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We have had a number of purchaser polls asking about our age, our demographics, our location, etc. I have been quite curious about our politics, but I worried that a controversial subject like politics (or religion?) might be unwelcome. However, a couple of threads have now broken the ice by discussing the presidential debates and government tax policies. And we are, after all, entering the Silly Season. So I thought I'd ask: are you a tree-hugging liberal, a fat-cat conservative, or a wishy-washy independent? Do you favor Obama, Romney, or someone else? Please keep the commentary and argument to a minimum. I'm really just trying to get an idea of how we compare to the population at large. Non-US purchasers are welcome to vote.

I'll start:

I'm a Democrat favoring Obama.

Blue car ordered
Green house
I think both parties are horrably broken and need a third.

I tend to vote for the enviroment. I don't care which party the canidate is in. My children deserve at least that much.

Blue. I wish both sides would tone down the rhetoric and actually discuss (using facts and recognize the interconnectedness of all the issues and solutions) and then address some of the deep long term problems this country faces. Playing fast and loose with the truth, and/or willfully ignoring the negative consequences of proposed 'fixes' is going to kill us in the long run.

Good topic.

Red State (Texas) (for now and for awhile but not forever)

Blue voter - think of all the things we have now that wouldn't be there if the current GOP/Tea Party approach had been followed. Even the interstate highway system wouldn't pass the test (taxing everyone for roads only some will use, redistributing that tax money from some areas to others, as one example that we all use). Taxes are historically low. No one likes paying them but we have a lot of problems that come ahead of taxes being too high (IMO).

Don't care for either party. I tend to vote for a combination of character and intelligence in the candidate. So Obama hands down.
nah, can't vote, i'm EUR.

+1 Mike_ModelS_P457

I am not a US citizen. But, everyone in my family that is a US citizen is a democrat in the blue state of MA. I tend to support the person and his/her principles rather than a party - Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Chris Christie, Jon Huntsman, etc.

Between the two presidential candidates, I support neither.

~ Prash.

erik +1

If I could vote in US it would be Obama. I fear that this other one is another GW Bush stupider which in last time caused US to go deep spiral dive toward bankruptcy. When US economy suffers it causes ripple effect in Europe as well, and we already have our own problems with members that have done lousy job with their economy.

@ Timo

...and the "deep spiral dive toward bankruptcy" has been stopped by Obama? Don't think so...more like accelorated.

Sorry, "accelerated"

+1 murraypetera

I'm pretty close to being a single-issue voter when it comes to the environment, so when the Republicans talk about shutting down the EPA, they make my choice pretty clear.

Red but

not voting for Romney because of his energy plans, social security plan, and jobs strategy.

not voting for Obama because of what he did to NASA, the clean energy program where you buy and trade rights to pollute, and obamacare.

and a third party vote doesn't work in the US so... kinda confused what to do. Probably going to be a lesser of two evils thing which then I'd vote for Obama.

It doesn't matter much because I live in NJ which Obama will win without doing anything. Then again Chris Cristy, not checking spelling, is a rep...

Independent (purple?) and don't like anything in the DC area, including their baseball team. But of self-serving crooks, IMHO.

Bunch of self-serving crooks, IMHO.

firstjerseykid same boat as you but in CA.

but voting most of my reps out for not playing nice with each other.

Innovation springs from Liberalism. Conservatism defends Discipline.

No company, much less a republic, can thrive without both.

Mistrustful partisan attacks kill the symbiosis, and hurt all of us. We have a serious dose of gang warfare flu nowadays, and we have to move past it.

I like ideas that work, regardless of color.

@ Mark K

Hear, hear!

tharasix;
The EPA has run amok. CO2 is a pollutant? None of the mandated science was done to justify this crock, just a hand-wave in the direction of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which itself is just a hyper-politicized pressure group.

But control of CO2 means de facto control of every productive (and consumptive) aspect of the economy. The EPA itself said it would have to multiply its bureaucracy by about 140X to monitor all the sources its regulations cover.

