How do you politically identify yourself?

How do you identify yourself?

  • Liberal

    Votes: 28 50.9%
  • Moderate

    Votes: 14 25.5%
  • Conservative

    Votes: 13 23.6%

  • Total voters
    55

gsugolfer

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 11, 2010
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Georgia, USA
Yes, this is a simple poll. However, if I had offered more options, answers would have likely gravitated to the middle, so I decided to cut out some of the fluff.

Quite simply, how do you identify yourself politically? This speaks to your overall views regarding economics and social issues - not just one of the two.
 

quagmire

macrumors 603
Apr 19, 2004
6,255
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I see myself as a moderate. There are merits to both sides philosophy and we need to strive to balance each others ideals in our politics. Being an extremist left or right will only bring harm, IMHO.
 

LIVEFRMNYC

macrumors 604
Oct 27, 2009
7,433
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I'm a realist by my own definition. I believe looking at "cause and effect" for answers, offers better solutions than one sided opinionated answers. I guess I'm moderate that leans closer to liberal.
 

jkcerda

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Jun 10, 2013
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Criminal Mexi Midget
TEA party member, I dont have a problem with the OWS movement, I support MOST of the ACA with the exception of the MANDATE, fiscally conservative while socially liberal, love the 2ND. so none of the above really fit me. :)
 

Happybunny

macrumors 68000
Sep 9, 2010
1,752
1,351
I the Netherlands I'm seen as Center Right voter.

But because in the US the extremes are the norm, I would I identify myself as a Liberal.
 

SLC Flyfishing

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Nov 19, 2007
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1,639
Portland, OR
To me, today's republican party reminds me of that kid at school that was always angry and stubborn. So sure he was right about everything, even though he never stopped to think about some of the crazy crap he came up with. Nobody really wanted anything to do with him as a result.

Today's Democrat party reminds me of the kid who would say or do anything, as long as it was the "cool" thing to do. No backbone, no thinking for himself. Most people didn't respect him as a result.

I don't know where exactly I fall on the spectrum in actual life, because in real life I'm nowhere near as staunchly tied to my political opinions as I am on this board. I come here to debate, often times just for debate's sake. I don't feel like I'm right down the middle exactly though.

I think John Hunstman Jr is a pretty good example of a politician with overall similar political views to where I actually stand. Someone who doesn't fit perfectly into either political mold, but more right leaning than left leaning. But because he's not far right, he can't get past the damn republican primaries. I think he'd be a really strong candidate if he made it to the general election.

In the end, both mainstream parties in the USA have good things and bad things to bring to the table. It's sad that the system isn't setup to allow the people to choose the things from each party that work, and reject the stuff that doesn't.
 
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Technarchy

macrumors 604
May 21, 2012
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4,885
Independent libertarian.

Lean left on issues related to things like education, healthcare, food stamps, housing and regulating business and wall street.

Hawkish of defense. Real defense though. Not like Syria and Libya.

Lean right on constitutional issues like gun laws, free speech, freedom of religion etc etc.

Libertarian moderate on social issues like gay marriage.

Generally concerned about the growth, control and influence gov't is taking in our lives, and the police state, which plays into constitutional matters like gun laws, free speech etc etc etc.
 

TechGod

macrumors 68040
Feb 25, 2014
3,163
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New Zealand
Independent libertarian.

Lean left on issues related to things like education, healthcare, food stamps, housing and regulating business and wall street.

Hawkish of defense. Real defense though. Not like Syria and Libya.

Lean right on constitutional issues like gun laws, free speech, freedom of religion etc etc.

Libertarian moderate on social issues like gay marriage.

Generally concerned about the growth, control and influence gov't is taking in our lives, and the police state, which plays into constitutional matters like gun laws, free speech etc etc etc.
I like your stance as it is a bit like mine. The difference is at gun control, yeah I think the US needs a bit more control not saying that guns should be banned but just need to be controlled.
 

Technarchy

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May 21, 2012
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I like your stance as it is a bit like mine. The difference is at gun control, yeah I think the US needs a bit more control not saying that guns should be banned but just need to be controlled.
I guess if you have to care about something in New Zealand. I certainly give no thought to New Zealand gun laws.

And control is a tricky thing because in the USA we have insanity in political office. Their version of control is a swat team going to your house and killing you because you have unregistered old western revolver that's been passed down in your family.

And the only gun control I will ever support must be universal. You want to pass a ban, or limit mags or configuration, then let it apply to 100% of the population outside of the military. If not that, then all someone is proposing is "Animal Farm"
 

TechGod

macrumors 68040
Feb 25, 2014
3,163
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New Zealand
I guess if you have to care about something in New Zealand. I certainly give no thought to New Zealand gun laws.

And control is a tricky thing because in the USA we have insanity in political office. Their version of control is a swat team going to your house and killing you because you have unregistered old western revolver that's been passed down in your family.

And the only gun control I will ever support must be universal. You want to pass a ban, or limit mags or configuration, then let it apply to 100% of the population outside of the military. If not that, then all someone is proposing is "Animal Farm"
To be honest, we are ranked 1 social advancement wise:)D)-http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11231593

And American politics are far more interesting to me then New Zealand ones(not that we are perfect or anything-far from it)

Why is this allowed to even happen? why can't control mean control?
 

Technarchy

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May 21, 2012
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Why is this allowed to even happen? why can't control mean control?
Because control looks like this? This is the direction the USA is going. Can you blame people for not wanting to be disarmed on any level.









When a bank wants you evicted, they get a judge to send a kill squad to your door...

 
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Technarchy

macrumors 604
May 21, 2012
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4,885
Oh my god. That is so very disturbing.
Yeah...

Why worry about violating the Posse Comitatus Act when you can just jack booted thugs with the same equipment.

Make no mistake, it's coming to a head in the USA. Might not be in my lifetime, but it's coming. At some point a group of people are going to get together and say enough. Might be the Crispus Attucks moment that wakes the average citizen up.
 

Southern Dad

macrumors 68000
May 23, 2010
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Shady Dale, Georgia
I'm a Conservative on Fiscal Matters but Liberal on Social Matters. I'm a Complicated Republican. I don't care if gays get married and I'm Pro-Abortion. Not exactly the party lines. When it comes to defense, I'd bring every soldier, sailor, airman and marine back to the USA. If someone wants us to fight their battle we can haggle over terms.
 

VulchR

macrumors 68020
Jun 8, 2009
2,329
10,254
Scotland
The whole left versus right conceptualisation of politics only serves to keep existing political parties in power. There are 7 billion people on the planet. Somehow I find it odd that collectively we have conceived only two viable political solutions ('left' & 'right'), both of which are flawed beyond comprehension if taken to extremes.
 

Huntn

macrumors demi-god
May 5, 2008
17,043
16,526
The Misty Mountains
For this poll to mean something, we'd have to establish benchmark standards for these labels. I consider myself moderate, but anyone to my right, as they don't tend to see shades, would call me liberal. :)