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

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    Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    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.
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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.
    Does it count if you end up switching back? I've always voted for the Liberal Party except for a brief period, years ago, when Pierre Trudeau pissed me off and I voted for the Rhinoceros Party candidate in my riding. Okay, it was more of a protest than a change of political affiliation, and the Liberals could never anger me enough to make me vote for the Tories, but I did turn away from them for awhile.
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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    Do you mean change my registration, or just change the party of the people I vote for in a specific election (or multiple elections)?

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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    I grew up as a hard core right wing conservative but the Iraq invasion changed my view of things.

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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    I used to be hard right as well, but as I got older I find myself looking at issues instead of platforms. As a result I find myself in the ever growing Independent pool and have re-registered to reflect that.
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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    Yes, from Republican to NPA when I realized political parties care only about winning, not about ideology.

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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    I used to be hard right as well, but as I got older I find myself looking at issues instead of platforms. As a result I find myself in the ever growing Independent pool and have re-registered to reflect that.
    Same here, with the folk we have in our AZ legislature, it makes it very easy to become an independent. I find that once you realize that the talking heads for each party aren't the Wizard, and are, in fact some old man behind the curtain, you realize you have been played by both sides.
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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    Went from being a GOP as a early teen, to a libetarian socialist, to a marxist, now im a gradual democratic sociailst.


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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    I had been thinking about it for a couple of years. The Republicans were embracing stupid, promoting stupid, demanding stupid from, to, at their constituents. Like the Texas Republican plank that said their goal was to keep the students and thereby the voters dumbed down, though that was much later that. Anyway, when baby Bush won the primary from McCain, that was my straw. GWB was the epitome of what was wrong with the Republican party. No more the party of small, lithe government that could get the same jobs done for less by cleaning up waste and fraud (or so I had thought), but now a party of stupid, mean, lazy, evangelical, white, tax-payer subsidized fat cats.
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    Re: Have you ever changed political affiliation?

    I grew up in a Republican family and when I learned more about politics and the parties became more ideological I switched to the Democratic party. I believe my switch began when I listened to Rush Limbaugh at my place of work. I would vote strict party line for Republican. I voted for Goldwater, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and George H.W. Bush. In 1992 I switched and voted for Ross Perot; then in 1996 I voted for Clinton, I have voted for Democrats eve since.


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