|Sent on:||Wednesday, September 12, 2012 1:57 PM|
Which method will you use this election?:
Looks: some people vote based on how each candidate looks (body, clothing, grooming,…).
Speeches: some people vote based on how each candidate talks (body language, voice,…) and/or the content of speeches by each candidate (promises made, claims,...).
Genetics: some people vote based on the race, gender or other genetic factor of each candidate.
Lesser of the evils: some people vote based on how each candidate compares relative to the other candidates. There is no way to know who will be the lesser of the evils especially since politicians lie.
“Anybody but” the incumbent: some people vote for someone based on who each candidate is not. Some people are so mad at politician X that they want “anybody but” X. Anybody? Hitler? Stalin? This is a reaction that leads them to vote for anyone except X. Who will be the anybody? Y? This is a vote against X, not for Y. Voting against someone or for a lesser evil is interpreted to be a vote for the person voted for. No one knows why you voted the way you did except you. It is assumed that the politics of the winner is what people voted for.
Many people said in 2008 “anybody but Bush”. Now we have Obama and many people are saying “anybody but Obama.” A vote for a candidate because he/she is not X means that the candidate’s qualifications are ignored. It is a vote against X rather than a vote for a better candidate. It is never a vote for the best candidate. It is a careless, unprincipled and thoughtless conclusion made by anger rather than research of a good replacement candidate. It is a kneejerk reaction that often leads to other kneejerk reactions, sometimes at the voting booth.
Name Fame (also called name recognition, the herd instinct and monkey see, monkey do): many people vote based on how famous/popular each candidate is, but know little to nothing about each candidate. This is why celebrities usually win their first attempt at running for office and why incumbents seldom loose. The media promotes certain candidates with updates, stories and survey polls while ignoring others. The media is a major influence on Name Fame. They basically nominate and elect presidential candidates. Rich candidates can buy lots of advertisements so they usually win elections. The media gets most of this advertising money. Most “swing voters” use this method.
Party: many people vote based on which party each candidate affiliates with. Most partisan voters believe that every candidate of their party is better than any candidate in the “other party” (Ingroup Bias).
Other: some people vote by a flip of a coin, dice, tarot or other cards, Weegie Board, ask someone, a sign from god,…
Results: some people vote based on how each candidate performed while in office (voted, bills signed, programs supported or cancelled, crimes committed,…). This is the most objective and accurate method. Two criteria used by results voters: 1. Getting the results they want regardless of law. or 2. Constitutional compliance. This criterion of this method is the only way to enforce lawful compliance. All of the other methods and criterion are based on emotions.