View Poll Results: Would you vote for an unaffiliated candidate in a national election?

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    Re: Would You Vote For Unaffiliated Candidates?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    No, I wouldn't. Pragmatically, the whole point of voting is to get the candidate you support elected so that the policies that you want enacted can be put into law. There is no point betting on a losing horse, especially when it's a horse with no legs that can't run anyhow. I want my candidate to win, that's why I only vote for candidates that have the potential to do so. Otherwise, I'm just wasting my time.
    In other words, being able to proclaim yourself being on the winning team is paramount.

    That's fine. That's a valid reason. Problem is, voting for someone you know you'll dislike is no less a waste of time, and the insecure need to be identified with the winning team only perpetuates the problem.
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    Re: Would You Vote For Unaffiliated Candidates?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    In other words, being able to proclaim yourself being on the winning team is paramount.

    That's fine. That's a valid reason. Problem is, voting for someone you know you'll dislike is no less a waste of time, and the insecure need to be identified with the winning team only perpetuates the problem.
    It has nothing to do with being identified with the winning team. The only side that is going to make a damn bit of difference in politics is the one that actually gets elected. You can vote for anyone you want, you can vote for yourself for all I care, but unless you actually get elected, none of the things that you want to do are actually going to get done. You are going to have to live under the rule, laws and policies of the person who actually gets elected, no matter who you voted for. Being idealistic doesn't actually get you anywhere, you just made a trip to the polls, flipped a lever and wasted your time.
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    Re: Would You Vote For Unaffiliated Candidates?

    Quote Originally Posted by TwEnTY-SiX View Post
    Given the public's low opinion of Congress, and the disdain that members of each party seems so willing to show each other, I am curious as to who would be open to an alternative form of representation. Perhaps a candidate who has no party line to dilute his/her passion or philosophy. Perhaps a candidate who is runs on a platform of integrity over ideology. Perhaps whatever ideal you may fancy, but free of party-control and able to pursue their own vision.

    So would you be willing to vote for an unaffiliated candidate in a national election? I would be curious as to why you would say 'yes' or 'no' and what conditions might apply to your decision.
    I cannot answer your poll since the correct answer for me is "it depends on the situation". While I consider myself a democrat and am affiliated with the party, I do not vote for a party, I vote for candidates. Admittedly that is more often than not a distinction without a difference since the reason I am a democrat is that I believe in the ideals and issues of the party far more often than not which means the democratic candidate is the one who probably most matches my beliefs. I would however vote for any candidate who most matches my ideological concepts, stance on issues and priorities, assuming they have a reasonable chance to win the election.
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    Re: Would You Vote For Unaffiliated Candidates?

    I voted yes, because I typically vote for whichever candidate runs closest to my core ideals, regardless of political party.

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