Do paid TV ads help or hurt the democratic system?

Created by Topix Pollster on Jan 7, 2008

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Hurt
59% 4,380 votes
Help
20% 1,492 votes
I don't know
15% 1,121 votes
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Midwest Observer

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#1 Jan 7, 2008
I tend to not believe television ads they are ads, and you will only hear what the candidates want you to hear.

Hope you enjoy the following topix polls and this one.

http://www.republican-candidates.org/comparis ...

http://www.democratic-candidates.org/comparis ...

http://www.topix.com/forum/topstories/TESH3KI ...
http://www.topix.com/forum/topstories/TB57D72 ...
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/2008-presiden ...
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/economy-pa/T8 ...

and 1 more for something mindless

http://www.topix.com/forum/music/pop-rock/TJR ...

“Walk the Talk”

Since: Nov 07

Pittsburgh

#2 Jan 8, 2008
Thank you, Midwest Observer, for posting the sites. I appreciate you taking the time to provide places to gather information.
Midwest observer

AOL

#3 Jan 8, 2008
you are welcome

here is another good poll for thought

http://www.topix.com/forum/news/2008-presiden...

Feel good, goat like politics is so amazing to me it is almost pornographic!

The national media will give all their attention to a Black Chrisitan/Muslim heritaged candidate with limited experience, but will completely

ignore an Anglo European named/Hispanic heritaged Chrisitan candidate with quite a lot of experience.

just had to throw in my two cents

.... if the media can feel good for feeling good about garnishing attention upon a questionable candiate.

I should be able to feel good about garnishing attention upon a qualified candidate.

Feel good politics geeeeeeshhhhh..........

and 1 more for something mindless
what wacks you are libs

United States

#4 Jan 8, 2008
Because of his name he will never win

“Walk the Talk”

Since: Nov 07

Pittsburgh

#5 Jan 8, 2008
Midwest observer wrote:
you are welcome
here is another good poll for thought
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/2008-presiden...
Feel good, goat like politics is so amazing to me it is almost pornographic!
The national media will give all their attention to a Black Chrisitan/Muslim heritaged candidate with limited experience, but will completely
ignore an Anglo European named/Hispanic heritaged Chrisitan candidate with quite a lot of experience.
just had to throw in my two cents
.... if the media can feel good for feeling good about garnishing attention upon a questionable candiate.
I should be able to feel good about garnishing attention upon a qualified candidate.
Feel good politics geeeeeeshhhhh..........
and 1 more for something mindless
Thank you soooo much for the lighter side. I appreciate it more than you know. My mom-in-law has breast cancer. Ya know what? I just can't be bothered by petty stuff..well, anyway, things that I have allowed to bother me just doesn't matter. It just is not important. Sooo, again, thank you. I needed the laugh.
elka

Moscow, Russia

#6 Jan 26, 2008
Vsem privet)))
Jo Jo

West Palm Beach, FL

#7 Feb 4, 2008
If the out text on the screen that said, "THIS IS AD IS FULL OF LIES" then I would feel better about any ad coming from any candidate.
big daddy

Port Aransas, TX

#8 Feb 5, 2008
good point jo jo
tony

Willoughby, OH

#9 Feb 7, 2008
do you think next pres will start draft

“**** JOHN VIS ******* ”

Since: Sep 07

"bringin the heat"

#10 Feb 10, 2008
my children were very frightened by a large screen image of Barrack Bin Obama shown on TV during a visit to a relative at Primary time.

“The right to bear arms”

Since: Feb 08

somewhere in dixie

#11 Feb 13, 2008
TV ads give a limited message and sound bites, most of the time they contain inaccuracies intended to fool the voters.
The only way to judge what one will do in the future a far as a politician is concerned is to look and see what public interests groups are giving the most to their campaign. also a look at their past voting record on issues that concern you whether you call yourself dem. or repub. would be a good idea.

“The right to bear arms”

Since: Feb 08

somewhere in dixie

#12 Feb 13, 2008
LadyeHawke, you must be talking about JOhn McCain

probably though you are talking about hillary. i question the christian part. also where she gets 35 years of experience from boggles the mind. being a wife who was cheated on doesnt count nor does the years in the law firm with questionable ethics practices. cannot find 35 years anywhere.

MJR

Since: Apr 07

San Antonio, TX

#13 Feb 13, 2008
They all "PROMISE" but once in office they do everything that the US citizens do not want them to do. Its like the one that gets chosen to be the next President that they are the only ones that live in this country.

“Texas Rocks!!”

Since: Mar 07

Texas

#14 Feb 14, 2008
Mike Gravel www.gravel2008.us
tokyopop1960

Coats, NC

#15 Feb 15, 2008
Looking at McCain, Obama and Hilery I find not only is there a difference between the three but there's also a close simularity, they seem rather vain. Being a nuetral party observer trying hard to sort this mess both parties left us in is really becoming a joke. Same political messages we get every election year over and over and over. Nothing has changed since I started to vote and it's a big turn off it seems to me. Same messages and no action. I guess it's true the proverb....ALL TALK AND NO ACTION. I am at the point where I will sit this election out and wait for a third party to emerge, and if not a third party perhaps a real candidate but either way these three are not priority on my voting list.
Freedom of Speech

Keller, TX

#17 Feb 21, 2008
I believe all media hurts the democratic system.
chuck

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#18 Feb 21, 2008
Whar really hurts the Democratic party are 527s like Moveon.org for example attacking and smearing certain canidates etc. Now word is the Hillary camp has devise a 527 to criticize Obama.
No Free Lunch

Henderson, NV

#19 Feb 21, 2008
I don't even pay attention to the ads. They're all full of s**t.

MJR

Since: Apr 07

San Antonio, TX

#20 Feb 21, 2008
They sure are not helping Billary anything right now.

Since: Feb 08

Indianapolis, IN

#22 Feb 26, 2008
This isn't a black and white question, so it can't have black and white answers.

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