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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

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I will vote or have voted for the (R) candidate
  5568 votes / 13%
I will vote or have voted for the (D) candidate
  12925 votes / 30%
I will vote or have voted for the (L) candidate
  3276 votes / 7%
I will vote or have voted for another candidate
  1548 votes / 3%
I am a U.S. voter, but choose to abstain
  2645 votes / 6%
I am not a U.S. voter.
  12672 votes / 29%
Cowboy Neal is our man.
  3830 votes / 9%
42464 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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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

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  • Vote (Score:5, Funny)

    by Mitt Romney (2766023) on Friday November 02, 2012 @02:33PM (#41856049)
    For me!
    • Re:Vote (Score:5, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 02, 2012 @02:38PM (#41856133)

      Why not Zoidberg!?

      • Re:Vote (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Krojack (575051) on Friday November 02, 2012 @02:44PM (#41856227)

        Zoidberg is smarter than either of the running candidates. I would vote for him.

        • Either? (Score:5, Funny)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 03, 2012 @07:01AM (#41863487)

          The word either is usually reserved for groups with two members. There are more than just the R candidate and the D candidate running. There's the L candidate, whom I picked because I assumed the letter "L" stood for Lesbians in this case.

          • Up? (Score:4, Funny)

            by camperdave (969942) on Monday November 05, 2012 @01:36AM (#41877605) Journal
            I thought the R and L stood for right and left. D would stand for Down, so I wonder... Why is there no Up candidate?
      • Re:Vote (Score:5, Funny)

        by Alter_3d (948458) on Friday November 02, 2012 @05:31PM (#41858825)

        Why not Zoidberg!?

        Because Bender won [slashdot.org]

    • Re:Vote (Score:5, Funny)

      by jd2112 (1535857) on Friday November 02, 2012 @05:29PM (#41858805)
      Romney is for everyone! he has supported nearly every position on nearly every issue!
    • If you say you'd rather have a "none of the above" option, you have one!

      Go to the polls and check some random non-Dem, non-Rep candidate. Cast your vote and be counted as unwilling to vote for either of the two main stooges.

  • squeaky wheels (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 02, 2012 @02:52PM (#41856345)

    I predict the majority of commenters hate the two main parties, but the majority of responders to this poll will pick one of the two main parties.

    • by Applekid (993327)

      I predict the majority of commenters hate the two main parties, but the majority of responders to this poll will pick one of the two main parties.

      It's a test of the mathematically depressing fact of how first-past-the-post voting always degenerates into two-party rule due to fear.

      • Re:squeaky wheels (Score:4, Interesting)

        by painandgreed (692585) on Friday November 02, 2012 @05:16PM (#41858643)

        I predict the majority of commenters hate the two main parties, but the majority of responders to this poll will pick one of the two main parties.

        It's a test of the mathematically depressing fact of how first-past-the-post voting always degenerates into two-party rule due to fear.

        It has its disadvantages and advantages like every system:

        Disadvantage: Two parties get to fight it out while other viewpoints and fringe ideas never really get brought up and dealt with. The winner, usually feeling they have a mandate because they beat out the only other choice takes actions far beyond what even the people who voted them into office want. Very bipolar partisan factionalism with little cause to form any sort of working together.

        Advantages: The two main parties have to cater to the center mass of people rather than subscribe to fringe viewpoints as if they go too far, the otherside will always win. There is less factionalism, or at least less factions to deal with. Theoretically, the winner does so with a majority and therefore some sort of mandate which gains acceptance and provides for a more stable government.

        • Re:squeaky wheels (Score:5, Insightful)

          by Kjella (173770) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @08:50AM (#41863839) Homepage

          Advantages: The two main parties have to cater to the center mass of people rather than subscribe to fringe viewpoints as if they go too far, the otherside will always win. There is less factionalism, or at least less factions to deal with. Theoretically, the winner does so with a majority and therefore some sort of mandate which gains acceptance and provides for a more stable government.

          What you call an advantage is what I'd call the system's biggest disadvantage. The whole political spectrum is compressed down to a one-dimensional line and the only voters they fight for are the narrow section in the center, most "mainstream" democrats and republicans aren't relevant because they'll never switch sides and voting for anyone else or not voting only weakens "their" side. They can grumble and moan but you know in the end they'll tow the party line because it's better than the other guy winning. And there's no cooperation between the sides unless they're both looking to screw you.

          In our system there's currently seven parties in parliament, two left, three center (left/right-leaning perhaps) and two right and for the most part they do find a majority after the election, like currently both left parties and one center party is in a coalition, it's not really more fancy than each senator wanting their pork. And it obviously matters if the voting distribution is 5% vs 30 % or 15% vs 20%, so each vote matters as you shift from "light red" to "dark red" even though it'll probably still be a red government and the same for blue. That means you have to work for all your voters, because otherwise they're fleeing in all directions.

          The other big point is cooperation, with smaller parties you don't need to have the leftmost liberal Democrat working with the rightmost tea party Republican. Very often you can find a majority center-left, center-right or moderate left-moderate right, the US system is extremely adversarial. Anything one side comes up with, the other side must absolutely hate and totally try to sabotage in every way possible, even by cheap techniques like filibustering. And why not? They don't ever need to cooperate neither now nor later, no reason not to burn bridges. And if you ever get control over both the House and Senate, ram 'em good.

