Poll: Political matters

Will the events at either party’s convention affect the way that you vote?

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  • MPA

    I don’t think that any of the things that the parties do affects many voters. I know that I would never change my mind based on a TV commercial, unwanted phone call or postcard in my mailbox. I read, listen to reliable sources and make up my mind based on the issues. Tne amount of money that is wasted on all this other stuff is shameful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=560913514 Diane Driver

    TOTAL waste of money!

  • Beel

    Pep rallies, even expensive ones, are for encouraging team spirit and a whole lotta back-slapping. They are not an effective recruitment tool, though they may sway a few tools.

  • Kai

    How much was the total cost of it?
    How many families could have been fed for a year with the money?
    How much could have gone to pay off national debt.

  • Ckinvctr

    I value facts and truth. The Republican convention was remarkably dishonest, especially Paul Ryan’s speech. Unfortunately, I hope (but don’t really expect) that Democrats will be much better.

  • Ckinvctr

    I value facts and truth. The Republican convention was remarkably dishonest, especially Paul Ryan’s speech. Unfortunately, I hope (but don’t really expect) that Democrats will be much better.

  • Thurman

    Conventions are a waste of time and money.  Just more political posturing.

  • Thurman

    Conventions are a waste of time and money.  Just more political posturing.

  • Deana Bowlds-Williams

    If there was a sliver of a chance that I might be open to voting GOP, my mind was made up during the primaries.  It was sealed tight when Romney decided to treat the NAACP members with condescension and tossed off his chilly reception by implying that they wanted someone who would “give them a bunch of stuff”.  I have pegged him as an ignorant and insular human being. 

  • Deana Bowlds-Williams

    If there was a sliver of a chance that I might be open to voting GOP, my mind was made up during the primaries.  It was sealed tight when Romney decided to treat the NAACP members with condescension and tossed off his chilly reception by implying that they wanted someone who would “give them a bunch of stuff”.  I have pegged him as an ignorant and insular human being. 

  • Kedenbird

    I consider them to be INFO-MERCIALS

  • Listening

    I needed to know what Romney would do as president.  He didn’t tell me.  Next week I’ll see what the President says.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tylor.messmer Tylor Messmer

    I hold the opinion that both the two major party systems have failed this country. Every four years you have two candidates from opposing parties making empty promises, and lieing through their perfectly white, straightened teeth. The most unfortunate thing about what the future will hold for this country is you will STILL have people ignorant to this fact. STILL have people who speak of a supposed “difference” between the two parties. STILL have people who continue to dismiss these FACTS as MYTH or conspiracy. Let me ask you, how long will you continue to vote along party lines? Their has been a recent great awaking among American this year that have realized these FACTS. STOP VOTING REPUBLICAN, OR DEMOCRAT! TRUST ME YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED! IF YOU TRULY WANT CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY VOTE FOR LIBERTARIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE GARY JOHNSON!    

  • Tjeibbed

    The money for the Convention, particularly in the DNC where they are nominating the only candidate – duh, would be better spent on people to aid the soon-to-be disenfranchised voters, particularly in the swing states, to acquire the photo id’s required  to enable them to exercise their right to vote.

  • Tilman Green Jr

    I had already made up my mind but lying by the RNC at the convention just reinforced my thoughts. Then to say this country is a country of immagrants. My fore fathers came here under a ship deck in chains. We built it for free labor.

  • Johnny

    Yes, I pay
    close attention to what they say at the conventions; and I will watch the
    debates very closely.  I don’t believe
    everything they say.   I sense their
    attitude. I listen to hear if they are trying to destroy the opponent, or are
    they conveying to me how they will solve our problems. I listen to see if they
    have a solution and if they do, are the proposed solutions feasible – could
    they really work – or are they just sound bites.

    I contend
    that without realizing it, over the last 15 years American consumers (you and
    me) have created a big part of our unemployment problem.  In our quest to buy the best priced items, we
    have bought so much foreign made items that many US companies moved production
    out of the United States to a place where labor is cheap and regulations
    are few and far between.  That is what
    caused our unemployment. But there is
    a solution.

