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Who Will/Would You Vote For?

Poll closed Nov 6, 2012.
  1. Obama -- I'm an American

    42.1%
  2. Romney -- I'm an American

    21.1%
  3. Obama -- I'm not American

    28.9%
  4. Romney -- I'm not American

    7.9%
  1. Nov 4, 2012 #1

    russ_watters

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    I think we've had this poll before, but for the day before the election, we should have it again. The poll is structured to separate but include both Americans and non-Americans. The poll for Americans can include people eligible to vote and not eligible to vote, such as those who are not registered, not old enough, and felons. Not Americans would include citizens of other countries, including, for example, an Australian who has lived in the US for decades but is not a citizen.

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  3. Nov 4, 2012 #2
    I'm not voting for Obama but if I thought my state was going to be close I would.
     
  4. Nov 4, 2012 #3

    russ_watters

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    Do you mean you aren't voting or that you're voting for a 3rd party candidate?
     
  5. Nov 4, 2012 #4
    I am voting for a 3rd party.
     
  6. Nov 4, 2012 #5

    Pythagorean

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    I'm still not sure whether I'm going to vote 3rd party or Obama or not at all. But of the two choices, it would be Obama.
     
  7. Nov 5, 2012 #6
    I'm leaning towards voting 3rd party.
     
  8. Nov 5, 2012 #7
    I'm going to write in Gingrich/Palin and hope for the coming Mayan apocalypse.
     
  9. Nov 5, 2012 #8

    Ryan_m_b

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    If I were American I'd want to vote 3rd party but for most places that's pretty much a wasted vote so I'd have to vote Obama. The US seems to be a good example of Duverger's law.
     
  10. Nov 5, 2012 #9
  11. Nov 5, 2012 #10
    In the future, I wonder if they will edit the system for conditional votes. i.e. vote for one party in the case that another party does not win.
     
  12. Nov 5, 2012 #11

    Ryan_m_b

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    I totally agree that it shouldn't be and it makes me sick too (my own country really isn't that much better, it has a third significant party but aside from coalitions [two out of three formed due to war] it's always one of two) but I can't vote on principle when I know it's worth nothing. I'd rather stick with tactical voting to keep out the worst parties and jump on voting reform when it comes.
    You mean a form of IRV? I'd take that over FPTP
     
  13. Nov 5, 2012 #12
    I didn't see any third party candidates that I like. I'm considering fourth party candidates now.
     
  14. Nov 5, 2012 #13

    Pythagorean

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    Pros/cons of voting third party anybody?

    Pro: they get more clout, more people to challenge deficiencies that the Republocrat wouldn't bring up.

    Con: Throw away as far as election is concerned. Also, still not sure whether I should go Lib or Green.
     
  15. Nov 5, 2012 #14
    Which is worse? To vote for someone you hope will win and see them lose, or to vote for someone you hope will lose and see them win?
     
  16. Nov 5, 2012 #15

    Ryan_m_b

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    Is a presidential election the right place for a third party vote? Would it be better served to vote for them at a more local level in order to build up support?
     
  17. Nov 5, 2012 #16

    Pythagorean

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    Presidential votes, I understood, give them some power despite not winning; but this is hearsay, I've never actually looked into the policies and rules.

    There's nothing locally that I know for green here, just lib.
     
  18. Nov 5, 2012 #17

    Pythagorean

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    Anyway, I think political diversity is more important than any one candidate winning.
     
  19. Nov 5, 2012 #18

    BobG

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    Being willing to sacrifice a close election by voting 3rd party is the only way the far right and far left can make the mainstreamers in their party pay attention to them.

    At least, that was true before the far right took over the Republican Party. But it's not usually as hard for moderates to defect all the way to the other major party, giving them even more power.
     
  20. Nov 5, 2012 #19
    Obama. Voting for a third party is a bit ridiculous now. I was initially going to vote for Jill Stein, but that would be a waste of time and vote considering she has practically no chance at winning, so Obama will get my vote.
     
  21. Nov 5, 2012 #20

    drizzle

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    I'm interested to know the opinion of that Australian who has lived in the US for decades but is not a citizen.

    :biggrin:
     
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