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« on: December 27, 2019, 08:29:40 pm »

What percent of the people who vote do you think know absolutely nothing about either candidate and simply vote for a candidate based of if there is a letter (R) or letter (D) next to their name?
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2019, 08:57:37 pm »

Probably a good minority (if not a sad majority) of people.
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2019, 09:11:43 pm »

60 to 70%
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2019, 09:26:04 pm »

Of the voting population? 80-90%.
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2019, 12:32:11 am »

I would say 80-85% of voters vote based on the D or R.

what percent vote based on the D or R AND ALSO know nothing about either candidate, probably pretty few, like 10-20%.  I'd guess people who know they want a D or R are fairly well informed.  The ones that know the least about either candidate are probably also the least partisan.
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2019, 12:59:01 am »

Most people, including most people on this site.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2019, 02:13:57 am »

In a Presidential election very few voters "know absolutely nothing" about who they are voting for.  They generally have some concept of the candidate, even if it's wildly inaccurate.
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2019, 08:54:15 am »

I think the answer in presidential election is actually pretty small.  Suppose there was a ballot printing error and Trumpís name showed up with a D printed next to is, and the Dem candidate showed up with an R.  Do you really think 80% of Dems would vote for Trump in this case?
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2019, 12:16:52 pm »

It's fairly small for the Presidential election, and progressively higher as you go down ballot. I sure as hell have voted for local judges knowing absolutely nothing about them based on the D or R. It's embarrassing to admit, obviously, but there were 60-odd races on my ballot in 2018 and over half were judges.
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2019, 11:04:24 pm »

90% of people vote for the same party 90% of the time
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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2019, 12:04:50 am »

quite a large amount. Case in point: my mom's friend voting R, thinking she was voting for Obama. (this was after my mom had conversations with her which resulted in the friend becoming a Obama supporter, mainly because of healthcare issues)

Afterwards said something like "Obama's a Republican, right?"

spell it out, everybody.

I-N-D-O-C-T-R-I-N-A-T-I-O-N

"Democrat bad so if Obama good he is Republican"

sh**t like this is why I think voting straight ticket should be banned. Makes voters at least give some thought to their choices rather than hitting one button and leaving.
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« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2019, 12:39:26 am »

90% of people vote for the same party 90% of the time
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2020, 03:20:00 pm »

sh**t like this is why I think voting straight ticket should be banned. Makes voters at least give some thought to their choices rather than hitting one button and leaving.

I am not memorizing dozens and dozens and dozens of judicial candidates.
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« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2020, 06:05:11 am »

Given results in barely contested and hopeless races, I think it should be between 40-70% of the population depending on the state. Basically take any random hopeless election and multiply the result of the losing party by 2.

Depending on the race, this gives anywhere from 40% to 70% (for hopeless candidates that get 20% and 35% respectively)

States with high racial polarization (ie the deep south) will have more of it in my opinion as well.

sh**t like this is why I think voting straight ticket should be banned. Makes voters at least give some thought to their choices rather than hitting one button and leaving.

I am not memorizing dozens and dozens and dozens of judicial candidates.

Judicial races should not be partisan to begin with. Hell, you could even argue they shouldn't be elections at all!

I am not opposed to retention elections for judges, but the first election (or replacement if the retention election fails) should be an appointment from some independent justice commitee o or possibly from the state legislature if you want politician's control.
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