Like how many times have you gotten into a discussion or debate with someone of opposing political views, and they provided sufficient evidence to change your views?
Note to mods: I'm putting this to "other" instead of "society and politics" because I want to get a more representative sample.
- none because i don't have political conversationsVote A
- none because although i have political conversations, i'm adamant about my viewsVote B
- once or twice, i've been influenced to change my viewsVote C
- 3-5 timesVote D
- 6-9 timesVote E
- 10-20 timesVote F
- more than 20 timesVote G
Most Helpful Guy
Two times that I can recall.
One was gay marriage. I used to be against it's legalization and am now for it. Oddly enough because of debates I had on GaG. There were several people I talked to about it and I reassessed where I stood. It forced me to look at why I believed what I did. On that one the only real reasons I had were mostly tradition of marriage, my upbringing, my parents views on it and associating marriage with biology.
Like I still don't feel as if gay marriage is a good thing for society, but I do feel like it should be legal and I didn't before.
Second view I had that I have since changed is marijuana legalization. Used to be against it and am now for it as of 2013, after a couple debates I had with people. Although my only thing now in regards to weed is that I feel it should be connected to the Welfare state issue. I think we need to get rid of welfare first. Though realistically I don't see that happening. Not before weed legalization. That view has more to do with my personal experience. Back in college I worked at a 7-11 for 2 years straight. I watched people trade buying groceries for someone else for cash they could use to buy alcohol and lottery tickets. Which is against the law, because that's not what welfare is for. The current welfare system is easily abused as it is and will certainly be used just as easily to buy drugs. Now marijuana is a softer choice obviously, but none the less the system abuse will happen more. I don't like knowing my tax dollars are regularly going to booze, lottery and soon to be drugs for people that will continue to draw welfare for years to come, because why would they stop?
But yea, there may be more but those two are the ones that come to mind immediately. I've actually taken a lot of time to think about my views and why I have them either by sitting down and thinking about it or after debates where I was forced to do so.0
Most Helpful Girl
I have changed my views when someone has made an argument that really made sense to me. But all too often, political views are very opinion based. Most of the time someone who disagrees with you is basing their views on something that you think is totally bogus.1