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Do Endorsements Factor Into Your Voting Decision?

Is it the voting equivalent of jumping off a cliff? If well-known people/newspapers/terrorist organizations are endorsing a candidate, does it make you want to do it too? With less than two weeks left, endorsements of varying pedigrees and celebrity are piling up.

Though Colin Powell's big Obama announcement caught attention, McCain is not without former secretary of state approval — four former secretaries (Haig, Kissinger, Eagleburger, and Baker) have all pledged support, as well as Powell's son — and a long list of others, including 100 generals and admirals, more than 30 governors, and fairly meaty list of celeb-types. Then the news yesterday of a possibly less-luminary endorsement: supporters of al Qaeda. They see McCain as the better choice to exhaust the US's fiscal and martial resources by continuing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama's list of endorsements may have garnered more attention than McCain's lately, but interestingly one of the newest additions to his endorsement tally also comes from the Middle East: Iran. According to the speaker of the Iranian parliament, his country prefers Obama as they see him as more "flexible." Then there's the breakdown of newspaper endorsements: Obama is leading McCain 121-42 in newspaper endorsements, including 48-28 in states that went for Bush in 2004.

With everyone weighing in, do some influence your decision more than others?


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True, mykie.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
lexi, I might be influenced to buy a CAR if a celebrity endorsed them but I am not influenced towards a candidate. It DOES however influence how I feel about the celebrity! LOL
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
I despise endorsements of any kind. Unfortunately, we're all somewhat influenced by them whether we know it or not. It's sneaky like that.
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 8 years
MarinerMandy, You don't have to convince me. Though, I've not read the Playboy article you mention, I did read Barry Jr.'s Pure Goldwater account. Good stuff, btw. Along the same vein, I find it preposterous McCain fancies himself a Teddy Roosevelt archetype. Teddy possessed much more moxie and invidualism than McCain could ever dream of having.
I pay attention, but it doesn't influence me. I do feel more negatively toward a celebrity when they get hostile about their opposition, though. You don't like the other candidate? Fine. Do you have to grow vampire teeth and hiss about it?
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Powell's endorsement might have influenced to me- if I were on the fence. Overall it is interesting to see where a candidate gets it support. I'm not going to touch the Iran/Al Quaeda endorsements, but opinion polls and "endorsements" from nations that are our allies do also interest me. Celebrity endorsements- nah, not at all, and I think they can hurt certain candidates. Heidi and Spencer and LL I'm looking at you! Although I do actually like La Lohan. Actually, if anything, a celebrity endorsement just makes me like the celebrity less or more!
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
They don't matter to me one bit. I make my own decisions thank you very much.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
The only time I listen to an endorsement is if they're good looking, and female. Even then, I'm not really listening to the endorsement... ;) No, celebrity endorsements don't matter to me.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
First, THANK YOU CITIZEN for using care less properly. :) No, I don't listen to endorsements. They're nice to have, but I don't want anyone else thinking for me.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Dublin, Barry Goldwater did not like John McCain one bit. You'll notice that McCain never referred to himself as a Goldwater Conservative until AFTER Goldwater died. There was a good article about the Goldwater family's feelings toward him and Barry's feelings toward him in Playboy a few months ago.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
lol lilkimbo. I can't say that an endorsement would NEVER affect me. I agree cross party endorsements seem to carry a bit more weight. But there is no public figure who I know and admire enough that I would trust their decision making process to be better than my own.
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 8 years
They don't generally influence my voting choice more than they interest me. I find it intriguing when an opposing party has some genuine defectors. By genuine, I do not mean shills like Lieberman, who seem to volley back and forth to further their own political agenda. I found it interesting the Goldwater clan is supporting Obama. I have always admired the Godfather of Conservatism. I appreciated his views regarding the detrimental and toxic Religious Right. And, I wholeheartedly embrace the view of separation of church and state.
stephley stephley 8 years
I pay attention to endorsements, but can't think of one that has ever changed my vote. I think when it's a public official who endorses, especially if they endorse someone unexpected, it provides food for thought.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Yes, totally. I know I couldn't make my decision until I knew who Angelina was voting for. I do find it interesting to see who aligns with who, not in the celebrity world, but in the political world. But that's just personal interest, not vote altering information.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I think it's a bigger deal when someone endorses early in the campaign or when the candidates are in a dead heat. When one candidate has been polling ahead for weeks or even months, an endorsement of that person doesn't mean much to me.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Also, cross party endorsements are a bigger deal. It's no surprise that Lieberman and Powell got more press for their respective endorsements of McCain and Obama, than, say the other Republican Secretaries of State that endorse McCain.
zeze zeze 8 years
Endorsements work in one way with me, if someone I deem an idiot, or thought I completely disagreed with supports who I am voting for, I take a second look at my candidate. I also look up why that person is endorsing my candidate, maybe they know something that I have neglected. Side note - you would think Iran and Al Qaeda would either shut up or say the opposite of what they really want (or maybe they know we will think that and are saying what they really want knowing we know they are trying reverse, confusing huh) I mean they don't honestly believe their endorsement helps any? I love that they cancel each other out though, that way both sides can throw the "terror" endorsement in the others face.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Haha, Lil K. Endorsements may not change my decision, but they might make me feel better about the decision I've already made. I admit that with everyone saying Obama supporters are drinkin' the kool-aid, dazzled by the rockstar messiah, only voting for him because he's black, etc. I've had doubts. Am I making the right decision? Am I being charmed by speeches without realizing it? Am I somehow being swept up with my demographic and voting for this guy because I'm young, well educated, and live in an urban area? So when lots of newspapers and smart, important people endorse Obama, it helps me feel better about my decision. (That, plus, we agree on lots of issues.)
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
They are ridiculous. I understand the weird need for public figures to let us know how they feel politically, and I understand it's inevitable, but it's pointless.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
absolutely not. it's the candidate i care about. it does make me happy when a celebrity i like (justin timberlake) also supports a candidate i like (obama) but really i like it when anyone supports my chosen candidate!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Only two endorsements matter to me: Heidi Montag's and Spencer Pratt's.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
They do not.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I could care less about endorsements. Its like picking people to play red rover, who is the biggest? who bears more weight? in the end its just a game.
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