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But I wanted Hillary!!

20 February 2008

In The Netherlands, we have the Voting Guide. This online 'quiz' helps you to determine which political party suits you best so that you can make an informed choice during the elections. I find it a very useful and, quite often, revealing, tool.

There is also one for the American presidential elections that helps you to pick the candidate that suits you best.

I will never vote Republican so the choice is between Obama & Clinton. I personally support Hillary Clinton but I have no real reason for this as I know nothing about her politics. Perhaps it really is as simple as: she is a woman and wouldn't that be awesome in the White House.

I did the Candidate Match Quiz and to my surprise, I did not even get close to Clinton OR Obama as my favorite candidate. I was relieved that 2 out of the 3 suggestions were at least Democrats but Mitt Romney?!?!?!?! And it turns out I should still prefer Obama over Clinton.

Interestingly, I found myself thinking about the answers, trying to guess which ones would match Clinton's, rather than trying to answer them completely unbiased. I am SURE I am not the only one doing this, as we always try to match our opinions to people we like to win and we always like to see our beliefs confirmed, rather than being told your opinion is not backed up by facts.

As soon as I finished the test, I noticed that you can decide which issues weigh heavier in the calculations. Obviously this means this can change which candidate suits you most. Because I really wanted to match myself to Clinton, I started thinking of issues she would probably find most important and then adjusted the sliders to get 'closer' to Clinton. It did not work. if I kept my answers the same (i.e. as honest to my own opinion) but changed the importance of certain issues, the only change was that Mitt Romney was substituted in 3rd place by Obama. No matter what I tried, I could not even get Clinton in to 3rd place.

Obviously, the whole idea is to challenge your own beliefs, rather than setting the quiz up in a way that will confirm them.

I think all Americans should do this quiz. Just to check if the candidate they support actually stands for what they believe in.

And yet, I would still vote for Clinton. Because I think a woman in The White House would kick ass. And that proves that even someone like me, someone who considers herself open to facts, rather than impressed by image, really, in the end, when it comes down to it, relies on gut feeling, rather than fact when it comes to picking a candidate. That leaves me very open to being influenced by rhetoric, rather than facts.

That makes me feel worried.


Kristel said...

3x democrats. Obama op 2!

X Zus

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