Poll: Voting habits of Atheists, Agnostics, and Free Thinkers


This poll is directed to any A|N member who lives in a democracy and has the right to vote. There is really no way to do polls here, so I will start this as a discussion thread.

Answer any or all of the questions you’d like, but please copy and paste the questions into your comment so that other members do not have to refer back to the top of the page to match your response to the question.

1. What age could you register to vote?

2. At what age did you register to vote?

3. How many years ago was that?

4. Did you come from a family that was involved in politics, or always took time to vote?

5. Do you vote in:
a. Every single election
b. 75% or more of all elections
c. About 50% of all elections
d. Less than 50% of all elections
e. Only for the really important offices

6. Do you consider yourself an informed voter?
a. Extremely informed
b. Moderately informed
c. Poorly informed

7. Does a candidate’s views on religion and atheism, or their personal religious beliefs, affect your choice?

8. Do you always vote along party lines?
a. Always
b. Almost always, but with rare exception
c. Seldom
d. Never. For the individual candidate only.

9. Are you a single-issue voter?

10. Would you like to share what issues are important to you?

11. Are their any issues to which you are absolutely indifferent?

12. What party of political ideology do you identify with?

13. Have you ever held a public office, or do you have any ambition to do so?

14. Where do you live?

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d, I suppose.

To me, I want to look at the entire platform of the party, more than the candidate, unless the candidate is just so wrong, bad, evil, reckless, or incompetent. The reason I do this is because if one supports the platform, you need support from that party to get the platform passed. The parties are so often polarized on every issue, that if you voted 50% R and 50% D you'd likey only elect people who'd cancel one another's vote. I may not like Senator John Doe completely, but if he supports the party's platform, then that is important, too.

12. What party of political ideology do you identify with?

None.


Can you explain why? To me, it sounds like you would then not have any opinion on the issues. Because the parties are different on the issues -- generally speaking.
1. 18
2. 18
3. 15
4. Yes
5. b (All general elections, some primaries)
6. a
7. Depends. I take separation of church and state into account, and whether they've said anything nasty about atheists or about other groups, but I won't refuse to vote for someone because they're religious if I don't think they will let their religion influence their public-sphere job.
8. b
9. No
10. LGBT rights, environment, health care are my top 3
11. I can't think of any
12. I'm a progressive independent, but that generally works out to me voting for Democrats
13. No, I would be terrible at the asking-for-donations-and-remembering-important-people part of it.
14. Chicago, IL, USA
and-remembering-important-people

You and me, both.
1. 18, 2., 18 3., 20
4. no involvement, but a strong commitment to voting.
5. I vote in all national elections & state elections. I don't always vote in the local ones.
6. A.
7. Yes. I won't vote for a fundie or anyone who disparages atheists
8. No
9. No
10. Health Care, Education, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights.
11. No.
12. I won't register under any party affiliation. But Im more of a Dem or a Green.
13. No and heck no.
14. The house on the corner with the big tree and the mailbox. ;) Just kidding. Central NY.
1,2,3. What age could you/did you register to vote? 18 and 18. 9 years ago.
But I've been helping election officials since I was 16, and was an official on the 2 elections that happened between me turning 18 and moving out.

4. Did you come from a family that was involved in politics? My family has been involved in politics since we were a Spanish colony. The older generations were persecuted during the McCarthy era, and had dossiers.

5. Do you vote in: a. Every single election

6. Do you consider yourself an informed voter? b. Moderately informed

7. Does a candidate’s views on religion and atheism, or their personal religious beliefs, affect your choice? yes

8. Do you always vote along party lines? b. Almost always, but with rare exception

9. Are you a single-issue voter? No

10. Would you like to share what issues are important to you?
Puerto Rico's status, economic development of local (PR) agriculture/industry, ecosystem conservation of the rainforests, dry forests, and mangroves, and diminishing the influence of the black drug and weapons market on both society and local government.

11. Are their any issues to which you are absolutely indifferent? I honestly don't know.

12. What party of political ideology do you identify with? Pro-Independence/Democratic Socialist

13. Have you ever held a public office, or do you have any ambition to do so? No, but I would do so if I found it necessary.

14. Where do you live? My home is in Trujillo Alto (a suburb near San Juan), but I'm in NYS studying.
Madeline, I am curious to hear how you feel about Puerto Rico's status. The current state is unreasonable and unfair (IMO), but what do you feel would be in Puerto Rico's best interest both in the short and long term
a. Maintain current status
b. Independence as a Nation
c. Statehood
With what exceptions (for example a nation that grants all current citizens dual citizenships with the U.S. or statehood that maintains P.R.'s independence in some areas, like choosing the official language used in the legislature.)
1. What age could you register to vote? - 18
2. At what age did you register to vote? - 19
3. How many years ago was that? - 20

4. Did you come from a family that was involved in politics, or always took time to vote?

No politics, but civic duties were always emphasized at my house.

5. Do you vote in: - b. 75% or more of all elections

6. Do you consider yourself an informed voter? - b. Moderately informed

I always take the time to learn about the issues that are important to me, and what the opinions of the major parties are.

7. Does a candidate’s views on religion and atheism, or their personal religious beliefs, affect your choice?

Not so far, but never say never.

8. Do you always vote along party lines? - d. Never. For the individual candidate only.

9. Are you a single-issue voter?

Depends on the issue and what is at stake.

10. Would you like to share what issues are important to you?

Certain Freedoms and Rights are always important to me...
such as Expression, Speech, Life, Equal Access and Privacy are my big ideology ones. Internet privacy and equal access are also a hot button issue for me these days.

I care about election reform since I feel the parliamentary system we inherited from the commonwealth is out of date for a country as large and as diverse as Canada is.

Policy reform is also a issue with me, that is to say I think that we have way to much clutter in our laws and practices, I almost always favor smaller leaner governments over larger monolithic ones.

11. Are their any issues to which you are absolutely indifferent?

I wouldn't say indifferent, but I do know that some issues are pretty much the same across all party lines so they for me are much less important.

12. What party of political ideology do you identify with?

All and none, I am fiscally conservative, socially liberal, currently I am joining up with the Pirate Party of Canada

13. Have you ever held a public office, or do you have any ambition to do so?

Not really, but thing do change, so I can't say never.

14. Where do you live? Canada, Eh!
And by socially liberal I assume you mean libertarian, not Liberal?

Not sure what you mean by libertarian. I work for a very leftist paper, and while I share some of their views, most of mine are not in-line with the average person I work with. I am much more centre-left in my outlook. The Liberal Party of Canada is often describe that way however I don't consider them centre-left, more centre-right to my eyes these days, especially with a lot of their business back peddling when dealing with the various media conglomerates we have here in Canada.
It does and now I have to go think about my response.
Similarly no candidate that shares my general world view has ever channeled God as a means of justifying his/her position on an issue.

I knew when I read this that you didn't live in Texas.

Heh, you must be psychic. :)

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