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How many people vote by party and not what the person stands for or can do in the US Presidential elections?

Updated on March 11, 2012

Honestly, I'm not aware of any studies done on this very interesting question. I think it's a good one, though.

I grew up in a Republican family. Actually, all my friends are Republican, and my entire family is Republican. The only view I was exposed to my entire life was the Republican point of view, and in the more politically active of my family's eyes, the Republican party Can Do No Wrong.

It's interesting, really. If the nation goes downhill during a Republican presidency, then my family and friends tell me that it's because of the "Democratic Congress", or that the decisions made by the "Democrat president before are coming home to roost", or that "it's not as bad as the media makes it out to be, and it's the stupidity of the people for spending money, anyway. Democrats would just make it worse."

In the past few years, I've started running into Dem's in online communities, and the superior, mocking attitude they take towards Republican's certainly explains a lot of the Republican hatred of Dem's.

For my part, I can see points and issues in both parties that I agree with. I've spoken with my friends and family a little about the candidates as I weigh the issues, but honestly, they so completely refuse to even entertain the possibility that Democrats can have good ideas that it's impossible to talk to them.

Interestingly, I know several Democrats in online communities, and they are much the same towards Republicans -- absolutely refusing to admit that there is even a shred of decency or hope for our country's improvement in the Republican candidate.

I think, to answer your question, that if a person identifies themself as a Republican or a Democrat, then they are far more likely to blindly vote along party lines without truly considering the issues and the plans the candidates lay out for dealing with them.


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      that one girl 9 years ago from Washington state

      I'm actually pretty surprised and pleased that the comments are, in the main, level-headed. That's encouraging and speaks hopefully for the future of our country.

      On the other hand, bobgnote, that kind of inflammatory, mindless dismissal of people based solely on party affiliation is the sort of divisive issue that is tearing this country apart. We need less people identifying as Rep or Dem, less people blindly dismissing Rep or Dem as evil and bad, and more people willing to admit that both parties have good, solid ideas and possibilities. Use common sense and logic, not blind emotion.

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      I think there are a lot of people in both major parties who wouldn't hold their nose and vote for a candidate in the other party. So in that regard, either people are voting strictly party lines or they're not voting at all.

      I personally educate myself on the issues, and on occasion if there is a candidate whom I do not know well, I'll give them a vote on party lines. But most of the time, I've already studied the candidates and issues for important offices ahead of time. I've also been known to write in my own name for an office if I have a negative opinion of the candidate from my party.

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      bobgnote 9 years ago

      'Superior, mocking attitude?'

      Let's get real.  Democrats are unapproachable spawn of illegal Republican agendas, in my experience, ever since FDR took his Republican cousin Teddy's social welfare to Congress.

      But FDR balked at running legal hemp for 25,000 C02-neutral products including Henry Ford's indestructible body panels, past Congress, which passed the 1937 Hemp Stamp Tax Act in 15 minutes, which the drunken, corrupt FDR signed in a flash.

      The gas-guzzling WWII was underway, already, so FDR intended to prevent US hemp fuel aclcohol from development, then, so as to allow profiteering by US petroleum, THEN AND SINCE. Any 'superior' punks need to avoid me, for our mutual welfare. That also includes REPUBLICANS, with problems of perception, which are of deep delusions and unrestrained obstruction of justice.

      So FDR kept the Harrison Act, ran a drug war, angered Henry Ford, who made anti-Senitic remarks which may have been justified, and no Democrat since has been any good, AT ALL, except maybe Jack Kennedy, but his double-dealing got him shot.  Lyndon signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, making Jesse Jackson mostly irrelevant, and then he did the Viet Nam War, like a real Nixonian.

      Tell you what.  By the time Carter said MAYBE it's time to relegalize hemp, the Iranians said ENOUGH, to CIA-installed Saddam, in 1978, tossed the CIA-installed Shah, and Jimmy couldn't say a word about more HEMP, for CELLULOSIC FUEL ALCOHOL, even after long gas lines and helicopter crashes in the desert, in front of Iranian tourist buses, which went out into the desert, to watch these goofs crash.

      What to do?  I went REGISTERED NON-PARTISAN, after awhile.  The 70s should be enough for anybody to do THAT. 

      But then, Reagan incited Saddam to attack Iran, and Ron then gave SatIntel to the Iranians, inciting Saddam to head for Saudi Arabia, to take out their British-appointed monarchy.  Democrats haven't figured out Jews are from Ethiopia, yet.

      SO WHAT IS ISRAEL DOING, WITH A LOAD OF RUSSIANS IN F-16s, based in PALESTINE?  Keeping those Ethiopian Jews in court, until they came up with DNA showing they were Cohens, DUH!

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      Rebecca Jones 9 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for answering my post and you said exactly what I was thinking! Scary that they do all of this promotion for such a small percentage that it seems vote on the person not the party. They are calling in a lot of favors when it seems like many are already set!

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      allshookup 9 years ago from The South, United States

      I agree. I don't think a person should vote by party. They should vote for the person who is best for the job with the highest of morals of all the people running. Granted, it's hard to find nowdays sadly. But we vote for the person, not the party. I know alot of people who vote blindly like you are saying though. Very sad.

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      02SmithA 9 years ago from Ohio

      I think there is a whole lot of blind voting going on, among GOP and Dems.