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April 17th, 2008
02:11 PM ET

How can so many Democrats still be undecided?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Coming up on the three primaries that could end this thing, the polls are not trending in Hillary Clinton's favor.

In Pennsylvania, which votes Tuesday, Clinton's double-digit lead has been shrinking for weeks. An average of polls shows her only ahead by 5 points in a state the experts agree she must win convincingly if she hopes to reignite her campaign.

In Indiana, Obama has actually taken the lead. He's ahead by 5 points in a Los Angeles Times-Bloomberg poll. And in North Carolina, the same poll shows Obama even farther ahead, leading by 13.

Almost everyone, except Hillary Clinton, agrees that if this is the way these three states vote, the fat lady will be positively deafening. But there's a fly in the ointment: Despite 15 months of campaigning, dozens of primaries and caucuses already held, 21 debates, and news stories too numerous to mention, a lot of Democrats in North Carolina and Indiana say they still don't know who they're going to vote for. How's this possible?

In North Carolina, the undecided voters number 19%. And in Indiana, the number is even higher: 25%. Those two states hold primaries May 6th. I wonder what it will take for them to make up their minds.

Here’s my question to you: How can so many Democrats in Indiana and North Carolina still be undecided about whether they'll support Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dan from Chantilly, Virginia writes:
Because there is always a sizable percentage of people who don't know who they will vote for until they're in the booth. These are the people who tend to vote on soundbites and rumors they heard on the internet. They can't decide too early or they'll have to look hypocritical when the latest juicy gossip turned up by the media makes them change their mind.

David from Lexington, North Carolina writes:
Outlook from a rural N.C. undecided voter: Hillary has a ton of experience, but strikes an odd chord with me. Obama has very little experience, but sports a silver tongue. McCain and a 100-year war are kinda scary. Where is the total package candidate?

Rick from Indiana writes:
I know a lot of other voters here in Indiana who say they don't know what they're going to do, but by and large I think they have made up their minds. The "undecided voter" is one of the last remaining mythological creatures, like the "fair and balanced" reporter and Sasquatch. Polls have not had a very good track record this year. This may be one reason why.

Mwita from Los Angeles writes:
If they are still undecided at this point, what they are saying is they are undecided about Hillary Clinton. That doesn't bode well for Hillary's mathematically questionable strategy for winning the nomination. What a voter is basically saying is: "Hey, I have known you for 15 years or so, and I'm still not quite sure about you. This new guy, I've known for a about a hot minute, and both of you are on equal footing."

Sharon from Minnesota writes:
Too many lies. Too much CNN coverage. Too much internet blogging influence. Too much Jack Cafferty. I'm so confused!

Scott from Kansas writes:
You sound surprised, Jack. Democrats have never been able to agree on anything


Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. Gretchen

    Maybe they are hoping that Al Gore will be nominated from the floor of the convention and our country will have the best candidate to beat McCain.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  2. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Democrats are,by nature,procrastinators. We like to think for ourselves and not be told who to vote for. In the end,those who are informed and know who the candidates are and what they really stand for,will make the right decision for themselves and the country.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  3. David Kinney from Lexington, NC

    Outlook from a rural NC undecided voter:
    Hillary has a ton of experience ... but strikes an odd chord with me.
    Obama has very little experience ... but sports a silver tongue.
    McCain and a 100 year war are kinda scary.

    Where is the total package candidate?

    April 16, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  4. Martha Lynne -- Los Angeles, CA

    They probably don't like either of their choices.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  5. Alfie --- Palmdale, Cal.

    Well Jack, it is difficult to choose between a liar or a racist.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  6. Jarrett Mack

    Undecided voters are looking for that single issue that distinguishes Hillary from Obama. For example, Hillary has a superior health care plan. If she were to emphasize this in lieu of the media endorsed bickering between her and Obama, she could win nomination and the White House easily. Remember, Bush won re-election on a single issue, namely national security. If Hillary were to contrast her health care plan with Obama's and McCain's, both of whom are at best naive on the subject, then she too could win the White House on a single issue. It's such an important issue that undecided voters would get the point.

    Jarrett
    Weston, FL

    April 16, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  7. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    If they are still undecided at this point, what they are saying is "they are undecided about Hillary Clinton." That doesn't bode well for Hillary's mathematically questionable strategy for winning the nomination. What a voter is basically saying is: "Hey, I have known you for 15 years or so, and I'm still not quite sure about you. This new guy, I've known for a about a hot minute, and both of you are on equal footing."

    April 16, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  8. Erik Swansea, MA

    I know one thing for sure when Hillary goes down to N.Carolina and starts talking about how her uncle used to sneek off with her so she could start smoking cigarettes they will either vote for her or realize what kind of panderer she really is...

    April 16, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  9. Kris

    With Clinton's negatives remaining as high as they are it is not surprising that so many Democrats are undecided. While Obama seems like a decent choice many people seem to have doubts about him even if they can't explain why they have those doubts.Me, I find it difficult to understand how, with their policies being so similar the choice comes down to likeability rather than resume.

    Kris in Charleston, W.V.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  10. Dan, Chantilly Va

    Because there is always a sizable percentage of people who don't know who they will vote for until they're in the booth. These are the people who tend to vote on sound bites and rumors they heard on the internet. They can't decide too early or they'll have to look hypocritical when the latest juicy gossip turned up by the media makes them change their mind.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  11. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Perhaps they do not want either of them. Perhaps they suspect that McCain can beat either of them. Perhaps they (including me) wanted Edwards or Biden, knowing that they could have beaten McCain.

