When asking this meta-question, I'm motivated by the recent "Is Donald Trump a fascist?" (currently +17 / -14) and also by "Why is the US so politically right-wing?" (+9 / -7 right now). But the first question was closed & deleted twice (and reopened/undeleted an equal number of times insofar). The latter question was closed, although it might get reopened (+4 votes to reopen).

So what's the question with the most downvotes here that nevertheless was not closed (nor deleted) even once?

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A cursory check of last couple of pages of open questions sorted by vote count yields this question, which despite garnering 17 downvotes, (+7/-17), has never been closed or deleted.

The question has also survived two close reviews: 1, 2.

If we include Meta, this question has 21 downvotes; (+4/21).

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    Interestingly that quesion was bountied, which prevents close votes while the bounty is active. Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 14:54
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    @Fizz I'm surprised no one used that trick to prevent the "fascist" question from being closed/deleted repeatedly. Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 16:02
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    @SurpriseDog: you can't start a bounty until two days after the question was posted. So if something is extremely controversial, the bounty trick doesn't really work. Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 16:04
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    @Fizz could be a topic for Meta.SE - should the bounty waiting period reset if a question is reopened/undeleted.
    – CDJB Mod
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 16:05
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    @SurpriseDog seems like the OP of that question has read your comment :P
    – CDJB Mod
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 17:39
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    @Fizz I created a meta discussion about this. (I did so before reading your comments, though). See politics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/4302/8912
    – Sjoerd
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 18:49

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