Why do Obama supporters always vote down answers they disagree with?
I've noticed that when people say negative things about Obama the answers get voted down. This is very childish and typical for many people. Answers should only be voted down if they don't add to the discussion. These same people vote up answers that say negative things about Republicans. Can't liberals handle what they like to dish out? What do you think?
Up and down votes are an easy way to see what the hub population thinks of an answer, they are used by liberals and conservatives alike.
Really? That's your question - why do people vote down things they don't agree with...and somehow that's only a trait of Democrats? You also think that everyone who isn't Republican is a Liberal. I think that maybe you don't know what words mean.
for the same reason that republicans/conservatives vote down answers they see as "LBRL". I don't vote aniything down for matter of opinion I either vote up or move on to another hub , but i notice in my writings conservatives and reps vote them down if they disagree.
Perhaps it isn't the negative comment, but the way it is worded that makes a person feel more negatively about an answer or comment. It is possible to have a discussion of policy or politics without getting into name calling. And the way that questions can be worded can bring out the negatives and namecalling before the discussion even starts. Such as " I think Obama's policy on Unicorns stinks. What do you think?" Or the same question worded in a more denigrating way. "That commie socialist muslim Barry Soetero is trying to give our unicorns to China. What do you bedwetting liberal commies think?"
Both are the same question, but asked in a different manner.
Don't worry about it, answers get voted down and deleted for many reasons, including, not furthering the story the questor wishes to tell, the questor or a visitor to the question doesn't like the respondent, or just disagrees with the answer, etc. I get voted down regularly cos some people don't like home truths, I've noticed that I always get voted down when a certain hubber leaves an answer on the same question that I've left an answer, it's not worth worrying about. I even get voted down on questions where there can be no wrong answer - 'what's your favourite...?'
Also, you have to remember that there are more than just USA, hubbers here, the questions you're referring to may be voted down by hubbers from other countries who have no opinion or support for Obama and any other US politician.
I've noticed the same phenomenon when positive comments are made about President Obama. He seems to be a polarizing figure. People in general seem to vote things up or down depending on their opinion. Saying any demographic of people "always" does anything is divisive and inaccurate. I'm sure there are plenty of liberals who don't use their votes that way and plenty of conservative that do.
Think of it as pouting. Since someone else doesn't agree with them, they become upset and stomp their feet, the grown up way
Obama supporters don't "ALWAYS" do anything any more than Obama detractors "always" do anything. Unfortunately, too much political debate degenerates into name calling and strident opinions not supported by facts.
There are more leftists here than Conservatives. Therefore more down votes on Republicans. The comedy is that most Republicans are not Conservatives. They are simply liberal lite.
I don't pay too much attention to the up and down votes. As you say, the votes should be an evaluation of the quality and relevance of the argument being made, not a reflection of the voter's personal opinion. And as the answers below reflect, it happens on both sides of the political spectrum, and your question makes it obvious which side you are on.
Even this question has that same pattern. Look at the answers. The ones who say negative things about Democrats and liberals have negative votes. The ones that say negative things about Republicans/Conservatives have mostly positive votes.
Oh, and just for the record, I am neither Republican, Democrat, Conservative, nor Liberal. I disagree with them all. I am intrigued by the pattern, something in my psychology background, I guess. I do believe in God and Christ, but I am not the typical American Conservative.
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