Sunday, October 9, 2011

What Political Party Are You?

What political party are you?  Maybe you are the political party that your parents told you to be, or maybe you do not know what political party to affiliate yourself with.  In 2008, the country was destined to put a Democrat in office,  when President Bush's approval rating was a measly 28% while congress's approval rating was 20%.  Today, as we are approaching the Presidential elections, President Obama has found himself heading towards the same predicament as President Bush; ending his presidential term with a less than 50% approval rating.  With the elections in sight, how will the people of the United States vote?  A political party has been defined as a political organization that typically seeks to influence government policy, usually by nominating their own candidates, and trying to seat them in political office.  For those who are not sure where they stand, maybe use this quiz as a meter stick:

So, where do you stand?  The country has found itself in a unique situation in terms of populations that usually vote one way surveying to vote another.  Therefore, it will be interesting to see how the popular vote pans out in 2012 considering the shift of directions certain groups have taken.  For example, consider the Jewish vote.  While it does not make up for a mass amount of the popular votes, the current Republican win for seats in New York has the current administration concerned as for the Jewish vote in 2012.  Since 1980, the Democrats have comfortably possessed the Jewish vote but perhaps this coming election may bring a different outcome.  In addition, the Hispanic vote may have a lot more of an impact in this upcoming popular vote in battle ground states based on issues of immigration and other left-leaning strong holds.  See the following chart.

Sixty-seven percent of voting Hispanics went for Obama in 2008.  It is no mystery as to why Democrats have received support from Hispanics when looking at the amount of advocacy on issues such as illegal immigration slated in favor of the Hispanic population.  California recently revised the DREAM act, which will now include college scholarships for illegal immigrants who graduate high school.  However, in order to get the votes, the voters also have to show up.  This will be a large part of campaigning strategy for all parties especially in battle ground states where the Hispanic votes could provide a strong edge.

While choosing a political affiliation may be about as easy as playing drums with no arms, more complex will be the strategies that democrats and republicans will have to employ to win over certain groups in the presidential campaigns.


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