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sohso:

A curious Show of Hands user asked me for access to the recent political polls that are no longer open for voting. Since our poll archives aren’t readily available, I had to do a bit of work to honor the request. And since I did it for him, I figured I may as well share it with the rest of y’all. And since I shared it with y’all, I figured you may as well share it with everyone you’ve ever met. See how it works?  :)

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-tony

  1. Should the U.S. support a UN treaty to limit civilian gun ownership rights internationally? (UserQ) 12-Jul Results
  2. If you were in Congress, would you always vote purely on your principles, or would you occasionally “take one for the team” and vote on party lines in order to strengthen your political influence and alliiances? 12-Jul Results
  3. Should elected officials have have the same expectation of privacy concerning medical conditions and treatment as normal private citizens? 12-Jul Results
  4. Should tax dollars be used to help support American farmers? 12-Jul Results
  5. Would you willingly pay 5% more taxes if it meant that you could specify the way that 50% of your total tax dollars were spent? 11-Jul Results
  6. Should it be legal to ride in the back of an open pickup truck? 10-Jul Results
  7. Do you consider an annual family income of $250,000 to be wealthy? (UserQ) 10-Jul Results
  8. Without looking it up, do you know the name of your elected representative in the U.S. House? 10-Jul Results
  9. Do you support President Obama’s call to end the “Bush tax cuts” for families earning $250,000 or more? 9-Jul Results
  10. Should society provide for the basic needs of citizens who are unable to work? 8-Jul Results
  11. Who contributes more to the rising cost of U.S. health care: profiteering by companies within the industry, or disruption by politicians and regulators? (UserQ) 7-Jul Results
  12. Should society provide for the basic needs of all citizens, including those who may choose not to work? 6-Jul Results
  13. Have you decided who you will vote for in the November Presidential election? 6-Jul Results
  14. Do we spend too much on defense/military? 5-Jul Results
  15. Security or freedom? (UserQ) 4-Jul Results
  16. Do you feel represented by your Federal government? 4-Jul Results
  17. Do you think there could be a point at which tax rates are high enough that they become a violation of individual Constitutional rights? 4-Jul Results
  18. Details are emerging that indicate that Chief Justice Roberts may have changed his vote on the ACA individual mandate in order to protect the reputation of the Supreme Court. If true, did he do the right thing? 2-Jul Results
  19. If they can’t be denied coverage when they are sick, and the penalty (max 2.5% of income) will be much less than the cost (~$4000) for most, do you think the Affordable Care Act will result in more healthy people choosing not to purchase health insurance? 2-Jul Results
  20. In 2013, the Federal inheritance tax rate is scheduled to increase to 55% on estates valued over $1 million. Given the choice between this and eliminating inheritance tax completely, what would you choose? 1-Jul Results
  21. As the story goes, Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Was this act moral, or immoral? (RematchQ) 30-Jun Results
  22. Suicide bombers: oppressed, desperate people in a sad situation, or just plain evil scumbags? 30-Jun Results
  23. Do you think the Affordable Care Act (i.e. “Obamacare”) would have passed Congress if it had been described as a new tax? (UserQ) 28-Jun Results
  24. After being held in contempt of Congress by a 255-67 vote (the first time ever for a sitting member of Cabinet), should Attorney General Eric Holder resign? 28-Jun Results
  25. Fast and Furious investigation: witch hunt or cover-up? 28-Jun Results
  26. Do you trust the U.S. Supreme Court to be politically impartial? 28-Jun Results
  27. Would you prefer that America have 100% government-run health care, or 100% free-market health care? 27-Jun Results
  28. Do you support President Obama’s assertion of Executive Privilege to prevent subpoenaed Fast and Furious documents from being turned over to Congress? 27-Jun Results
  29. Who do you think contributes more to the rising cost of health care: providers (docs, etc.) or health insurance companies? (UserQ) 26-Jun Results
  30. Does a presidential candidate’s VP running mate have any influence on your likelihood to vote for him/her? 26-Jun Results
  31. Do you think our use of military drones to target terrorists is a violation of human rights? 26-Jun Results
  32. In the immigration enforcement battle that has been in the news and the courts, who is right: the Federal government or the state of Arizona? 26-Jun Results
  33. Would strict enforcement of our existing immigration laws be racist? (UserQ) 25-Jun Results
  34. Do you want the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold or overturn the individual health insurance mandate? 25-Jun Results