    Both parties
    are missing the fact that we won’t make real progress in putting Americans back
    to work until most Americans start looking for and buying products marked
    “Made in the USA”. We need to invest in America.   We need to put Americans to work and keep our
    money in the USA. There are a lot of things that aren’t made here now, but let’s
    look for and buy all that we can. When we create a demand for “Made in the
    USA” products, United States companies will respond and they we will put
    Americans to work.

    Be proud to
    be an American; and support companies that make products using United States
    workers.  Support America.  Invest
    in America and you will be better off in the long run.

  • Pwang

    I understand the conventions are mostly shows.  But still I can gather information from
    them by listening to what are said and not said.   I see very little substance from the
    RNC.  Let’s see how the DNC goes next week.

  • Freddy

    How incredibly thin-skinned and pampered can you be? This country is doomed if most people interpret that kind of response response as “ignorant and insular.”

  • Freddy

    Ryan is a moderate who doesn’t pander to the distorted bias of the extreme left (e.g., PBS, MSNBC, CNN, etc.). There is nothing dishonest about him, unlike the Communist usurper in the White House..

  • Conniempn

    No matter how open I may be to the message of the candidates and the other speakers, I have to be able to reconcile their words with the things that I already know.  The obvious mismatches at the RNC about the candidate himself, what he plans to do, and what Obama has and hasn’t done, made me feel like I was at a “sting” party with everyone having a part to play in the con.  Don’t they know we have access to actual information?    

  • IceSphere

    I want to hear more about how having the smartest highschool students in the world is going to make us so much more advanced than..? Why isn’t shcool for other than 1st graders on TV..? PBS is #1 for us, school credit or not. 

  • Annkorn

    Grateful for the many speeches during the Convention, the leadership of the GOP revealed themselves as they expressed empty rhetoric and little useful information. I was listening for specifics on education, tax reform or foreign policy but heard mediocre platitudes instead. Ann Romney showed that she is a lovely person who has the courage of her convictions. But I got mixed messages from her nervous giggle. Several times she would make a serious statement and then laugh, as if to say “but don’t take me seriously,” or “I’m only saying this because it’s on the teleprompter; it’s not really true and I’m a bit embarrassed by having to do so.” I hope the Democrats learn from the GOP’s selection of Clint Eastwood, who cheapened everyone else’s efforts to put the GOP in the best light. Or was Eastwood’s performance indicative of the dumbing down of politics today. I voted and will vote for Obama because he speaks to me in carefully crafted, intelligent phrases, sentences and paragraphs that return me to who I am and who I want to be: a thinking, responsible citizen. 

  • guest

    I believe that a lot of money is spent on the conventions and we need to know that they are rhetoric and lies.   Someone once said that it is a show to tell us which party is better.    I am not convinced that President Obama being handed a mess that the GOP will not acknowledge.   When President Bush started bailing out banks (TO BIG TO FAIL) and GM ……MItt Romney said let the plants fail and do not bail them out.   VIDEO:  THE MAN FROM BLOOMFIELD.

  • guest

    I believe that a lot of money is spent on the conventions and we need to know that they are rhetoric and lies.   Someone once said that it is a show to tell us which party is better.    I am not convinced that President Obama being handed a mess that the GOP will not acknowledge.   When President Bush started bailing out banks (TO BIG TO FAIL) and GM ……MItt Romney said let the plants fail and do not bail them out.   VIDEO:  THE MAN FROM BLOOMFIELD.

  • Meadowbeauty

    I believe that a lot of money is spent on the conventions and most middle class or poor people don’t watch.   It is a show for the wealthy who contribute and want to see how their money is being spent.   Much of this is rhetoric and lies and nothing about these causes makes me want to watch.   Mitt Romney in the video:  The man from Bloomfield said that the auto companies should be allowed to fail and Mrs. Romney said:   DID YOU KNOW THEY PUT TUNA IN CANS????????????  She was belaboring the fact that they had only $240,000 to live on when they were in college and that is far and away from $26,000 a year.

