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Poll on Social-Political Issues

Updated on September 5, 2010

Step into my polling place.

Thanks in advance for participating in my poll.
Thanks in advance for participating in my poll.

Are you open to new ideas,concepts, opposing points of view?

If you've read my hub on my own political views, "The Apolitical Inactivist" perhaps you'll have an idea of my position(s).

Please help me with a brief poll being conducted for a book review I'm writing.

My perception is that in today's social/political environment, a lot of people are solidly entrenched and inflexible with their positions on important issues. The issues involve many different areas of our lives and each of us has our own priorities.

It seems futile to try to convince someone to change their position. Am I wrong? Are Americans more willing than I think to consider opposing points of view and then embrace them?

The poll is below and is anonymous. Consider the question across all political lines and issues from religion to abortion to immigration to health care or school vouchers or tax rates. Please take a moment and give me your opinion. For this poll, there is no middle of the road. You can't say, "Well, it depends on the issue."  I want to know if your open minded on the issues about which you feel the strongest.


FCEtier, aka "Chip"

"Willingness to Change" Poll

Regardless of the specific issue(s), how likely are you to favorably consider a position that is opposed to yours?

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      Hxprof 7 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Cool poll. I AM open to having my mind changed about some of the views I hold, however, the counter 'argument' must be solid and entirely factual (without ANY emotive content-even though some of my views are not based upon fact alone).

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      Chip 7 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Thank you all for participating in my poll.

      Here's the book review that includes our data. You'll also find that I reveal my own opinion on this controversial subject in the review.

      Thanks again!

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      Harvey Stelman 7 years ago from Illinois

      Fc, Hi! If you look back at :TRUE" history, you know the present government is Progresive. Then you see what Progressives have done before. The country has always had to bail out their failures.

      We know longer know, or understand history. That is why I voted the way I did. I have also tested as a Centrist many times. H

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      I like most people would like to consider myself open minded, yet I realize everyone has their prejudices and also with age, we become more set in our beliefs and convictions.

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      i scribble 7 years ago

      So true. So many people are unphased by the plight of others until they feel some negative impact on a very personal level. Do you think a lot of people still deny the evidence of climate change (record high temps all over, record storms, etc.), or do they just deny that the changes are caused by human activities? I've observed these changes in my area for several years, and this year record flooding in my home state of TN. I don't even need scientists to tell me things have changed (hotter, and more frequent & severe thunderstorms), but I certainly trust the scientific community as a whole, rather than a bunch of politicians, to tell me why and what we need to do about it.

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      BobbiRant 7 years ago from New York

      I am absolutely open to ideas but the arguments have to have real facts to back them up.

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      Chip 7 years ago from Cold Mountain

      @ i scribble

      Yes, I agree. My perception is that it's difficult to change other peoples' opinions.

      Then there are issues that are considered by analysts to be "situational", such as abortion.

      And this is ONLY AN EXAMPLE.

      Many people in South Louisiana were vehemently opposed to abortion under any circumstances, until their daughter/wife got raped.

      Could an issue like global warming be considered in the same light?

      What I've seen a lot of in the GW issue is opponents attacking the evidence put forth by the other side. Then the issue gets cloudy by the admission of one side that their scientists altered/faked/lied about their evidence.

      What about immigration? If my son couldn't get a job because it was easier/cheaper for the employer to hire an illegal immigrant, then I might feel differently than if it wasn't a personal issue.

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      i scribble 7 years ago

      Interesting question. I'm not really surprised that the majority consider themselves open to new ideas, however, new or opposing ideas are received with preexisting biases, so minds are rarely changed. Do you agree?

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      Dan Gregory  7 years ago

      There's a huge paradigm shift going on in the world right now as a result of "globalization." what once worked may not be applicable in today's instant communication world place. Economics takes front and center. No longer do we have technical and fundamental analysis anymore as sole considerations. Bubble economics- that is: the psychological perception may outweigh fundamentals, good or bad- is becoming more prevalent and event shaping. Rigidity is what drives these bubbles. Flexibility is what may overcome these bubbles, but it's still too early to tell. Unfortunately the personal and governmental bubbles are about to pop, and when they do it's back to start. Globally.

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      Bob Diamond RPh 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      I'm open-minded to just about anything that reflects a Biblical world view. You try to take God out or put Him in a box and I lose interest very quickly.

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      Chip 7 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Thanks to all who commented and especially to those who have voted.

      The poll remains open!


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      Apostle Jack 7 years ago

      I think that it's a good idea to beat in the bushes a bit to see what might be in there .If what someone else have to offer in life that is better in life than what I believe and experience in life and can make my life more fuller than it is...that would be the only reason for chance in my book.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I've changed through the years so change isn't impossible for me. I am very stubborn in my opinions though (most people are) but I do not fit in with any one political point of view.

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I usualy reject most any political agenda that incures money as the govt. is too inefficient...anything else I'm open to,though most govt. policies are not very effectively propagated;)

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I am open to being convinced but on most issues I have already considered and reconsidered many of them over the years. So my views are come by the hard way at times.