I have been part of this site for some six years and I am amazed how diversified folks have become on the secular/political front after leaving the organization. Some are far left and some are far right and others in between.
For me, I had just started getting into politics when I became a JW in 1982. My parents have been life long Democrats, but I had voted for Reagan not so much because I was really familiar with Republican policies, but more because I didn't view Carter as a strong leader. Besides high gas prices and long lines at the stations, it did not seem like he was making much headway in the Iran hostage crisis and a rescue attempt he signed off on ended in failure.
After leaving the Witnesses 10 years later, I was going to make sure I did not miss the upcoming election. I was preturbed with George H.W. Bush for caving in on the tax issue so I voted for Perot in protest. I did not vote for Clinton because I had not yet learned enough about the guy.
I did vote for him in 1996 because things were going well economically and I had no real issue with him. Plus Dole did not excite me in the least.
In 2000 I voted for George W. Bush because I felt it was good to switch parties every couple of elections plus Gore was a complete bore to me. Also, I had been living in Texas during Bush's tenure as governor and he seemed to be running things well and did not come off as the dufus he would later.
In 2004 I again voted for Bush, but I may have voted the other way had Gephardt been the choice. John Kerry just did not come off as presidential to me. During this period I came to regret my vote and I knew I would most likely vote Democrat the next time around.
In 2008 when the choice was Obama and McCain, I had to really look over the candidates. I liked McCain as he was not such a far right person, but unfortunately he began moving in that direction in order to appease that element of his party (much like Romney is doing now). Just a week after choosing Palin as his running mate, I made my decision to go with Obama. I just could not see her being president in the event that 70+ year old McCain bit the dust.
I have not yet made my decision on 2012 yet as the Republicans have not really put a clear list of who is running and who is not. People like Michelle Bachman who state that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery and then refuse to acknowledge the error (like Palin) definitely will not get my vote.
So what molded your post JW views on secular/political matters? Are you someone who always votes Democrat regardless of the person or Republican for the same reason?