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News The 2011 presidential election poll

  1. Obama

    40 vote(s)
    71.4%
  2. Romney

    12 vote(s)
    21.4%
  3. Santorum

    8 vote(s)
    14.3%
  4. Gingrich

    3 vote(s)
    5.4%
  5. Perry

    7 vote(s)
    12.5%
  6. Paul

    10 vote(s)
    17.9%
  7. Huntsman

    5 vote(s)
    8.9%
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  1. Oct 30, 2011 #1
    Let's start the election early. Our system doesn't give us the opportunity to cast a no vote unfortunately so this poll essentially will. You can vote yes for as many candidates as you want that you think you could actually vote for. Obviously you may not be an Obama fan but you might vote for him depending on who was running against him, and verse vica.

    I probably missed someone but I think I caught who the actual candidates will be. I threw a couple more dems in for heck of it.
     
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  3. Oct 30, 2011 #2
    I voted for everyone except Obama.:wink:
     
  4. Oct 30, 2011 #3

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    Dang, somehow it registered a Gore vote from me...totally unintentional, I would not vote for him.
     
  5. Oct 30, 2011 #4

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    What's the point of multiple votes? Selecting everyone doesn't show anything. Heck, I could add my dog, he might win.

    Fixed.

    Why is Gore up there?
     
  6. Oct 30, 2011 #5

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    It's fitting in a way. I'm sure a lot of voters in Palm Beach, FL didn't really intend to vote for Pat Buchanon.

    I'm sure Gore would consider winning an informal poll in PF a fair trade for losing FL in the 2000 election. :rofl:

    In fact, I wish I'd read your post before I voted, because I would have tossed in a Gore vote, too, just to make him feel better.
     
  7. Oct 30, 2011 #6

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    It's actually a valid voting system that provides a better chance of electing a candidate most voters like than the current system. Voting for only one candidate means your second choice for Pres receives no votes from you, and means he ties with the candidate you hate the most. It's possible to elect a candidate that a majority of voters despise if people split their vote among several candidates almost everyone likes.

    In other words, 70% of voters could like candidates A, B, and C, while 70% of voters would vote for your dog before they vote for candidate D. Still, if A, B, and C split that 70%, the 30% that actually do like candidate D would win.

    In fact, my district had a primary election like that, with 6 candidates. By time the low turnout for a primary election was split in a close 6-way election, an absolutely horrible candidate won the nomination with a little over 5,000 votes in a district where the Republican is virtually guaranteed to win, no matter how bad (of course, this particular candidate was so bad, he barely won out over the Democrat in a district where the Democratic Party is practically non-existent).

    Religious conservatives were able to push him over the top, in spite of him being more qualified than only one candidate (the candidate who's main campaign slogan was that he was the brother of Paul Bremer, the guy that ran Iraq reconstruction immediately after the invasion).
     
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  8. Oct 30, 2011 #7

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    So true, Bob. That's why we have "Governor" Paul LePage. The Tea Party candidate got in because people split between Libby Mitchell and Elliott Cutler (both acceptable choices, IMO).
     
  9. Oct 30, 2011 #8

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    Fixed.

    Why is Gore up there?[/QUOTE]

    Election fraud!!! I demand a full investigation of this!!!
     
  10. Oct 30, 2011 #9
    Election fraud!!! I demand a full investigation of this!!![/QUOTE]

    :rofl:
     
  11. Oct 30, 2011 #10

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    Pull down your grampy-glasses and pretend to inspect holes in punch-cards so that Scotus can appoint a new president. That's the stuff that third-world countries are made of.
     
  12. Oct 30, 2011 #11
    I don't believe for a second that Hillary wouldn't beat Obama in a PF election.
     
  13. Oct 30, 2011 #12

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    no Bachmann, Romney, or Palin please.

    Don't know enough about or don't care enough about the rest.

    Can I write myself in?
     
  14. Oct 30, 2011 #13

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    Since our country is silly enough to vote for Bush twice in a row, we might as well let Obama play in his sandbox more. I mean, this whole politics thing is a joke anyway.
     
  15. Oct 30, 2011 #14
    I sincerely hope nobody agrees with you about letting Obama continue to play in his political sandbox.
     
  16. Oct 30, 2011 #15

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    Would you prefer Bachmann, Perry, or Romney? If so why? There isn't a single GOP candidate that has a plan (even a clue!) that passes the straight-face test, IMO. When party politics trumps common sense, we all lose.
     
  17. Oct 30, 2011 #16
    Why don't you enlighten us - compare Romney to Obama - background, experience, accomplishments, ideology - please?

    Btw turbo - did you miss this?
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...jobs-economy/2011/09/06/gIQAMUWl6J_story.html

    "The far-reaching economic plan that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney put forward on Tuesday relies heavily on the premise that reviving the economy depends on getting the government out of the way of corporations.

    Romney’s prescription for the country’s ailing economy includes overhauling federal tax, regulatory, trade and energy policies. His is a collection of business-friendly ideas that fit neatly within the mainstream of the Republican Party, with a few innovative proposals sprinkled throughout, namely tougher stances on China and labor unions."
     
  18. Oct 30, 2011 #17

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    Thank you o:)!
     
  19. Oct 30, 2011 #18
    The Anybody-But-Obama crowd is vocal but honestly most of the Republican candidates don't fill me with any optimism whatsoever. Ron Paul is the only one I'd consider voting for over Obama since he seems genuine in his beliefs (not just a typical politician pandering for votes like Romney) and he seems willing to really shake things up. Potentially destructive, I know, but I'm in favor of that rather than business as usual.
     
  20. Oct 30, 2011 #19

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    I really don't care one way or the other; everybody that gets to presidency has to pat the back's of people who helped him get there. A second term president stands more of a chance of having been freed from those binds, having had longer to repay their creditors; not that I'd vote on that basis... I won't ever vote again honestly.

    I don't think "Anybody but Obama" is a particularly rational stance. No matter how many statistics you dig up and interpret. It's too easy to draw your own conclusions while talking social science. And that's the point... none of us know what we're talking about unless we're actually in the scene. I'm skeptical of anyone who thinks they know n candidates so well that n is always better than a single candidate. It's just statistically unlikely, especially as n grows.

    And if someone is "in the scene" then they're no doubt going to be vying for the people they have good relationships with and vying against the ones they don't, so I would trust them even less.
     
  21. Oct 30, 2011 #20
    If you were seeking a solution to a specific problem and the first experiment was implemented exactly as planned and failed - would you repeat the failed experiment or try something different?
     
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