Essay about The Factors Influencing a Voter

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There are various factors that influence how a voter will cast their choice in the U.S. elections. Party identification is the most top factor in a person's voting choice. Some voters are members of either the two majors political parties; the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. These party affiliations are usually determined by a person's influences from family, peers, media and the assessment of the candidates and the issues. Independents who are not affiliated with either party does not have a particular loyalty to any party. They vote mainly on the issues (Schmidt, Shelley, Bardes, 2011, p.193). People in large cities with a population of 50,000 plus tend to vote for the Democratic Party. The rural areas and small towns with a…show more content…
The Asian Americans tend to vote for Democrats as well. The majority of the Hispanic population tend to vote for the Democrats as well. However the Cuba Americans lean toward the Republicans (Schmidt, Shelley, Bardes, 2011, p.195-6) Some voters cast their ballots based on the emotions such as trust rather than on the candidate's experience or policy. These voters lean toward those candidates who appear to share the voter's concerns on the political issues at the time. They vote for a candidate that appears to be honest and have integrity (Schmidt, Shelley, Bardes, 2011, p.196) Most voters have an understanding of a candidate's political views are and how they differ from the rest of the candidates. Most candidates picks the issues that are in the forefront of the political arena and describe how they are different from their competition. Economy is a big issue concern right now because people cannot seem to find work. If the incumbent is doing badly, the other candidate can tell the voters that it is time for a change. If President Obama does not get a handle on the economy soon and get assist people to get back to work, then he will not be re-elected for President in the 2012 election (Schmidt, Shelley, Bardes, 2011, p.196) The New York Post
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