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To what degree is sympathy towards a political party caused by the act of voting? (Cognitive dissonance)

Imagine being a first-time-voter, uninformed about the different political parties. It is easy to see, that you are likely to vote for the same party as your parents. Maybe you felt sympathy to that party before. Perhaps you did not care.

My question is, does the sympathy rise because of the act of voting?

You do not want to admit that you did a mistake. You start to filter information to match your action.
But cognitive dissonance is more than that: In an election there are always alternatives. You have to compromise, causing a cognitive dissonance, especially when your choice was wrong. You want to solve the dissonance by devaluing the alternative and appreciating the party you voted for.

This could also explain, why voters sometimes dislike rather similar parties more than differing parties. I see this in left parties in Germany.
I think it affects left parties more than other parties, because they want to help the poor, which is a very important and emotional topic.
Could this be a cause for the uprise of right parties? The left parties quarrel and the right parties rejoice? Can we overcome cognitive dissonance to act in concert?

What do you think about this?


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    Aug 16 2013: If your goal is to achieve concensus you are doomed. Our nation is spectacularly polarized. The prevailing numbers for recent polling on any issue is 47% Pro; 47% Con; and 6% Undecided. Those percentages are for those who actually vote. Most of the nation does not vote. The non-voters don't care and they don't know what the issues are. I don't see sympathy toward a particular party playing much of a role in the American process.
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      Aug 21 2013: I guess people really have not realized that the left has been dead in the U.S. for a long time now...
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        Aug 21 2013: Say what? The Left is thriving like a raging venereal disease. What do you mean "dead"? Please explain. Please.
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          Aug 21 2013: The party that is supposedly of the left is not very leftist at all.

          I am not talking about the masses that are misled into believing that they are electing leftist politicians.
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        Aug 21 2013: RE: "The party that is supposedly..." You are scaring me. What does the "real" Leftist doctrine look like If the devastatation that has taken place over the last 5 years in America is not it? I still don't know what you mean.
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        Aug 21 2013: Now, now. It is going to be all right. We are all your friends and no one wants to hurt you. You just rest a while and everything will look better in the morning, you'll see.
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          Aug 21 2013: I hardly think so unless conservatives will have dropped off the planet by morning...

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