    If you included None Of The Above in the polling question, I suspect that that response would win, and 'undecided' would be reduced to a tiny fraction. It would get my vote.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  12. Mike S., New Orleans

    It's either because they are turned off by the negativity of this primary campaign, or else because they want to vote for the person they think will be the nominee. I just can't decide which reason it is.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  13. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    It's simple. They haven't flipped a coin yet.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  14. Jessie, CA

    I'm not sure Jack. I can't possibly imagine how CNN viewers couldn't be brainwashed into voting for Obama by now. It's amazing how Hillary can get a huge union endorsement and it's no where on CNN but on the same day, Obama gets Springstein's endorsement and it's on the front of CNN's webpage. Insane!

    April 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  15. JoAnn in Iowa

    For those who love politics, the advantage to being an undecided voter is that you get "courted" by both campaigns and you feel free to show up at events for both candidates. Lots of excitement.
    For those who don't really love the game, voters may say they are undecided to throw off the pollsters.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  16. Norm

    At first I was for Hillary,when Massachusetts voted. Then I heard Obama his talking abilities swayed me toward him but my primary vote was cast. So it was a bit to late to change my mind. But I heard more of Obama and now I think Hillary again. I can understand the undecided people. I'll tell you what though, it sure does keep you reporters busy hahaha

    April 16, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  17. John in San Diego

    Jack, they're NOT undecided. They're just pulling the pollster's chain.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  18. Adam

    I have no idea Jack. If you haven't decided on who you think will be a better candidate throughout 20 debates and months of continual coverage, you don't deserve to vote. There is a clear cut difference between the candidates, and if your stance is flopping back and forth dependent on what the media plays that day, your voters registration card should be shredded.

    Miami, Florida

    April 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  19. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    It's hard for them to concentrate, with all that racket from both candidates. They just might vote for the quiet one standing over there in the corner, John McCain.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  20. Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    for me if i get a phone call from the survey i am going to tell them i am voting for mcsame. why i tell pollesters my preference? what I do in the election is my business. I am a free woman with 51 years tested and ready and tired of the same old same. telling them mcsame is like crying wolf cause when i do vote it will be for Obama and that makes it a landslide and she didn't even see it coming. like the sniper fire in bosnia

    April 16, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  21. John in San Diego

    Jack, you're clearly not a Bush Republican – have you made up your mind in the Democratic race?

    April 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  22. Melanie Sandusky Ohio

    Jack,

    I think each camp is waiting to see if Pennsylvania ends this and wanting each camp to come "a courting" I myself can't wait for Obama to come back to Ohio. Next time I vote I won't be fighting two inches of ice to get to the polls and maybe this time I'll get to see him.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  23. Patricia

    I know why I am: John Edwards is out of the race.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  24. Joe in DE

    I haven't made up my mind about that.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  25. Taj

    Because they are not very intelligent people, cannot make up their mind. I would like to call them dumb people.
    CA

    April 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  26. Greg, PA

    They are democrats, they can't make up their minds, never could! Now their choices are tweedledee and tweedledumber.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  27. Joyce

    Although I don't reside in either state I can empathize with those voters as none of us in the US really have a choice this election year - all three candidates have lied to us; all three have led elitist lifes; all three have only their own interests at heart; and all three desire to be president for one reason only - the power! Until the American voter gets smart and studies its country's history and kicks all these crooks out of D.C., nothing will change for middle class America. It was never the intention of our forefathers for the government to do anything other than protect its citizens. This government for the past 30 years has allowed American corporations to go overseas, allowed millions of illegals to stay in this country and provided them with health care and education, pushing our economy in the dumpster. It was also not our forefathers' intentions for us to solve the problems of the Middle East - rather they would have drilled for oil offshore or in Alaska, leaving us in a position to not be dependent on other countries.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  28. Kel from Auburn, AL

    Hey Jack,

    I think so many democrats are undecided simply because its a very tough decision to make: On one hand you have Hillary Clinton, who would be a pretty good candidate if it weren't for her uncanny and unfailing talent at giving voters so many reasons to hate her guts. On the other hand, you have the frontrunner, Barack Obama, who dazzles us all with his Oratory and platform of change, but has very little actual experience on which to run.

    At the end of the day, it almost seems to boil down to a battle of good versus evil. Each candidate is so different, and I think people are having a tough time making up their minds on who they really want in the white house.

    -Kel from Auburn, AL

    April 16, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  29. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Some of the Democrats (the Undecided) are waiting for Obama to self-destruct, as predicted by youse guys, the pundits, and by the Clinton campaign. Not me, though. I have decided to wait until I am sure who is going to win, then I will decide for whom to vote. The American way.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  30. Ed Reed

    It's sad to say, but a lot of people are just plain stupid. Why else was George Bush re-elected in 2004?

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    April 16, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  31. Patricia

    Remember the day when most potential voters didn't make up their minds until October? They just don't see the urgency. I have a sister who couldn't make up her mind. She came with me (reluctantly) to see Obama and didn't even get misty-eyed! It wasn't until two months later, when her 15-yr-old son announced that he supports Obama that she came around.

    Boise

    April 16, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  32. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Because they have never had to make a decision in past primaries that matters so much to our future so they are waiting to see how much money is going to be spent in their states. Hillary better take out a loan to her campaign.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  33. Rob, Arvada, CO

    Could it be that maybe they're just not that interested in politics. I know it's hard to believe, but there are many people that just sit back and let it happen, or don't vote at all. They ask themselves "Why does my vote matter?" So they ignore politics and focus on other things.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  34. Anthony-Minneapolis,MN

    I don't think the Democrat Voters are Indiana and North Carolina are undecided. Only a small portion of independants are undecided. Indiana and North Carolina did not expect to be thrust into the national spotlight on politics. They like many other states assumed the nominee would be selected after Super Tuesday. Once that didn't happen every state after that saw the opportunity to get there "15 Minutes" of fame and they are milking it for all its worth.

