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Do Yard Signs and Bumper Stickers Help a Candidate? (vanity)
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Posted on 09/15/2008 11:02:01 AM PDT by Tigercap

Sorry if this vanity is not appropriate.

I am passionate about this election. I know we should be doing a lot more than just this...but, Does planting a McCain-Palin Yard Sign and applying a McCain-Palin Bumper Sticker help the cause at all? What's your experience? Has there been any studies on this?


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KEYWORDS: bumperstickers; yardsigns
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1 posted on 09/15/2008 11:02:02 AM PDT by Tigercap
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To: Tigercap

I don’t know that bumper stickers and yard signs do anything other than boost morale, but I do it anyway.


2 posted on 09/15/2008 11:03:56 AM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (My new favorite quote "You can't organize clutter.")
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To: Tigercap

I love seeing the signs on peoples yards, makes me feel not so alone... fires me up!

Can’t even see the grass on my yard I have so many signs =) I am an extremist... Plus, I think undecided people who may not talk politics with their neighbors, see a yard sign and it may help... or it could also get your car keyed and your house egged.... I have had many of my signs stolen.


3 posted on 09/15/2008 11:04:53 AM PDT by dubie
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To: Tigercap

I heard that bumper stickers are worth about $200~$300 of advertising. Yard signs, I don’t know.


4 posted on 09/15/2008 11:05:33 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: Tigercap
Don't know about that, but people with bumper stickers on their vehicles are statistically more likely to be involved in road rage incidents.
5 posted on 09/15/2008 11:06:13 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Public policy should never become the captive of a scientific-technological elite. -- Ike Eisenhower)
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To: Tigercap

They do two things. They encourage fellow supporters to also stand up, creating a unified voice. They also sway the pop-culture type voter who does what is popular or what follows the crowd.


6 posted on 09/15/2008 11:06:38 AM PDT by mnehring (Maverick/Barracuda 2008)
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To: Tigercap

I’m sure they help. It’s like free advertising.

Unfortunately, I can’t put a bumper sticker on my car where I live as I’d probably get a damaged car.


7 posted on 09/15/2008 11:07:27 AM PDT by vrwc54
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
I don’t know that bumper stickers and yard signs do anything other than boost morale

I think boosting morale is a good enough reason. I'm not a fan of yard signs, though, as they clutter a neighborhood. I think a presence on the internet--refuting left-wing garbage, participating in online polls, etc.--probably has more of an effect.

8 posted on 09/15/2008 11:07:29 AM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: Tigercap

I think bumper sticks/yard signs help most for downticket races and ballot issues... not so much on Prez level.


9 posted on 09/15/2008 11:07:33 AM PDT by C210N (The television has mounted the most serious assault on Republicanism since Das Kapital.)
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To: Tigercap

A key aspect in marketing is “impressions” - they say it takes about 6-7 impressions for a name (person or product) to stick in someone’s head.

Each yard sign, particularly those which are not strewn across public roadsides but rather placed on private property to represent real support from a real household, makes an impression on every voter who sees it.

In my neighborhood, I’ve only seen one Obama sign, even in the yards of die-hard Democrats displaying big signs for other Dem candidates. And that, likewise, makes an impression.


10 posted on 09/15/2008 11:08:25 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Tigercap

My yard signs will go up soon. They will be well oiled with poison ivy juice!


11 posted on 09/15/2008 11:08:42 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: dubie

My big, expensive, gas-guzzling SUV was keyed within 48 hours of application of my Nobama No socialism sticker. I took the sticker off.


12 posted on 09/15/2008 11:09:47 AM PDT by ivoteright (Sooner born, Sooner bred)
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To: Tigercap

It’s called the ‘Bandwagon Effect’. The idea that there are a lot of people supporting your candidate. Didn’t work out so well for Ron Paul, though.


13 posted on 09/15/2008 11:09:56 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (DEATH TO PUTIN!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
great idea, Dr.
14 posted on 09/15/2008 11:10:50 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Tigercap

I think they just make you personally feel better and, in turn makes other supporters feel better. (Putting up signs always makes me feel like I’m 14 again and scribbling I
‘I love Fred’ on the outside of my notebook) :)


16 posted on 09/15/2008 11:11:18 AM PDT by the lastbestlady (I now believe that we have two lives; the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.)
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To: mvpel

There are several Obama yard signs in my hood and no McCains, that I have seen.

I am placing my Mccain/Palin sticker on my car today, and I am excited about it. I was not going to do a bumper sticker this election, but Palin has re-energized my support. Of course it will be the only one in the Whole Foods parking lot...


17 posted on 09/15/2008 11:11:39 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: ivoteright

Couldn’t you just FEEL the tolerance?


18 posted on 09/15/2008 11:11:56 AM PDT by WayneS (Vote Obama bin Biden 2008 - "Because the world doesn't suck enough yet".)
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To: Tigercap

Who knows, it might have influence with some of the dumber voters (whose vote we all need). I personally am afraid of vandalism, since liberals these days have gotten so strident. I hate to be a p*ssy about it, but in the position I am at in life, I couldn’t afford going to jail for beating the crap out of some lowlife stoned liberal scumbag.