  35. Should the FDA regulate health apps? 24-Jun Results
  36. Would you be in favor of a law that only allowed political campaign donations to come from individual taxpayers (no corporations, unions, non-profits, etc.)? 24-Jun Results
  37. Do you approve of President Obama’s job performance? (June 2012) 23-Jun Results
  38. If an American company can manufacture its products overseas less expensively without sacrificing quality, should they? 23-Jun Results
  39. Obama or Romney? (June 2012) 23-Jun Results
  40. Is American culture too uptight/conservative about sex, or too open/liberal? 22-Jun Results
  41. Should Congress vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt for refusing to deliver requested information regarding “Fast and Furious”? 20-Jun Results
  42. Do you think Presidents Bush and Obama have *both* stretched the limits of Presidential authority beyond what the Constitution intended? (UserQ) 20-Jun Results
  43. Should Puerto Rico be admitted as the 51st state? (UserQ) 20-Jun Results
  44. If the Supreme Court strikes down the requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance, should the other components of the law remain in place? 20-Jun Results
  45. Was the cancellation of NASA’s Space Shuttle program a good call? 19-Jun Results
  46. Are government bailouts of private companies ever a good idea? 17-Jun Results
  47. Were the riots that took place in L.A. after the Rodney King verdict justifiable social protest, or inexcusable mob violence? 17-Jun Results
  48. If you were on the jury for the O.J. Simpson murder trial, would you have voted guilty or not-guilty? 17-Jun Results
  49. Do you trust the U.S. Supreme Court to be politically impartial? (Before ACA ruling) 17-Jun Results
  50. Do you trust the Federal government or your state government more? 17-Jun Results
  51. Do you have doubts about the theory that human activity is the primary cause of climate change? 16-Jun Results
  52. Which foot-in-mouth statement was worse: “Corporations are people, my friend” or “The private sector is doing just fine”? 16-Jun Results
  53. In the 2012 Presidential election, are you more motivated to vote FOR your candidate, or AGAINST the other guy? 15-Jun Results
  54. Do we need to try to create more public sector jobs, or fewer? 15-Jun Results
  55. Do you support the Obama administration’s decision to stop deporting young illegal immigrants and issue them work permits instead? 15-Jun Results
  56. Should the government ban the sale of some unhealthy foods outright? 14-Jun Results
  57. Do you approve of Attorney General Eric Holder’s response to the “Fast and Furious” gun smuggling investigation? 12-Jun Results
  58. Should we send troops into Syria as part of a United Nations effort? 12-Jun Results
  59. Should we add Libertarian party candidate Gary Johnson to the Election 2012 Showdown? 11-Jun Results
  60. Are you planning on making any campaign donations before the November elections? 11-Jun Results
  61. School budget woes: cut some days off the school year or increase class sizes? 11-Jun Results
  62. Do you think Americans have more or less civil rights than we did 20 years ago? 9-Jun Results
  63. The 2012 Election showdown has been reset for the last time before the conventions. Go cast (or recast) your votes! 9-Jun Results
  64. Do you think Bill Clinton truly wants Obama to win re-election, or would he rather see him lose so the party pendulum might swing back toward Hillary in 2016? 7-Jun Results
  65. SOH 1.9 for iOS is available as an app store update now. Details are on the blog. Please email me at info@showofhands.mobi if you have any troubles with the upgrade process. 7-Jun Results
  66. Will George Zimmerman get a fair trial? (UserQ) 6-Jun Results
  67. Will you be voting for one of the two major party candidates in the November presidential election, or someone else? (UserQ) 6-Jun Results
  68. Are your political beliefs more closely aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement or the Tea Party movement? 5-Jun Results
  69. If your state and a handful of neighboring states decided to secede from the union, would you want to stay or leave (clarification: stay or leave from your state)? (UserQ) 4-Jun Results
  70. Labor unions: for or against? 4-Jun Results
  71. Pro-choice or pro-life? 3-Jun Results
  72. Would you rather elect a randomly picked adult within a one-mile radius of your current location, or the leading presidential candidate that you dislike the most? (UserQ) 3-Jun Results
  73. NYC Mayor Bloomberg is proposing a plan to prohibit restaurants, movies theaters, food carts and ball parks from selling soda and other sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces. Good plan? 1-Jun Results
  74. Will John Edwards ever be able to repair his reputation? 1-Jun Results
  75. Some are pointing to the Obama administration’s failed investment in Solyndra as evidence that he has a social agenda for business that doesn’t work in a free-market economy. Agree? 31-May Results