  • Meadowbeauty

    I believe that a lot of money is spent on the conventions and most middle class or poor people don’t watch.   It is a show for the wealthy who contribute and want to see how their money is being spent.   Much of this is rhetoric and lies and nothing about these causes makes me want to watch.   Mitt Romney in the video:  The man from Bloomfield said that the auto companies should be allowed to fail and Mrs. Romney said:   DID YOU KNOW THEY PUT TUNA IN CANS????????????  She was belaboring the fact that they had only $240,000 to live on when they were in college and that is far and away from $26,000 a year.

  • meadowbeauty

     WATCH THE MAN FROM BLOOMFIELD COUNTY……VIDEO
    Very enlightening

  • http://twitter.com/PZuppo Pamela Zuppo

    Obviously the presidential party conventions are experiencing difficulty of keeping pace with the times. It was recently reported Mitt Romney’s speech, given on the last night of the RNC, racked up 13 million less viewers than that of John McCain’s in 2008. That could be interpreted as John McCain having more popularity than Mitt Romney or it can also be interpreted as there are less television viewers interested in watching a buttoned-down, manicured and scripted endless group of speakers all mirroring each other. America has grown accustomed to reality TV, not scripted TV unless it follows the line of a well-written performance. Political conventions never fall into the category of a well-written performance.

  • Anovoa1

    Conventions are a waste of time, it only shows super egos, lies, and greed. Due your own research and due what it will be best for the majority of our nation.

  • Anovoa1

    Conventions are a waste of time, it only shows super egos, lies, and greed. Due your own research and due what it will be best for the majority of our nation.

  • IceSphere

    What would happen if the DNC brought to light any of what is on sites like pesn.com (pure energy systems network), even just one like http://pesn.com/2012/09/01/9602174_Keshe_Energy_Technology_Replications_Galore/ that is slated for reality TV to show how the coast of energy could be next to nothing, making money worth next to nothing, and the rich..? Well, the number one public service job might even just be about… umm… public service..? Could that be why Mitt Romney would do away with stuff like PBS..? 

  • Gschechter

    It will be much more interesting to see the debates where candidates cannot just say anything without being challenged.

  • Ice Blue102

    I already made up my mind to vote for Mitt Romney when I watched the GOP national convention.  I watched because it gives the candidate a chance to present himself at his best. There is something about winnability that can be gleaned at the way the candidate presents himself.  The language he used in the speech told a lot about the person’s character.  Mitt was classy, respectful and decent.  I know Mitt will be able to handle the debates well and win the election.

  • Ice Blue102

    I am not sure your figures are correct.  I do not have cable subscription so I had to rely on coverage from themajor networks and PBS. However, the major networks did not cover the convention.  They said they did but it coincided with the 6:30pm news and there were a lot of advertisements.  The news was more focused on Isaac than on the convention.  I was able to watch it from pbs only.  It did not show the entire proceedings.

    In their comments, line of questioning, and in their facial expressions, the hosts were obviously Obama leaning.I do not know what happened to neutrality in journalism. There were also times when somebody in the floor will interview a republican and the report will be drowned by what is claimed to be music in the hallway. The same when the reporter will give a positive comment.   Thus, it was not easy to watch the convention. I am a die hard for watching speeches so I just ignored those distractions.Also because I want to participate in online discussions.  I did not find replay schedules.  

    I think it is not a correct conclusion that McCain was more popular than Romney. 

  • Ice Blue102

    What is so uplifting about watching the convention is that AMERICANS DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR SUCCESS.

    As Eleanor Roosevelt said “No one can make you feel interior without your consent.”

  • Johnny

    It seems to me that Reality TV is not real, but is very scripted. 

  • Ice Blue102

    I believe that the way a person talks tells a lot about that person.  Mitt Romney did not engage in Obama bashing.  He was a gentleman, classy and respectful.  That’s why I am looking forward to Obama’s speech.  I want to hear what kind of a person he is also.

  • Ice Blue102

    I don’t think that is the venue for the information you want to hear. 

