Why Americans Seem to Vote Against Their Own Interest?

Political View from the Underclass

June 21, 2012

Why Americans Seem to Vote Against Their Own Self Interest?

The theme of the Republican Party in the upcoming Presidential election is based on no new taxes on job creators. The Republicans say that they represent the will of the American people. They say the people want them to stop, and then cut back on government social spending. They want to stop, reverse, reform and end, Financial and Healthcare reforms passed by President Obama and the Democratic Congress, before the 2010 mid-term elections. The theme and agenda of the Republican Party is pro- business and it is said to represent the will of the people. The vote in the recent recall election in Wisconsin is held up as proof that the American people support the Republican Agenda. Government jobs, along with any and all labor unions must be eliminated to cut down the national debt. That is the will of the American People so say The Republicans.

The theme of the Democratic Party is the exact opposite of the Republican Party's theme. They want to tax the rich and stop corporate socialism and welfare, to cut down on the national debt. The Democrats say they represent the will of the working, low, and underclass that voted for the President in 2008. They claim a desire to help the everyday people and stop and control out of control healthcare cost. They say they need to reform the financial institutions to avoid a repeat of a financial disaster like the one that greeted President Obama in 2008. The theme and agenda of the Democratic Party is pro-American people. The Democratic President want to employ Americans to rebuild America and the Republicans say the government should no longer supply jobs for Americans. The Republicans believe jobs should come from the private sector to save on government spending and that’s the will of the people.

Now let us consider the clear and present danger in the choice of Democrat or Republican. The middle and working class will be paying higher taxes and higher cost for less service and products in a privatized profit driven Republican public service economy. They would never vote Republican, you would think, and you would be dead wrong. Why would middle and working class people vote for Republicans who seek to destroy unions, fire government employed police, teachers, and firemen to cut government spending in the name of austerity? You would think the people wouldn’t vote for a party that caters to the rich and powerful and not everyday people. How can a person seem to be voting against their own self interest? Corporations, Big Banks, Health Insurers and Wall Street make billions and trillions yearly. The simple fact is millions of wealthy and everyday Americans are invested in the fraud and corruption on Wall Street that has crippled the American economy. The underclass is the only class not getting a dividend check, neither a pay check, just a government check.

When we the people get use to getting a check no matter where it come from the government or whoever, or if the dividends are being paid based on the misery of others, we feel empowered. It may appear that people vote against their own interest, in most cases they do, but in their reality they are protecting their retirements. Tea- Crasher, the Republicans support Wall Street and not people, but Wall Street is just a street. Financial Institutions and Corporations exchange stocks and money on Wall Street, money changers work on Wall Street. The Corporations were declared people by the Supreme Court recently and in a voting sense I see the effect of that decision. People are the 99% of Wall Street that has never been to Wall Street, but will more than likely vote for and support a Pro-Wall Street Presidential Candidate. Some people will vote in the best interest of their one share of Coke, Apple, Facebook, and their two shares of Wal-Mart that gives them at lease a dividend check. Corporations are an undercover and underestimated voting bloc of voters that will vote and hope for unregulated profits and not to lose everything.


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

People vote against their own interests by ignorance. If they had a little bit of knowledge in economics, they would vote differently.

Australia and Iceland showed us that there is another alternative but to enslave people through austerity measures!

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HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Great Hub, Junko. The people in the lower classes who vote Republican are clearly voting against their own interests. Republicans want taxes lowered on the wealthy and the social safety net cut. It is ridiculous.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Oh my, people do tend to do more harm than good when they vote in this fashion. Getting people to make informed decisions is a must but just doesn't happen as it should.

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Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

Great question Junko, maybe they have been "stupified" Harry Potter style?

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junko 4 years ago Author

Thanks Maxoxam41, You oviously got my point. I think this is a fake Austerity to make the president a one termer. If the Republicans wins the debt crissis ends and they will spend again.

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junko 4 years ago Author

HSchneider I believe people in the lower class that vote Republican, just hate the First Family and want them out of the White House. Thanks for commenting.

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junko 4 years ago Author

teaches12345, thanks for commenting. A lot of people who make such decisions are misinformed and misguided by experts.

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junko 4 years ago Author

Ginger, I think they have been stupified " Gone with the wind" , style. Thanks for commenting

Mary Wells 4 years ago

junko, this is another pointed and thought provoking writing. Please continue to stand.

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junko 4 years ago Author

Thank you, Mary, I will stand until I can't stand no more, then you will and not there.

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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

People watch too much TV. They do not check on the facts themselves. Also, only about 63% of registered voters even voted in the last election and that was a large turnout. Until more people, look at what a politician has done, look at what is true and what is not true, and get out and actually vote, then maybe some changes will happen.

