Advertising influences my vote only insofar as the ads provide useful information on what the candidate wants to accomplish or has accomplished. I pretty much base my votes on my beliefs which tend to the left for the most part. An big exception is my pro-life stance; I abhor abortion. I used to be hawkish on military issues but over the years I have become convinced that war is at best futile and at worst an abomination to God and Humanity. So I guess the short answer would be that advertising has little influence on my vote….