I am a conservative. I don't think liberals are evil or stupid. I do think that they have made some judgments and some assumptions with which I disagree. When I consider the merits of a particular candidate, I try to be objective but I must admit that my conservative values cause me to be biased. I don't see the flaws in a conservative candidate as readily as I see the flaws in a liberal candidate.
That doesn't mean that I think all liberals are bad, mistaken, flawed individuals. My girlfriend for the past 17 months is a strong liberal and I think she is a wonderful person. There are some liberal political figures who I hold in very high esteem, even though I disagree with their politics. Jimmy Carter and Joe Lieberman are two examples.
The present election certainly has all of us extremely polarized and in constant attack mode. (What will we talk about on G@G after the election?) Can you take a moment, step back, and ask yourself, "Does my allegiance to the Democrat or Republican party cause me to be biased in my opinions about candidates?"
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- I am a conservative and I will admit that I am BIASED when I consider the qualifications of political candidates8%(3)12%(11)Vote16%(8)
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Most Helpful Girl
I have no "party" loyalty. In fact, I despise the two party system that we currently have.
But anyone that thinks that they can be 100% unbiased when it comes to selecting a candidate, is kidding themselves.
What we ALL have to do, is find the ISSUES that mean the most to us, and pay attention to those. When you find the candidate that aligns mostly with your own views on those most critical issues (to YOU) ... that's who you have to vote for.
All of the other stuff, you just have to let it go. There are no "perfect" candidates. Even married couples that find their "perfect match" or "soulmate" don't agree 100% of the time on 100% of everything. It's impossible.
So yeah, personal bias is there by default.
I hope that answered your question. :)5
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Most Helpful Guy
To be honest, my party affiliation has little to no impact upon my politics, worldview, or evaluation of the candidates. I am a conservative in the true sense of the word, metaphysically, spiritually, and ideologically. Not merely "conservative" in the American political sense of the word. In fact, I do not even consider the GOP to be truly conservative, but merely a milder form of liberalism as is Protestantism and the United States itself. The entire Enlightenment mentality that the West adheres to is liberal, and something that I am opposed to. I merely view my party the GOP as an imperfect vehicle for advancing my ideology.1