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Favorite U.S. Political Party

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Republican
  2138 votes / 9%
Democratic
  4899 votes / 21%
Libertarian
  4841 votes / 20%
Green
  2771 votes / 11%
Americans Elect
137 votes / 0%
Constitution
  775 votes / 3%
Whig
  1624 votes / 7%
I like any kind of party
  5937 votes / 25%
23122 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • Oh come on (Score:3, Insightful)

    by artor3 (1344997) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @12:08PM (#41796941)

    Are the editors even trying to hide their flamebait/clickbait tendencies anymore?

  • Depends (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 28, 2012 @12:23PM (#41797033)

    Favorite party as in I agree more or less with their philosophy...
    or
    Favorite party as in I love to grab a big bucket of popcorn and watch them do/say something incredibly stupid...

  • Useful poll (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 28, 2012 @12:26PM (#41797059)

    Because now I'll know what percentage of the comments to dislike.

  • Pirate? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by tylikcat (1578365) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @12:28PM (#41797063)

    I mean really, this is Slashdot - how can we ignore the pirates?

  • Dems vs Reps (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 28, 2012 @12:37PM (#41797127)

    Dem: Do what you want in the bedroom, but we call the shots on your money.
    Rep: Do what you want with your money, but we call the shots in your bedroom.

  • Re:Dems vs Reps (Score:5, Insightful)

    by pitchpipe (708843) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @12:44PM (#41797187)

    Rep: Do what you want with your money (if you're rich), but we call the shots in your bedroom (if you're poor).

    FTFY

  • Missing option (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Kittown (1195605) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @12:51PM (#41797237)
    none of the above
  • Re:Dems vs Reps (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 28, 2012 @02:06PM (#41797773)
    Today I learned that the difference between doing what I want with my money and somebody calling the shots on my money is a couple percentage points on the top income tax bracket...which is strange since I'm a long ways away from the top income tax bracket.
  • Re:Dems vs Reps (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cheekyjohnson (1873388) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @02:11PM (#41797831)

    And both of them seem to want draconian copyright laws, the TSA, the Patriot Act, and all that other fun stuff.

  • by Kenshin (43036) <kenshin@lunarworksFREEBSD.ca minus bsd> on Sunday October 28, 2012 @02:32PM (#41798009) Homepage

    What I find funny about Anarchists/Libertarians is that if true Anarchy came they'd probably be the first ones to get pwned by roving gangs of thugs.

    Being a skinny street punk or obnoxious capitalist won't save you from that.

  • Re:Depends (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fbjon (692006) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @02:50PM (#41798157) Homepage Journal

    Are they necessarily different? Consider, hypothetically:

    "Republican in principle but holy fuck what happened with them!?"

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 28, 2012 @03:00PM (#41798217)

    Democrats will become the new Stalinists.

    Ha ha ha ha ha...

    Dumbest thing I have read in a while. Democrats are the right-wing of the corporate party. Republicans are the far-right, proto-fascist wing of the corporate party. There is no "left" in the Democratic party or the fucking country for that matter.

    You need to turn off the right-wing hate radio, and look around at reality a bit.

    There is no political representation of the left in this country at all. Obama is to the right of Nixon, as was Clinton. Facts. Not a bunch of propaganda by far-right blowhards talking out their asses.

    Love that the far-right complains about Obama's health insurance company bailout plan, aka Obama Care. Which is the same damn thing as Romney Care. Which is the same fucking thing as the far-right Heritage foundation came up with in the 90s. The health insurance co bailout plan is a right-wing initiative. Hell it is a right-wing wet dream come true. Forcing folks to pay money to private entities under penalty of law. Couldn't get more true right-wing ideology than that.

    This country is descending into fascism. And it is ignorant who are paving the way.

  • by NicBenjamin (2124018) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @03:26PM (#41798387)

    Of course "have resources" is a relative phrase, which means that income inequality is incompatible with sustaining a libertarian government, yet libertarianism explicitly promotes that inequality. That's why Libertarianism is totally untried as a form of government. They sometimes claim the US pre-Civil War, but the US pre-Civil War was a slave-holding country. The government was technically Libertaran in the sense that the official Federal government was not officially oppressing anybody, but that doesn't mean South Carolina was freer in 1850 then Moscow was in 1950.

    Libertarians really do not understand that the greatest threat to freedom is not the US Army, it's your neighbors. To remain a free country the US Military has too have the power to intervene in private disputes. Which means taxes, the ability to break up huge concentrations of wealth (otherwise Bill Gates could hire his own army and beat the Feds), a welfare state that ensures everyone has the ability to ask the courts for help, etc.

  • Re:Missing option (Score:5, Insightful)

    by arth1 (260657) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @03:29PM (#41798409) Homepage Journal

    And why isn't the American Communist Party there?
    Or anything else to the left of global moderate?

