View Poll Results: Have you ever changed political affiliation? Why, when?

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  • No, I would never switch.

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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

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    I will not vote for a republican. In 2008 I voted for Obama, I was foolish. I voted for Jill Stein in 2012. Democrats no longer have my support. I am fed up with the Democrat/Republican duopoly...two sides of the same coin.
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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    I was a Democrat by default growing up in West Texas at a time they didn't even ask anybody but just automatically stamped DEMOCRAT on everybody's voter registration. I didn't even consider that a political party made much difference and embraced the theory that you vote for the man, not the party. It was not until the Carter administration that I first recognized the very real damage that was being done by 'progressivism' and how destructive that actually was. And there was something in Ronald Reagan's vision that hit a responsive chord in my libertarian (little 'L') soul. I abandoned the Democrats at that time.

    Now I am the first to recognize that the Republicans are every bit as corrupt and self-serving as the Democrats and I have no illusions that there is anything all that noble or commendable in the GOP leadership. But at least the GOP is representing more of us who are lovers of liberty and the America as it was intended to be, and they have to have our votes, so they throw us more bones. And that is why I am a registered Republican so I can vote in the primary in our closed system state, and at least try to get the best Republican offered onto the general election ballot.
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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    started voting as an independent (Perot,) and then i became a Republican in the late 1990s. left the Republicans and became a libertarian after they all voted for the "patriot" act and their loyal water carriers lambasted me for not supporting it.

    leaving the libertarian party was a slow process, because i was fairly passionate about my libertarian views. however, i had to reexamine them in light of new data, and i came to the realization that we really should have a first world health care system, that trickle down was nonsense, and that the system i would have happily put in place only works in theory. since then, i've been a left of center independent, though i still have a few libertarian views.

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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    From independent (which is maybe a lack of an affiliation) to democrat. I still vote for republicans at the state and local level and plan to re-elect my republican governor. But at the federal level, republicans/conservatives have nothing for me right now.

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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    I was born and raised an evangelical Christian in a very conservative area. I was very very conservative for many years. As time went on I found more and more stuff that was factually wrong and it led me to question everything. That is why I drift further and further from the right.
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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    Up to my mid-twenties I generally gravitated towards Liberalism. Having then recognised that no prevailing or extant ideology sufficed to adequately address social phenomena, I began developing my own perspective. To that end, I now reject the established polarity. So it's not that I crossed the aisle, so to speak, but that I was exiled by necessity.

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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    Yes....when I was young and inexperienced and new to voting I was staunchly Republican. I was a product of the early 1980's and a big Reagan fan during his first term. As I got a few years older and wiser I soon realized the error of my ways. I am now pretty hard-core Democrat and have been for about 25-28 years.....more or less. I chalk voting for Ronald Reagan up to one of the biggest mistakes I ever made.
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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnWisconsin View Post
    Just trying to get an idea of how much peoples political affiliation really changes throughout their life. Please give an explanation as to why, and perhaps when you decided to change sides.
    I was a staunch Republican for a long time. Till about ol' George W. Bush, then I left the Republocrats all together. I vote mostly Libertarian because I am most in line with their political ideology, but I'll vote for who I believe is the best candidate and best echos my own political platform.
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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnWisconsin View Post
    Just trying to get an idea of how much peoples political affiliation really changes throughout their life. Please give an explanation as to why, and perhaps when you decided to change sides.
    My parents and grandparents were Republicans. I always considered myself a Republican. When I got out of the military I started to get involved in politics. I registered as a Republican. What surprised me was that we had 5 county commissioners serving our county. One was a democrat. The other 4 were Republicans. This was 2002-2003ish. Many people in our area said that the best Republican on our board was a democrat. I agreed. He was the only one to vote against every tax increase opportunity that he had. I thought that man needed an ally. I registered as a Democrat with the intention of running for county commissioner in 2004. I didn't run that year but I remained a registered Democrat. Guess what? That guy lost as a democrat. Fast forward a few years. Someone resigns in the middle of the term. The 4 remaining commissioners had to appoint someone to the empty seat. The deal was that if he would be a Republican then they would appoint him for the remainder of the term. He did it. My party affiliation as a democrat no longer had any strategic value. In 2008 Rush Limbaugh instituted "Operation Chaos". He was encouraging Republicans to register as Democrats to vote for Hillary. I was already a Democrat and was thrilled to participate in Operation Chaos. I even showed up at a Hillary Clinton rally and seen Bill Clinton in person.

    Anyways. As soon as the 2008 primary was over I registered as a Republican and I'm not changing it ever again no matter what happens in the Republican Party.

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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    I was quite conservative when I was younger. Turned a bit more liberal as time went on, but the more educated I became, the more libertarian I became.
    nice touch!

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