With the talk of most elections usually hovering around polls, this question needs to be asked.
Specifically, this question is about the US 2012 election, however it does extend to other national elections as well.
Election polls do have the power to shape the outcome of any kind of election- whether it be for a party nomination or for the national election
itself. Election Polls, by definition, are supposed be an accurate
reflection of the public's current opinion on certain
Do you think it is right to vote in these polls, and influence their results and interpretations if you are not a US citizen?
I've been thinking about Ron Paul's GOP nomination specifically, and hopefully this next little spiel will help illustrate the complexity a little
I like Ron Paul. I think he is by far the best man for the job of POTUS. I joined his facebook group, and they send me notifications anytime there is
an online poll you can vote in for Ron Paul. Like most people who joined the group (I am sure there are many here on ATS), I vote on these polls
anytime I get the chance, and I notice that these polls seem to always
be slanted in Ron Paul's favor.
Being a Canadian citizen myself, is it right to be a part of that? Am I not in some way infringing on the sovereignty of US citizens to decide for
themselves who should be winning these polls? Of course it could just be said that polls aren't real votes- but none-the-less, we are in the internet
age, and online opinion does have an influence on the vote in the end.
Before the internet, American polls were only published with American votes. Now, they are published with the votes of pretty much anybody around the
world who has access to the internet. Then when the results are displayed, Americans are thinking this is the American
opinion of the moment,
when it really isn't- it's the Internet's
opinion. By this, I mean all the people who are too young to vote, in foreign countries, and don't at
all demographically represent the portion of Americans who will actually be voting (consequently, when I see a poll that shows Ron Paul at 50+%, I
totally disregard that poll as representing what polls are supposed to reflect: the current choice of American voters).
Seems wrong to me, but of course; there are always 2 sides to the ethical coin.
The President of the United States is without doubt the most important position of power around the world (at least, the most important front for
TPTB, as well as the only front you can choose). The President is (theoretically), in charge of the country that has enough international ties,
control and economic influence to bring down the entire world.
Shouldn't I have a right to somehow influence the results of an election that could impact the sovereignty of my own country, as well as the well
being of myself and the rest of the world?
I think so.
edit on 14/6/1111 by Monts because: (no reason given)