  76. Some are pointing to Romney’s time running Bain Capital as evidence that he has a cold-hearted approach to capitalism that runs contrary to the responsibilities of public political leadership. Agree? 31-May Results
  77. Should all elected Federal offices have term limits? 29-May Results
  78. Do you have any family members who have died while serving the U.S. in the Armed Forces? 28-May Results
  79. Is our criminal justice system fair? 28-May Results
  80. Which are more important to you in the 2012 Presidential election: social issues or economic issues? (UserQ) 27-May Results
  81. Do you approve of President Obama’s job performance? (May 2012) 25-May Results
  82. On economic issues, are you more liberal or conservative? 25-May Results
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  84. On social issues, are you more liberal or conservative? 25-May Results
  85. Los Angeles has voted to ban plastic shopping bags. Good move? 24-May Results
  86. A Pakistani doctor provided key information that helped the U.S. find Osama Bin Laden. Pakistan just sentenced him to 33 years in prison for treason. Should the U.S. government intervene? 24-May Results
  87. Will Obama’s 2012 reelection chances be better if he sticks with current VP Biden, or drops him in favor of Hillary Clinton? (UserQ) 23-May Results
  88. For whom did you vote (or would have voted, if you weren’t yet old enough) in the 2008 Presidential election? 22-May Results
  89. Mitt Romney or Ron Paul? 21-May Results
  90. Would you be bothered if you learned that a U.S. President was seeing a psychotherapist? (UserQ) 21-May Results
  91. Would your past actions and associations withstand the full scrutiny of the media if you were running for President, or would embarrassing facts emerge? 21-May Results
  92. Would you rather have a Federal government that offers more services and collects higher taxes, or that offers fewer services and collects lower taxes? 20-May Results
  93. Do you think the condition of the U.S. economy is improving? 19-May Results
  94. Should we “withdraw” Ron Paul from the Election 2012 showdown, given the ambiguity of his campaign announcement Monday? 15-May Results
  95. Do you want your preferred Presidential candidate to “take the gloves off” and run an aggressive/negative campaign, or to remain civil/positive? 14-May Results
  96. Do you support the growing of renewable food crops (corn, soy, etc.) specifically for their use as alternative fuel? 13-May Results
  97. Are you a registered voter? 13-May Results
  98. Do the allegations of Mitt Romney being a bully in high school impact your likelihood to vote for him? (UserQ) 11-May Results
  99. Are you in favor of legalizing polygamy? (UserQ) 10-May Results
  100. Do you think the U.S. does more harm or good in the world? 10-May Results
  101. Are you in favor of legalizing gay marriage? 9-May Results
  102. Better K-12 school schedule: 9 months of school with a full Summer vacation, or “year-round” with shorter, more frequent vacations? 8-May Results
  103. Should parents of kids with severe mental and physical handicaps be able to have their children legally euthanized? 7-May Results
  104. Do you think your local school district spends its available budget efficiently? 6-May Results
  105. Do you think the use of medical marijuana is usually legitimately medicinal, or a bogus loophole used to legalize pot smoking? (UserQ) 5-May Results
  106. Do you think that waterboarding of captured terror suspects is unjustified torture or a legitimate intel-gathering technique? 3-May Results
  107. Blind Chinese human-rights activist Chen Guangcheng has asked to come to the U.S., fearing for his and his family’s safety in China. Granting him asylum would likely damage U.S.-Chinese relations. Should we grant him asylum anyway? 3-May Results
  108. Do you think the country would be better off with a single party in control of both the Presidency and Congress, or with split power between parties? 2-May Results
  109. Do you think that President Obama is over-politicizing the anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s killing? 1-May Results
  110. More effective division of power: Democratic President and Republican Congress, or Republican President and Democratic Congress? 30-Apr Results
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  115. Do you think the existence of John Edwards’ mistress and child would still have become public knowledge had he been successful in his bid for the Presidency or Vice Presidency? 23-Apr Results
  116. Should the Federal government fund $6 billion to prevent interest on subsidized student loans from doubling to 6.8 percent in July? 21-Apr Results
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  118. Do you think the recent misconduct by Federal employees (e.g. GSA in Vegas and Secret Service in Colombia) are isolated incidents, or happen often but rarely get exposed? 17-Apr Results
  119. Do you think either political party is really engaged in a “war on women”? (UserQ) 16-Apr Results
  120. Do you think that voter fraud is common enough that it sometimes changes the outcome of state or national elections? 15-Apr Results