  • Ice Blue102

    I don’t think that is the venue for the information you want to hear. 

  • Ice Blue102

    I do not know Ann Romney, but I think the reason why she smiles or giggles is to lighten the heaviness of what she was saying.  It is a typical reaction when somebody talks about something intensely personal and painful. Although the person wants to cry, they laugh or giggle.   

  • Ice Blue102

    I do not know Ann Romney, but I think the reason why she smiles or giggles is to lighten the heaviness of what she was saying.  It is a typical reaction when somebody talks about something intensely personal and painful. Although the person wants to cry, they laugh or giggle.   

  • Ice Blue102

    I am looking forward to the debate when questions will be asked and we will hear the respective candidates’ answers.

  • Ice Blue102

    I really cannot understand why US citizens have no picture ID.  I think that when the judge said it is a discrimination of the poor, he is actually looking down on the poor, making them ignorant of the need for a picture ID. They apply for reduced transportation fare, they show picture ID. You buy your grocery using credit card, the cashier asks to see your picture ID.  You want to cash a check, they ask for your picture ID.  Hospitals ask for picture ID to make sure you about the identity of the patient. You have a driver’s license, it’s a picture ID.  You do not drive, you still get a picture ID issued by the DMV.

  • Ice Blue102

    By metaphor, let us say you have a friend who offers to celebrate your 40th birthday. Very important birthday. But you say, I do not want to have a party.  I would like to donate the money for the homeless shelter. 

    Your friend says, that is a noble cause. Very good.  Use your money.  If you decide to have a party, let me know. I will give you the money.

  • Ice Blue102

    Romney gave a 5-point plan in his speech.

  • Ice Blue102

    Are you referring to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.(NAACP)?   I did not hear that.  I noticed that Mitt has been trying to bridge color, religion, economic status. 

  • Ice Blue102

    You are right.  It is political posturing.  I do not mind that it costs money as long as they do not use government money.

  • Ice Blue102

    I believe Paul Ryan chose his words very carefully because there is a debate coming up.  Let us see how the Democrats will try to impress us.

  • Ice Blue102

    The convention was privately funded.  It is not our money.  It is not for the GOP to pay off the national debt that has balooned during the Obama regime.

  • Ice Blue102

    Then the Dems should not have a convention.

  • Ice Blue102

    You still have time to tell the Dems.

  • Ice Blue

    A lot was spoken at the convention which are not written or published.

  • Ice Blue102

    Clint Eastwood was very subtle but he effectively delivered the message. The Dems said they were thinking of having a secret guest also but decided not to proceed.  It’s a good decision because it would likely be viewed as imitating the GOP.  

  • Ice Blue102

    In one of the talk shows, it was mentioned that Mitt Romney was known to have written his own speech in the same manner he would talk.  That is why it does not have the sophistication and polish that you are looking for.

  • Tjeibbed

    In reply to Ice Blue 102 RE: photo ids:  Supermarkets and other retailers no longer require photo ids with the use of a credit card and haven’t in this century.  In fact, they no longer even look for a signature when one presents a credit card, shop at Wal-Mart for evidence.

    There is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in any state in which these efforts to suppress the vote have been enacted (The highest rate of error/fraud in any state in the union is 0 .00001 %) which comes close to incalculable and is statistically insignificant.  There is abundant evidence from memos and emails within the RNC and the GOP that the new voter id laws will favor Gov. Romney.  I presume they understand that to mean that only Independents and Democrats lack photo id because they believe Republicans tend to have the resources to acquire that id.

    This year my elderly parents (lifelong Conservatives by the way) will be ineligible to vote because, having given up their drivers licenses more than a decade ago for vision and health reasons, cannot reacquire photo id because their birth records were destroyed in a town hall fire 60 years ago.  They have expired passports which are not acceptable id because they’re expired, old licenses are ineligible for the same reason.  They even offered old newspaper photo articles about themselves as proof of who they are, to no avail.  Further,  in their conservative state, they have been told that there is no remedy available until AFTER  the election.

