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Is an informed public best for elections?

Should we desire an informed public when electing public officials, or should we allow pundits and spin doctors to tell us who to vote for?

How old are you?

28% (6) 18 - 25
19% (4) 26 - 35
28% (6) 36-49
23% (5) 50 - 75
0% (0) 75 - or older

21 voters have answered this question.

Are you a registered voter?

90% (19) Yes
9% (2) No

21 voters have answered this question.

How long ago was the last time you voted?

71% (15) The last public election
14% (3) 1 - 5 years ago
4% (1) 5 - 10 years ago
0% (0) I don't remember
9% (2) I don't vote

21 voters have answered this question.

How do you determine who to vote for?

0% (0) Family and friends
10% (2) Party line
0% (0) Looks / Attire
0% (0) Gender / Race
0% (0) I do what the newspapers / media suggest
10% (2) I vote for who my favorite personality suggests
80% (16) I research their background and/ or voting record

20 voters have answered this question.

I think there is too much emphasis on experience in politics

52% (11) Yes
38% (8) No
9% (2) I don't know

21 voters have answered this question.

I believe there are honest politicians out there

80% (17) True
14% (3) False
4% (1) I don't know

21 voters have answered this question.

Are you affiliated with a party? If so, which?

23% (5) Republican
33% (7) Democrat
4% (1) Libretarian
4% (1) Socialist / Communist
14% (3) Independent
0% (0) Other
19% (4) I am not affiliated with any party

21 voters have answered this question.

I believe in the democratic process in America today.

55% (11) Yes
30% (6) No
15% (3) I don't know

20 voters have answered this question.

I will vote in the next (2008) Presidential election.

90% (19) Yes
9% (2) No
0% (0) Undecided
0% (0) Does it matter?

21 voters have answered this question.

Are you male or female?

15% (3) Female
84% (16) Male

19 voters have answered this question.

In which part of the country do you reside?

36% (7) Northeast (New England, NY, PA, NJ, MD, OH)
10% (2) Southeast (VA, WV, NC, SC, GA, FL)
15% (3) South (TN, KY, AL, AR, MS, LA, TX)
10% (2) Central (IN, IL, MO, KS, OK, NE)
5% (1) Southwest (NM, UT, CO, AZ, NV)
0% (0) Northwest (WY, MT, ID, OR, WA)
5% (1) Midwest (WI, MN, ND, SD, IA)
15% (3) West Coast (CA)

19 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2007-12-30 14:11:07 by Patch Editor
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