First, thank you for putting this together. It must have taken quite a long time. Cool to have all the results in one place.

Re: #59 - I don’t know why you’d even ask the question about including Gary Johnson if you had no intention of adding him, regardless of what people said. Forty percent of users said yes. That’s a remarkably high number considering how few even know who Gary Johnson is. 

He’s going to be on the ballot in all 50 states, something only three people have accomplished: Barack Obama, Willard “Mitt” Romney, and Gary Johnson. Combine that with the fact that 40% of users said they would like him added to the poll and what more can one really ask for? 

Anyhow, that’s my two cents.

Transcript:

My name is Gary Johnson. Today I reach out to you: members of all political parties.

I reach out to everyone with a vote and an axe to grind.

From the Tea Party to the Constitution Party, Green and Libertarian Parties: I call out to all of you. Including the disaffected and disillusioned among the Republicans and Democrats.

Today, there’s a handful of people in Washington ruining America for three hundred and thirty million of us. They’ve kept our nation in a state of perpetual war; and increasing, unsustainable debt. This small group has presided over the elimination of our Bill of Rights, and the systematic dismantling of our freedoms guaranteed us under our constitution.

It is them we should be fighting, not each other. We the people will never agree on the small things, but let’s agree on the big things.

Our leaders have blown it. if we don’t get control of this ship together, and fix it together, we all go down with it together.

I ask you to join me in something that’s never been attempted before in America: let’s put our parties and differences aside one time. Be libertarian with me for one election.

Together, we’ll stop the spending and end the wars. Together, we’ll rebuild our own roads, bridges, schools and hospitals instead of building theirs half a world away. Together, we’ll restore our industrial might and our economy.

And if, in four years we as a people decide we don’t like peace, prosperity and freedom, we can always vote tyranny back into office, again.

America is better and brighter than this. Be libertarian with me this one time, and I’ll prove it to you. Live free.

clubjacobin:

leftyjenkins If you live in Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah,…

leftyjenkins:

If you live in Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, or West Virginia and plan to vote for President Obama in November, this message is to you.

President Obama is not…

What are my thoughts about this idea? I’ll tell you.