    Why do you think Florida and Michigan are so angry about there delegates not getting seated. Florida lost its golden opportunity to rehabilitate its image nationally after the 2000 Al Gore/George W. Bush fiasco. No chance now, sorry sunshine state your elected officials blew it for you.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  35. Ron Richmond VA

    Because of the far left Media that has been participating instead of reporting! It is as simple as that, Jack!

    April 16, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  36. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Many undecided democrat voters are first time voters and feel the empowerment of their vote.

    April 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  37. John, Boston MA

    Jack,

    I am a 67 year life long Democrat who voted for Obama in the Massachusetts primary. I've cooled to his candidacy and even more to Hillary's since then. I would now be an "undecided" because I want a hybrid of his inspiration, creativity, and judgement but her experience, tenacity, and planning. I would not want them on the same ticket - I want a hybrid candidate. Push comes to shove: I'd probably vote change - but I would wait until the last minute, hoping to find the missing qualities in one or the other..

    April 16, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  38. Brian, Cincinnati

    I believe that these people are the types that are afraid of anything that is different than how its always been. The type that like everything exactly the same day after day. They eat the same meal whenever they go out. They have a routine and they don't like anything different.

    These type of people like Obama, but are honestly afraid of anything that is different. They see Clinton as the same old thing we've always had, so that's their natural choice based on history. The problem is... they see Clinton as dishonest and untrustworthy and that scares them too. So they are honestly undecided.

    Hopefully they break out of their habits, take that leap of faith, and vote for Obama. Otherwise we'll just end up with the same turkeys year after year after year as we have had for decades now.

    Brian, Cincinnati

    April 16, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  39. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack,

    For many, undecided is the political correct way of saying "Yes I have made up my mind and Im not going to tell you". For the others, they just have their head in a bucket or are not paying attention to what is going on; they dont want to make a decision as they have problems with making a committment to anyone or anything. They are the ones that ride the fence so to speak and walk into the voting booth saying heads it Obama, tails it Clinton!

    April 16, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  40. Amy, NY

    well, i cant give a correct answer for that without being biased but the reality is the longer Obama campaigns somewhere, the less we have undecided voters. I think people are undecided because they know they don't want to vote for Hillary but they are not sure Obama is the right one. It takes a campaign to have the record straight, and PA is the perfect example!

    April 16, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  41. gCs

    Easy, they either are torn between two preferable candidates or two nonpreferable candidates.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  42. Jenny

    Perhaps many people cannot decide between a 2candidates that they know all too much about and one that they know very little about. Personally I am going to choose the one I know least about, he could do no worse than the well known ones. Besides Oprah may become secretary of state or something.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  43. Jenny

    Perhaps many people cannot decide between a 2candidates that they know all too much about and one that they know very little about. Personally I am going to choose the one I know least about, he could do no worse than the well known ones. Besides Oprah may become secretary of state or something.

    Jenny Georgia

    April 16, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  44. Erin in Kalamazoo

    I think the herd of undecided North Carolinians are looking for a cue from their former shepherd, John Edwards.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  45. R. Lopez in South TX

    I don't think they are undecided. I think they are leaning very strongly towards one candidate but they are having fun with the media so that they can stick it to Hillary more than she could ever expect.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  46. Billy G in Las Vegas

    it all goes back to a statement made by the great "county philosopher" Will Rogers in the 1930's, Jack. "I don't belong to any organised political party, I'm a Democrate".

    if these people could make a logical decision then John Kerry would be running for reelection this year.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  47. Terri

    With the economy spiraling downward, maybe people are just giving themselves more time to really weigh the situation before making a decision-they want to make a choice that will benefit the average person living in this country rather than someone who will work for the wealthier portion of the country. Of course, it is possible that people think that once again our elections leave us with no real good choice so they are trying to select the lesser of the power hungry evils.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  48. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    No offence intended, but I would say it might have something to do with the remarkably clever way the Clinton campaign applies their deception.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  49. Arnold,WV

    Jack
    It is good that you report the facts,I don't understand why anyone supports Hillary.By the way who started the fued between Lou Dobbs and Obama?I have stopped watching any of Lou's broadcasts due to his blatent negativity toward Obama.How professional is that?I remember when Walter Cronkite or Dan Rather could'nt even say they were Democrats .

    April 16, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  50. Courtney, South Windsor, CT

    I think at this point, with the insane tug-of-war going on, Democrats in those two states are just playing their cards close to their chests. We're all tired of this back and forth and perhaps these individuals simply don't want to have to be a part of the forever-changing numbers game that stations like CNN are constantly updating, rearranging, and shoving down our throats.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  51. Deanna, Katy Texas

    Democrats enjoy a good fight, it's that stop and look at a car wreck mentality, and this one is a doozy but in the end? They will demand that the elected delegate winner take the nomination.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  52. Travis, Los Angeles CA

    Because Obama's and Clinton's policy proposals are nearly undistinguishable.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  53. Sunae Jacksonville, Fl

    The undecided voters will vote at the last minute. What all Democrats need to realize iss that no matter who the nominee is McCain will not win. That's why the RNC went ahead and let him have the nomination. The way Americans feel no way are we the people going to let the Republicans back in office. We've had enough and four years of McBush is out of the question.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  54. Arthur from Georgia

    it is simple , the candidates are just THAT bad and that evenly matched.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  55. Ann, Lawrenceville, GA

    The undecided Democrats are followers and not leaders. They want to know who the winning team is first before they decide. They may as well jump on the winning team now so in 8 years time they can boast that they did not hesitate to vote in the best President the United States has ever had, Barack Obama.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  56. Allen L Wenger

    It's like I always say Jack, "people are stupid".

