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Poll #1850058 Hot-Button Issue Opinion Poll!
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 167

Do you believe same-sex marriage should be legalized?

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Yes
155 (95.7%)
No
4 (2.5%)
Not sure
3 (1.9%)

Should abortion be legal?

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Yes, without limits
113 (69.8%)
Yes, with limits (feel free to explain in comments)
40 (24.7%)
Only if the mother's life is at risk.
7 (4.3%)
Never.
2 (1.2%)

Should Marijuana (medicinal or otherwise) be legal?

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Yes
112 (69.6%)
Decriminalized only
31 (19.3%)
No
12 (7.5%)
Other
6 (3.7%)

What's the most important foreign policy concern?

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Iran
29 (22.8%)
Israel/Palestine
19 (15.0%)
China
29 (22.8%)
India/Pakistan
5 (3.9%)
Other
45 (35.4%)

Should illegal immigrants be granted amnesty?

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Yes
44 (30.6%)
Yes if they meet certain limits (explain in comments)
69 (47.9%)
No way
22 (15.3%)
Other
9 (6.2%)

Do you believe in strict gun control?

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Yes, guns kill.
57 (36.3%)
I believe in moderate gun control laws.
84 (53.5%)
I am or would totally be an NRA member if I could
16 (10.2%)

Which most closely resembles your leanings?

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Left wing, extreme
25 (17.1%)
Left wing, moderate
84 (57.5%)
Centrist
22 (15.1%)
Right wing, moderate
13 (8.9%)
Right wing, extreme
2 (1.4%)
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[User Picture]From: lady_borg
2012-06-28 04:52 am (UTC)

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Abortion should be without limits as long as there no forced abortions etc etc.
Moderate gun control. I live in a country where we have gun control and people are still allowed to own large guns and hand guns as per my dad still has his shot gun.
I think immigrants need more focus and more work done to figure out who they are and their reasons for needing it but other then that I think they should be allowed.
[User Picture]From: firerosearien
2012-06-28 05:00 am (UTC)

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For the record

I'm down with abortion in most cases but do not believe in sex-selective abortion or someone who uses abortion because they chose not to use birth control pills or a condom (I understand that condoms break, etc, but I have problems if someone knows that prophylaxis (holy shit I spelled that right) exists, can afford it, and then consciously chooses not to use it).

I believe that as long as immigrants do not have a criminal record back home they should be allowed to stay. No one invited my ancestors over, they came for a better life and worked shit jobs and eventually they got it.
[User Picture]From: blkrabbitofinle
2012-06-28 05:40 am (UTC)

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>> (I understand that condoms break, etc, but I have problems if someone knows that prophylaxis (holy shit I spelled that right) exists, can afford it, and then consciously chooses not to use it). <<

Clearly it's much better to give them a child to care for.
[User Picture]From: grimalkinrn
2012-06-28 05:03 am (UTC)

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That's it. TQC needs to find an island and we just need to move in together.
[User Picture]From: tin_foil_hat
2012-06-28 06:00 am (UTC)

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I'm in
[User Picture]From: dawgdays
2012-06-28 05:07 am (UTC)

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I think the most important foreign policy concern is not usually thought of as such - it's the Federal deficit and the national debt. Indirectly, that makes China the country that is the biggest direct foreign policy concern.
[User Picture]From: firerosearien
2012-06-28 05:15 am (UTC)

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I usually think of defense when I think foreign policy but your thinking here is spot on.
[User Picture]From: feral
2012-06-28 05:41 am (UTC)

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Marijuana should be legal, to an extent. I don't think anyone should have cuffs slapped on them because they got caught with a measly dime bag on their person or some shit

I'm a little fuzzy on the gun laws in most states, but I know New York has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. You are required to take a gun safety course, pass an extensive background check, have your fingerprints taken and sent to the FBI, plus lots more before you can even purchase a gun here. It's an effective way to weed out the folks who are not responsible enough to own firearms and I think the rest of the country should adopt these laws
[User Picture]From: likegrecianart
2012-06-28 05:52 am (UTC)

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I am pro-choice, but I feel that there should maybe be stricter regulations on mid-to-late-term abortions unless there are medical issues involved.

After a certain point--say halfway through the pregnancy--I think any woman that wants to get an abortion whose health is not being jeopardized should be given the option to go through with her decision, but she should also have the option to speak with someone about the benefits of an adoption. I have read a lot about women who realize they do not have the means to support their child because they're not financially stable, their partner left them, they're not mentally stable, etc. and feel as if abortion is their only option at that moment. Someone should be there to say, "Hey, it's not your last resort. Would you like to sit down and talk to us about adoption?" Then again, I feel like there is no way to do this without people taking it too far and forcing the women to talk to someone instead of just simply giving them the option. Also, I feel like most women wouldn't get an abortion so late in the game unless it was a medical reason... but I just think about this a lot!

TL;DR: Women should be allowed to get an abortion if they want, but should also have the option of sitting down and talking about adoption with a professional.

