What Makes You Decide Which Candidates To Vote For?

Did you ever stop to think why people vote for one candidate over another?

Did you ever stop to think why people vote for one candidate over another?

It's a more complex question than you may think.  The answer provides some real insight into how we all view what is important.

Voting for someone based on where they stand on certain issues seems like it might be the biggest reason why someone chooses a candidate.  But in chatting with people of all ages, races and genders, my informal conclusion is that is not the case.

Some of the determining factors for people in voting for a candidate include personality, charisma, where they stand on a single  issue like abortion or the war in Iraq, whether they are male or female, their race, or their political affiliation.

I find this interesting because it helps explain how one voter can look at a candidate and despise him or her while another person thinks that person is the greatest.  We're all looking for different things.

So what are you looking for when you vote for someone.  What's the determining factor for you?

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  • by HCG Location: Eastern NC on Oct 8, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    What do you think? The real issues that make or break (more) the nation. When this country was first established, God was the foundation, and now He's at the very bottom of the totem pole, so to speak, if not under it. We need a leader that absolutely will not condone abortion,OR gay rights and marriage. Abortion is murder. PERIOD! Marriage was made for ONE man and ONE woman. If a candidate doesn't believe that, the don't deserve to even be in the race. We may decide now, but God will judge us later, with these topics as factors.
  • by crystal Location: washington on Sep 12, 2008 at 12:22 PM
    I vote for the lesser of the two evils, whose moral values are more like my own. How I feel about abortion, same sex marriage. I tend to lean towards republican but I am independent so I vote for the best one I think.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Sep 2, 2008 at 10:01 PM
    Dave, I posted part of this on another blog, but here is my answer....I vote Republican for 2 primary reasons (there are others). 1.The Conservatives ALWAYS keep our military strong. Why is that so important? It's important because as long as we stay strong, we can bicker amongst ourselves about the rest of it. If we become weak, someone else may decide to make those decisions for us. Can't or wouldn't happen you say? I am not willing to take that gamble. If we were under the Chinese's government I wouldn't even be able to make this post. 2. Supreme Court Judges. As we all know it is a lifetime appointment. I am tired of the liberal decisions that come from those people. The next President will pick at least 2 if not 3 judges. They will be there along time after the next President is gone unless he picks some that are already very old. I have more, but those are the main 2 reasons I always vote on the RIGHT.
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