    April 16, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  57. Nicki

    Barack is likable, but hasn't done much. Hillary is qualified, but she's tricky. Many of us are stumped or "bitter' about the choice we have to make.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  58. Jason from Illinois

    Jack,
    The Democratic party has been hijacked by the left. Most of them will probably vote for McCain in the general election.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  59. AndyZ; Fairfax, VA

    I strongly suspect that they are paid by the media to remain undecided so that the network "talking heads" will have something to talk about.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  60. April in texas

    They are waiting for the superdelegates Jack. They dont want this on their shoulders either I guess.

    Obama 08

    April 16, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  61. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    I will take my lucky coin, throw my hat on the bed and decide who I will vote for in the democratic primary.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  62. Bob Fleming

    Jack,

    Many Democrats are still undecided because their isn't much difference between their respective stands on issues.

    The primary question is which one has the better chance of being elected and the answer to that question is not clear.

    Obama has won in many states in the south which a Democrat has no chance of winning in the general election. Hillary appears to be the front runner in several northern states plus California and New York. States which the democrats can win in the fall.

    The Pennsylvania and Indiana primaries should clear up the question of who has the better chance of preventing four more years of Bush like domestic and foreign policy.

    The mess the Democratic Party made of the primaries in Florida and Michigan really damaged the effort to select the better candidate for the fall

    April 16, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  63. Anne/Seattle

    I feel voters see the importance of their voting decision in turning around the negatives Bush has left us with. And then there are the continuing sensationalized incidents of the candidate's lies and misspoken thoughts that keep voters wondering what will come out next. I'm guessing that the undecideds won't make a decision until they vote.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  64. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,the answer is simple the democrats have three to choose from ,the liberal Obama,the moderate Clinton,and the democrat in republican clothing, McCain,so it really doesn't matter who wins the general the American public loses!We really need a third party!

    April 16, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  65. Gail- New York, NY

    I am because my candidate, John Edwards, dropped out before my primary!

    I'm still undecided about November; should I vote for the Democratic candidate or sit home that day?

    By the way, I never missed voting in an election before, so this may be a first for me.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  66. Paul

    I believe it is because people are holding back to see if anything concrete will come out negatively for Obama. They already know Hillary, she's been in Washington for awhile, but Obama is new. People are still getting to know him. Many are unsure still and I believe if Obama went and did some sort of short bibliography tour for people to get to know him better his numbers would go up. I've done my own digging and research on Obama and found all I need to know. But not everyone will go digging, they wanted it handed to them and Obama should do that if he wants to end this thing good and for all.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  67. Brian - Trinidad

    People are skeptical about pollsters,and they prefer to keep their choices to themselves.There is good reason to suspect that pollsters have an agenda thats paid for,look how wrong they have been in this campaign so far.Makes you wonder whether the sampling was deliberately skewered to give certain candidates good news and momentum.The Pennsylvania results will prove that as Obama is 'closing the gap',especially in the CNN polls.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  68. Terry from Calif

    Jack,

    How many lies does a Clinton have to state in public before a voter makes up their mind? I don't know what these voters are waiting for. Maybe more sniper fire on the tarmat during Hillary's next story.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  69. Taj

    Because they think McCain is a Democrat. Just a little confused that's all. These are the same bright people who voted for GW in the last 2 elections, church goers.
    CA

    April 16, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  70. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Uncertainty is one of the energies of life. Don't let it scare you unduly, because it keeps boredom at bay and will eventually spark creativity; is the refuge of hope..............and Obama is holding the winning hand.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  71. Dilibon Kojak

    I can understand why. It makes sense to vote a first woman to the US presidency! For more than 200 years not a woman has been able to have that distinction and by evaluating the present president performance, I would sincerely vote easily for a qualified woman. Hillary Clinton is a savvy and qualified woman! But, yes there is a but..., here comes Obama! BArrack Obama a fresh face, with no solid Washington constraints, a clear voice, qualified individual who happen to be an African American. Not one of those radical reverend! Your mind and intellect would push you for Hillary and your heart would push you to be part of real history to have the first qualified African American to the US presidency! Although I will go for the latter, i can also understand most American ambivalence and difficulty to make a choice!

    April 16, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  72. DAD in Hollis, NH

    I’ll bet they are just glad to be a part of the process at this point. Committing early could make their state a non-player. If you have not decided by now you’re just not listening or not interested.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  73. Terry in Hanover Co., VA

    I'm an undecided Virginia voter and I don't like any of the candidates for President. (I liked Edwards.) Assuming Obama's the Democratic candidate, he continues to deflect answers to questions. Talking points don't put food on the table. He is the unknown change candidate for 2008. "W" was the unknown change candidate in 2000, and we know how that turned out. McCain supports many of W's policies, and, again, we know how that turned out. Right now, I don't feel like I have a choice. Both McCain and Obama lack substance while talking about change. They offer pipe dreams and speeches, not real solutions to help the poor and middle classes in America. I hope this changes before November because I'm tired of selecting the lesser of two evils for President.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  74. Chriss Miller, East Haddam, CT

    Jack,

    Apparently they do not read or watch the news, much less The Situation Room.

    Chriss Miller, East Haddam, CT

    April 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  75. Dennis north carolina

    I believe that they known who they are going to vote for in the primary but they don't want you to know. like the government they do not trust the media.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  76. Deborah from Sausalito, CA

    Because John Edwards is no longer an option.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  77. Ron in Springfield, Il.

    Jack, I'm undecided why there are so many undecideds. If I decided to give you a decision as to why so many are still undecided, then I would'nt be undecided any more. So I've decided to remain undecided about why there are so many undecideds. Here's a hint tho, its Bill's fault.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  78. Jim, NC

    If you have "early winners" people don't come out and vote. They assume the election has already been decided. Undecided voters are the best thing preventing polling from spoiling elections. Plus it makes primary night much more exciting.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  79. Eddie Johnson

    People need to close thier eyes and open thier minds.Stop looking at color or gender and vote for someone who will work for you not an agenda such as,making history,columbia trade deals,nafta,and self immortilization.Obama is running to empower the people and Hillary is running to have power over the people.Please understand this!!!

