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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

Do you feel voters are informed ?

Do you actually think your average person who votes is well informed and understands where all the parties stand on the issues of common debate, allowing them to make an educated decision ?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Bush is president.

    Must I say more?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    YES! If they were informed about issues and not just the crap on youtube, they would realize that Hillary & the other Democrats are so far to the left that they are taking away our rights.

    It is sad when you have an ignorant person, that sounded totally serious, say he would vote for Hillary because he wanted to be "part of history" when we elect a female president. This KID cares about gender, not the character & beliefs of a horrible candidate.

    Many voters listen to the 30 second ad or sound bites and think they are being told the truth. For example, Hillary has an ad showing her doing so much for people after 9/11. She was at ground zero with a mask on. She cared.

    Truth is she was only there a few times while Rudy was there several times a day. She is pulling at America's heart strings with the pictures of destruction and she did nothing. I think the ad is insulting but people believe what they are told.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Not only are they not informed, they are basically uneducated when it comes to Political Science and the different elements.

    One responder argued that the War in Iraq WAS legal.. That told me several things: 1) They don't know or understand the Constitution 2) They don't know or understand how Congress works 3) They aren't reading factual information....but getting half-arsed info from here! He even went so far as to cite Wikipedia on Congress's War RESOLUTION.. which he didn't understand, because it's NOT a Declaration of War. Totally having no clue...

    How can anyone that doesn't know or understand the above, be an educated, informed voter?

    They THINK they like the Republican party, because they have heard it said Republicans don't want higher taxes for Health Insurance. Ok, good...no higher taxes. Wrong. Just because we don't get higher taxes for Health, doesn't mean we won't get higher taxes. Where in the hell is the money coming from to finance this war, next year, the year after...and so on? I've heard Bush say 2013!!!Now, please, I may have a bad memory, correct me if Im wrong on that date!(Ive since heard several dates, the actual has yet to be released, I feel!) Oh wait....it's not a War, it's an illegal police action---Congress never declared a War. ONLY Congress can Declare War..oh, but you knew that, right?

    If you think you can get accurate information from this site, and you think it's enough to make a decision... Please, don't vote.

    This site is about opinions, not facts.. but don't take my word, do some real research, please! :)

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  • Joe S
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    No. While most people then go on to berate the average voter, I'd like to give a more thought out reason why this tends to be the case.

    The reason is based upon "rational ignorance" [1].

    In a nutshell, most people have better things to do. They work jobs. They have families. They have hobbies. The cost that they perceive to become informed outweighs the benefits they derive from doing other things.

    On the face of it all, this is a good thing. We're generally prosperous. People are (in general) content to let the rest of the world go. True, they may perceive some problems. They do a little token study (as their "civic duty"). All in all though, life is good. Why worry [2]?

    The problem is on the other side. Politicians and those who seek favors from them have powerful incentives to use elections to their own benefit. Their self-serving actions are detrimental to the average person. In time, it could be disastrous. But the average person simply cannot be expected to put forth anywhere near the effort to uncover wrong-doing than the effort put forth by those actually doing wrong.

    The follow-up question (if you accept my explanation) is to ask, "Given the assymetry in incentives, is it rational to organize society to such a great extent upon elections?" I'll leave this as a question for further thought.

    Source(s): [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_ignorance [2] Even today, more people are deeply concerned about the world around them. But they still have kids to feed and other things to do.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No. Look at the average person here who claims they are informed. They either think Bush is a moron, or liberals America haters, or republicans are sexual deviants ect. They are Republican or Democratic fanboys, and their party can do no wrong regardless of anything. Most people lean one way or the other, but to blindly follow your party makes you uneducated. I vote for same party the majority of the time, although in some cases I agree with the candidate on the other side better. I vote the way I do because of the candidates I have a choice of voting for, one of them usually has opinions more closely matching mine. If all I did was listen to Rush Limbaugh, or Air America I am not informed, I listen to both sides, and read media in the middle. The only thing I won't listen to are wackos like Alex Jones and the such.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No.

    Most voters vote for a particular party affiliate and don't take the time to learn about the position that their candidate takes on most - or any- issues.

    This is why the democrats are so opposed to having photo IDs checked at the polls. This way they can continue to bus voters in to vote for the democratic ticket w/o even having to prove citizenship is this country.

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  • HP
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Not at all, examine some the questions and answers in this forum, so many are woefully uninformed and grossly misinformed. To be truly well informed a person must put forth the effort to seek and absorb information from a wide variety of sources and most people are just not willing or able to do this.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, not at all.. It's so unfortunate this is the elections, the next person we elect decides the most important issues of the country.. but people only see republican and democrat..If they actually bothered to check the issues.. they would see they have to look at each candidate as individuals

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The average American is less than well-informed...the "average" voter is probably somewhat informed (it's a much smaller group) but their information is sometimes limited to "X is pro-life", "Y is pro-choice" and they make their decisions with less than complete information.

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  • 3 years ago

    nicely certainly the two r pathatics or maybe tho im not american i heavily want that Obama wins he in basic terms has greater effective innovations factors way of speech . additionally what i like approximately obama not mccain is he grew up as detrimental youngster so as that could make him reallly get excitement from detrimental ppl and wont forget to donate to them and help them if he'd b a president . additionally which will " erase " each and every of the rasisim in this worldwide additionally To " dfadskfjasdkl " the dude under : Obama aint muslim , his dad is muslim yet he converted to christianty long term in the past . additionally whether he grew to become into muslim dontcha think of it fairly is rasist what u've stated like GEEEEEZ improve up ppl .

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  • 1 decade ago

    Look at who is in office. Not just the White House, but in Congress too. If people were informed, then the same crap would not keep getting reelected.

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