Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Who Is "The Undecided Voter"?

CECILY STRONG ABSOLUTELY nailed the Undecided Voter; UVs are simply citizens with no sense of civic duty who can't be bothered to pay some semblance of regular attention to the political life of their own nation, state, county, town. From Today's NY Times:

"In 2012, roughly half the people who were undecided at the end of the campaign stayed home. The other half split in similar proportions to the overall vote share. Despite the many ways that the 2016 election has been unexpected and unusual, the characteristics of undecided voters is not one of them. This may mean that we can expect half of them to stay home and the other half to split similarly to those who have decided already. They may be holdouts, but they are unlikely to be pivotal." Lynn Vavreck, a professor of political science at U.C.L.A., is a co-author of “The Gamble,” about the 2012 presidential campaign. Follow her on Twitter at @vavreck.

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