    April 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  80. Kevin Massachusetts

    If you think their undercided now wait tll the have a nominee. Then the undercided will jump.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  81. Patricia -Lexington, Ky.

    These undecided voters are most likely the same folks who wait until Christmas Eve do do their shopping.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  82. Angela

    Not everyone watches CNN 24 hours a day – maybe they don't have the time to obsess about it?

    Or possibly they were for Clinton, but would like to give Obama some consideration?

    Or maybe they were for Obama early on, but now realize he is an inxperienced politician who has a great rhetoric?

    April 16, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  83. tonyh

    Very simple. Those who disagree with Sen. Clinton are undecided because in the back of their minds they are racists and are unwilling to accept a Black President. And this is the bulk of the undecided. The ones who disagree with Sen. Obama are undecided not because they are sexists but because they don't agree with her either. Period.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  84. Nora. South Texas

    They all have earplugs in and they can't hear the Fat lady singing!! Thats all, if they would stop look and listen the decision would be easy.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  85. Pat

    Jack,

    Hillary has made such a mess of this democratic primary it is almost unbearable. The Clintons have put so much dirt and doubt out in front of the American people it would make most peoples head spin. All because she is not winning in spite of the name recognition, the calling in of favors, the political capital from her husband's presidency. The undecided voters are in the position they are in because they know they should not vote for Hillary Clinton. The bottom line, we American's need to move on. The Clinton's are old news.

    Pat – Illinois

    April 16, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  86. arthur a.

    It's easy. People get mesmerized by his speechhes and the almost sermon like delivery. Then the brain begins to clear and the intelligent thought process takes over. The result is whoa, hold on a second the words sound good but what's behind them, what has he accomplished in the senate, both state wise or national. A kind of blank sets in and the brain says 'we better think again before we jump" That's why many are undecided

    April 16, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  87. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    You sound surprised, Jack. Democrats have never been able to agree on anything.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  88. mitchell martin ark.

    many people are too concerned about their daily lives,right now.their priorities are finding jobs,working to stay afloat,and trying to make sure their children are cared for and being educated.they will make their voices known,on the day it matters.it's been a long time,since voters of these states,have had a real vote,in this stupid nomination process.if all the states, held their vote, on the same day,this nonsense would stop,and every state,would get a fair say.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  89. Terry, Manassas Virginia

    I can't imagine what more undecided voters need to see to make up their minds. Maybe mud wrestling or boxing or cage fighting? They've covered every conceivable policy; they're had over 20 debates. The well known candidate has exposed every conceivable skeleton in the new candidate's closet. Would they like a personal visit to their homes? The only thing I can think of is that they're too ashamed to admit they either 1) won't vote for a woman, or 2) won't vote for a black person.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  90. Jerry, Fayetteville Tennessee

    Those folks are undecided because they want to make sure they're backing the winner. It's related to what happens after an election when you continue to see lots of bumper stickers promoting the winner but very few promoting the loser even when the election was close.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  91. Jan A Scott

    Well Jack, I gave my vote to Hillary in the California primary and I found myself switching to Obama when Bill seemed to go off the deep end and then found myself switching back to Clinton over the religious spectacle then back to Obama when Hillary seemed to have a memory lapse and now this speech from Obama about being "bitter". I am dizzy from this back and forth and have decided that no matter what, I DO NOT want McCain in the White House, so no matter who gets the nomination Clinton or Obama, the Democrat will get my vote.

    Jan Scott
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    April 16, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  92. Meredyth (Massachusetts)

    Jack,
    Could be two reasons 'they' haven't decided: (?)

    1. They can no longer tell the difference between the candidates and pharmaceutical commercials on Tv

    2. They don't own a John McCain Ouija board to tell them who to vote for

    April 16, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  93. Mali from Drexel Hill

    We aren't undecided, we are just trying to pay for food and gas. We know that Obama is going to be our nominee and our next president. McCain like Billary are hot head and can't seem to raise money to run an effective campaign. Hillary is destoying her name and even the respect she may have had when she returns to the Senate. She will have one more term and then go off into the sunset like little Annie Oakley can with her Six Shooter. PA voters will put an end to this shame and give time to President Obama a chance to choose a quality Vice President who will actually be an asset to the White House. The VP will be a very involved with the mission President Obama will iniciate on the American economy and on the injustices Cheney and Bush performed on the American public. We will get to the buttom of the Oil Gate. This war has always been about oil.. We will also find out who was involved with the energy commission meeting by Cheney before the gas prices went up. Hum

    April 16, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  94. Anita

    I do not know why voters are undecided. I decided months ago for Obama, and everytime he gets in a corner I am more proud of him than I was before and am contented with my choice. Bill and Hillary continue to spread false statements and are just getting more disgusting daily. By the way, I second what Arnold of WV said–MSMBC at that hour is a good "other choice".

    April 16, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  95. G. N. Penley

    Why are so many Democratic voters undecided? Because neither candidate is qualified to be President, not even close.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  96. Rick in Indiana

    I know a lot of other voters here in Indiana who say they don't know what they're going to do, but by and large I think they have made up their minds. The "undecided voter" is one of the last remaining mythological creatures, like the "fair and balanced" reporter and Sasquatch. Polls have have not had a very good track record this year. This may be one reason why.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  97. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    Undecided is the answer people give when they don't have a clue and have had their heads stuck in the sand. It amazes me how many people never watch the news, read a newspaper, or listen to news on the radio. When people say Obama who?, Is Hillary Clinton running?, or Who is John McCain?; you know the political conversation with them is over.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  98. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    That's an easy one, they're just fed up with being phoned, polled and surveyed about what their vote is going to be... so instead of feeding the big political machine, they instead opt to keep their opinions to themselves. Imagine that! A voter who has their own opinion.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  99. J W - Atlanta

    I've asked myself that question many times. Judging by the general knowledge revealed by "man on the street" shows such as Jay Leno or Bill Mahers, I have to suggest the reason is personal ignorance of the political goings-on of the country.

