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Do you feel comfortable wearing your vote?

Asked by maybe_KB (669points) October 9th, 2008

I saw an older silver-haired couple wearing Obama buttons @ the bank last this week.
I’ve seen McCain bumper stickers.
Some will not share w/ you who they’re voting for. Some feel it’s private, or keep it to themselves or maybe they’re embarrassed.
How do you come across?

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EmpressPixie's avatar

Well, I’ve got a “YES WE CAN” button on my purse right now.

If you asked me, I would probably say, “Obama.”

If you pressed me, I would tell you why. At length. With help from the Obama ‘08 app on my iPhone.

syz's avatar

If I was ever excited by a candidate, I would not be averse to advertising my beliefs. But so far, voting for me is an exercise in choosing the lesser of two evils.

The closest I have come is a sticker that says “Someone less dumb for president”.

TheNakedHippie's avatar

I find a lot of the people who do are extremely defensive and often aggressive about what they believe, so it’s not that I don’t feel comfortable, I just am not that way.

Judi's avatar

I have 2 Obama T Shirts. I wear my colors proudly! They’ve got cool ones.

bodyhead's avatar

If I’m getting pushed, punched or harassed I want it to be because of the things I say and not what is advertised on my shirt or bumper.

Bri_L's avatar

I just get tired of the people who can’t stop trying to convince me to change my mind.

dalepetrie's avatar

I’ve publicly been pushing for Obama since the day he announced he was running. I had my Obama sticker on my car before the Iowa Caucus, at that time I had not yet seen another car with a bumper sticker for any of the dozen or so candidates who were running at the time. I just got an Obama/Biden sticker and put that on my bumper too. If anything, I get the occasional honk from someone else w/ an Obama sticker. I’ve had people knock on my window in parking lots to ask me where I got the sticker.

I have a couple Obama buttons as well, but I’m not much of a button wearer. When I have worn it though, people do engage me in conversation. As I’m a bit less comfortable with face to face dialogue in general, that can be a bit offputting, but I have yet to run into anyone who took me on face to face. I’m a very nonconfrontational person, so what I’m doing is proably the right fit for me.

DarkeSword's avatar

I never wear my vote. I don’t like to be associated with political ideas or grouped together with other people based on a candidate I support. My candidate doesn’t really define me, y’know?

TheNakedHippie's avatar

I agree with DarkeSword

PupnTaco's avatar

I wish I had a T-shirt that said “Secret Muslim.”

maybe_KB's avatar

Are you (you meaning generally) leery or reluctant to represent your choice of presidency?
Who would make better decisions in our country today?
Who you feel would make best decisions
RE: Our Economy, Our Kids, Our Safety, Our Health?

Do you think wearing a T-shirt, a Button, a Bumper Sticker turns you into a walking BillBoard?

We all wear Ralph Lauren, Hanes, Nikes, Tommy Hillfigure, Sketchers etc…etc..
There’s even a (representation)
label on sunglasses!

Bri_L's avatar

I will put it right out there for myself.

I am afraid of being accosted by psycho fanatic supporters of the other candidates.

TheNakedHippie's avatar

I do think it turns you into a walking billboard, yes. Everyone’s very defensive about this especially this close to the election, so I avoid any of the attitude.

There’s a clear difference between wearing Nike and wearing a political button. Few people will key my car if I’m caught wearing my Shox.

gailcalled's avatar

In my very small town, we all have access to the data bases for voter registration. I poll- sit and hold the print-out of all registered Dems. and Independents. I check them off as they vote; as the day wears on, people phone the laggards and offer them rides.

The guys across the aisle do exactly the same thing. It is truly grass roots. The letters to the editor of the twice-weekly paper get sharper as election day draws closer; some Blue Meanies (usually Red ones) steal the Dems. signs during the night.

The lines were redrawn over zoning; everyone knows everything.

queenzboulevard's avatar

I am the only Obama supporter I know, and I wear a pin on my laptop bag, so talk about having to make stump speeches and say “oh you make over $250,000?” and “if you have a plan you like you can keep it, you aren’t going to be forced into government run health care!” Frustrating…

Judi's avatar

When my son went to VOTE for the first time I went with him. The person checking him in noticed he was a democrat and made a comment like “We’ll get you to switch eventually.” I was appalled. I would have made a fuss over it but my son wouldn’t let me.

maybe_KB's avatar

Good 4 u Judi

TheNakedHippie's avatar

I’d argue that a lot of people DO get more conservative as they get older, but I don’t think the check-in person should have said that.

gailcalled's avatar

Judi; not only inappropriate but illegal…no campaigning within a certain distances of polls. You should have reported that person to the local election committee

Judi's avatar

I should have, but my son was in an emotionaly delecate time in his life and he didn’t support me making a big deal out of it.

gailcalled's avatar

(No, later and privately..I hate public confrontations, too.)