19 posted on 09/15/2008 11:13:35 AM PDT by Paradox (Obama, the Audacity of Hype.)
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To: ivoteright

That is why my car will remain bumper sticker free.


20 posted on 09/15/2008 11:13:50 AM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

You can buy that?


21 posted on 09/15/2008 11:14:18 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: Tigercap

I think it does.It at least gets neighbors talking!
Re the bumperstickers...I proudly display mine and get some “thumbs-up” from folks passing my car on the road,or even a “I couldn’t agree more” from people who pass me in the parking lot at the grocery store.In any event, it makes me feel good and I feel as if i’m making some kind of difference,regardless of how small.


22 posted on 09/15/2008 11:14:38 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Supporting NObama makes about as much sense as asking Chuck to stand up.)
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To: mnehrling

“They do two things. They encourage fellow supporters to also stand up, creating a unified voice. They also sway the pop-culture type voter who does what is popular or what follows the crowd.”

I agree with you. In the last two weeks, yard signs for McCain have drastically increased around the area that I live in. Only a few Obama signs here and there. A pop culture type voter might be persuaded to vote on what they see.
And it makes me smile to see them all.


23 posted on 09/15/2008 11:15:07 AM PDT by donnab (some people use change to promote their careers...others use their careers to promote change.)
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To: Tigercap

I am in MA and I see more Kerry Edwards Stickers still than I see of Obama stickers


24 posted on 09/15/2008 11:15:34 AM PDT by edzo4 (Vote McCain, Keep Your Change)
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To: Tigercap

I don’t know about everyone else,

but I’m always curious about what kind of kook is driving the car with the 0bama sticker on it. I’ll get next to them to take a peek.

Usually a young kid.


25 posted on 09/15/2008 11:16:43 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: stevio

Yeah, I tend to agree with that. Bumperstickers are the new highway billboard, for better or worse.I’ve had much,much more positive reaction to my McCain-Palin stickers than negative ones.


26 posted on 09/15/2008 11:17:05 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Supporting NObama makes about as much sense as asking Chuck to stand up.)
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To: Tigercap

I have a Maverick/barracuda bumper sticker on my truck but my yard signs tend to get only the vandals attention


27 posted on 09/15/2008 11:17:35 AM PDT by badpacifist (Personal attacks on someones opinion of a "news article" you happened to post is asinine..)
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To: ivoteright

Get a magnetic sheet and put the sticker on it. Just walk behind your car and take it off when you park.

I get plenty of #1 driver signs in Austin when I have my No BO sign on my pickup. Thumbs up when I get closer to home.


28 posted on 09/15/2008 11:18:00 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Sarah Palin is NOT worried about anything being above her pay grade!)
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To: Tigercap

Branding is one of the most effective forms of marketing. Look at the money companies pour into NASCAR sponsorships


29 posted on 09/15/2008 11:18:40 AM PDT by Capt Conservative
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To: Tigercap

Value of lawn signs is moot here in the twin cities. The crack RNC team and/or the McCain campaign haven’t been able to supply McCain/Palin lawn signs to the Victory Office here even though it’s now been 2+ weeks since Sarah was picked.


30 posted on 09/15/2008 11:18:44 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: stevio

No, you can’t buy it. What you can do is go to the cheapo store and buy some work gloves. Cut up a bunch of poison ivy, and rub it all over your sign. Throw away the gloves, and use another pair in Nov. to take the sign down. Put it in a garbage bag so you don’t mess with your garbage man.


31 posted on 09/15/2008 11:19:16 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Tigercap

They help from the standpoint of motivating other like-minded people to become motivated and rally around the candidate to activism. They also help the candidate to keep going day after day as he sees them around town.

When I used to manage campaigns my first instructions to people posting signs, whether paid vendors or volunteers, was to give them a map of the route the candidate drives to work or to the campaign HQ and insist that the route be plastered with his/her signs


32 posted on 09/15/2008 11:19:46 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: donnab
For several months it was nothing but Obama here, but suddenly, McCain stuff is everywhere, it seems the apathy on our side is off. I laughed at a stoplight at lunch almost every car I could see in front of me had a McCain sticker on it and one beater had an Obama sticker.

I have been stopped four times by people asking me where I got my Maverick/Barracuda sticker. Luckily I keep a roll of 50 McCain stickers and had about a dozen Maverick/Barracuda ones that I hand out whenever someone asks.

33 posted on 09/15/2008 11:21:32 AM PDT by mnehring (Maverick/Barracuda 2008)
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To: Tigercap

I have seen “Family for McCain” yard signs this week in my neighborhood. I think that’s GREAT!


34 posted on 09/15/2008 11:21:40 AM PDT by SWEETSUNNYSOUTH (Liberalism is a mental disease.)
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To: MrB

I do that too, discreetly, just out of curiosity...Of course, when the Obama sticker is on the bumper next to the “Bush Lied” and “Rage Against the Machine” stickers you pretty much know what they look like...


