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POLL: U.S. 2004 Presidential Election


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agoodall writes:

As a permanent resident of the U.S. (just got my "green card" yesterday; it's cream coloured, in case you were wondering), I found the election campaign to be rather... interesting. It wasn't enough for folks (and here I'm talking regular Americans) to say they were in favour of one candidate; many people I came across found it necessary to run down the _other_ candidate. "I don't agree with his policies" wasn't good enough. They had to say, "He was a draft-dodging, flip-flopping, lying, traitorous, baby-eating, nun-beater!" For some reason I found this surprising.

I think both political parties ran particularly poor campaigns. Bush had amazingly high post-9/11 numbers. Among decided voters he is considered, by far, the best choice in the war or terrorism. He has consistently compaigned on a lower tax agenda (always popular at election time, but he's talked-the-talk from day one). He even had 9/11 as a convenient excuse for any economic problems (and not without a great deal of justification, I might add; the airline bailout wouldn't have happened if not for 9/11). All that, and yet he's in a statistical dead heat with his main challenger in an electoral system that favours the incumbent.

On the flip side (please pardon the pun), John Kerry had plenty of ammunition against the president: incredibly high gas prices (in U.S. terms), a budget surplus that was turned into a deficit as Republicans actually _increased_ the size of government, tax breaks that favour the wealthy, and a pension system that looks like it will topple the country in the next 10 years -- unless taxes are increased dramatically or social security is scrapped. That's without even touching the war in Iraq with the WMDs that weren't and the Al Quaida connection that wasn't. Yet the best John Kerry can muster is... a statistical dead heat!

It's not surprising that I've heard a lot of folks say they wish they had another choice (an irony given that this could result in one of the highest turnouts in U.S. election history). By "choice" they mean "other than Ralph Nader, and the fringe party candidates". I've been stressing to my American friends that in _every_ democracy the people wish there was "someone else" to vote for (Ralph Nader not withstanding). The recent Canadian election gave Canadians four major parties to choose from (unless you were in Quebec, where you had five) and many Canadians _still_ wanted more choice. Having more choices doesn't necessarily make it an easier choice.

Whatever the outcome, about half the country will be unhappy... which is still a better percentage than in most democracies. And in four years, Americans get to do it all over again...


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
George W. Bush (U.S. voter)
234
33%
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George W. Bush (U.S. non-voter)
8
1%
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George W. Bush (non-U.S.)
25
4%
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John Kerry (U.S. voter)
198
28%
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John Kerry (U.S. non-voter)
17
2%
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John Kerry (non-U.S.)
130
19%
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Ralph Nader (U.S. voter)
4
1%
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Ralph Nader (U.S. non-voter)
4
1%
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Ralph Nader (non-U.S.)
10
1%
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other candidate (U.S. voter)
25
4%
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other candidate (U.S. non-voter)
4
1%
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other candidate (non-U.S.)
3
0%
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undecided
18
3%
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no opinion
22
3%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Who do you think should be the next president of the United States?

(Those desiring to discuss the election should do so on the Current Affairs board, which is the only political forum at TMP.)

George W. Bush (U.S. voter)

I'm registered to vote in the presidential election, and I intend to vote for George W. Bush.

George W. Bush (U.S. non-voter)

I'm a U.S. citizen but cannot vote in the presidential election. I support George W. Bush.

George W. Bush (non-U.S.)

I'm not a U.S. citizen, and I support George W. Bush.

John Kerry (U.S. voter)

I'm registered to vote in the presidential election, and I intend to vote for John Kerry.

John Kerry (U.S. non-voter)

I'm a U.S. citizen but cannot vote in the presidential election. I support John Kerry.

John Kerry (non-U.S.)

I'm not a U.S. citizen, and I support John Kerry.

Ralph Nader (U.S. voter)

I'm registered to vote in the presidential election, and I intend to vote for Ralph Nader.

Ralph Nader (U.S. non-voter)

I'm a U.S. citizen but cannot vote in the presidential election. I support Ralph Nader.

Ralph Nader (non-U.S.)

I'm not a U.S. citizen, and I support Ralph Nader.

other candidate (U.S. voter)

I'm registered to vote in the presidential election, and I intend to vote for one of the minor candidates.

other candidate (U.S. non-voter)

I'm a U.S. citizen but cannot vote in the presidential election. I support one of the minor candidates.

other candidate (non-U.S.)

I'm not a U.S. citizen, and I support one of the minor candidates.

undecided

I haven't made up my mind yet.

no opinion

I have no opinion.