    April 16, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  100. Wings, Aloha,Oregon

    The Indiana and North Carolina numbersare high for one reason. Awaiting Pennsylvania outcome. But Hillary will have to win much better than a 20% margin to lure voters to her old politics pitch. Oregon is most definitely not undecided. It is 56 to 40 or so, Obama/Clinton with a single digit undecided. Oregon has closed primaries and we vote only by mail. This gives us a permanent record, and we vote on our own kitchen table. You should try it.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  101. Ron in Indiana

    Jack

    I dont know how people can still be undecided. I am in Indiana and I plan on voting for the only Democrat who should be our next president and his name is NOT Hillary.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  102. james hoffman, Prescott, MI

    Perhaps they are as old as me and it will take time to figure this all out. Is Hillary the black gal that is running against the young white guy? Is Hillary the one that complains about everything trivial like my exwife and can never get to the point?

    Jim, Prescott, MI

    April 16, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  103. Samuel from West Virginia

    Jack,
    I'll answer you as soon as these snipers stop shooting at me.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  104. Mike Steuer Bedford N.Y.

    Jack-Political junkies like us think that everyone is paying attention to who the superdelegate congressman from Cheyenne Wyoming will vote for, when in truth people from Indiana are interested in the Pacers and who will get the pole in the Indy 500 and people in N.C. are debating who will next get cut from American Idol.and wishing that Grey's Anatomy was on ABC tonight instead of the debate.

    It's surprising that there aren't more undecideds

    April 16, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  105. Mary Steele

    That's easy, we believed them when they said that they were going to go in and represent "us", and not do what the Republicans did that made it difficult to accomplish that, but they have done everything but what is in our best interest.

    If somebody wants our vote, stop all non-essential funding in Iraq, put up the fence with triple the workforce, start working on road and infrastructure projects here in the U.S., enforce and enhance immigrations laws and stop the corporate giveaways.

    Mary Steele
    Yorktown VA

    April 16, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  106. Mike from Syracuse NY

    Jack,
    That's easy. They haven't flipped their lucky quarter yet. (see previous question on McCain). Or maybe they don't like having to choose between far left and ultra left.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  107. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    If someone hasn't decided by now, then they are too incompetent to vote. We've had more information available about these candidates then we get about surgeons who hold our lives in their hands. If you are undecided, don't lie, just say you are not telling who you are voting for. At least then you can prolong the illusion of you intelligence.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  108. Karl in CA

    They aren't waiting for Edwards, Biden or Gore to suddenly join the race. They aren't delusional. They know who they are going to vote for but aren't letting the cat out of the bag until they are in the little booth with the curtain pulled. They are enjoying the spotlight and suspense right now and don't want to bring the drama to an end until these three primaries are over. To indicate their choices now would bring it all to and end real fast.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  109. Patricia -Lexington, Ky.

    Dear SAM,

    PLEASE explain to me why my comments almoast alwys have the "awaiting moderation" note and other commenters don't. PLEASE.
    Jack said you are the boss about these comments, so I'm hoping you'll give me a quick e-mail answer. THANK YOU!!!!!

    April 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  110. Anna, SW Missouri

    I'd say that they want an opportunity to meet Barack Obama. Most people believe what they see more than what they hear, so it means they are not believing everything the media is trying to shove down their throat. They already know Hillary, so obviously they are not jumping on her titanic, but looking for a lifeboat.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  111. Don Blue Springs, Missouri

    I think they are decided, but they are for sure. I have talked to several people that say they don't have a choice with the democrats, its either left or far left. I would always hold back till the day of the election.You never know what is going to pop up and according to law you always have a right to change your mind until you cast that vote.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  112. Veronica in Richmaond, VA.

    Jack, it could be a lot of reasons, maybe they are loseing their homes, have health problems, however after all this time, they should go with their gut, then again maybe the won't vote until November. It seems to me, that if a woman who made with her husband 800,000 for the Columbian Deal, and has 5 millions just sitting around for her campaign, what to think about vote Senator Obama, but be careful, Hillary may still have "snipper bullets" in her gun....ha,ha,ha!

    April 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  113. Ronald

    Come on! What exactly did Hillary say about White, Middle Class voters in 1995? Don't fall for this slight-of-hand, silly season ploy to get everyone to look the other way! What did Hillary say? CNN, are you last on EVERY piece of breaking news, or just the good stuff?

    April 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  114. Mary M. Mansour, Fairhope AL

    It beats me as to why they're so wracked with indecision. I knew in 2004 that I wanted Barack Obama in 2008. Some people just can't commit to anything.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  115. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    It's not very complimentary to the Democrats. I, for one, would never vote for someone who has lied to me, especially on more than one occasion. Hillary Clinton had a good chance early on, until she started stretching the truth, joked about it on TV and constantly found negative things to say about McCain and Obama. What is that saying about Pots and Kettles?
    It makes one wonder how truthful some of the 'super' delegates are, as well, if they can't decide between a decent candidate and one who prevaricates.
    John McCain and Barack Obama are looking better all the time.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  116. tim

    because when hillary is in a state where they drink beer she drinks beer.when in a state where they drink whiskey she drinks whiskey.i wonder what she will do in a state where they smoke pot.maybe not inhale like someone else we know.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  117. Dave

    It probably comes down to a blackman verses a women issue and for these states very deep concerns about these matters reside. What these don't see is the Harvard vs. Yale; polemic vs. vitreolic concerns. Obama can actually give speeches while Hillary Clinton can only wax Americana. I for one am tired of the Yale influence on the presidency. Bush demonstrates that a machine might be better, Yale or otherwise, and this doesn't speak to highly of that ivy league school. Since the Clintons as well as the Bushs went to Yale and this connection has left somewhat of a bitter taste in one's mouth, perhaps the Harvard guy who can actually appear presidential should take over. A blackman can do one proud! and this is at the heart of the matter for those undecided in these particular states!

