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Do Celebs Influence Your Politics?

We're not the only ones with vote fever today! Even Diddy is out spreading his political message. Celebs from Robert DeNiro to Garrison Keillor are also declaring their support for candidates this week. And of course who can forget Oprah for Obama, Chuck Norris for Huckabee, and Stallone for McCain? But here's the question: Does the opinion of the famous influence your vote?

Interestingly, according to a recent survey in US Weekly, 90 percent of respondents said "no!" All of the Oprahs and Chuck Norrises in the world don't matter a lick once the voting booth curtain is closed. What about you?

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kh61582 kh61582 8 years
I absolutely HATE hearing about all these liberal celebrities and which liberal politician (or in Sean Penn's case dictator) they are supporting. My political views matter a lot to me so when I hear about a movie with certain celebs in it (Julia Roberts for instance) I cringe and don't want to see it because all I can think of is some stupid thing they said about a candidate I support. I'd really like it if they could keep the political commentary to their living rooms. Some of these liberal wacko celebrities are talented but I can't force myself to see their movies or buy their albums because of their loud and annoying political views. On the other hand I love hearing about conservative celebrities because they come so few and far between. Still I think it would be better for everyone if celebrities didn't make such a big deal about their political affiliation.
kh61582 kh61582 8 years
I absolutely HATE hearing about all these liberal celebrities and which liberal politician (or in Sean Penn's case dictator) they are supporting. My political views matter a lot to me so when I hear about a movie with certain celebs in it (Julia Roberts for instance) I cringe and don't want to see it because all I can think of is some stupid thing they said about a candidate I support. I'd really like it if they could keep the political commentary to their living rooms. Some of these liberal wacko celebrities are talented but I can't force myself to see their movies or buy their albums because of their loud and annoying political views.On the other hand I love hearing about conservative celebrities because they come so few and far between. Still I think it would be better for everyone if celebrities didn't make such a big deal about their political affiliation.
kia kia 8 years
I think celebrities do influence some folks. I am not a sheep though and can think for myself.
lcterp lcterp 8 years
I don't think that all celebritites are misinformed but the problem for me is that celebrities are so centered on only one issue when they make their endorsement decision and that's because they can be. They don't have to worry about how taxes or healthcare or anything really because they have the funds to keep them out of whatever situation may occur.
Fab84 Fab84 8 years
I think its great that celebs get involved, only for the simple fact that I feel it gets more young people involved as it brings attention to the election. I for one do not vote in regards to who a celebrity chooses to endorse, but I think that considering the celebrity crazed state in which we live is a great way to bring attention to what is really going on in the world and hopefully will encourage people to get out, get informed and decide for themselves.
foxie foxie 8 years
You're an idiot if you vote based on some celebrity.
lula29 lula29 8 years
Celebrities don't influence my vote, but it's interesting to hear what anyone supports and why, so for me they just add to the political discussion.For the life of me I can't understand why some people get so threatened by them having and voicing their opinion, especially since it's clear they don't seem to influence ours much.They are simply exercising their right to free speech and I can choose to tune in or out if I like. And vote the way I want regardless.
lula29 lula29 8 years
Celebrities don't influence my vote, but it's interesting to hear what anyone supports and why, so for me they just add to the political discussion. For the life of me I can't understand why some people get so threatened by them having and voicing their opinion, especially since it's clear they don't seem to influence ours much. They are simply exercising their right to free speech and I can choose to tune in or out if I like. And vote the way I want regardless.
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 8 years
They definitely don't influence me. I don't care what any of them think. Usually I just want to tell them to shut up.
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 8 years
They definitely don't influence me. I don't care what any of them think. Usually I just want to tell them to shut up.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
kscincotta you are correct that many celebs are in fact informed. It's just that for me, what they believe in and what I believe in may not jive in terms of what I we looking for in a President. I do take things into consideration as to WHY they endorse but that has no bearing on my choice overall.
legalbeagle legalbeagle 8 years
ahah im with you Jovian... Seriously, Im going to listen to some lead singer who dropped out of high school and will be in rehab next week... mmmm yeah thanks, ill make my own informed decisions thank you
legalbeagle legalbeagle 8 years
