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    Are your political opinions unpopular? Is it just with your immediate social circle or society at large? If you live in a country that's big enough is it a regional or state thing? Does it impact upon you and how much and how often?

    If you're views are unpopular or you are isolated in holding them do adopt or practice any kinds of copeing strategies, ie as little as buying books with similar opinions being expressed, visiting forums with other members which share your opinions.

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    I think I'm alot more politically liberal than average but not to the extent of my opinions being unpopular.
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    My political opinions are unpopular in the general crowd, while some of them I'll announce readily and others I'll refrain from for various reasons.

    I learned long ago to seek out similar minds with slight variants to permit growth, and avoid narrow mindedness somewhat with so much diversity there's no growth. Books and information to test and trial my opinions, and the willingness to take in opinions I completely abhor, and pick them apart and put them to the test with my own opinions.

    Most of my outward friends do not know my genuine political opinions, at times there's no need so there's no point, for the moment. My family also disagrees, and so would society at large in this country I think. Ironically, the country from which I originate (Russia) is growing in favor with this political view and it's not such problem there.

    I don't visit forums so I'm not followed in my ways. I'll simply meet with people or correspond by other means, but posting also what I'm believing in is momentary in myself, but eternal on the internet and that sort of indirect commitment annoys me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Are your political opinions unpopular? Is it just with your immediate social circle or society at large? If you live in a country that's big enough is it a regional or state thing? Does it impact upon you and how much and how often?

    If you're views are unpopular or you are isolated in holding them do adopt or practice any kinds of copeing strategies, ie as little as buying books with similar opinions being expressed, visiting forums with other members which share your opinions.
    I am left wing economically and conservative socially. So I have nowhere to lay my head. There is no political party that marries left wing and conservatives. So I tell them my heart is left and my head is conservative. And when they look at me askance, I say, "If you are not a marxist when you are young, you have no heart. And if you are not conservative when you are old, you have no sense". And this seems to rile them even more.

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    I don't see things in opinions, I see things in truths, even in politics. I don't need anyone to agree with me, I just need things to be more truthful, so in a way, having an unpopular "opinion" does bug me, because I feel like I'm amidst idiots. Opinions are useless unless they contribute anything to the society and its people's survival, and are destructive if they hinder progress. This is not opinion, this is nature.

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    I'm a socialist to my bones. I'm pretty sure most people don't realize to what extent. I don't think my opinions are rare. I do think they are more idealistic, than most peeps. I also like the greenies more most people, except when they aren't being commonsensical.
    I feel like a hypocrite though, because I probably work in one of the more environmentally unfriendly fields. Yes, I feel really really guilty pouring dangerous chemicals down the drain, and think about all the fish I'm killing. ( I live in the outback so that really doesn't make sense but you get the idea.)
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    My fucking political opinions are fucking impopulars and i feel fucking good about this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    little as buying books with similar opinions being expressed, visiting forums with other members which share your opinions.
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    My involvement in politics is just trying to understand how things work. Getting around to trying to figure out how they should work and, even more daunting, how to make it so they work a different way is totally beyond me.

    When I talk about it, it tends to irritate people. They get confused when you don't have a party line.

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    My political opinions are extremely unpopular with my family, and so I rarely share any of them. Because they know my ideas are different from them there has been some problem with them imagining my opinions are extreme and then they get upset about it. I'll share enough to put them at ease as much as I can. It creates a catch-22 - if i talk about it they get upset. If I don't talk about it they imagine it fits their worst fears and they get upset. We had to make a pact to not talk about politics. I blame Fox News actually and really hate that station because of what it does to people. Without those influences I think reasonable discussions and peace would be more possible.

    I have agreement with my husband and a few people in my profession, although many in my immediate work environment I think are both wealthy and quite conservative.

    Quote Originally Posted by Qlip View Post
    My involvement in politics is just trying to understand how things work. Getting around to trying to figure out how they should work and, even more daunting, how to make it so they work a different way is totally beyond me.

    When I talk about it, it tends to irritate people. They get confused when you don't have a party line.
    ^I have a lot of respect for this approach. I tend to be more inconclusive about politics and don't like party lines. I remember as far back as college people fighting back at me from opposite sides of issues because the moment they hear you don't agree 100% without question, they assume you have extreme, unquestioning certitude on the opposite side of the issue. I'd probably be pretty happy chatting with someone like you about it because that open, realistic attitude is really rare.
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    I would not say my views are that unpopular (mostly liberal, but I'm usually open minded to letting the other side present their argument on an issue by issue basis - I consider myself a pragmatic liberal), but I live in an area that is a mix of conservative and liberal (with conservatives having a slight majority) and my friends are a mix of both types with varying degrees of fanaticism (some are very intolerant of opposing political views and some enjoy a good healthy debate of issues), so in the interest of avoiding conflict, I tend to be a bit cautious about expressing my political views based on how I think those around me would react - with strangers I tend not talk at all about politics until I can get a sense of what is important to them and how strongly they feel about it.

    I do like to watch TV shows that shares my political bias (mostly Jon Stewart, Bill Mahr, and Rachel Maddow), but I try to do so with keeping in mind that they are only telling me one side of the story - if I really care about the facts, then I'll do internet research and/or watch multiple networks to get different perspectives, but most of the time I'm content with having my political views supported by more articulate TV and radio personalities.
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