This is the first election in my 40 years that I’ve been this interested in and have taken the time to truly try and understand (and investigate) the issues. As such, I’ve come across a lot of references to people who are (usually) either independents or undecideds that seem to make their selection of candidates due to a single issue voting stance. Since I don’t know many folks like this personally who fall into this category, I’d like to take a poll about you all’s take on it. So if you will and hopefully we can all remain civil…
I’ll divide this into two groups apropos of whichever side you see yourself on.
POSSIBLE SINGLE PARTY VOTERS
[li]Are you a single issue voter?[/li][li]If yes (and you feel comfortable sharing), would you mind telling us what that issue is?[/li][li]Does this particular issue trump everything else (like a nominee’s total package [platform / character] or what they stand for representing their party)? Or does it just hold a place of prominence and then could sway you in one direction or the other?[/li][li]If your one issue trumps all else, why is it that important?[/li][/ol]
[li]If you are not a single issue voter, what is your opinion of the practice? For example; Are these voters short-sighted? Is it irrelevant how they pick? Or necessary component depending on the importance of the issue involved?[/li][li]Further, do you take umbrage of those that do this? Why or why not?[/li][/ol]
Maybe this will help me understand. I’ve felt unbelievably strong about some issues before (being pro-life when I was younger or now as a liberal intent on gay marriage), but have never voted solely pertaining to just that one thing. Now I’d like to see where others are coming from. Please help me.
[P.S. And once again, I appeal to everyone answering to be polite, civil and not deriding of anyone else’s choices. Let’s just embody the very spirt of bipartisanship! Thank you.]