ahah im with you Jovian... Seriously, Im going to listen to some lead singer who dropped out of high school and will be in rehab next week... mmmm yeah thanks, ill make my own informed decisions thank you
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Wow, so no one on here believes that any celebrities are actually informed about the political process? I would say that there are a good number of celebs who just endorse candidates for their own publicity. However, there are also a good number of celebs who are very informed, particularly on the issues that matter to them. If Leonardo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt tells me a certain candidate is the best qualified for environmental issues or rebuilding New Orleans, I'd believe them. If Angelina Jolie endorsed a candidate for being the best on the refugee situation in third world countries, I would absolutely believe her. If George Clooney and Don Cheadle tells me such and such a candidate is the most qualified on Darfur, I'm going to believe them, seeings as they were just recognized by the UN for their efforts. Basically, the major thing celebs have to offer besides their artistic talents is the ability to draw awareness to causes that desperately need it. Endorsing candidates that are the best for those same causes is just another way to do just that, and I don't think that a celeb with a proven track record on an issue should be outrightly dismissed. Personally, I spend a lot of time educating myself on all the candidates and their policies so that I don't have to depend on celeb endorsements. And I would never take the advice of just one person without considering the point of view of others. But I think it's absolutely stupid to assume that none of these celebs have actually taken the time to learn something or that their opinions aren't valid.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Wow, so no one on here believes that any celebrities are actually informed about the political process? I would say that there are a good number of celebs who just endorse candidates for their own publicity. However, there are also a good number of celebs who are very informed, particularly on the issues that matter to them. If Leonardo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt tells me a certain candidate is the best qualified for environmental issues or rebuilding New Orleans, I'd believe them. If Angelina Jolie endorsed a candidate for being the best on the refugee situation in third world countries, I would absolutely believe her. If George Clooney and Don Cheadle tells me such and such a candidate is the most qualified on Darfur, I'm going to believe them, seeings as they were just recognized by the UN for their efforts. Basically, the major thing celebs have to offer besides their artistic talents is the ability to draw awareness to causes that desperately need it. Endorsing candidates that are the best for those same causes is just another way to do just that, and I don't think that a celeb with a proven track record on an issue should be outrightly dismissed.Personally, I spend a lot of time educating myself on all the candidates and their policies so that I don't have to depend on celeb endorsements. And I would never take the advice of just one person without considering the point of view of others. But I think it's absolutely stupid to assume that none of these celebs have actually taken the time to learn something or that their opinions aren't valid.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 8 years
No, especially when I have reason to believe that most celebrities have the IQ of a soapbar...
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 8 years
It REALLY turned me off when Oprah publically jumped on Barack's bandwagon- like I care!
emalove emalove 8 years
Not even a tiny bit.
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 8 years
I do not think as a whole that celebrities are well informed about really anything, but especially not politics. It would actually make me less likely to vote for someone if they have a lot of celebrities endorse them.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
Regardless of how informed a celeb is, it's not like they know exactly what issues are important to ME. I would think that a celeb with money might not be thinking long term about the things I think about as a middle-income single mother of a psychologically challenged child. I don't even really take ANY endorsement into consideration for that matter. So what if the mayor of my city backs Obama? Doesn't mean that I should vote for him. In fact, I am quite undecided as of today and Seattle holds it's caucuses on Saturday. In my decision making I am taking into account what people who endorse candidates have to say about why they chose said candidate, but the choice is ultimately MINE to make.
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
It seems arrogant of them in the sense that they think they have such a high power of influence on us...I know they don't for me and many others...they should stay out of politics
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
No.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
No.
tiff58 tiff58 8 years
Um, no. I just don't understand why these people think they are experts on politics. Some of them are smart and well-informed, sure, but I don't see most of those people going public with their endorsements.
frizzyfawn frizzyfawn 8 years
Celebs can barely keep track of their own lives, much less what is going on in the political sphere. There is no way I would put any weight AT ALL on who they support.
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