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Do political endorsements influence how you vote?

Response Percent Votes
84% 480
15% 86
Total 566


Belinda Rehmer 7 years, 11 months ago

I can not say yes or no. Political candidate endorsements, or political party endorsements not necessarily, but some some group endorsements do. If it is a group I admire or am part of, I will listen to their opinion. However, my personal research/knowledge will ultimately play the biggest role in my decision. And I do take voting seriously. Especially the local/state elections where my vote counts most.

Jimo 7 years, 10 months ago

Of course they do. Heck, ads for Pace picante sauce influence people. It's why billions are pored into advertising.

Practicality 7 years, 10 months ago

To answer the question, yes it does.

It usually results in me voting the opposite.

beatrice 7 years, 10 months ago

So you and Verdad vote for people who have no form of endorsment at all? Is that even possible? I mean, everybody has some form of endorsment, even if you haven't been made aware of it.

Practicality 7 years, 10 months ago

No beatrice,

I vote for what the candidate says about issues, what the candidate does, and what the candidate did in the past. I do not blindly follow what any individual says. I more frequently than not, unfortunately, hold our elected officials in disdain, so when someone I do not particularly care for endorses someone, I follow the safe course and vote the opposite.

I take it from your post you just vote for whoever someone else tells you to. How is that working out for you?

beatrice 7 years, 10 months ago

How again does this indicate I vote based on what someone else says? What I said is that EVERY candidate has someone endorsing him or her. It is impossible to vote for someone who has no endorsements of any kind. If every candidate gets someone's endoresement and you claim to vote against people who get endorsed by others, then that means you either weren't being honest or you aren't voting. That is what I said.

Now, I don't vote based on what someone tells me, but you apparently do -- just in the opposite direction. Someone says "vote Jones" and if you don't like this personality, it will be enough to make you vote "Smith." Hardly what I would call voting on the issues. So how exactly is that working out for you?

Practicality 7 years, 10 months ago

Hmmmm, silly me. I made the mistake of reading the ENTIRE question. I was answering the "Do POLITICAL endorsements. . . . . . " and I was making an apparently failed attempt at humor.

You on the other hand, just chose to discuss whatever question is in your mind. I understand your confusion now.

Verdad 7 years, 10 months ago

No, I vote on what candidate's record says about the issues. Ifthere is no record, I vote based on what the candidate says. A political endorsement from a national figure is more likely to contain baggage that will disqualify someone instead of enhance them.

Janet Lowther 7 years, 10 months ago

Endorsements are as likely to affect my vote negatively as positively, maybe more so.

If the endorser represents politics as usual, I figure it's probably a good reason to vote for someone else.

If the endorser represents the politics of obstruction, it is a really good reason to vote for someone else.

If an issue advocacy organization endorses a candidate, I'll consider it. (Assuming I support the issue!)

Flap Doodle 7 years, 10 months ago

Worth repeating: What do Arlen Specter, Jon Corzine, Creigh Deeds, Martha Coakley, Kwame Kilpatrick, and Rod Blagojevich have in common? They all received the endorsement of Dear Leader while they were running for office. Specter, Corzine, Deeds and Coakley were defeated at the polls. Rod Blagojevich won his election and became governor of Illinois. He was later impeached and removed from office. Kwame Kilpatrick became the mayor of Detroit. He is currently in prison for various felony-level corruption offences.

beatrice 7 years, 10 months ago

Who is "Dear Leader"? While I am sure you would appreciate a government made up of only a single, ultra-conservative party, but that isn't the system we have. We have elections, and our "leaders" are simply elected officials, nothing "Dear" about that.

Why do you hate elections?

Or are you just a sore loser? (Yes, the questions are rhetorical. We know the answer. Your record is broken and you are nothing but a sore loser.)

beatrice 7 years, 10 months ago

No. Endorsements don't sway my opinion ... unless it is by someone really famous.

Mike Hatch 7 years, 10 months ago

Not unless the endorsement is given by Rula Lenska.

staff04 7 years, 10 months ago

Not generally--in most cases, endorsements tell me much more about the endorsing organization than they do the candidates.

puddleglum 7 years, 10 months ago

of course not, unless they are giving me money or land to rent to wal-mart or promising me my very own stop light along busy 6th st so i don't have to wait that extra 30 seconds for a gap in the cars so I can pull out and make my way to work-everybody else can stop and rot at that light for all I care. :o

Jimo 7 years, 10 months ago

"it sure was seen that way by libs and Dems when he called the 06 mid terms and 08 elections to a "T".

Remember: this is the same group the earlier this month released a poll showing that among Kansas 18-29 year olds 100 percent strongly disapprove of the President!

RoeDapple 7 years, 10 months ago

Here Tom, the Real Clear Politics site gives an average approval rate of the top six number cruncher surveys.

As of today, Rasmussen at 47%, but overall average of the six listed is 45.7%

Verdad 7 years, 10 months ago

The more interesting number is the generic congressional ballot.

RCP Average 7/13 - 7/28 -- 45.8 41.0 Republicans +4.8

This historically understates the Republican votes. This could be the biggest sweep since 1947.

estespark 7 years, 10 months ago

Yes, because without Tiahrt's advertisements I would not have a negative opinion of Moran (and vice versa).

My name is estespark and I approve this comment.

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