In the End Most Americans Vote Pragmatically More than Idealistically

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Most Americans vote pragmatically rather than idealistically, and pragmatic concerns determine who wins or loses.

It’s true, of course, that many of us vote based on our moral values, and if a candidate is not pro-life, just to use one example, that candidate will not get our vote.

Others vote based on party affiliation. They are all-in Democrats or all-in Republicans (or another party), no matter who the candidates might be.

But many others vote more pragmatically. 

“When Trump was president,” they remember, “I paid X amount for gas. Now I’m paying double-X or more. As for my utility bills, don’t even talk to me about that. How am I supposed to pay for this?”

This is what is on many voters’ minds far more than the implications of the overturning of Roe v Wade.

“When I went to the grocery store,” they recall, “I used to spend $150 for the family. Now I’m spending $200. Where does it end? I can’t even put money into savings anymore. In fact, I’m having to dip into savings to stay afloat. Who is thinking about Roe?”

For that matter, who is thinking about climate change and the Green New Deal?

The main thing the average voter sees is those green dollars disappearing.

It’s the same with crime...

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