Well now that's it's over, maybe it's safe to look back on. LOL
1. Do you watch political coverage? If so, how much?
I watched some of the debates. I have to admit I listened to a lot more political coverage on the radio than I watched on television
2. Does political coverage effect how you vote?
It's difficult sometimes to distinguish the message from the messengers. We have so many outlets these days and sound bytes can be distorted in a variety of ways--for any side. As I said back when the last debate aired, I wish we could just see the debate, have an anchor come on and say "Thank you for watching and good night' and them move into something else on the air. But instead, there are so many media outlets who want to tell me what to think and how to think about the debate instead of trusting that I'm intelligent enough to watch or listen and make up my own mind.
3. Do you think the up to the minute coverage of returns effects those who haven't yet voted?
Well, I am sure that it effects some people, but I'd hope not that many. Voting is such a fundamental right that I would hate to see someone not vote because they felt like whoever they wanted to vote for had already won or was not doing as well as they'd hoped. Win or lose--get out and vote!
~Bonus~ Do you think there should be guidelines for political ads? For example, banning putting other candidates down.
I think there should be some kind of regulation where they actually have to have verified facts used in the ads. And as idealistic as I'd like to be and say--ya know, if only they'd do away with negative ads....but then again, I realize negative ads ain't going away any time soon.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 11/09/2004 01:22:00 PM