35 posted on 09/15/2008 11:21:41 AM PDT by Mark319 (Obama/Biden...The liberals are going for the throat...)
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To: ivoteright

I’ve heard of magnetic ones so you can take them off and place in trunk while parked. I just put a McCain/Palin sticker on my car this weekend. Will see when I get off work if I’ve been keyed.


36 posted on 09/15/2008 11:22:23 AM PDT by republicangel
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To: Tigercap

I hardly ever see an obama sticker and have yet to see an obama yard sign.


37 posted on 09/15/2008 11:23:13 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Aaahhh. I see how you’ve achieved your doctorate.


38 posted on 09/15/2008 11:23:33 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
The crack RNC team and/or the McCain campaign haven’t been able to supply McCain/Palin lawn signs to the Victory Office here even though it’s now been 2+ weeks since Sarah was picked.

I just got mine in on Friday even though I ordered them overnight the day Palin was announced. They said they had more orders in two hours than they sometimes get in a campaign season- they just where overwhelmed.

39 posted on 09/15/2008 11:23:54 AM PDT by mnehring (Maverick/Barracuda 2008)
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To: Tigercap

Based on what I’ve seen from election results and the amount of yard signs/bumper stickers for one candidate or another is a little surprising.

I live in a very conservative area, however in 2000 and in 2004 Gore and Kerry signs FAR outnumbered Bush signs. There were easily 5x more. Bush easily won here by 70-75 points.


40 posted on 09/15/2008 11:24:22 AM PDT by KoRn (Barack Obama Must Be Stopped!!!)
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To: Tigercap

I don’t know if they do anything, but I know when I see an Obama yard sign or a bumpersticker, I feel irritated. I’ve got the signs in my yard, and stickers on my truck to just pi$$ off the leftist hordes. Plus I get lots of dirty looks when I pull into Starbucks. Commie rage makes my coffee taste better.


41 posted on 09/15/2008 11:25:57 AM PDT by exile ("Get off the phone, ya big dope"- The Great One)
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To: MrB

I don’t know about everyone else,

but I’m always curious about what kind of kook is driving the car with the 0bama sticker on it. I’ll get next to them to take a peek.

Usually a young kid.

__

I’ve been doing the same thing for years. LOL

I live in NJ, so I’ll tell you what I see when I pull up for a peek.

Large percentage = Bearded, bespectacled “I’m the intellectual, professor type and I read the NY Times every day”

Smaller percentage = Unattractive women, I have yet to see a good looking woman with a dem bumper sticker this election season.

Smallest percentage = Kids


42 posted on 09/15/2008 11:26:13 AM PDT by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: stevio; All
I heard that bumper stickers are worth about $200~$300 of advertising.

For what it's worth, I've read the same thing, a few years ago.

43 posted on 09/15/2008 11:26:59 AM PDT by backhoe (For a Real Change, Vote Palin)
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To: fso301

In the recesses of my mind I envision getting a bouquet of leftist stickers and putting them on news vans when I see them parked.


44 posted on 09/15/2008 11:27:03 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

You sir, are a genius.


45 posted on 09/15/2008 11:27:05 AM PDT by exile ("Get off the phone, ya big dope"- The Great One)
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To: Mark319
...Of course, when the Obama sticker is on the bumper next to the “Bush Lied” and “Rage Against the Machine” stickers you pretty much know what they look like...

LOL, sounds like someone who replaced their Ron Paul sticker with an Obama one..


46 posted on 09/15/2008 11:27:21 AM PDT by mnehring (Maverick/Barracuda 2008)
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To: anton

My house and yard are not expensive, but well kept.
There is 1 0bama yard sign in my neighborhood - and no kidding - his lawn and yard are the worst in the neighborhood.


47 posted on 09/15/2008 11:27:44 AM PDT by Tigercap (If 0bama had the experience of Palin, he too might be qualified to run for Vice President)
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To: word_warrior_bob

In the Kansas City area, it’s the other way around.
More kids, fewer “academics”.


48 posted on 09/15/2008 11:29:00 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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“I don’t know about everyone else,

but I’m always curious about what kind of kook is driving the car with the 0bama sticker on it. I’ll get next to them to take a peek.

Usually a young kid.”

I do the same. Usually a butch woman or young prep.


49 posted on 09/15/2008 11:29:41 AM PDT by Tigercap (If 0bama had the experience of Palin, he too might be qualified to run for Vice President)
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To: Tigercap

Where I lived most of my voting life one fears for ones life displaying a bumper sticker or yard sign not approved by the central committee and their brownshirts. If I put out a sign in San Francisco I have no doubt that I would suffer property damage at the very least. I would also expect to be approached outside my door by stalkers waiting all day at my front door to confront me and possibly physically attack me. I like my car and can’t afford to replace it or my tires so I don’t do bumper stickers. Supporting the GOP in San Francisco has to be a private matter that you don’t even tell your neighbors about. To understand you have to imagine being a Christian in an Arab country or a Jew in Nazi Germany in the late 30s. San Francisco leftists are as radical as they get with a Mayor and city council to support them. I know what freedom is after being fearful all my life as I now enjoy it in Southern California after moving from the bay area.


50 posted on 09/15/2008 11:29:47 AM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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