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Does a candidate's gender affect your vote?

Old 01-10-08, 10:28 AM
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Does a candidate's gender affect your vote?

I've had some discussions with a few friends who said they wouldn't vote for someone because they are female, or didn't feel comfortable with a woman President, etc. Surprisingly, most of these people have been women who've had a problem with voting for a woman. I didn't realize so many people still thought this way.

I'll make this an anonymous poll so people will be a bit more honest hopefully. Also, the affect can be positive or negative. Please elaborate if you care to.
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Old 01-10-08, 10:31 AM
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Sure, I'd vote for a broad. I vote for them all the time in the weekly wet t-shirt contest down at the local bar.
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Old 01-10-08, 10:34 AM
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If a woman is elected as out president, how will she be received in countries where women are seen as inferior to men? It would/will be interesting to find out.
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If a woman is elected as out president, how will she be received in countries where women are seen as inferior to men? It would/will be interesting to find out.
In a country like Pakistan? where they've had women leaders?
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Originally Posted by Venusian
In a country like Pakistan? where they've had women leaders?
I have no specific country in mind. But I think we are naive if we think that there aren't places where a woman president would be considered differently just because she is a woman. I don't think we should let that determine how we vote, but it is something that could occur.
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Originally Posted by Venusian
In a country like Pakistan? where they've had women leaders?
How did that turn out?
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It hasn't yet, so I doubt if it will in the future.
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I have no problem voting, even if it was a man

Hey, I would even vote for a transvestite, as long as they were the best person for the presidency (sorry Rudy, that would exclude you).
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If I am completely honest with myself, I think that it would be a factor in my voting (if only a small factor). It seems that there have been very strong female leaders before (Thatcher comes to mind), so I don't think it would be the end of the world.
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Old 01-10-08, 11:02 AM
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Definitely not.

The first person I voted for for Congress was a woman. I also voted for her for Governor in a primary and then when she was defeated in the primary, I voted for her primary opponent, also a woman, for Governor.
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I've voted for many women. Miss USA, Miss Universe, etc.

I voted for Patty Murray and she's almost female.
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No. But I would never vote for a liberal regardless of their gender.
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But I would never vote for a liberal regardless of their gender.

Now there's some earth-shattering news.
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Old 01-10-08, 11:27 AM
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I voted for Hillary when I lived in NY and I voted for Betty Castor for Senate in FL. I think I'm good with the womens.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
Now there's some earth-shattering news.
Even for the city dog catcher job if that came up to a vote.
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No. But I would never vote for a conservative regardless of their gender.
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bhk, you a BJP guy?
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Old 01-10-08, 12:04 PM
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I would vote for a female based on two criteria: 1) if she was the best candidate who reflected the most number of my political beliefs, or 2) if out of the candidates who reflected my political beliefs she had the best chance of winning the actual election.

I'm just being honest.
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Old 01-10-08, 12:29 PM
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Why not include 'does race affect your vote?'

Probably you'll get even members lying about that than with gender.
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Old 01-10-08, 12:34 PM
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Why not include 'does religion affect your vote?'

Probably you'll get even members lying about that than with gender.


Actually, they don't lie about it. Most people are up front about their bias against religion or lack thereof.
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Originally Posted by bhk
Even for the city dog catcher job if that came up to a vote.

Let's face it. They don't have to be a liberal. If they simply have a -D next to them, you won't be voting for such a person, correct?
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Yeah - and, there's a reason why are biased against religion (Christianity - let's be honest about that). We won't get into that however.
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Old 01-10-08, 12:41 PM
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The beauty of my statement is that it applies all ways. Of course, I see the great bulk of the bias flowing a different direction than you see it.
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure a Muslim would have a really easy time getting elected.
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
Yeah, I'm pretty sure a Muslim would have a really easy time getting elected.
Last poll I saw, Muslims were in a dead heat with Mormons. And both groups were more likely to be elected than atheists.
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