A little poll

@ajett1 (65)
United States
November 12, 2010 1:39pm CST
As some of you know in America the NRA (National Rifle Association) will back certain canidates running for anything from President to School Board. I was intrested to find out when visiting a local sporting goods store that some people here in this country are voting for only NRA backed candidates. I find this to be against everything that America stands for. The sad part is that it is not like these people are forced to vote this way they just bend their will to the will of the Rifle Association. This NRA backing is not a hard thing to get either a simple donation will do and you get the backing and of course the votes to go with it. To keep the backing all a person need do is not vote in favor of anti-gun legislation. Anyway I am intrested in finding out what other people think on this matter.
5 responses
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
13 Nov 10
I hope there aren't too many Americans who choose their candidates based on the backing of one or two organizations that support them but I'm sure there are somse. While it's true that no one forces anyone to vote a certain way, there are those who have very strong feelings about an issue...or a set of issues. These voters can be swayed in this way.
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
12 Nov 10
Sometimes I think the NRA does more harm than good. they tend to get a bit over zealous. I am about as pro second amendment as one can get. I believe in the full spirit and meaning of the second amendment, both the right of arms and the right of citizen organized militia as lawful and constitutional defense institution. An NRA backing does not guaranty a vote from me. There are TONS of other issues I take in to consideration.
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@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
12 Nov 10
I don't know why that should surprise anyone. This country has plenty of single issue voters. Some will only vote for a candidate that has a good rating from NARAL, or LCV, or NOW. Some people are just to stupid or lazy to think for themselves so they'd much rather have a political organization do it for them. I honestly can't understand the desire of people to just turn off their brain and give their right to vote to someone else, but people do it all the time.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
15 Nov 10
I am not a single issue person but I do consider what the special interest groups have to say about the candidates. If a group that is not in following with my principals endorses a candidate I may consider that endorcement and look at the voting record more closely.
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
12 Nov 10
To some, keeping the Second Amendment intact is a very important issue. In point of fact, it is their most important issue. The thing is everyone weighs the importance of issues differently. Some are more focused on the economy. Others are focused on Iraq. (Cindy Sheehan is a perfect example of this. For her, anti-war is the biggest issue.) It really is based on personal preference and how much a person feels about a particular issue. They really aren't bending their will though. Their values line up with the NRA and thus they tend to vote for candidates that are in line with who the NRA supports. But you realize, this applies to both sides. It isn't just the NRA, there is Code Pink, and about a thousand other organizations that support political candidates. Although, it is curious why you only picked this particular one.