Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

Summary: Hopefully, we'll be able to get a good, clear picture of how you feel about the issues.

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Welcome to Election Day in the United States. Today is the culmination of the biennial craziness that determines who leads our nation for the next two years.

Since nothing is more govern-minty than polls, we've decided to share our own series of polls with you. While these are clearly not scientific, please answer as honestly as you can and, hopefully, we'll be able to get a good, clear picture of how you feel about the issues.

How did you vote today?

First up, let's learn about today's choices. Later, we'll ask you about how you feel overall.

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Is America better off now than in 2008?

How are we, as a nation, doing now as compared to 2008?

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Are you better off individually now than in 2008?

How about you, individually? Are you better off?

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What is your job situation?

Are you employed?

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Performance over the last two years

How have the politicians done over the last two years?

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How do you feel about the next two years?

Now that you've voted (or plan to vote), how do you feel about where we stand between now and 2012?

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Should the health care act be...

What do you think about the health care legislation Congress passed?

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Which party is best for tech?

Based on what you've seen from both parties, which is best for tech on issues ranging from digital rights to net neutrality?

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Who do you miss most?

Finally, getting nostalgic, who do you miss most?

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Topics: IT Employment, CXO, Health, Legal

About

David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

    I am sincerely concerned about our future, based on these survey results.
    cynic8
    • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

      @cynic8 x2
      lookaash
      • With QE2 coming tomorrow

        I'm sincerely worried that Obama/Bernanke train wreck will send this nation to the Weimar Republic abyss before Ron Paul could come along for rescue in 2013
        LBiege
    • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

      @cynic8

      Why please
      Quebec-french
    • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

      @cynic8 You shouldn't be. Stop relying on govt to do everything for you, and let's all fix our own backyards ourselves. We have to create a culture where we don't need as much of their services, and be as self-sufficient as possible, and then we can get through this.
      myles@...
      • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

        @myles@...
        Agreed. Enough with the baby-sitter mentality already.
        SpikeyMike
      • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

        @myles@...
        How do you fix your own back yard when Obama bin Laden gave the banks enough money to take them away.
        robert2u@...
      • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

        @myles@...

        The American paranoia about government is always amusing. Good enough to defend the country, but not enough to provide universal health care (except for soldiers). I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad.
        tonymcs@...
    • and i am not at all surprised ...

      @cynic8
      ... that zdnet readers vote for crazy tea party candidates and think that mankind was created 5000 years ago while dinosaurs were walking the earth. if you are an IT doofus and still deploying windows xp in your organization you have no choice!
      banned from zdnet
      • You're comments have officially moved you into

        IDIOT pile.
        nhudd
      • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

        banned from zdnet --<br><br>What an ignorant mischaracterization of those who identify with the Tea Party movement.<br><br>The religious fringe is decidedly NOT the base of the Tea Party; it is those of us who believe that the government should stick to its Constitutional mandate and NOTHING more.<br><br>The government should not be our nanny, our caregiver, nor our educator. Its job is to protect us against foreign and domestic threats, to defend our individual freedoms, and to enforce laws guaranteeing legal commerce and contracts. Nothing more.<br><br>To equate the Tea Party with religious zealotry only exposes your own ignorance and nullifies your opinion.<br><br>EDIT: Incidentally, the vast majority of mainstream Christians (at whom I presume you're directing your scorn), do NOT believe that the universe, Earth, or humans were created 5000 years ago. Aside from a tiny minority of literal-minded zealots, modern Christians are aware that Biblical language is symbolic -- e.g., the "6 days" over which the creation story takes place are not [i]literal[/i] 24-hour days.<br><br>I could go on, but I can see that it would be a waste of time: you have an obvious ax to grind with religion, Microsoft, and who-knows-what else. More fundamentally, anyone who conflates the Tea Party, religious misinterpretation, and Windows XP usage is far beyond the reach of reasonable argument.
        Churlish
    • Same

      @cynic8 I'm British and live in England (obviously) but still am concerned. Reagan for crying out loud?! He was the Thatcher (milk snatcher) of the US.
      zwhittaker
      • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

        @zwhittaker
        Yes he was. He was responsible for the Military Industrial Complex that has really bankrupt this country and the explosion of the oil industry when there were projects for alternatives under Carter. Reagan took the solar panels off the white house......
        hoaxoner
      • The military complex

        Let's glance at some items in the 2010 budget:

        $663.7 billion (+12.7%) ? Department of Defense (including Overseas Contingency Operations)

        That's a lot. Surely there can't be things that cost more than that, right?

        $677.95 billion (+4.9%) ? Social Security

        Well, maybe that's just for all of the social programs. That wouldn't be so bad, right?

        $571 billion (?15.2%) ? Other mandatory programs
        $453 billion (+6.6%) ? Medicare
        $290 billion (+12.0%) ? Medicaid

        Oh. Damn.
        Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

      @cynic8

      Well I think that shows who comes to these forums anyway ;-)

      Rudy (Paul Murphy) should feel right at home (if he was actually American that is ;-) )
      tonymcs@...
  • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

    I am re-reading the Tom Clancy novel, "Executive Orders" and it just reminds me how popular fiction just reflects the feelings of the majority of people. To borrow from another piece of fiction, the movie "American President," the scumbags in DC are more interested in "keeping (their) job, than doing the job." This is true for Republican or Democrat. I voted Republican all the way, just because every one of my incumbent elected officials are Democrats. I'd vote against the incumbent bastard if he was Republican too.
    Diver John
    • Throw the rascals out! All of them!

      @Diver John
      M Wagner
      • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

        @mwagner@... Agree totally.....plus:
        Congressional Reform Act of 2010

        1. Term Limits.

        12 years only, one of the possible options below..

        A. Two Six-year Senate terms
        B. Six Two-year House terms
        C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

        2. No Tenure / No Pension.

        A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

        3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

        All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately.

        All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

        4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

        5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%, and

        then they may not do so in years in which Social Security recipients receive no increase.

        6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

        7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

        8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

        The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.


        Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators,

        serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.
        kamalot
      • Add to that Line Item Veto, kamalot

        This way a President can sign off on useful bills without having to sign off on all the idiotic stuff attached.
        John Zern
      • RE: Election Day SuperPoll: share your opinion!

        @mwagner@... In two years, you'll be singing the exact same tune. This entire country has sunken into the abyss of stupid party politics. There is no compromise for the good of the country any more. The ONLY thing these idiots care about is POWER. Unfortunately, your solution only results in more of the same. Pretty soon, there won't be anyone left to throw out. What then?
        ron pike