View Poll Results: Does religion affect your vote?

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  • It is my main focus.

    1 1.49%
  • It is not the main focus but important.

    6 8.96%
  • It has some influence.

    7 10.45%
  • I mildly consider it.

    4 5.97%
  • I don't really care.

    19 28.36%
  • I think they spend to much time on this topic.

    10 14.93%
  • It is a distraction to me.

    4 5.97%
  • I wish the candidates were atheists.

    16 23.88%
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Thread: Does religion affect your vote?

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    Does religion affect your vote?

    I know that this is a question that always comes up about candidates. I wonder how much religion influences you when you make your way to the polling place.

    I know for me it means nothing. I would rather have a candidate that says he or she is an atheist then a believer. I know this is unlikely to happen in my lifetime here in the US.

    To what degree does religion affect the way you vote?
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    Re: Does religion affect your vote?

    A person's religion really has no effect on my vote at all.

    I wouldn't vote or not vote for someone based on any personal characteristics such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status etc.

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    Re: Does religion affect your vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    A person's religion really has no effect on my vote at all.
    How about their personal interpretation of that religion? There's a guy I know who's a total whackjob because of his truly insane interpretation of Christanity, to the point where he calls all Christians who disagree with his exceedingly narrow views atheists. The fact that he's a Christians has no impact upon a hypothetical vote for him. The fact that his interpretation is 100% loony does though.
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    Re: Does religion affect your vote?

    My religion has a lot to do with my political views, but not entirely. I think if I were to be become nonreligious for seem reason, I'd still hold the same opinions that I do now. I'm Catholic, so that's influenced me to be pro-life, both in the case of abortion and the death penalty. However, a lot of Catholics that I've heard speak are against immigration control (if that's the correct term), they don't care how people get here and the welcome them. I'm not that way, and I support illegal immigrants being deported 100%.

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    Re: Does religion affect your vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    How about their personal interpretation of that religion? There's a guy I know who's a total whackjob because of his truly insane interpretation of Christanity, to the point where he calls all Christians who disagree with his exceedingly narrow views atheists. The fact that he's a Christians has no impact upon a hypothetical vote for him. The fact that his interpretation is 100% loony does though.
    Wouldn't effect me if I agreed with his political views.

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    Re: Does religion affect your vote?

    I am not concerned what religion a political candidate has. I am concerned what religion means to that candidate.

    Humans are spiritual creatures. Belief is essential to who each of us are. Even an atheist has at his core those concepts that being "This I believe...."

    No man nor woman can think, choose, decide, or act without their beliefs playing a part in the process. It is important, therefore, when casting one's vote to get a measure of the man (or woman), and to understand what personal values they hold: do they pray? Are they part of a church/temple/synagogue/mosque? Do they seek to understand in all times and places what the right and proper course is, and do they seek the courage to hew to that course come what may?

    Religion matters, not because it matters whether a candidate for office is Christian or Muslim, Hindu or Jew, Buddhist or Atheist, but because religion is a part of the measure of the man--and to vote well, we must first measure well.

    I will happily vote for a conscientious and sincere Atheist who seeks a right path for himself instead of a hypocritical Christian who confines religion to Sunday mornings.

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    Re: Does religion affect your vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Wouldn't effect me if I agreed with his political views.
    I dunno. Someone who goes around calling Christians atheists because they disagree with one minor detail of Christanity doesn't seem like the best person to give power to even if I agreed with his beliefs. Some that incredibly abrasive, intolerant, and close minded is hard to vote for. Think of TD. I actually agree with a fair number of his principle positions. But would I vote for him? No.
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    Re: Does religion affect your vote?

    I am totally nonreligious. Not an atheist, not really an agnostic. I just don't care for or about religion. It does not effect my views, either of issues or people. I judge people on their words an actions, not on their religion. If their religion makes them do unpleasant things, I blame them, not the religion.

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    Re: Does religion affect your vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Some that incredibly abrasive, intolerant, and close minded is hard to vote for.
    Those are personality traits more than they are religion. I might not vote for someone on the basis on their personality traits. It wouldn't be on the basis of their religious views.

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    Re: Does religion affect your vote?

    Yes. I won't vote for a radical Christian. That basically guarantees I won't EVER vote Republican.
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