    April 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  118. Debbie

    They are so undecided because they are waiting for Hillary to make just one more story up. Maybe tonight is going to tell the story at the debate. I hope it is FAIR AND BALANCED.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  119. Bill Marsh

    I was wavering between Hillary and Obama. No longer. The specter of another four (or eight!) years of Bill hanging around the White House is simply too difficult to stomach.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  120. Alan

    Jack,
    could it be that the voters have not decided whether to give Hillary a vote for fiction or acting? Or is "JAUNDICED" Lou Dobbs confusing them?

    April 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  121. David Alexandria, VA

    Beacuase they still aren't sure they can trust the "real" Obama (yet to be fully discovered) and can't bring themselves to vote for Hillary (who has been sufficiently discovered to be the self-absorbed, devisive, and petty person she seems to be))

    April 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  122. Michael Houston, TX

    People's hesitancy to make a choice shows two things. First, it shows their unwillingness to jump on the Clinton bandwagon. Although millions of democrats were willing to hop on board from the start, millions more were hesitant because they remember that Bill cost Democrats Congress and the White House and are hesitant to have our momentum from the 2006 elections halted because of them. On the flip side, they are hesitant about Obama because he is relatively unknown and appeals to our greater selves, which doesn't play well if you are one of the 81% of the people in this country who believe we are going in the wrong direction. However, once they get a chance to "meet" him, it's all good.

    If you sit down and think about it Jack, we haven't had a respectable President in 15 years!

    April 16, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  123. Lori in Battle Creek, MI

    Let's hope the undecided voters will read your blogs and make a decision fast so we can get this primary over. Then we can win the election in November.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  124. Jeffery in Indiana

    I believe the reason there are so many undecided in Indiana and North Carolina is that many in the party still are not sure whether Sen Obama is ready to handle the office of the presidency. The majority of party voters have already vetted Sen Clinton and know whether they do not support her or whether they support her. As for Sen Obama, there have been recent instances when the senator speaking extemporaneously has too often needed to expand on "what I really meant." Unfortunately, when president of the U.S. there are, as I saw in a recent television show, no "do overs" or "takebacks."

    April 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  125. HILL YEAH

    Jack,

    I don't think we are divided at all. Half of us like Clinton the other half like Obama. So maybe they should shake hands and agree to run together since there is no way they can win divided. Divided we FAIL isn't that the new slogan.....

    April 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  126. Bill in PA

    Jack,
    Several reasons: They usually do not vote; they have no idea who the candidates are or know their policies; they like being the center of attention; they are just too tired of the long tedious process. It will really be the "super delegates" who nominate the Democrat's presidential candidate so it does not matter anyway if they have a preference or even vote.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  127. beartrack Truckee,CA

    Look at the options they have. Wouldn't you be undecided too?

    April 16, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  128. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va

    Jack,

    If you were from a certain area in a certain state and you were of a certain demographic and a certain pollster asked you who you were going to vote for and you didn't want to answer certain questions related to your choice wouldn't you certainly find it easier to simply say "I'm undecided"?

    April 16, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  129. Al, Lawrence KS

    Because their wives have decided...and it's not a wise thing to announce a different choice than your wife. Better to remain undecided.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  130. Dave from Veazie, ME

    Despite the many negative comments that people have left so far I think the answer is something a little more positive. When you come right down to it, there's not much difference between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on the issues that matter to voters. They have similar plans on just about every issue, such as health care, the economy, and the war. So, if you have two almost identical candidates, how do you choose? Most will probably flip a coin.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  131. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    They aren't undecided. That is what they tell the pollster so as not to be put on a phone list. If they said that they were an Obama supporter, or a Clinton supporter, people like me would phone them incessantly until it was confirmed that they in fact got out to vote. They would much rather wear the embarrassment of looking like a ninny than being phoned to the point of insanity on election day.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  132. Bob in Hopkinsville

    They are not undecided. They are lying when they say that. Since they are lying, I'll bet they support Clinton.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  133. John, Blaine, Tn.

    Jack, Look at the democratic choices we have in Indiana and North Carolina. Do you really think we will get real change with Hillary ? And as far as Barack Obama,aren't we really rolling the dice with him. It's up to independent populist in this country to initiate real change. We must vote them all out ! It doesn't take experience or genius to make intellegent decisions. They talk change,we make change.....Independent America.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  134. Thomas, Yo.town, OH

    Well Jack, it's just like pulling a trigger when you're out hunting. Once it's pulled, you have to accept the results. The best hunters make sure they have steady aim and slowly squeeze. No rush. Plenty of time. Don't let that fast heartbeat throw off your aim.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  135. David in Raleigh, NC

    Democrats are still undecided because they don't like either of the two choices. With Barack Hussein Obama you get a slick car salesman with no history and a lot of secrets that keep leaking out that's trying to charm his way into the White House. With Hillary Clinton you get an experienced politician with a lot of skeletons in her closet that the public is well aware of. With these two candidates it's a matter of picking the one that's less offensive.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  136. Lancer

    because Jack they havent seen Barack in person yet, so they still dont know him except from what they hear on tv

    April 16, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  137. Sheldon R.