    Has the person setting up the poll been so thoroughly indoctrinated that he only sees shades of blue, and consider the greens the far left?

  • Re:1st vote? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by tuxgeek (872962) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @03:50PM (#41798571)
    Political discussion is an activity for fools. It's like arguing which brand of anal lube or who's servant of satan is better.
    Personally, I prefer the ostrich approach and find my world a much better place than that of those pissing and moaning over a world barreling down the rails, out of control, and no one competent at the wheel. Life is good!
  • by MindlessAutomata (1282944) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @04:40PM (#41798893)

    Then what use if the word "libertarian" if it's so flexible it can mean just about...anyone?

  • Re:They all suck (Score:5, Insightful)

    by amiga3D (567632) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @04:42PM (#41798913)

    In this highly politically charged environment no one seems to have a sense of humor anymore. Strange since we have two clowns running for President.

  • by MindlessAutomata (1282944) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @04:52PM (#41798971)

    >When I asked how would things like fire departments and libraries run in a liberatiran country they could never tell me and they would accuse me of being inflammatory.

    I'm not a libertarian, but what? Who did you even talk to? They don't always have specific answers for fire (but then again they are not proposing administrative systems top-down do they do not need a single one to settle on) but they do have answers and their answer for libraries is obvious enough from their beliefs--fund it like any other system, like Blockbuster did for movies or what have you.

    I will say one thing, the left (I am not left, no, but I am not right either--I don't really believe in anything, having given up on ideology and saving the world and stuff) always touts libraries and universities as the hallmark of civilizations but libraries are frequently under-used as it is (increasingly less so in this digital age so the appeal is more increasingly of aesthetics and signaling to other liberals) and universal university education just means yet another step on the ladder to get a job as degrees have become increasingly devalued for most fields--and for the cases that aren't, once people start filling up those fields, they too will be over saturated. All that talk about needing to be well-educated to be a good citizen is just that, talk, it is a means to instill one ideology over another (what is a "good citizen" anyway, who decides that?) knowledge has nothing to do with moral OPINIONS anyway, and well-educated people will still go ahead and deny human-caused climate change and what have you.

    I will say something in the libertarian's defense--they are not positing top-down systems but a more organic system grown bottoms-up so the true ideological libertarian's motivation is not something greed-based. The libertarian's ideology is individualistic but believes true just governance is a sort of emergent process, so whenever I hear the left talk about libertarians just being rich or spoiled without understanding the basis of their ideology (however naive or unrealistic it may or not may not) makes me question the supposed intellectual superiority they claim to have in online debates since their entire approach is a strawman designed to make them feel morally superior from the onset.

    For my part I think the libertarian view sounds aesthetically pleasing, but, as horrible as a world where the gods exist and DEMAND blood sacrifice, it may simply not be feasible with common human stock. That won't change the libertarian's view though, even if they agree, because they do not believe that just rule emerges out of collective agreement of society on imposing on the individual or that government "just is" a true moral authority.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 28, 2012 @04:54PM (#41798983)

    What use is any label, in that case? Republicans can be pro-choice, for instance. You don't have to agree with everything your political party does, you know.

  • Re:Depends (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fustakrakich (1673220) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @05:01PM (#41799025) Journal

    They were pawned by the dixiecrats that jumped ship after the passage of the civil rights act in '64, which would not have passed were it not for many republicans in congress that voted for it. LBJ said, "There goes the South for a generation." when he signed it. Those same dixiecrats are what gave us the "Southern Strategy" during Nixon's campaign. All this is popular folklore. What really happened is that big business took more direct control of both sides to ensure that one or the other always remained in power for their benefit.

  • Re:1st vote? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 28, 2012 @08:37PM (#41800281)

    Your administration is not liberal.

  • by caballew (2725281) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @09:36PM (#41800571)
    The Democratic party is not liberal unless liberal doesn't mean supporting the liberties and rights of its citizens and I mean real people not corporations. The current administration makes Bush's administration look left-leaning.
  • Re:Depends (Score:5, Insightful)

    by caballew (2725281) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @09:42PM (#41800599)

    What really happened is that big business took more direct control of both sides to ensure that one or the other always remained in power for their benefit.

    This hits the nail on the head.

  • Fascism (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Demena (966987) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @11:50PM (#41801193)
    If you look at the definitions the U.S.A has been a fascist state for a long time. By the dictionary definition anyway.
  • When I asked how would things like fire departments and libraries run in a liberatiran country they could never tell me

    Really? Not a single one of them was able to point out to you that early U.S. fire departments and libraries were privately organized and funded? That there are still private fire departments and libraries in existence in the U.S. right now?
    I agree, you apparently don't talk to many actual libertarians.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:03AM (#41801617)
    Except that the only things modern States seem interested in doing are disenfranchising and violating the rights of individuals, plus trivial local things the USG doesn't care about like police and fire. "State's rights" has just become (or perhaps always was) a code word for a local majority trying to violate the Bill of Rights for some local minority and telling the country-wide majority to "butt out." USG protecting the right of the individual from the overreaching state is not "big government."
  • Re:1st vote? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 29, 2012 @08:30AM (#41802907)

    The current administration may be more liberal than the party who keep saying rapebabies are God's will, but they're not left of center. If the ultraconservatives are -10 and liberals are 10, the Obama administration is like a -7.5.