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junko 4 years ago Author

Thank you, Michele for the comment. The people are misinformed and confused by design, the truth is hidden and untruths are displayed.

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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Good read. Thank You for putting it together, there is much to say regarding politics in North America.

To begin with, I think the two party system is a joke: a pretend-to-be-democratic system just like I lived through the pretend-to-be communist regime in Romania in the 1980s. Democrat or Republican is all pretty much the same and I wrote on this a while back: http://hubpages.com/business/Fii-pregatit-Be-ready...

I also think that through the corporate owned media, people are being brainwashed constantly. Thus, the vote is manipulated even before voting takes place. When voting does takes place, there are rules in place to get some people not to vote, such as needing a photo indentification card to vote (in some states in the U.S.). Of course, it is usually the poor people who lack photo I.D. ...

Then, we have the lobbyists who work the politicians after the election, in order to get the interests of corporations and business moguls covered while the common man is all but forgotten about.

The System is rotten, in a very ugly way. Corruption is the word of the day and nothing will change unless we All demand change, or at least most of us.

Thank You for writing this. Food for thought is always good in my opinion.

All the best Mr. Junko!

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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

Might I share this on my Facebook?

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junko 4 years ago Author

Thank you Mr. Happy for the encouragement and comment.

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leomtac 4 years ago from Washington State

Well said my brother, and well presented as well. I must say though that the shame of such A deliverance is that the (people) underclass, and or those that are reciprients of any check work or otherwise will yet consider without closer scrutiny for individual self vote in error of their best interest for the lack of knowledge not sought by themselves for themselves.

We can only pray that the better choice is made by the greater number of people including those of the electorial college.

The Servant of The LORD!

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junko 4 years ago Author

leomtac, your comments are always a asset to my writings. "Iron sharpens iron"

BL 4 years ago

There are still too many who falsely believe that they cannot make a difference and refuse to make any choices. Thank you for sharing. I appreciate the time and effort you expend. You are in my prayers.

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junko 4 years ago Author

Thank you B. L. I'm always glad to get a comment from you, because that means you thought of our friendship. The feeling is mutual.

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Storytellersrus 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Thoughtful hub. I liked it a lot. You really lay it out there in clear and realistic terms. Voted up.

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junko 4 years ago Author

Thank you, Storytellersrus. I'm glad you stopped by and encouraged me. I always hope to be clear and realistic.

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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

Great hub! Whatever happened to critical thinking? We are almost made to feel ashamed if we actually research, question and want to think for ourselves on anything. Great points in this hub.

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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up and interesting. We live in an age of polarizing political rhetoric and the drumbeat of sound bites that spew distrust and falsehoods. Everyone is a political pundit today...or, at least they think they are. Someone who is as poor as a church mouse will vote for a millionaire because they know their guns won't be taken away and yet the party they endorse may not offer anything else for them. It is a conundrum to say the least.

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junko 4 years ago Author

The people who cling to their guns during times like today, will surrender their arms for food after an economic collapse. During this era of reality tv, the people are being given a false sense of power control and partisipation, and all humans desire to belong. Research and fact finding allow the underclass to be manipulated and misguided into voting against their own self interest. Thank for commenting, pagesvoice.

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Nick Hanlon 4 years ago from Chiang Mai

the real answer is to have a society where everyone gets to vote on every bill before congress thru the internet.

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junko 4 years ago Author

Nick, if society continue to be dumb down and recieve mis and dis information, the internet voting idea would be a problem not a solution. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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mp2525 4 years ago from Los Angeles


You have written many interesting hubs, and I agree with you in spirit, especially in regard to the disparity between the ideas and the ideals upon which our country was founded…and the reality of the “less than ideal” life too many of us lead.

However, the reasons that many of our “financially hurting” electorate vote against their economic interests are much more complex than you suggest. Their minority investments in the stock market may be one reason. But when the country is inundated by a sophisticated and manipulative, billion dollar add campaign, you can be certain that every fear and prejudice, every hope and dream will be twisted and exploited in every which way in order to get that vote.

So I would humbly suggest that the real reasons that people vote against their self interests is that they are either misinformed or uninformed…or just plain manipulated.

The good news is that there is a way to reverse this trend by those of us who want to restore some common sense, some civility, some decency…and some sanity to preserve our democratic and socially responsible way of life. In whatever way possible, we must continually be aware and actively informed… and involved in keeping our friends, families and neighbors equally informed

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junko 4 years ago Author

Thanks mp2525, for the comment. I picked one odd reason out of many greater and lesser reasons. There are a few million voters that vote for their retirement and mutual funds or just a check. The power of money in manipulating the uninformed by misinformation is without question. Your comment is an asset. I hope to speak at your place, today.

