How close do you follow politics?

How close do you follow politics?

View Poll Results: How Closely do you follow politics?

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  • I follow a lot of news and I get involved locally

    4 5.56%
  • I like watching/reading local and national news during the week

    11 15.28%
  • I follow from a world standpoint, rather than just my country

    21 29.17%
  • I catch some headlines and have an important issue or two

    7 9.72%
  • I don't like politics, but I like to know some important headlines

    17 23.61%
  • I avoid it as much as possible

    12 16.67%
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This is a discussion on How close do you follow politics? within the Polls forums, part of the Announcements category; I'm watching House of Cards, a show I enjoy tremendously. I also figured it was time for another poll, so ...

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    How close do you follow politics?

    I'm watching House of Cards, a show I enjoy tremendously. I also figured it was time for another poll, so politics is on my mind. Back in school, I majored in Poly Sci (Admin concentration). I always enjoyed the science of politics. Was never really heavily involved in the issues, instead preferred to know process. I learned quite a bit in school and studying on my own. That said, I don't really follow the day to day politics of America nor the World. I like the structure, but not the actual spin. For the most part, if it doesn't affect me, I don't bother myself with it. I do like seeing what crazy thing Trump has said and I do catch the occasional headline. But I wouldn't consider myself to be entrenched in either a party nor a political movement. And for that reason, I am rather lax on politics.

    Vote in the poll, give your reason, and give your type.
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    Pretty much agreed with your standpoint on politics. I am OBSESSED with House of Cards - definitely in my top 5 favorite shows, I would even feel confident saying in my top 3.

    I like the process and structure of what's going on and how manipulative he is at swaying and controlling people and situations around him. In some ways I relate.. I am always looking forward, always conscious of the structure of how the situation is built around me, what's the best way to proceed, what's most efficient, how do these actions/statements of person A effect the thoughts of person B, what are the possible ways this person will react... but I am not a ruthless asshole like Frank, please do not associate that with me.

    But politics in reality, I keep up when there is hype, when I can get some excitement out of keeping up with politics. About once a month I check major topics such as what's going on with the healthcare, is trump actually going to build his wall, etc. I like listening to intelligent conversations about politics, I do NOT like listening to people bitch about politics.

    The last year or so I've greatly increased how much I pay attention to what's going on. I think some has to do with how my job changes based on laws passed, some having to do with getting older.

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    I generally don't have much interest in politics but I don't really go out of my way to avoid it. I hear about the big events and try to get a basic idea of them. There are a couple of issues that I actually do care about. Also, politics generate some dank memes sometimes.
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    I am very much interested in politics and would like to be involved actively in it one day.

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    I am proud to say way less than I used to do.

    It's all one big joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Citiz View Post
    I am very much interested in politics and would like to be involved actively in it one day.
    That, in context of your profile picture, is just slightly disturbing.
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  8. #7

    Politics overall are very depressing but I follow them because it's important to know what the fuck you're talking about when you open your mouth. This is why politics is something better not discussed with other people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ansem View Post
    Politics overall are very depressing but I follow them because it's important to know what the fuck you're talking about when you open your mouth. This is why politics is something better not discussed with other people.
    I can easily not follow politics, and express my opinion.

    I still will have my own opinion on environment, business, education, health care, and so on. Right?

    And I know what's going on by living in this world and be in contact with others. I don't need tv or headlines for it.

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    I do not care for political affairs and events, it's just theater. What I care about is the the underlying reality - economics, geopolitics, who stands where for what interest. Generally the things that are rather stable than whimsical.
    I do not fall for voting the 'lesser evil', because with my vote being one in millions, it's more of an statement than anything else.

    Basically my drive in politics is to make people question the simple narratives, especially those aimed to increase bureaucratization of society, legal plunder and so on.

    I try to keep some distance, because it's so easy to feel frustrated and jaded seeing all the hypocrisy.
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    Living in DC, I physically could not get away from it unless I was to move at least 2 states over in any direction. You can't walk to the grocery store without being exposed to it. It's probably a more common conversation topic here than the weather. Every new person you meet here is in some way connected to it, from cleaning the Capitol building bathrooms to children of Senators. The entire city is one big amphitheater for everything that happens on a day to day basis.

    Given that, I do follow what's going on pretty much daily. In a sense it's taken the place of sitcoms and novels as entertainment XD

    Policy-wise, I hold stances on most key issues and decisions and fall into a definite place on the political spectrum.


     
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