Since this could get debate-y and it is political, I begin it where it is most likely to end up.
Here are the questions, and all questions refer to national elections (president, senator and house of reps):
[li] Do you vote straight party, or do you have individual issues in mind and vote according to each candidates stance on those issues?[/li]
[li] If your vote is issue-oriented, what are the top 3-5 issues that determine who you will vote for in national elections? Please try to give a thumbnail sketch of the issue position your support, i.e. “The economy” is terribly vague. “I vote for the candidate who believes in less regulation on business, which I believe permits it to thrive, and therefore increases the general wealth and my personal wealth.” or “Crime” - again, vague. I’m looking more for “I vote for the candidate that seems to be tougher on crime, which I agree with. I’m motivated to support candidates that support harsher laws and the death penalty.” or whatever.[/li]
[li] Do you find that even though you are voting based on issues, you end up voting the party ticket anyway?[/li]
[li] What are your 3 most-relied upon sources for political information/national news?[/li]
[li] Do you actively participate in any of the major religions? (“major” denotes numbers [and the sons of Abraham, right? ]: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - and I am not asking for which one.)[/li][/ul]
I offer a sincere thank-you in advance to everyone who chooses to share their information.
And I will get the ball rolling by answering the questions myself:
[li] I vote issues, but when it comes to prez, I limit myself to the two major parties since I know they are the only ones with a prayer of getting elected. I am more willing to vote the lesser parties for the Congress.[/li]
[li] [/li]1) The Environment, above all else. I’m a passionate believer that the preservation and care of the natural world is the most important issue our species faces, and that we have a sacred duty to care for the earth and her creatures, for itself and for humanity. All the other issues that come up in politics are by their nature temporary. Environmental choices we make could end up influencing the state of the planet for centuries to come, even millennia.
Reproductive Choice. This long ago ceased to be a personal issue for me, since I am sterile, but it is important to me because I think it is important to our society as a whole. This matter is primarily a Presidential issue, since the President is the one who nominates SC Justices, and it is they who have the power to reverse Roe v. Wade.
Civil Liberties. I choose the candidate I think is mostly likely to support and preserve the individual rights and protections outlined in the Constitution. This is a broad area, obviously, and open to interpretation. As most GD’ers know, I’m a card-carrying member of the ACLU, and as far as I’m aware I agree with their positions and interpretations on everything.
There are other issues I care about, but these are the make-or-breaks.
[li] I find that I end up voting for Democrats for President, every single time without fail, and that in other races I have voted Democrat/Green/Libertarian, depending. I can’t remember any Republican that didn’t make me crazy on some level.[/li]
[li] Currently, I find national news and politics extremely disturbing, so I confess I’m taking in a lot less information right now, just as a mental health issue, and I’m deliberately choosing sources that are more likely to spin in the direction I find less distressing. So I’m hanging with NPR, whichever station is on when I turn on the TV, and about 6 different magazines, including US News, Atlantic Monthly, and Harpers. When I’m feeling more able to handle it, I tune in Fox to hear the spin from the other side. And of course, Doper cites. :D[/li]
[li] No, I do not. I am not an atheist, however.[/li][/ul]