This is a terrible, terrible idea for leftists. It may or not be the case that putting someone like Johnson in the debates would have a positive effect. (He might attack Obama and Romney for their support of the PATRIOT Act/NDAA/etc., or pile onto Romney for opposing marriage equality; but on the other hand he might team up with Romney to attack Obama for not cutting government spending enough or whatever. Who knows what his political calculations would dictate as a debate strategy? And who knows what effect that would have on public opinion?)

None of that matters to our decision though because we have to make a realistic estimate of where we can effectively put our forces. Reality check: leftists (even generously including all of us to the left of the Democratic Party who are not committed to it organizationally) do not have the political influence or mass reach to catapult Gary Johnson into a 15% popularity level. Look at the Nader vote numbers, the scattered socialist campaign results, or even the left candidates in past Democratic primaries. It’s a sad reality but we must face it: we are far too few to have such an impact.

There is one thing we definitely do have the power to do though, and that is to dissolve existing independent political organizations and squander our credibility by liquidating into a campaign to support a Libertarian candidate, whose party is completely inimical to our interests (even if this particular candidate is less repulsive than many of them).

Best of all, this plan guarantees that if Johnson were to get into the debates and builds some momentum for libertarians and Tea Party types (as is a quite likely outcome), then we would be politically disarmed and unable to respond to the rising tide of reaction. Probably the best thing that can be said for this plan is that it doesn’t grapple with our inability to actually help Johnson get to that point.

Lefties in the states where the outcome is predetermined: vote for a socialist candidate if you want, or cast a spoiled/blank ballot, or skip voting altogether. It doesn’t really matter at all what you do as an individual; if you are interested in actually making a difference then join a left organization and build a political structure that can organize and persuade people and prepare for a real contest of power. But whatever you do for God’s sake, don’t cast a protest vote or register a preference for Gary Johnson.

(PS: Lots of love for OP; I don’t mean for this to come off as any kind of personal attack. I understand the thinking that brings us to the point of considering schemes like this, but I think they are a danger of the highest order and therefore that it was worth spelling out why at some length. I will say similar things to anyone who suggests leftists commit themselves to voting and working for Nader or anyone else of his ilk too this year.)

The flip side of what I was proposing.

Fuck, I don’t know.  I just know I’m frustrated with Obama and scared of Romney. 

Le sigh…

If you live in Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, or West Virginia and plan to vote for President Obama in November, this message is to you.

President Obama is not going to carry your state and you are literally wasting your vote.  There’s just zero chance of Obama winning those states, period.  Or at least, the scenario that would have to unfold to end up in an Obama victory would be interesting to read.

There are going to be three names on the presidential ballot in all fifty states, but there’s a good chance that you won’t recognize one of the names.  Gary Johnson is running on the Libertarian ticket. I know everyone always says that a third party candidate can’t win, but I don’t buy it.  I think that if people were honest and voted for the person whose positions most mirrored their own, Johnson would win.  

Do I agree with all of his positions?  No, of course not.  But do I agree with President Obama’s “kill list” or his policy of using drones to kill sometimes innocent civilians?  No.  Do I support his crackdown on medical marijuana facilities supported by local communities across the country? No. He hasn’t closed Gitmo, it took a Biden slip to give us a president who publicly supports equality for LGBT Americans, and he modeled his healthcare reform on the one created by his Republican opponent.  

I voted for Obama in 2008 and up until a few days ago, I planned to vote for him again. But President Obama isn’t going to win Georgia. There’s no way. So, instead I’m casting my vote for Gary Johnson.

Gary Johnson opposes the Patriot Act, is anti-war, and against the invasive searches by the TSA.  He supports legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana.  He supports marriage equality for all Americans.  And he supports a free internet.

If you live in Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, or West Virginia, I encourage you to consider voting for Gary Johnson. I encourage you to tell pollsters that you are considering voting for Gary Johnson. Look him up on the google. 

