Thursday, November 18, 2004

Chasing the Undecided Voter

Christopher Hayes exposes some disconcerting truths about undecided voters in the current online issue of The New Republic. Drawing on seven weeks of volunteer campaigning in Wisconsin leading up to the election, he concludes with these key points:

  1. Undecided voters aren't as rational as you think.
  2. Undecided voters do care about politics; they just don't enjoy politics.
  3. A disturbing number of undecided voters are crypto-racist isolationists.
  4. The worse things got in Iraq, the better things got for Bush.
  5. Undecided voters don't think in terms of issues.

Coupled with the misologist Bush-supporters who still overwhelmingly think that al Qaeda had ties with Iraq, this does not bode well for the republic.

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