Is your voting choice affected by political advertising?

Posted on October 12th, 2011 by admin1 in Political Advertising

I live in a state where the political ads are out of control. Every commercial break is filled to bursting with them. "If you vote for candidate X they’ll continue their job killing agenda." "A vote for proposition Y is a vote for Big Oil." The slogans just go on and on to the point where I have to tune it out for my own sanity.

Personally, I read my voter guide and do my own online research to make my ballot choices. All of these ridiculously expensive commercials are completely wasted on me. In fact, I have less and less respect for the candidates / organizations identified as being behind them. I find their assumptions about my stupidity to be insulting (as if ANYONE decides to vote for job killing bills!).

Anyway, does any else feel the same way? Is anyone using this advertising to make their ballot choices?

I, like yourself, do all my research online (voting records if applicable) and try to stay informed on what candidates stand for what. I talk to so many people who, when describing a candidate or proposition, literally reiterate a commercial that was on the tv. I find it sad that more people base their votes that way as opposed to making an informed vote. This is especially important with the lesser known elections (ie. judicial seats) But the candidates air these commercials based on the assumption that their "registered voters" will vote based on their ads.

11 Comments on “Is your voting choice affected by political advertising?”

  1. Stay thirsty my friends

    Nope.

    I am however starting to not care who wins…as long as I don’t have to sit thru any more political ads…References :

  2. Traveler

    No! Independent voter and never affiliated with any party.References :

  3. I see Russia! Yoohoo! Russia!

    Sometimes I vote against candidates in hopes I will never have to see their slime ads again if they lose.References :

  4. MIT

    I don’t pay any attention to them Too bad they spend so much money on negative political ads that very few people even watch.References :

  5. JustMe

    I think they insult our intelligence with all the ads! I gets tons of it in the mail and immediatley thinkw hat a waste of donors money because they all go in the trash. I see that all my neighbors throw thema way without even reading them. Hence I will not contribute for fear they will use my money to make ads that no one reads.
    Do they think we are so dense we don’t know who we want to represent us?

    I can tell just by looking at someone if I will vote for him. I would say the tv ads do more than mail ads.
    I am forced to listen to the tv ads and I admit all they do is make me wonder why they do nothing but cut their opponent down.

    I will vote for whom I want and no ad can move me!References :

  6. turd furgeson

    nopeReferences :

  7. scott c

    I, like yourself, do all my research online (voting records if applicable) and try to stay informed on what candidates stand for what. I talk to so many people who, when describing a candidate or proposition, literally reiterate a commercial that was on the tv. I find it sad that more people base their votes that way as opposed to making an informed vote. This is especially important with the lesser known elections (ie. judicial seats) But the candidates air these commercials based on the assumption that their "registered voters" will vote based on their ads.References :

  8. Alex

    No. I vote primarily according to policy platforms, not dumb slogans.References :

  9. GARF

    Of course not. It is a total waste of money as far as I am concerned.References :

  10. Silas G

    Just my opinion, but the commercials aren’t there for your benefit. They’re there to keep the riff-raff out.

    People are more likely to vote for names they recognize, it’s really that simple. The ones you read on the ballot and don’t know a thing about, are the ones that didn’t have the ad money to compete.References :

  11. Becca the Tea Lady

    Nope….when they get this close to the election I have already decided. These ads now are simply nasty attack ads. What a waste of good money!References :

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