If a person is known to be both pro-choice and pro-same sex marriage (you don't know about any other opinions/beliefs), would you consider that person to be "a liberal"?
Not at all. Does being a conservative mean feeling like you can manage the personal affairs of others because you are morally right?
I'd consider them a well-minded individual. There is no reason to lump them into any category based solely on that. Something, something, something. Political parties are bad.
They could be libertarian.
I'm both pro-choice and pro-same sex marriage, and I'm a conservative.
That is how I feel also^
Not necessarily of course, but more likely than not.
I'm not really all that into the idea of labeling people, so no I wouldn't.
I would assume they were moderate to liberal.
Those are two views I support, yet I do not consider myself liberal.
Maybe on just the social issues? I hate labels for this reason. There is so much more.
Both stances are immoral. Liberal it is
I'm not sure why people dislike this poll.
I answered "Not necessarily". I have both of the views mentioned in the question, but I don't identify myself as "a liberal". I don't identify myself as "a conservative" either. I think I'm a mixed bag.
It wasn't me. I don't down vote any polls and my profile proves it. I think it's a fine question.
People down vote all the time for various reasons. Don't worry about it. I gave a thumbs up to offset the others
Thanks. It doesn't really bother me, but it does confuse me.
Wink, poll ratings are not valid unless you only ever ask questions about pie, cats, and stuff like that. If you venture into anything that's ever controversial then you'll find several things become true:
1. Some people will follow you only for the purpose of down voting your polls. They view this as a form of activism that helps their team win.
2. Some people have crazy ideas about what constitutes a bias. If they don't like you then
They'll nitpick the wording of your poll and decide that it's biased. That's a down vote.
3. Some people will down vote your poll once 1) your poll has a political connotation; and 2) your agreement percentage with them is low.
This is why I don't rate polls at all. They're a truly meaningless measurement.
Makes sense YC. Thanks for the analysis!
Probably. That would be my assumption. But they could be libertarian.
That's a good point. I don't think of Libertarians enough, perhaps I should.
Absolutely. Those are the two main issues in politics today.
So if this person were, for example, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-more strict government assistance, pro-flat tax, etc., would you still think of this person as "a liberal"?
Yes, but they'd be very unusual.
They'd be a libertarian and libertarians are social libs and fiscal conservatives, by definition. They're "confused" in my opinion.
Libertarians are an odd group. Most self-described libertarians aren't libertarians at all as they don't conform to the definition. Often they distinguish themselves from the party by describing themselves as "little L" libertarians.
Thanks for answering.