    Hence, my opposition to suppression laws and support for all the help people need overcome them.  I’ll lay a bet today, that the majority of these laws will be be repealed AFTER the election.

  • Tjeibbed

     Those “privately funded” donations would better serve as donations to charities to help the needy.  The GOP contributed greatly to the national debt in the last decade and enacted fiscal policies that led to the financial crisis that exploded in 2007 but they ducking that fact.

    The correct spelling is “ballooned”.  The national debt increases in proportion to the income the nation receives.  Income:debt ratios are both simple and critical;  the less one takes-in in ratio to the amount spent/owed increases the debt.  Two unfunded wars, unfunded mandates (Medicare Part C and D) and tax credits benefiting the top 1% income bracket eroded a hard acquired surplus and started us back down the deficit hole.

    Oh, and PS:  it is a freely elected “Obama Administration”, not an imposed regime.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OOUOHBGZIBZRMZ5TKN2X6K3G5A Steven

    While we all know that things change; what is important today may be forgotten tomorrow, conventions do seem to set a framework for the next 4 years.  So to me it is important to see what is said, not said, and how things are said.  A strong convention showing bodes well and a poor one bodes ill.  Well, the Republician one sucked!!  All I heard was blame Obama for everything or if you don’t like Obama, vote republician, and please forget all of those things we said earlier.

    I was luckey enough to see Johnson’s and Nixons speaches this week on PBS.  Both of them were uplifting and offered hope.  To me, the bottom line is that the republicians did not deliver and will not for the foreseeable future!

  • IceSphere

    How can enybody have watched the RNC without the same shock, awe, and discontent a movie like The Hunger Games was made to show us..? To go on TV and thumb your nose at all the families torn apart by ALL the wars and take full-credit with all the, “I built that..!”…You can’t build anything without taking from others in some way… If you do good, people give you credit and respect as well…
     Now if Romney went on stage with flip-flops, used some home-made soapbox moved around by a car elevator, and reading off an etch-a-sketch- that would have been well worth my time to watch.

  • Gclarke

    Conventions are infomercials for the already converted. Remember the days when there were long and heated discussions centered on establishing the “party’s platform” and each “plank” was openly debated? When candidates actually discussed the party’s platform and their vision for the nation in a statesmen like fashion. Are these convention infomercials the best the so called political party’s can offer the nation and the world? Perhaps this is emblematic of a nation lacking vision and leadership in the 21st Century. I can only hope there’s an American Margaret Thatcher out there who will breath fire back into our political system.      

  • Ice Blue102

    In LA, they always ask to see your picture ID when you use credit card. I do not know if voter fraud is rampant here.  But we have no problem producing picture ID.

  • Ice Blue102

     I am sorry for your parents.  My friends who are 75+ and not driving have California IDs.One of them had to get a replacement for her expired ID. It only took a couple of weeks and she got the one with new security seal.  It only takes a month to have a new passport issued. As ID is important not just for election purposes, I hope she will be able to get a new ID.

  • guest

    American Taxpayers are losing interest in Politics. They do not trust the Government; they do not trust the Administration and they do not trust the politicians in particular. In Marketing, Products need people to survive. Similarly in politics, the political leaders need taxpayers to support and elect qualified candidates. It is easy to say that America is run by big Corporations. Maybe true. But even to survive, big corporations do need people to be on their side to support and nurture them. Mere chattering will not make the pot boil. That is exactly what is happening today. It is obvious that the TV
     News Media openly support either the Republicans or Democrats, depending on their affliation.
    But the Real Issues are handled by Real People, regardless of their party affliation. America needs a talented leader who is really knowledgeable in and who can handle Finance and Foreign Policy

  • Barbeszoo

    You cannot have lived the last four years of this administration without knowing who the players are and on what field.  Ideology has never been more apparent, blatant rhetoric with often times no attempt to disguise the ill will between the two parties has left no question as to who is who and what they support.  While the conventions confirm what we already know {while questioning  some of those who claim to know it)  its not likely to become a catalyst for change.