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    My DH and I are both very interested in politics. We didn't always vote the same way, as I changed my way of thinking as I went through uni and was exposed to a different way of thinking and different people. We vote the same way pretty much nlw although we do have differing opinions on some issues. We can get into some pretty fiery discussio s
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerKat View Post
    Hmm interesting! I see what you're saying but personally I'm totally fine with having left wing friends (I'm right wing). My close friend (bridesmaid at my wedding etc) is a teacher, heavily involved in the teachers union, loves Waleed we have very different views on may things and often have little debates which have us laughing at the end because we are so different. I think why we work though is because we both are respectful to one another but I can also understand her view points although I may not agree, and vice versa. Having said all this, I don't think I could be super close friends with a Greens voter
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    I have close friends with opposing views who voted liberal. We dont tend to talk politics but I think they are small 'l' liberals. I would struggle remaining friends with someone who was against marriage equality for example.
    I do have friends that vote liberal, but it's mostly due to the nature of their work industry and not because they're against humanitarian issues like gay marriage or stopping the boats etc.

    However, I have family members that staunchly back people like Pauline Hanson and I tolerate them to keep the peace, but I don't go out of my way to talk to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post

    However, I have family members that staunchly back people like Pauline Hanson and I tolerate them to keep the peace, but I don't go out of my way to talk to them.
    This is the same with my extended family. We dont really talk and I have hidden their posts from my news feed on facebook as it makes me too angry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
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    I do have friends that vote liberal, but it's mostly due to the nature of their work industry and not because they're against humanitarian issues like gay marriage or stopping the boats etc.

    However, I have family members that staunchly back people like Pauline Hanson and I tolerate them to keep the peace, but I don't go out of my way to talk to them.
    Perhaps that's why I get on with my leftie friends. I'm not against gay marriage. Although my views on immigration are a bit more hard line than theirs I'm certainly not against immigration etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerKat View Post
    Perhaps that's why I get on with my leftie friends. I'm not against gay marriage. Although my views on immigration are a bit more hard line than theirs I'm certainly not against immigration etc.
    There's liberal then there's hard core right wing. I like Malcolm Turnbull because I consider him liberal in the true sense. I refuse to vote for the coalition because there are too many hard core right wing conservatives. My liberal voting friends are not hard core and still support things like marriage equality etc but as a PP mentioned, they have voted liberal due to the sectors in which they work and their immediate electorate representatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerKat View Post
    Those that have really strong views, how does this affect your friendships? Can you be close friends with people who have opposite political views?
    One of my closest friends is right wing. It's hard. We just don't go there. Our kids are good friends and we have enough common interests that we just know when topics are off limits. She's liberal in a social sense thankfully but economically she's very conservative and supports things like the death penalty. She's a wonderful person and I love her dearly.

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    DH and I vote at opposite ends of the political spectrum (he votes greens and I vote liberals). He would vote for a benevolent dictator if that was an option. But he grew up in communist Russia (and has been here since he was 13) so maybe that has had some influence..?

    We are both passionate about domestic and international politics, social & economic issues, and we have lengthy discussions (and sometimes arguments) about these things but it doesn't come between us. It actually makes things more interesting.

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    Dh and I have the same views on matters and vote the same.
    I could absolutely not be with someone who was opposite.

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    Default Calling all those with a keen interest in politics!

    I have a moderate interest in politics - I'm interested in policies and issues but not so much the politicians or how politics work.

    DF and I have fairly similar, although not exactly the same, views.

    I would struggle being in a relationship or close friendship with someone to had vastly different views. I'm not talking labour vs liberal (which I think are more similar than die hard supporters probably like to admit!) but more along the lines of PH supporters.

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    Just reading over the posts above, it's interesting to see what the general view is of liberal voters. The things described above are nothing even close to what I am like.


 

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