  • Re:Useful poll (Score:4, Insightful)

    by RazorSharp (1418697) on Monday October 29, 2012 @11:21AM (#41804713)

    I think it also needs to be taken into consideration that the majority of those who clicked 'libertarian' on the poll will vote Republican in the election. The Republican party is more a coalition of anti-Democrats than a coalition formed around a common political philosophy. They get the evangelicals by playing on their opposition to abortion, homosexuality, marijuana, etc. They get the libertarians by playing on their opposition to socialism/Rawlsian economics. The sad thing is that the power brokers who fight to keep this coalition intact do so to achieve objectives that aren't particularly helpful to either of these groups: corporate welfare (sorry libertarians) and actively trying to make criminals of the poor by limiting their opportunities so the police/prison systems have livestock to deal with (sorry Christian values).

    Yeah, those evangelicals aren't likely to hang out around /., but very few of those 'libertarians' put their vote where their mouth is. Also, the libertarians around here are by far the most vocal group when it comes to discussing politics, but their rants usually conclude that it's best to vote Republican.

  • Re:Dems vs Reps (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Zordak (123132) on Monday October 29, 2012 @11:37AM (#41804963) Homepage Journal
    Democrats want to spend my tax money on buying votes. Republicans on the other hand want to spend my tax money on buying votes from totally different people. Sorry to burst your bubble.
  • by RazorSharp (1418697) on Monday October 29, 2012 @12:07PM (#41805537)

    This type of apathy is why Big Money runs the country. The funny thing is the people who spout this idea tend to be those who know the least when it comes to politics. It's a convenient excuse to be ignorant: "Oh, why should I learn about these politicians and their policies when they're all just the same?"

    Like it or not, but the things our congresscritters do have matter. You know one of the difference between Big Money and no money? People with big money vote. People who work for oil companies vote. People who work for the military-industrial complex vote. People who think that embryos are a precious life form the government is ethically bound to protect vote.

    Yet it's the people who are most victimized by these policies that say, "Oh, gee, these forces are so insurmountable that my vote doesn't count for shit. It's raining today and the voting booth is a whole mile away and since my vote doesn't matter anyway, I'm going to jerk off and watch reality TV instead."

    When you encourage this type of apathy you're part of the problem. Stop being part of the problem and do something constructive instead, such as encouraging people to vote.

  • by ArsonSmith (13997) on Monday October 29, 2012 @01:22PM (#41807019) Journal

    Of course I am a Libertarian, not to induce some kind of Libertarian Utopia over night; or even ever, but to do my part in shifting the current government from the liberal totalitarian nannystate direction it is headed into and move to a more Liberty based conservative smaller live and let live direction I'd like it to be moving in.

  • Re:Oh come on (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ackthpt (218170) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:24PM (#41808227) Homepage Journal

    Are the editors even trying to hide their flamebait/clickbait tendencies anymore?

    Grow up.

    These are just fun, meaningless polls. Nobody really expects anything meaninful from the results because people who respond do so for any of the following reasons:

    • They're actually honest.
    • They're dishonest and want to skew the poll
    • They're 'avin' a larf and side with Cowboy Neal every time
    • They pick the least likely just to boost it a bit
    • They have bad eyesight and thought they were bidding on ebay
    • They want you to think you know what they want but really they want something else and are hoping you'll fall for their bait
    • They have 100 fake logins and are trolling
    • They have 100 fake logins and are voting by some reasoned distribution so the poll will look like it's more meaningful than it is.
    • Variations on any conbination of the above.
    • Cowboy Neal has it all rigged anyway.
  • by Behrooz (302401) on Monday October 29, 2012 @09:01PM (#41812859)

    Actually, one of the first acts of the Obama administration was ordering the closure of Gitmo [cnn.com], ordering military interrogations to return to the policies in the Army Field Manual pre-Bush, and shutting down Bush's secret overseas torture centers. However, the authority of the Executive branch is limited by the United States Constitution, making it possible for Congress to delay funding allocated to move prisoners until the Republican majority elected in 2010 passed legislation making it unlawful to move the remaining prisoners to either the US or other countries [guardian.co.uk].

    The continued travesty of Gitmo is on Congress, the truly impressive part is how many effective measures Obama has put in place [typepad.com] despite massive willful obstruction from the Legislative branch.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.

 



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