Are you an undecided voter?

11/2/2008:

Most political crazies believe it’s next to impossible to be an undecided voter.

If you have a half hour – listen to the audiocast below the picture.

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WNYC.org has an audio webcast about undecided voters:

Please Explain: Undecided Voters

“Please Explain is all about what keeps voters undecided until the very last minute. And if you’re one of those undecided voters… we’d love to hear from you. Tell us why you haven’t made up your mind, and what it will take for you to do so by Nov. 4.

Dr. Joshua Gold is Assistant Professor at the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Samuel Wang is Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Neuroscience at Princeton University, and author of Welcome to Your Brain. We’re also joined by Carroll Doherty from the PEW Research Center for the People and the Press.”

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9 Comments on "Are you an undecided voter?"

elainetyger
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elainetyger

[quote comment=”116077″][quote comment=”116069″]Yeah, but when I do talk to undecided voters, I’m aghast at how little they know about any issue. You’d think they’d be more well-versed on the issues discussed during the campaigns, but they don’t know anything. At all. It’s simple repetition of the talking points–you want to knock them upside the head to see if they reboot. I just don’t understand how candidates/parties with such different philosophies could lead someone to simply not know where their support rests in this election. And it’s unsettling that scare tactic op-eds like the one litteredboken posted above could decide this election.[/quote]

And if the wasn’t enough, this time around we have a huge influence of identity politics. Do a youtube search on Howard Stern and obama and you’ll get an illustration of why it often doesn’t matter what a candidate actually stands for. Actually, we see this at all levels. When Jim Florio was running, I can’t tell you how many times I heard someone saying he was their choice “because he’s italian.”[/quote]

Funny interviews, although like Candid Camera, Sal never said how many people he had to interview to get the home runs.

It would be more honest to say one is voting for Obama because he’s black or for Florio because he’s Italian than to say it’s because of the issues when one does not know the first thing about the candidate’s platform.

Tama Murden
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Thanks for highlighting this, 411! A fascinating interview. (This piece was what I posted about on your other thread, when it was originally being broadcast.) WNYC has done really marvelous, balanced coverage of this very challenging election.

HansBrix
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HansBrix

[quote comment=”116069″]Yeah, but when I do talk to undecided voters, I’m aghast at how little they know about any issue. You’d think they’d be more well-versed on the issues discussed during the campaigns, but they don’t know anything. At all. It’s simple repetition of the talking points–you want to knock them upside the head to see if they reboot. I just don’t understand how candidates/parties with such different philosophies could lead someone to simply not know where their support rests in this election. And it’s unsettling that scare tactic op-eds like the one litteredboken posted above could decide this election.[/quote]

And if the wasn’t enough, this time around we have a huge influence of identity politics. Do a youtube search on Howard Stern and obama and you’ll get an illustration of why it often doesn’t matter what a candidate actually stands for. Actually, we see this at all levels. When Jim Florio was running, I can’t tell you how many times I heard someone saying he was their choice “because he’s italian.”

little boots
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little boots

Yeah, but when I do talk to undecided voters, I’m aghast at how little they know about any issue. You’d think they’d be more well-versed on the issues discussed during the campaigns, but they don’t know anything. At all. It’s simple repetition of the talking points–you want to knock them upside the head to see if they reboot. I just don’t understand how candidates/parties with such different philosophies could lead someone to simply not know where their support rests in this election. And it’s unsettling that scare tactic op-eds like the one litteredboken posted above could decide this election.

brian_g
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brian_g

There are 3 types of undecided voters.

1. People unhappy with their “normal” choice but unwilling to vote for the other party.

2. People that are completely outside the political spectrum(i.e. Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul fanboys)

3. People that are politically uninvolved.

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