Skip to comments.Do Yard Signs and Bumper Stickers Help a Candidate? (vanity)
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?
I don’t know that bumper stickers and yard signs do anything other than boost morale, but I do it anyway.
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.
I heard that bumper stickers are worth about $200~$300 of advertising. Yard signs, I don’t know.
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’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.
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.
I think bumper sticks/yard signs help most for downticket races and ballot issues... not so much on Prez level.
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.
My yard signs will go up soon. They will be well oiled with poison ivy juice!
My big, expensive, gas-guzzling SUV was keyed within 48 hours of application of my Nobama No socialism sticker. I took the sticker off.
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.
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) :)
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...
Couldn’t you just FEEL the tolerance?
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.
That is why my car will remain bumper sticker free.
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