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The undecided voter
October 21, 2008 - Steve Murch
Depending on what polls you pay attention to (and how can you avoid any of them since everyone does one and reports on most of the others), the undecided vote is still around 6-8 percent. With two weeks left until the presidential election, it seems a little high. But then again, this has been an unusual election and with economic times being what they are, I guess that number shouldn’t come off as a shock.
I do wonder if some people in the polls simply don’t want to answer when asked who they will vote for. There are many people who believe it is no one else’s business to know how they vote.
The other thing with polls is the growing number of cell phone-only users. Without a directory for cell phones, makes calls to poll those people is virtually impossible. And as a result, an entire segment of the voting public isn’t being polled.
With exactly two weeks left until the election, time is running out on those undecideds to make up their minds. Perhaps some of them might avoid the voting booth altogether, which is a shame. There are so many state and local elections that are important, voters shouldn’t care only about the presidential race.
So are you one of the undecideds? What will sway you in the last two weeks? What can the candidates say that will change your mind from undecided to voter for either Barack Obama or John McCain?
Or perhaps it’s what they haven’t said. Time is running out and the undecided votes still could have a say in this election.
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