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November 6 2012

5 Weird Things That Shouldn’t Influence Your Vote But Do

A number of irrelevant factors—from a polling place's location to a home sports team's winning percentage—have been found to sway voters

Most of us believe that our political views are based on the issues, or at the very least, on our views of the candidates’ personal qualities, which might matter when it comes to governing. We imagine that we vote for good policies, or politicians that can serve as steady leaders in times of crisis.

But when it comes to voting, as with many other areas of life, we’re not quite as rational as we like to believe.

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