DarkeSword's avatar

@maybe_KB: Actually I tend not to wear anything with company logos on them. You wouldn’t be able to tell where my clothes—or even my shoes—were from unless you checked tags. Most of my casual-wear consists of t-shirts with video game related humor or superhero logos, because that stuff defines me by showing off my interests

maybe_KB's avatar

I love shirts of humor, riddles & punch lines

aidje's avatar

I put a medium-sized Ron Paul sticker on my laptop during primary season. Had I supported a more well-known candidate, I would not have done that. Given the fact that most people didn’t have a clue who Ron Paul was, and that he was being largely ignored by the media and seriously picked on at debates (even being banned from some, and with people starting campaigns petitioning to ban him from all further debates simply because he had talked about blowback), I decided it was my responsibility to increase his exposure a little bit and to make myself available to answer questions about him.

Anyway, point is: if I supported one of the media-sanctioned candidates, I wouldn’t bother. More trouble than it’s worth, and no point really, since everyone knows who they are anyway. Given my minority position, I displayed a sticker in hopes that people would ask who he was.

As for the sticker’s extended usefulness: every once in a while (in my room, or while watching a debate in a public place) a fellow Ron Paul supporter will see my sticker come up and identify themselves as such. It’s refreshing, and it’s nice to know who the other Ron Paul people are on my campus. And it’s nice to talk with them about how screwed we are this election, and to discuss how we plan on voting given that Ron Paul didn’t get the nomination.

I’m perfectly comfortable with telling people that I like Ron Paul. Being in the minority, I feel like I can’t just sit back and trust that someone else will speak for his ideas. Sure, some people just act like I’m an idiot. Some even seem to think that I’m a traitor, or a “bad Christian” for “wasting” my vote by not using it against that “baby-killer” Obama and voting for McCain. Whatever. But when people ask how I’m going to vote, all I can say at this point is, “well, not for either of the main-party candidates, that’s for sure.”

susanc's avatar

I did a combination Obama sticker, Obama/Biden sticker, and American flag on my Prius. You know those American flags for cars that they sold to all the rednecks after 9/11? I didn’t like it that were defining who was a “real American” so I bought two and flew them above my back windows when I wanted Kerry to defeat Bush. I like this as a message because it forces people to rethink. Many friends of mine see the flags before they see the stickers and asked me if I’ve “gone Republican”. I get to point out that Democrats are Americans too.

tabbycat's avatar

I did not vote for Obama in the primary, but I feel very comfortable voting for him in the general election. I think he’s by far the better candidate. All my friends know that I am voting for Obama, and most of them will voting for him, too. No secrets here!

emilyrose's avatar

I wish I had an Obama button! I live in SF, so it’s no surprise who most people are voting for around here.

galileogirl's avatar

I don’t think “wearing” your opinion indicates a defensive attitude. I do think that a person who walks up to you and tries to start an argument about it does show a rude/defensive attitude.

And before anyone says if you don’t want to be confronted, then don’t wear the political symbol, my response is: According to the 1st Amendment I can display a political symbol on my chest, a crucifix on my neck, a flag on my front porch or a tattoo on my butt. It is MY right to do so but it is not a request for YOUR opinion. If I want that, I’ll ask for it out loud!

TheNakedHippie's avatar

@ Galileogirl: So, I’m sorry, what were you saying about being defensive? ;]

augustlan's avatar

Watch the second video (at the bottom of the page) to see some truly horrible reactions from McCain supporters to the Obama supporters across the street. The first video is pretty damn scary, too. Are people really this ignorant and cruel? So, no, I don’t wear my vote.

Bri_L's avatar

Galileogirl- isn’t their reaction free speech under the same ammendment.

(be kind. I luv ya to death! :-)

EmpressPixie's avatar

Yeah—I’ve been watching some McCain rally videos and honestly, if I lived in a red state, I’d probably be afraid to wear my vote. But I’m in Chicago. And I think Obama’s okay here.

galileogirl's avatar

It is free speech but it is THEIR choice. Wearing a symbol is not an INVITATION, A Muslim woman may wear a scarf-that is not an invitation to be confronted. Your expression of symbolic free speech is not an invitation to be importuned upon or made to feel unsafe as several ppl have posted here. That is stating the obvious not being defensive.

Bri_L's avatar

Ok. See. That makes sense to me to. Try telling that to my neighbor who felt it was his right to lecture my other neighbor.

iriemuffin's avatar

I have two stickers on my car and a sign in my yard and two signs in my window!
Obama of course!

galileogirl's avatar

Stephen Colbert re political polls “I don’t believe in polls, I believe in counting yard signs. And I am looking forward to the election of President Remax”

Judi's avatar

wearing my “that One” T shirt today!

Bri_L's avatar

They should make a shirt with his picture just off to the person’s left. Then on the persons right it would say “I’m with that one” and and arrow pointing left at Obama

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