The Myth of Party Loyalty
When a pollster asks you how you feel about your party, they are asking for your views and opinions. However, these statements reflect major misunderstandings of political affiliation and its importance to the parties.
Party affiliation is usually derived from an open-ended question typically included in a public opinion survey, where participants are asked how strongly they consider themselves to be politically active in the political realm today. This means that respondents are not forced to answer honestly, as there are no predetermined questions being asked. In reality, most people cannot answer this question very accurately.
However, it does not mean that you must have a strong affiliation with the party if you are to be considered politically active. In fact, those who do not support the party but want to vote in it’s election will probably be considered politically inactive. Many public opinion surveys have these two categories simultaneously.
While it is impossible to completely separate the two concepts of political affiliation and party loyalty, they do share some similarities. They both entail being politically active, participating in political discussions, voting in elections and expressing an opinion on political matters and policies.
On the other hand, it also takes a considerable amount of time to become fully vested in a party membership. Parties often take several years before they can count on its members to follow them through difficult times. That is why most people do not become deeply entrenched with a party until the party has been established for several decades or more.
As you can see, it is not so simple as saying that there is no relationship between political affiliation and loyalty. If you do not believe that, ask yourself why you would want to follow a particular party over another when your party has been around for so long. There are plenty of examples of politicians who have supported a different party when they were much stronger than they are now, and it is not hard to imagine why they might want to follow another party instead.
Another common misconception associated with political affiliation and party loyalty is the idea that there is a direct line between one party and another. While the Democrats and Republicans may have some overlap, there is no such thing as “one size fits all” in terms of party loyalty.
Instead of trying to figure out if you belong to a political party, it is better to focus on deciding whether you want to follow a particular politician to keep the party together or to split it up. You may choose to remain loyal to the party and continue to vote in elections even if it proves to be ineffective, or the party seems to be taking its foot off the throat of the economic recovery.
Regardless of what your reasons are, party loyalty is not based on loyalty to any single person, but to the ideals that have been put into practice by that person. It also does not include the desire to have someone take your side, as they are your political representative or political party. Even though you may agree with their views, you do not necessarily believe that they are right or you agree with everything they say.