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    When you vote, what consideration counts the most?

    Party...

    Party platform...

    Personalities...

    voting against, not for...

    voting for your own best interests...

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    Re: When you vote, what consideration counts the most?

    I would say their past reccord and political beliefs are what matter the most to me. Anyone can claim to run on X position with X beliefs. But if their record doesn't show that they actually uphold them, then I am not going to be played and vote for a lying politician. When I turned 18 I registered as a Republican (and I wish I could remove that) when I registered to vote. However, I would vote for a Democrat who shared my political/social beliefs. Party affiliation doesn't mean much to me, I'd rather judge the person based on their individual past and present instead of their party.
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    Re: When you vote, what consideration counts the most?

    Individual MP's personality mean very little as does their record seeing party whips would keep them in line anyway.

    I vote for the party not the MP


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    Re: When you vote, what consideration counts the most?

    When I vote I vote for the issues that politician stands for. Which I guess would be voting for my own best interests. Of course when I say issues they stand for I mean what they have voted for in the past.Because a politician can say they are against something but if records prove otherwise then they are a lying sack of **** trying to play me for a sucker. Its idiotic to vote for someone based on party,party platform or personality.
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    Re: When you vote, what consideration counts the most?

    If I vote again, it will be for individual platform and candidate history.
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    Re: When you vote, what consideration counts the most?

    The candidates platform over any other consideration.

    Edit: do you want poll options added to this thread?
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    Re: When you vote, what consideration counts the most?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I would say their past reccord and political beliefs are what matter the most to me. Anyone can claim to run on X position with X beliefs. But if their record doesn't show that they actually uphold them, then I am not going to be played and vote for a lying politician. When I turned 18 I registered as a Republican (and I wish I could remove that) when I registered to vote. However, I would vote for a Democrat who shared my political/social beliefs. Party affiliation doesn't mean much to me, I'd rather judge the person based on their individual past and present instead of their party.
    I don't keep up with all the details of either party, nobody does or can, so all I can do is make sure the one I vote for is closest to my own self interests.

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    Re: When you vote, what consideration counts the most?

    It's a combination of many things.

    I might agree with one politician on issues but know that he would be a terrible leader and wouldn't be able to get anything done, for instance. Or that he would alienate so much that he'd never even get elected.

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    Re: When you vote, what consideration counts the most?

    I prefer party platform. Individual candidates often don't actually go with the party line on a person to person basis but often they get reined in by partisan politics. You have to take the party platform as in what they are going to do.. as the primary axiom of the person you vote for.

    Independents are just that but often they are simply bought out under the crony capitalist special interest groups. So independents are just guns for hire often times which would be perfectly fine if they were bought by ideas and not money.

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    Re: When you vote, what consideration counts the most?

    The individual's issue positions and his history on issue positions, primarily. The positions I hold are those I think are best for the nation; I wouldn't vote for someone whose positions were mostly in opposition to my own.

    Second, does he come across as a douchebag, liar, or idiot. That's generally a dealbreaker regardless of stated policy positions. The only caveat to that is whether the alternative candidate looks as bad or worse.

    Party is a lesser issue, but not entirely trivial as party mechanisms will tend to push individual politicians to vote with the party on what are considered crucial votes.

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