  • Voting for Obama (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Nimey (114278) on Friday November 02, 2012 @03:05PM (#41856533) Homepage Journal

    I'm possibly voting a straight Dem ticket for the first time ever, because while I'm not really a fan of the Dems, the Republicans are a menace and must be stopped.

    • by siphonophore (158996) on Friday November 02, 2012 @05:02PM (#41858451)

      I'm voting R because *fingers crossed* Romney was blowing smoke throughout the primaries and will return to his roots: a pragmatic administer pursuing data-driven solutions. And take the party with him.

  • by rgmoore (133276) <glandauer@charter.net> on Friday November 02, 2012 @04:12PM (#41857723) Homepage
    Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos!
  • by edibobb (113989) on Friday November 02, 2012 @05:00PM (#41858429) Homepage
    Don't forget! Go to the polls and vote for the candidates of my choice.
  • by RevSpaminator (1419557) on Friday November 02, 2012 @05:05PM (#41858499)
    You can vote Ultra-Conservative! Restore the authority of the nobility and return the colonies to their rightful owner. Vote Tory 2012! God Save The Queen! :)
    • by petes_PoV (912422)
      I wouldn't think Her Maj would want the colonies back. Not unless they settle their <however many> TRILLION dollar debts first.
    • by Sponge Bath (413667) on Sunday November 04, 2012 @08:42AM (#41871659)

      ...return the colonies to their rightful owner.

      Too late for that, most of them were exterminated during the colonization.

      • ...return the colonies to their rightful owner.

        Too late for that, most of them were exterminated during the colonization.

        Do you mean by the colonization efforts by new tribes entering the area?

        If I recall, native american tribes weren't just having one big love-fest when Scandinavians and later Europeans arrived.

  • by gestalt_n_pepper (991155) on Friday November 02, 2012 @06:28PM (#41859505)

    Which is a tough call these days.

    • Just like you say, when I realized I didn't like either candidate, I first thought: Hey who do I dislike less? Then I first thought of the Simpsons. Go ahead, vote for a third candidate, you're just throwing your vote away.

      Then I thought,"Congress is at an all time low of approval rating. If enough people "threw their vote away" on third party candidates, it would be a signal, that the both the candidates are disliked. Maybe if they have a low approval rating, they will just lame duck and not screw stuf
  • by DodgeRules (854165) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @12:23AM (#41862339)

    Unfortunately, it isn't who you vote for, it is who do you vote against? I seriously feel that a lot of people aren't actually voting FOR a candidate because they like him or her. They vote for the candidate that has the best chance of beating the one they don't want to win.

  • by Nidi62 (1525137) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @10:16AM (#41864193)
    Republicans want to control the bedroom, Democrats want to control the bank account. That's why I am voting third party.
  • by Endo13 (1000782) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @11:34AM (#41864657)

    When the options are equivalent to choosing whether to eat cat shit or dog shit, I will choose neither.

  • Green Party (Score:5, Interesting)

    by darpo (5213) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @11:57AM (#41864819) Homepage
    My state shows a 98.7% chance* of voting Obama, and I don't like Obama**, so I took the opportunity to vote 3rd party for the first time in my life.

    * http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/ [nytimes.com]

    ** Failed to close Guantanamo, increased raids on MJ dispensaries, watered-down healthcare act... he makes Clinton look liberal!
  • by beachdog (690633) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @01:50PM (#41865727) Journal

    The PBS Newshour for example has carefully ignored reporting the substance of the 3rd political party and 4th political party presidential campaign rhetoric.

    The public loss is neither of the candidates of the big two parties has been forced to acknowledge the awful problems with America and global warming, private debt, public debt and foreign policy or foreign conflict. We are a nation with presidential candidates saying America is great while the ocean inundates New York City.

    The rhetoric the big two candidates have adopted is "gladhanding" where you say nice things that Americans love hear said and carefully avoid saying anything that can be used by the other candidate to peel away any voting constituency.

    The benefit of the third and fourth party candidates is they have been speaking truth to power. But the careful studied non-coverage of their rhetoric and the substance underlying it has prevented the national political dialogue from developing the depth and conviction to move ahead with changes, reform and humanity necessary to save the planet from a looming century of environmental change or degradation.

  • by Lawrence_Bird (67278) on Sunday November 04, 2012 @12:11PM (#41872753) Homepage

    Unless power is restored in the next 24 hours I will miss voting for the first time due to Sandy and the need to evac to find not just electricity, but heat. Those left behind (or with generators) may be forced to cast provisional ballots anyways as the BOE doesn't appear to have any concept of what to do if the electricity is out.

  • Hey Abstainers (Score:5, Interesting)

    by assertation (1255714) on Sunday November 04, 2012 @12:32PM (#41872897)

    The next President may have the opportunity to appoint 3 Supreme Court justices.

    Voting has never taken me more than 30 minutes. Over four years that is 7 1/2 minutes a year for a better life and a better country.

    Please vote.

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir

 



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