Barack-ing the vote?
August 23, 2012 2:49 PM Subscribe
Should I vote in the upcoming presidential election? If so, for who?
posted by lovelygirl to law & government (55 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
22 year old female considering voting in her first presidential election. I'm not really sure if I should vote at all, and if so for who.
I would describe myself as extremely conservative on social issues. So it may seem that Romney/Republican Party is the best bet. But as a recent college grad, I'm wondering if I should be considering voting Obama/Democrat.
Like many Americans (look at the consistently low rates of voter turnout!), I do not find politics very interesting and I do not keep up with them. So I'm really unsure as to which candidate is best.
The social issue that I value most is the whole right to life thing. I am very pro-life and support restrictions to outlaw abortions except in cases of rape or incest. I don't feel too strongly either way about gay marriage but I would tend towards legalizing it. Do not support stem cell research.
I grew up with the view that the Democratic Party is for the average working-class or middle-class American and the Republican Party is for the wealthy that want lower taxes. I do have federal student loans but not a massive amount and I have had no trouble getting them deferred. Since I do not currently have a permanent full-time job in my field, I don't really have any complaints about student loans or interest rates on those. But I obviously care about the creation of new jobs and an increase in hiring. Since I don't have a "real" full-time job (currently just temping), how much do I need to care about taxes? (Btw if you have for-dummies type reading material on taxes and the candidate's views in super-simple language and no presumption of previous knowledge on the subject, please share. I would like to read about and understand this better).
More info: Pretty much anti-war. I do care deeply about our environment and support green efforts. Against drilling for oil in certain areas. Don't care much either way regarding trade deficits and gun control. While I feel people need to take more personal responsibility, I support safety-net programs like Social Security and Medicaid for the retired and those that really need help. I know that there are really great charities out there that have had to cut programs because of a lack of federal funding. What candidate would support restoration of funding for worthwhile organizations?
As I'm writing this question, I'm wondering if I should place a larger focus on Social Security sustainability. I have read the media reports that Social Security will soon be obsolete and that worries me. As an only child, the entire weight of caring for my parents will fall on my shoulders. My parents will be within retirement age in 5-7 years although for financial reasons, they will probably continue working for 10-15 years. I realize that 10-15 years is a while from now, but knowing how slowly it can take to pass laws and such, I guess it would be good if the next president was taking steps to make sure that there is some sort of program in place by then. Which candidate will take a better approach to helping me care for my parents in 10-15 years?
Do I just pick an issue or two that is most important to me and vote based on that? I don't necessarily mind being a single-issue voter but the two issues that I would care most about (pro-life and job creation) seem to draw me in different directions. Do I just vote for whatever candidate I think is a nicer guy? (just kidding, although I am aware that some people vote that way)
Should I even vote at all? Since I live in New York, a non-battleground blue state, does my vote matter? If I cannot decide strongly, I will just not vote at all since I believe that if you cannot take voting seriously and do it with the right intentions, you shouldn't bother to vote at all. Votes cast for stupid reasons, like what candidate you think is a nicer guy or because of their last name or what school they went to shouldn't really count!
Metafilter, tell me who I should vote for based on my criteria above and why!