Why We Vote "No"

Two weeks ago I suggested that our tendency as voters is to vote against the subject of any given election. This morning my brain supplied me with a possible explanation as to why that might be. Scott Hinrichs has written on various occasions about the fact that we expect more from our president than could ever be met by one person. When my brain connected those two ideas I began to wonder if the reason we tend to vote against whoever is in our focus is because the more we focus on someone the easier it is to see that they could never do all that we expect of them as President.


2 comments for “Why We Vote "No"

  1. August 25, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Very astute observation. It makes me wonder what would happen if we were to offer a “none of the above” or a “no confidence” option on each race on the ballot. The results might prove instructive, and maybe we’d even get more people out to vote.

  2. August 25, 2008 at 8:52 am

    I would be very interested to see the results of having a “no confidence” option. It would be nice if more people would vote with that option. Also, if more than 50% voted “no confidence” I think we might consider making some provision to deal with that.

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