There still seems to be a sort of Rapturist view of politics for some people in which we don't get the options we want so we walk out and don't vote for a Macron or a Hillary because they're evil too, even if the alternative is so so much more evil... I've come across a few examples of this recently and don't quite understand it...
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It's a certain aloofness that relies either on the idea that their vote doesn't matter or that they won't be personally affected, so their voting (or non-voting) is purely rooted in a deep adversity towards supporting anybody or anything else other than somebody or something that is a good fit for their own beliefs. It's a position guided by moral absolutes rather than utilitarian considerations. It's politics of the heart and not of the mind.

Which is of course not a terribly useful strategy if you are essentially reduced to chose between two or three options. It works a lot better in systems like the Dutch system for example, where you tend to have broad coalitions of small parties.

Interestingly enough, I think that especially in the most outspoken proponents of this strategy, this may be mere posturing and those people may well sneakily vote in a rational manner in the end. I am also sure though that it will make people who have a deeply felt need to be "virtuous" shy away from doing the most sane thing and simply vote *against* what they find the most unpalatable option in absence of a viable option that they approve of.
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I think that especially in the most outspoken proponents of this strategy, this may be mere posturing and those people may well sneakily vote in a rational manner in the end.

I am dead set certain that this is correct.
And yeah, research into electoral behaviour in the UK says that a clear majority of people vote against, not for.
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