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How do voters become informed about candidates, parties and issues?
- SocratesLv 74 years agoFavorite Answer
You can look up these things on-line. There are plenty of sites that will give you fact, opinion as well as absurd, delusional, hopelessly biased crap. You can watch various news channels, especially those that tend to focus on political issues. They often have opinion shows that drill-down on various political issues and politicians. You can find these opinion shows on the radio too.
Becoming informed does not simply mean seeing and hearing what you want to hear for validation of your preconceived politics. Too many people just want political warm fuzzies in their dark, little corners, away from any light of scrutiny. Make sure this is not your idea of being "informed". Try not to take your politics personally, this can creep up on the best of us. You need to step back and catch your breath. Value political truth and have the courage to go were those truths lead you.
How can you evaluate what you are told if you know nothing about the issues? Listen to the arguments made. Are they logically presented with facts, some history and broad lessons in human nature? Or are they full of reactionary or inflammatory attitude, spiteful name-calling, insults, angry rhetoric and cheap out-of-hand dismissals? If it's more the prior, it may not be proof of truth, but it gives you a good idea where to look for it first. The latter is where you should put more of your scrutiny. Don't allow opposing political philosophies to convince you that the more radical or fringe elements of a political philosophy is the norm. That's called trying to make the exception the rule. They do this as a way to cheaply dismiss that philosophy. If one politician turns out to be corrupt, it does not mean all or the while political philosophy is.
It is also good to understand, in broad terms, the political philosophies of candidates and why they follow them.
Over the years, I have found various programs on Fox News, as well as Fox News Business, to be generally honest and fair in their reporting and critiques of people and issues. If there is one hour that gives a good concise report and insight on the days issues and even broader perspective on them, it's "Special Report with Bret Baier" at 4:00 Eastern. Some other shows are good too. John Stossel on Fox News and Fox Business hosts an excellent show that teaches broad concepts in Libertarianism, the why in Right Wing political philosophy. Some of this is Conservative thinking too. Glenn Beck on the radio does a good job in teaching these concepts too, as well as commentary on current political issues. The same goes with Rush Limbaugh.
Good luck with your political Odyssey, where ever it leads you. It should never be a destination, it's the journey that is important. A destination is fixed and calcified, believing you have learned all you need to learn and shutting your mind to new views and information.
- ?Lv 74 years ago
I vote Republican. Don't pay attention to any of the third parties and don't vote for Democrats.
- 4 years ago
read their bills, look at how the politicians vote, look at their policies, ignore what they say
- DCM5150Lv 74 years ago
How should they? Be reading the information and analyzing it.
How do they? I would say that most voters don't bother getting much (if any) information.
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- JeffLv 54 years ago
- better_off_hereLv 74 years ago
They listen to the news, either online or TV. They read the newspaper. i usually will do a little of each to get my news and info on candidates and who is running. and what they stand for.