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Steve Orion 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

It can certainly be disheartening when considering the massive problems we face, and how most people do nothing to make things better, whether out of lack of knowledge or lack of caring. I recall reading a famous book with a similar message called, "What's the Matter with Kansas?" Though I have read specific criticisms of some of the conclusions that author reached, I feel the general idea is very valid and applicable.

Well done on the Hub! As a new voter in this upcoming election, I won't be voting for whatever increases my net income, but what is best for the country, and race, for that matter.

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junko 4 years ago Author

Steve, thanks for the encourageing comment. As a new voter, please stop,look,and listen, then vote. Become politically aware and know that American life is political, all the time.

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peanutroaster 4 years ago from New England

People allow themselves to get emotionally hyped up by hot button issues like abortion. Politicians use this to their advantage. If the voters are all fanatical about social issues then its easy to rob them blind. Case in point the current GOP candidate and platform. Evangelists and conservatives will overlook Romney's Mormonism and proposals that rob from the poor and give to the rich because they are blinded by their hatred for immigrants, gay people, people who dare to have fun in bed. Despite Jesus's teaching about taking care of the poor and dis-fortunate, these people are all about greed and thy neighbor be damned.

l've seen a car locally that has all kinds of bumper stickers about small farms, local food and support your farmer AND Romney stickers. Makes no sense to me because its all of the liberals I know who shop locally, buy organic, seek out local food sources and want a better enviroment. The Walmart parking lot is full of GOP bumper stickers and bags of factory created Hostess cupcakes. Sure if you support enormous factory farms that create plastic corn based food, then be a republican. But a family farmer?

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junko 4 years ago Author

peanutroaster, thank you, for stopping by and commenting. Yes, the peoples are pawns in the political game

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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Many American voters who support the GOP do so because of the religious "hot button" issues Republican candidates hammer away at...issues such as abortion rights and gay rights, which are two of the most emotional and (according to the voter's religious affiliation) considered "sinful." These voters are not focusing on the economy--they're focusing on these two issues with single-mindedness and, in the process, figuratively "shooting themselves in the foot!" Simply put, very religious voters, particularly fundamentalists of the Christian Right, believe President Obama is non-Christian (they hear this from Republican politicians, the Fox channel and even their preachers from the pulpit), and that Romney and Ryan represent their only hope of putting a wedge in the separation of church and state.

If you pointed out to these people the similarities in their attitudes to those of Islamic fundamentalists, they would be aghast and deny it...but it's true.

This is why America's Founding Fathers sought to keep the federal government boundaries clear from religious interference--by ANY religion.

As long as Romney and Ryan pontificate about preventing those two issues, very religious voters will ignore the economy or, worse, believe the Romney/Ryan ticket will "fix" it.


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junko 4 years ago Author

Thank you, Jaye My example of why Americans vote against their own self interest was hopefully thought provoking. Your comment is the truth and nothing but the truth so help us God. What is glaring about your truth is the fact that Romney is not a Christian, but he is also not Obama.

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Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey


I've taken economics courses, which discuss "economic theory." But it is not a theory with the same definition as scientific theory, it does not have to prove much criteria or facts. So in reality, the "theory" is just a good guess. I was explaining it to my husband, who has a very fact driven, scientific mind, and he was shocked that this "theory" is so loosely defined. I think many people do vote from ignorance, or from sound bites. Worst of all, many don't bother to vote. This election will be a close one. Interesting stuff you have here. Take care.

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junko 4 years ago Author

Thank you, Jean for the comment. Many people take all of the economic theories as fact the good and the bad, then they become confused.

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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

I think identity politics is what compels people to vote against their own best interests. For instance, if you are a middle class conservative, then Romney and Ryan's fiscal plans really are not going to help you. They people that vote for them usually do so because of their social stances, which is their choice. I prefer to vote Democratic because I feel they have usually been more progressive on the economy and social issues. I might be voting Green Party more after this election though because from looking at a lot of the candidates they nominate, these people tend to actually follow through on the things Democrats used to claim to care about.

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junko 4 years ago Author

Thank you, SweetiePie. I agree people's social stance is what is used to appeal to and play certain voters against themselves.

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junko 7 months ago Author

Will the people cut off their nose to spite their face for a Reality TV Capitalist by electing him POTUS ???

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junko 3 months ago Author

Hate, ignorance, and fear will vote for the POTUS mostly common sense will win in the end on November 8, 2016.

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