Negative Ad Campaigns

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-20-2009
Negative Ad Campaigns
Fri, 08-10-2012 - 9:18am

I've been noticing a lot of negative campaign ads by both Obama and Romney lately.  They actually make me see the candidate who is running the ad as inferior.  Do negative campaign ads affect your opinion of the candidates?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-12-2011
Fri, 08-10-2012 - 12:51pm

to me it is disgusting. It makes me not wantng to vote for either one of them. If i have to vote I am more willing to go for a 3rd party. Not one of these canidates have actualy told why I should vote for them. Instead they are pushing me to wonder what they could do differently. But there is no lay out of what. How it could be different voting fo rthem. Neither oen is presenting anything they did right..

All I get is why I shouldn't vote for the other guy. No reasons why they would be the better canidate. All it is doing is turning me off

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-02-2009
Sat, 08-11-2012 - 11:58am

Maybe I don't watch enough TV, and being in New Jersey, they don't want to waste their money, but I NEVER see these ads.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2010
Sat, 08-11-2012 - 7:32pm

Lucky you!  We where I live receive this junk.  Wallet party!  I am so glad I took economics in college. 


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2008
Sun, 08-12-2012 - 11:09am

I agree with you!  Living in one of the swing states, not only I get bombarded with ads, I average 2 phone calls a week!  (Told them repeatedly not to call to no avail).

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Sun, 08-12-2012 - 11:25am
Call the state party making the calls (Democratic or Republican) and tell them that you are on the "do not call list," that you did that for a reason, and that you will be making notes of which politicians do not abide by that list so they will absolutely not get your vote. Tell them to make sure to take your number off their phone list and to notify all the candidates to remove it as well. It worked for me during the last presidential election cycle with the Democratic party in my state and I don't get any calls at all now.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-12-2011
Sun, 08-12-2012 - 1:11pm

I live in NY which is not  SWING STATE by far it is a Blue one. But I am not registered under any party. I am an Independent. So of course I am a wanted vote because of the wild card status. I do see myself with Moderate Liberal leaning tendencies though.

I do believe in a a open payer system for HC or at least where Healthcare benefits didn't depend on having a job to be tied down to. I think many people who have jobs are afraid to make change because they are afraid to lose the benefits. I also see my Healthcare payments going up but getting less in return. The copays, the cost of prescription drugs. Who I can see or not see. Many times I am finding MDs dropping certain plans because they are not getting paid well or not at all quickly.

I also don't think government should be involved in  personal HC decisions. any choice including abortion and/or end of life decisions. I do see a lot of waste. I work in the HC field and  work with a lot of  foreigner who are amazed at the lengths that we go to to keep the human body alive esp with eh elderly. In Europe and other areas. Yes there are some restrictions on who can have what at certain ages. But they also accept that it is okay to die. We seem to be more focused on life at all costs not allowing for death with dignity.Also the who thing also affects Medicare and Medicaid because it forces some  people to life longer than expected.


I believe there is abuse in the welfare system. I do believe there was abuse and over inflation of housing prices so when the bubbles popped. People go t screwed. To say the car industry should have been allowed to fail. Meant nothing for the CEOs  they would have been find. The car industry failing would have hurt the workers. By not having jobs. That is why we needed to safe it.

It is interesting in that when industry, government etc wants to cut the budgets and decrease spending the 1st thing hit is the workers. They get laid off < they are expected to t give back benefits. Etc. But where are the displaced workers to go.? Somehow they become the losers. And somehow they become scorned for "living off" the same system that let them go.

And the government and the industry becomes the winners in trying to save money.


In this election I don't belief either party has the "losers" best interest in mind. Only the winners.

By the way, We got out of the Great Depression  courtesy of WWII. ( I am not saying WWII wasn't a needed war but still)And some of the governmental mentality is that war creates jobs.  and also a distraction as well. So they start wars as another way to get peoples mind off of  reality. But think about it no other wars have met with such unity since WWII but then again the current wars haven't been able to stir up our beliefs in what we are fighting for. I mean really Communism or  Democracy. Both good ideas on paper but both easily corrupted for the same thing. MONEY, Greed and land ownership.

Only Dictatorships and similar governments are really that bad


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2008
Sun, 08-12-2012 - 11:18pm

I did, and will try again.  Unfortunatley I am not only getting calls from the parties, but gross-root organizations that support the parties as well. 

Why would anyone think that interrupting my work/cooking/dinner/gym time/vacuuming/afternoon nap, etc. would make me more inclined to vote for him?  (Especially naps, sometimes I am on call and work irregular hours.  Waking me from my naps makes me very grouchy)!  :smileymad:

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2008
Sun, 08-12-2012 - 11:24pm

I am also aware of the more sensible healthcare systems in some other countries.  In fact, I grew up under NHS (British system) and have family living in Europe; so I entirely get what you mean.