I didn’t put Nebraska on the list because they don’t distribute their delegates on a winner-take-all formula.  Apart from Nebraska, President Obama doesn’t stand a chance of winning a single delegate in any of those states I listed. With support from disillusioned Democrats in those states and from disillusioned Republicans in those states, Johnson could end up with nearly 150 electoral votes.

I’m no expert by any means. But I’m sick and tired of always having the same two choices. 

What are your thoughts?

Former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson was the top elected official in New Mexico from 1994 through 2002. He took office after beating a primary opponent backed by the Republican party and he won election twice in a state that has two-to-one Democratic registration. 

This is an interview with reason.tv.

hausofglitch:

I really like having a third option for President…

alittlepieceoflove:

Honestly, I just discovered him. Ha. But looking into him a bit more, I agree with him on just about 80% of the issues. There’s some things I don’t like but that goes with just about any candidate.

But ugh, he’s a third party candidate. I don’t know if I would just be wasting my vote or not.

But right now I’ve narrowed it down to him or Obama.

What state do you live in?  I’m in Georgia, so I don’t think I’d be wasting my vote at all.  Obama is not going to carry Georgia.  If I ever get polled, I’m certainly going to talk about Gary Johnson.  If he gets to 15% in five polls, he can be invited to the presidential debates.  

The following is from a reddit post by user Soonerz:

If I told you there was a pro-marijuana legalization, anti-Patriot Act, anti-war, pro-marriage equality, anti-TSA, pro-free internet candidate on the ballot in all 50 states, would you help get him to the 15% support he needs to take the national debate stage?

There are only 3 candidates on the ballot in all 50 states: Obama, Romney, and Gary Johnson. Don’t get me wrong, there are some ideals of Gary Johnson’s I don’t support either. But we as a nation finally have a chance to have a real debate about the issues that truly matter to many Americans. Help get this man on the national debate stage with 15% support. Or we as a nation will probably have to endure another great round of debates about who is or is not wearing an American flag pin.

This man is the real deal. As a 2 term governor, he had more vetoes than all other governors at the time combined. This man would have the courage to veto the NDAA. He would have the courage to veto the Patriot Act. He would have the courage to veto whatever version of SOPA/PIPA the legislature is trying to shove down our throats in the future.

Help support a candidate who would truly change the disastrous path this country is taking in terms of civil and human liberties around the globe.

I made this a self-post so I get no Karma out of it. This is solely for the purpose of spreading knowledge.

For more information on his beliefs, visit this page.

The Commission on Presidential Debates was started by the Democratic and Republican parties as a way to keep third parties out of the debates, after the League of Women Voters balked at a secret 1988 deal between Bush 1 and Dukakis to keep third parties out the debates. (The League of Women Voters previously sponsored all the Presidential debates.) However, the CPD has openly published its criteria for inviting candidates to the debates as:

In addition to being Constitutionally eligible, candidates must appear on a sufficient number of state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning a majority vote in the Electoral College, and have a level of support of at least 15% (fifteen percent) of the national electorate as determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations, using the average of those organizations’ most recent publicly-reported results at the time of the determination.

Johnson is Constitutionally eligible and on the ballot in all 50 states, so basically spread the word about Gary Johnson and get people to answer “Gary Johnson” when asked who they plan to vote for. You can obviously vote for anyone when you get in the booth in November, but get Johnson to 15% in 5 national polls and he’ll get invited to the debates with Obama and Romney to bring up all kinds of topics that make them uncomfortable (the unpopular and failed drug war, indefinite detention of American citizens without charges, the Presidential “kill list”, corporate welfare, the absurd military budget, etc.)

I don’t know as much about Johnson as I do about the other two candidates, but that’s because he gets very little attention from the machine that feeds us news. I have to agree that the nation would benefit from having him in the debate. 

This might be a good time for a candidate like Gary Johnson. I can see him getting 15% support in a few polls. If he is then invited to a debate or even multiple debates and performed well, it could make for a very interesting race. I think there are a lot of people disillusioned with both candidates in this race. 

Thoughts?