Grey car, green house and ill vote blue based mostly on environment and energy (though I'm disappointed we are not doing more to support renewables under this administration)

@sagebrushnw, slowed. A lot. I have no clue if the other one is any good or not, but I know Obama has been quite good. Recession you see there is not US problem alone, it is problem everywhere. The fact that you suffer that little from it is quite good indication that whatever they do in the administration is not bad.

It just is that this other one sounds just like GW Bush. Just as ignorant and all. I couldn't care less what party they represent (two choices? In a country with 300+million people? Right). Person itself is what counts. Give me a choice from that other party that actually sounds intelligent and I would not necessarily be in Obamas camp. Currently it feels like you have to make choice between current known "not-so-bad" and unknown "sounds-like-an-idiot". When choices are like that I would vote for "not-so-bad".

Outside the US but see a disturbing number of similarities here to what you have there.

I'm sick of political party partisan politics - lobbied by interest groups the parties argue over things that can score a point regardless of merit. Rusted on voters that will vote for anything blue, red, purple or whatever because its 'their team' without actually thinking or doing any research.

I vote based on policies, performance and character. Unfortunately that leaves very slim choices here at the moment, as I don't trust either of the major parties at all.

I have always lived in conservative areas and am a capitalist in many ways I think some essential services need to be provided by the state - roads are a good example, public transport another. Healthcare should not be run based on the profitability of private funds - you shouldn't be bankrupted or denied help when you are sick.

Our current debate over energy is monopolised by people with a vested interest in digging up things to sell and burn - which is why renewables get so little support. Once installed there isn't a profit motive. Unfortunately this model also relies on transferring part of the costs to someone else while keeping the profits. Eg big tobacco take the profit from the sale but expect the community to pay for the healthcare costs incurred from smoking.

No one likes paying tax, but unfortunately nothing is free. I get annoyed when the top end pay a much smaller percentage of tax on their income than the average - even though in gross numbers the amounts are larger. I pay a lot of tax and see it wasted on futile wars, inefficient government structures (eg state governments here), handouts to those who don't need it etc. I don't mind seeing my tax money building infrastructure, hospitals, schools and universities or stimulating innovation. I paid six figures in income tax last year in $US equiv.

It seems to me that Obama is being blamed for not fixing the problems fast enough, without any thought to who created them in the first place. The complete lack of regulation in the finance market allowed the corruption that caused the GFC, yet they were baled out, once again with the community picking up the tab. The wars paid for on credit were started by who?

4 years seems to be enough time for the average voter to forget history doesn't it. Blaming the guy who inherited these problems is like blaming an ambulance driver after you have an accident.

Black car, "soft" blue politically (Dems are a little too righty for me, but their heart is in the right place). House is normal grid-powered, until a feed-in tariff system is in place for LADWP I wouldn't consider solar really.

+1 Mark E

@ Mark E

Can I borrow that?

I have a blue roof and solar panels. I hate the fact that we allow special interests to fund the candidates and that corporations our 'people'. Ethically the system is broken. As a physician I get grief over accepting a PEN from a drug company. How can we let our politicians accept millions of dollars to fund their campaigns and expect to have the interest of the country in mind? The best candidate the GOP can come up with is a rich CEO, out of touch with america, corporate front man. The choice is a moral choice. Obama has made the best of a disaster, and we are the better for him.

@ Captain_Zap: feel free.

Blue car color for me =)

Green house solar city

Like obama's energy policy good for tesla.

Trying to decide between black or blue car.
Trying to put solar panels on my roof but I would have to remove several trees to make them worthwhile.
Republican
I am strongly in favor of Obama so perhaps I am a RINO, Republican In Name Only.
Romney is a salesman and scares me.

UK based: Christie

Sig Red Perf
Red voter for Romney.

My support of Tesla is not political. I love the tech and think it is a great product. In the end, that will determine if it is successful.

R3d, what policies are you referring to? Most of us were hoping he had or would develop an energy policy... All he has is support ethanol.

Blue. No, uh Yel-- Aauuuuuuuugh!


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