Who did you vote for president in past elections?

63dot

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Jun 12, 2006
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I will start:

2012: Jill Stein (G)
2008: Cynthia McKinney (G)
2004: John Kerry
2000: Al Gore
1996: Bill Clinton
1992: Bill Clinton
1988: left blank
1984: Ronald Reagan
1980: too young to vote but favored Jimmy Carter
1976: too young to vote but favored Gerald Ford
1972: too young to vote but favored Richard Nixon
1968: too young to have preference
1964: too young to have preference
 

rdowns

macrumors Penryn
Jul 11, 2003
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1980: Reagan
1984: only election I didn't vote in
1988: Bush
1992: Clinton
1996: Clinton
2000: Gore (held my nose)
2004: Kerry (held my nose even harder)
2008: Obama
2012: Obama
 

Menel

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2004: too involved with school/new career to care.
2008: Barr
2012: Skipped. All candidates were dirtbags, no one worth my vote made it out of primaries.
 

Mousse

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I voted for the Loser in nearly every election.

1984: Walter Mondale
1988: Micheal Dukakis
1992: H Ross Perot
1996: Billy "I didn't inhale" Clinton. He was a good President
2000: Al "Inventor of the Internet" Gore
2004: John "Flip-flop" Kerry. Didn't like Son of Wimp.
2008: John McCain. Out of respect for his military service.
2012: Didn't vote. Don't think much of Obama, thinks even less of Romney.
 

bradl

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I'm game.

1992: Clinton
1996: Clinton
2000: Gore (A bit reluctant on this one; I finally understood the Twisted Sister/PMRC issue by then)
2004: Kerry (I so wanted to write in Christopher Reeve or Steve Rogers; both were dead at the time)

2008: Obama
2012: Obama

I wanted to write in Optimus Prime/Johnny Carson in 1984, but I was too young. You can't go wrong with leadership and humour.

BL.
 

miloblithe

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Switching parties is interesting, which it seems a number of people here did. I found this from an old paper:

24% of voters under 30 voted for different parties in sequential elections, while only 18% of those over 30 and under 60 did so, and only 12% of those over 60 switched parties.
https://faculty.fuqua.duke.edu/~shachar/PM/Readings/JAEfinal.pdf

I'd be interested in finding more complete long term data about switching. See what people's real habits are over the long term. How likely people are to change parties and what contributes to that.

Anyway, for me:

1992: Perot (but only because I voted in Pennsylvania, which was strongly leaning Democratic)
1996: Clinton
2000: Nader (but only because I voted in Washington, DC, which is guaranteed to vote Democratic)
2004: Kerry
2008: Obama
2012: Obama

Oh, and in a mock election in elementary school, I voted for John Anderson in 1980. I think I had heard my parents complaining about Carter and clearly opposed to Regan, so I figured Anderson was the good choice (there's always a good choice right, thought little kid me). The final results in my school were something like Carter 500, Regan 140, Anderson 1.
 

Sydde

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I voted for president 30 years ago. I marked the eighth box down and in the blank spot next to it wrote "NO". Since then, I have not found a mouthwash good enough to handle the rim-job flavor of voting.
 

samiwas

macrumors 68000
Aug 26, 2006
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1992 - First year I was old enough to vote. Don't think I did.
1996 - Pretty sure I didn't.
2000 - Keeping the trend.
2004 - Wanted to vote, but my delayed plane got back too late.
2008 - Obama, because seriously...Palin? And I did like him.
2012 - Obama, because he wasn't Romney.

Yeah. I wasn't that good of a citizen.
 

aerok

macrumors 65816
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2012 - I voted against Romney (Obama)
2008 - I voted against Sarah Palin (Obama, although I did like Mccain)
2002 - Kerry
1998 - Bush (Didn't like Gore back then)
1994 - Clinton
 

FreemanW

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The Real Northern California
1972 Richard Nixon (not a proud moment in my biography)
1976 Jimmy Carter
1980 John Anderson
1984 Walter Mondale (the "not Reagan" candidate)
1988 Michael Dukakis (the "not Bush" candidate) . . . . seriously, Dan Quayle?
1992 Our boy Bubba
1996 Bubba
2000 Al Gore
2004 Ralph Nader
2008 Barack Obama
2012 Barack Obama . . . . . where's that guy John Anderson?
 

Huntn

macrumors demi-god
May 5, 2008
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2012: Barrack Obama
2008: Barrack Obama
2004: John Kerry
2000: Al Gore
1996: Bill Clinton
1992: Bill Clinton <- GOP started to lose their minds about here.
1988: George Bush
1984: Ronald Reagan
1980: Ronald Reagan
1976: Jimmy Carter
1972: Richard Nixon
1968: too young to vote
1964: too young to vote
 

phillytim

macrumors 65816
Aug 12, 2011
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I admire your independent-type votes of Perot & Nader, but in 2000 Nader voters are who helped give the election to Bush. Boo! And we'll be paying for that election for at least the next 50+ years.

Switching parties is interesting, which it seems a number of people here did. I found this from an old paper:



https://faculty.fuqua.duke.edu/~shachar/PM/Readings/JAEfinal.pdf

I'd be interested in finding more complete long term data about switching. See what people's real habits are over the long term. How likely people are to change parties and what contributes to that.

Anyway, for me:

1992: Perot (but only because I voted in Pennsylvania, which was strongly leaning Democratic)
1996: Clinton
2000: Nader (but only because I voted in Washington, DC, which is guaranteed to vote Democratic)
2004: Kerry
2008: Obama
2012: Obama

Oh, and in a mock election in elementary school, I voted for John Anderson in 1980. I think I had heard my parents complaining about Carter and clearly opposed to Regan, so I figured Anderson was the good choice (there's always a good choice right, thought little kid me). The final results in my school were something like Carter 500, Regan 140, Anderson 1.
 

phillytim

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Looking back, I have a definite turn to the left as I grew more savvy to politics and class warfare. We now see that 1984's "Reagan Revolution" was nothing more than a pretty facade for empowering the rich, which has strengthened through today, but it was the popular movement to be caught up in back then.

2012: OBAMA, no brainer for we 99 percenters (or 57%, whichever you feel more akin to)
2008: OBAMA, no brainer
2004: KERRY, no brainer - anybody but GWB! ***_ANY_BODY_***
2000: GORE, a decent candidate but moreso bcuz I saw that GWB disaster coming (and boy, it came!)
1996: CLINTON, no brainer - the economy was rocking
1992: PEROT, almost went Clinton but Perot was a pretty damn good indy
1988: too young to vote, but would have gone BUSH, only bcuz that '84 Reagan Revolution was an enamored continuance
1984: too young to vote, but would have gone for the 'REAGAN Revolution'
1980: too young to care

I remember waking up in the middle of the night of Election 2000, as they buzzed on the tv screen that Florida had turned 'too close to call' from being called for Gore earlier. And I knew trouble had happened, as my gut literally sank from my bed to all the way down 8 stories to the bottom of my apartment building. The Bush junta stole Florida, thanks to Jeb; I just knew it. And the rest, as they say, is history. And our Country has been the worst off because of it. UGH.
 
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