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Political Alignment of Columbus Underground Readership

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    I often hear people (both regulars to CU and non-regulars alike) cite that the Columbus Underground readership has a strong left-leaning Democratic following, but for anyone who carefully follows various conversations it’s pretty apparent that most opinionated political contributors have a more diverse and non-traditional stance than the regular two-party system.

    This isn’t something we ask in our annual study on readership demographics, as our potential advertisers never really care about the political stance of our readership… but I thought it might be interesting to start up an anonymous poll to see how everyone here self-identifies when it comes to political party alignments.

    I wouldn’t bee too surprised to see a majority of the readership identify as democrats, as CU is a very region-specific website, and Franklin County has a larger number of registered Democrats than Republicans… but I’m guessing that we’ve actually got a larger number of third-party, independent, and moderate thinkers here who just happen to lean more towards the left than the right when it comes to the types of issues discussed on CU on a regular basis.

    Thoughts?

    #316948

    blammo
    Participant

    Registered Libertarian here.

    ETA:
    Realistically that translates to fiscally conservative, socially liberal, with emphasis on personal freedoms such as the right to choose & the right to bear arms. Not in favor of the death penalty either. I haven’t been excited about a Dem or Rep candidate in a long time, and I don’t see it happening in the near future. The whole two-party thing is too freaking polarizing to me, and just seems to promote bickering rather than finding our common ground as Americans.

    #316949

    Nitsud Regnifloh
    Participant

    right-leaning moderate. with a dash of common sense.

    #316950

    Rockmastermike
    Participant

    fine idea. Data gathering is almost always interesting.

    In my own case, I care not for anonymity. I’ll freely admit that my political alignment can best be described as “fscking disgusted by both sides”.

    No party has a monopoly on good ideas, and no party has all the answers, but it seems sometimes the loudest voices on all sides seem to be the ones with the worst ideas and the first to ignore good ideas presented by “the bad guys”.

    #316951
    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami
    Participant

    I’m completely sick of the Democrats. I’ve never voted Green, but that’s how I’ve decided to identify myself in the future. But really, I’m not sure there’s a label that fits.

    PRO
    environment
    life
    social justice
    the arts
    the humanities
    religion
    intellectual achievement
    equity

    ANTI
    capitalism/consumerism
    death penalty, abortion, euthanasia
    fundamentalism
    war

    There’s really not a party for me. I would put myself in the independent category if you hadn’t lumped it together with moderate –I hate the mushy middle most of all.

    #316952

    Rockmastermike
    Participant

    also, can I just say right now that I would really like to see this thread NOT become a big hairy argument on who is right and who is wrong?

    That might screw up the poll by biasing. Please let people state their opinions freely without trying to shoot them down even if you hate what they say.

    #316953

    KSquared
    Member

    Hope this is not a derail, but how do I change my party affiliation on my registration?

    #316954

    Cookie
    Member

    Rockmastermike wrote >>
    also, can I just say right now that I would really like to see this thread NOT become a big hairy argument on who is right and who is wrong?

    Good luck with that.

    #316955
    rus
    rus
    Participant

    Rockmastermike wrote >>

    In my own case, I care not for anonymity. I’ll freely admit that my political alignment can best be described as “fscking disgusted by both sides”.

    Not a bad way to describe how I feel, either.

    On the totalitarian / libertarian scale I lean libertarian.

    #316956

    The Hegemo
    Member

    KSquared wrote >>
    Hope this is not a derail, but how do I change my party affiliation on my registration?

    In Ohio you only become “registered” as a party member by voting in a party primary. If you want to change, when the next primary comes around, you would request the ballot of whatever party you wish to support now (or a non-partisan ballot if you just want to vote on issues and not in party primaries).

    I believe there is a law that if you’ve previously voted in one party’s primary and are requesting a ballot from another party, they can ask you to sign a statement that says you’re asking for the ballot because you legitimately support the other party now, are not just trying to fuck with their primary, etc. I’ve only ever voted in one party’s primaries, though, so I don’t know if they follow this in practice and really do make people sign the statement.

    #316957
    Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson
    Participant

    I’m one of those liberal Democratic “Socialist” (lol) bleeding heart tree hugger social worker types.
    Although I’d always cross party lines to vote for someone I could really stand behind. A candidate’s stance on reproductive rights and healthcare issues are generally dealbreakers though.

    #316958
    rus
    rus
    Participant

    The Hegemo wrote >>
    I believe there is a law that if you’ve previously voted in one party’s primary and are requesting a ballot from another party, they can ask you to sign a statement that says you’re asking for the ballot because you legitimately support the other party now, are not just trying to fuck with their primary, etc. I’ve only ever voted in one party’s primaries, though, so I don’t know if they follow this in practice and really do make people sign the statement.

    When I crossed party lines, there was no statement to sign.

    #316959

    paktinat
    Member

    where is the pro-abortion socialist nazi sodomite option?

    #316960

    JonMyers
    Participant

    Independent capitalist

    #316961

    dru
    Participant

    clearly CU is an extension of the Democratic party. i mean look at all the Obama love from Snarf, Von, Hael, Rus, Tenzo, Howatzer, the guy with the Bruno Avatar. I mean, you might as well admit this whole thing is funded by Acorn or something.

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