Edited at 2012-06-28 05:54 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: x3_molly
2012-06-28 06:17 am (UTC)

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I'm not trying to cause wank or anything, but doesn't everyone... always have the option to speak about the benefits of adoption? Do you mean that doctors should push for women discussing the benefits of adoption? I mean, not require it, of course, but really push strongly for it?
[User Picture]From: novelized
2012-06-28 05:56 am (UTC)

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so are borboleta and ameliorate gonna explain themselves on the first one, or just accept the fact that they're assholes
[User Picture]From: emptysilentlife
2012-06-28 06:52 am (UTC)

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I'm pretty sure ameliorate is queer so I don't even.
[User Picture]From: hoodoo
2012-06-28 06:06 am (UTC)

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i think we need to reconsider our entire foreign policy so thats why i put other. i mean not change entirely but reconsider some stuff
[User Picture]From: x3_molly
2012-06-28 06:15 am (UTC)

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My answers:
Yay for gay marriage (if you answered no, you're a jerk).
Abortions, without limits (not my body, not my choice).
Israel/Pakistan, though I should've said other.
Yes, if they meet certain limits (though I don't know exactly what those limits should be).
Moderate gun control laws.
Left wing, moderate.
[User Picture]From: emptysilentlife
2012-06-28 06:45 am (UTC)

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I don't know enough about foreign policy or gun control to properly answer either so I just left those ones blank. My knee jerk reaction to the gun control question was moderate control but I can't really qualify that at all.
[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2012-06-28 07:36 am (UTC)

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Your poll is missing the dominant and proud generation of "not giving a fuck". Entire memes are dedicated to it, dontcha kno?

I myself, do actually and mostly give all the fucks, but I felt it should be mentioned in the name of democracy (though not diplomacy).
[User Picture]From: jaelle_n_gilla
2012-06-28 08:53 am (UTC)

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Since I commented on other's here are mine...

Gay marriage: go for it.
Abortion: within limits (as discussed above: not as a substitute for contraception and not after a certain week. I mean, you can't very well kill a 9 month baby at labor and claim it was still abortion, can you?)
Marijuana: decriminalize (although I know that's not easy and actually I don't really care)
Foreign policy: The Euro crisis (yeah, I'm in Europe)
Immigrants: whut? You grant them amnesty? Why? Ok, come to think of it, we just include their countries into the EU and make them legal immigrants, which isn't much smarter...
Gun control: Strict. I live in a country where it's strict and we have thankfully little shootings and killings with guns. There are countries that have more lax control and are still low on killings, but I'd rather not risk it thankyouverymuch.
Wing: I put centralist because what the US calls moderate right wing is close to illegal over here. I'm not kidding. In our own parliament I'd be moderate right wing, but it depends much on the subject.
[User Picture]From: melontree
2012-06-28 12:41 pm (UTC)

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Immigration is complicated, but I think the current laws are too harsh and punish people just for being poor. I think there should be more consideration given for people who have things to contribute other than money, and especially people coming from countries where they live in horrific conditions or where they are horribly oppressed.
[User Picture]From: melontree
2012-06-28 12:43 pm (UTC)

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In my home country Canada they are currently getting rid of the long gun registry, and I am very against this as it has protected me and the police officers I've worked with and I know it is a useful tool for police. Even people who own guns for hunting can get angry and shoot at someone, I've seen it happen.
[User Picture]From: xphilega
2012-06-28 01:08 pm (UTC)

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Abortion is a really sticky issue for me. I worked at a clinic for two years and instead of solidifying a stance either way, it just made me really wonder, and I'm completely torn.

It should be legal. I don't know when is too far in most cases for me to be comfortable with. 15-24 weeks? 20 weeks? There gets to be a point where unless there is a health condition (including mental health, maybe?) for mother or fetus, it goes from being okay to very not okay. I also don't know how I feel about things like parental notification. But I don't want to take away rights. It's tough.

I said Iran for foreign policy, but it's really the idea of preemptive war in general.... as well as Israel/Palestine.
[User Picture]From: iguanasdefuego
2012-06-28 02:28 pm (UTC)

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Anything I answered "other" to, I don't have an opinion/am not educated on the topic enough to confidently give an opinion on.
[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2012-06-28 02:47 pm (UTC)

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Im not sure what im considered in my 'learnings' so i picked centrist but im sure im more left..

Whenever i think of abortion now i think of this article.
[User Picture]From: madscience
2012-06-28 05:42 pm (UTC)

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Abortion should be legal and completely unrestricted, with only one exception: it should become illegal when the fetus reaches the stage of development (determined by doctors, not politicians) when it is likely to be viable outside the womb without medical intervention.
[User Picture]From: lost_the_key
2012-06-28 11:49 pm (UTC)

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Agreed.
[User Picture]From: atheistkathleen
2012-06-28 09:41 pm (UTC)

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I'm curious about the reasons people have for keeping pot illegal
[User Picture]From: kingeryck
2012-06-29 01:58 am (UTC)

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I put right wing moderate but I think I meant left. Uh.. liberal.