessary to look elsewhere.
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    You left out a necessary choice: Hell freezes over.

    Every post so far sounds like the beating of the chest of a true independent. I gauge this as not wanting to be called a partisan on a political board. Mostly BS.
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    I vote for whomever I think is best for the job. That said, it's extremely unlikely I could support a Republican presidential candidate. The party has gotten far, far too extreme to have any sort of chance with me. It's frustrating because the Democrats have done plenty to make me mad. For me to vote for another party, honestly, it would have to be a third party that actually has a chance to win.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane View Post
    You left out a necessary choice: Hell freezes over.

    Every post so far sounds like the beating of the chest of a true independent. I gauge this as not wanting to be called a partisan on a political board. Mostly BS.
    Honest enough. Ok, so as "Very Liberal" you'll vote Democrat regardless? Is there anything that could make you jump ship for one candidate? What if a Republican demonstrated him/herself to you to be non-interested in all religious topics - wanted things left as/is or even more liberally (regarding typical religious topics). Or, what if a Republican demonstrated him/herself to be in favor of higher taxes on corporations or the wealthy? Etc. Do you have a reason or 2 that you're "Very Liberal" politically?

    For example, I've admitted to being partisan, but also that Obama had been for smaller Federal Government, I would have liked to vote for him as the first black President. So, given specific circumstances, I'd give someone a 4 year chance.
    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...?

    I pretty much switch from my party of choice every time there's an election. I vote for moderate conservatives (democrats) instead of any actual progressives. I have the disadvantage of beginning my interest in politics during the Bush era, which pushed left and right wing politics farther away from each other. Both sides are financially on the side of wealthy business interests, so no vote will actually push my position on that, and both sides keep tearing apart our civil rights with illegal surveillance and expansion of power under the pretext of fighting terrorism. But the social ideas between the two parties are so extreme that I couldn't imagine supporting a really right wing candidate. It's hard enough getting a democrat to treat minorities like equal citizens, getting that from a republican seems impossible right now.
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    Re: Would you consider switching parties if...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    I vote for whomever I think is best for the job. That said, it's extremely unlikely I could support a Republican presidential candidate. The party has gotten far, far too extreme to have any sort of chance with me. It's frustrating because the Democrats have done plenty to make me mad. For me to vote for another party, honestly, it would have to be a third party that actually has a chance to win.
    Thanks, Luna. When you say "far too extreme" - is there an area or 2 that you have in mind? I mean, I'm sure you'd readily admit there are extremists on both sides, but what topic or 2 is your hot button? You say you'd maybe vote 3rd party to jump ship, so is it the establishment in general you don't like (ie: don't trust the individual because of the pressure)?
    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...?

    I don't really belong to a party. I vote for who I think is best. I am displeased with the Democrats and how they have led the nation so I am leaning more so towards the Republicans this election cycle. However, if the election is Ron Paul vs. Obama I would vote for Obama.
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