    Sheldon R.
    From: Manassas Park VA

    In my opinion, for most people today it is rather trendy to be categorized as an Independent Voter, because it negates any true allegiance to any one political party. As a result, political leaders are falling all over themselves trying to capture the attention of this new political demographic and is forced to focus on issues that truly matters. The days of blind heard-like obedience shown by voting electorates of the past are over.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  138. William Sanford, NC

    Here in conservative North Carolina most people are registered as Democrats because a long time ago conservatives were represented by the Democratic Party. Although the Republicans now say they represent the conservatives the trend is more people are registering as independent or unaffiliated. That 19% of registered Democrats who say they are undecided are mostly people who have not yet made a visit to the Board of Elections to switch their party affiliation and in most cases can't stomach either Clinton or Obama as a presidential nominee.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  139. Patty

    This election seems to be the lesser of two evils - on one hand you have Hillary with Bill as the baggage we could do without; on the other hand you have a black man who has done little in politics, cannot muster the courage to call his minister a racist but would have us believe he'll stand firm when the nation is in trouble. I keep asking where are Obama's "white" relatives? Why does Obama never mention he's proud to be 50% white, all I hear is his black heritage. Obama leaves me with more questions than answers and I don't trust someone who declines to honor the American Flag.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  140. Mark-TX

    Jack, some people just want a Democrat instead of a Republican. I would much rather have several undecided voters flipping coins than insane extreme supporters that would vote Republican rather than Democrat if their candidate doesn't win. So, to put it more simply, they'll wait until the last possible minute to do what is best for the party, rather than what is best for their candidate. Or maybe they're just lazy and don't care. Actually, that's probably it.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  141. Uncle Whitey

    They are not undecided, Jack. They are lying when they say that. Since they are lying, I'll bet they support Clinton.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  142. David in Raleigh, NC

    Since both candidates are such poor candidates. Let's do it the easy way, Jack Cafferty for the Democrat Presidential Nominee.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  143. MR. J

    Jack
    Well just maybe they are acually weighing all the good and bad about these two people. I know I struggled with Mr Obamas inexperience. After Iowa had their caucus we started to learn more about him. I then got on the internet and read everything I can find on all three canidates. I came to my conclusion. First I will be doing everything I can to eliminate caucuses. Second even if Mr Obama is given the democratic ticket he will be distroyed by the republican machine. Third Hillary is by far the most qualified. Forth why would we put in the bat boy or the water boy when the team needs a home run?

    April 16, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  144. jr-new hyde park , long island

    rj long island.(ny) . good question jack. i dont believe that many are undecided. a better question is why are there so delegates not standing up and pledging support for either candidate, thus causing more confusion in the party

    April 16, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  145. John from Carlsbad

    I am not a democrat but maybe they think like I do as an independent. There isn't a good choice between the two. Obama is a great guy but lacks substance in many areas and I don't agree with him on any of the issues. Clinton has some substance but she has a horrible personality and I don't agree with her on any of the issues. Can you see why you would be undecided? I decided based on which one I disliked the least. I haven't had anyone worth going out to vote for in most of my voting life. I wish someone of quality would come save us from these also rand candidates.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  146. chris IL

    The people who are undecided really made up their minds already. They are just in denial and can't believe they caught Obama-Fever! If everyone was honest with themselves they would get on the Change Train!

    April 16, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  147. Dina - Philadelphia, PA

    I truly do not believe that they are undecided. What I think is, sometimes people do not want others to know whom they plan to vote for. I have found that some do not like to talk politics with other people and find it to be a very personal decision they do not want to share. So instead of answering the question, they evade it by saying they are not sure yet.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  148. Sharon, Seattle

    Maybe undecided just means that it's none of your business who they're going to vote for. There's not much privacy left in this world so some take it where they can get it and won't divulge who their candidate will be.

    Maybe it's just a case of closed mouthiness.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  149. evans o.oseki, norway

    Bill and Hillary has gotten them on a balance. These voters/delegates are scared of the Clintons and are therefore hoping Hillary steps down to avoid endorsing anyone. Let them know where Boris Yetzin and George Bush will be having a night-cap, that will be an easier choice to attend to. Great to see the grassroot DEMs taking issues into their own hands by booing Hillary off the stage. They are sick of her dirty politics. Shame on those undecided voters.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  150. lin

    With all the media bias for Obama and all of Oprah and Sorros money that they somhow give through many indiduals and organisers and advisers and contacts they have, even with Jack trashing Hillary you would think that he could of made it to 2024, but its still a tie that has to be brokered either way by super delegates, McCain is more ahead of Obama than Hillary in all polls. If Obama becomes the nominee and looses the election I just hope his arrogant ego doesn't think that he can try again in 2012 it's over!

    April 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  151. Robert Las Vegas,Nv.

    Because the Dems can not decide which candidate will get the best deal for themselves.I personally Do Not think Hillary can win the nomination without a very negative attack,and that will kill the Dems and she will be the first to go..

    April 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  152. Dooley

    Jack, I have decided on who to vote for in the primary, Hillary Clinton of course. Obama is connected to many shady characters. The media has stated that the Larry Sinclair story will emerge later in the election and this story is unbelievable. We do not know what will emerge next in Obama's past. Obama is also an elitist that looks down on people of faith and people that have guns. I would not vote for Obama.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  153. Ronald Holst

    Jack To speak for My Bitter old self . It is simple I will Vote for any canadate That will prosacute any one no matter what there posistion in this adminstrarion .
    from exwhite house councel to the President and or vice President
    I thought this was a nation Of Laws But i see now that no one in this nation is free when Our leader ship turns a blind eye to the braking Of any and or all laws of this nation and let them get away with it away with it.
    Your's Truly one Verry bitter American
    Disabeled Vet.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  154. Greg from Mechanicsburg, PA

    Don't act so surprised, Jack. My wife can't decide which dress to wear to a wedding until an hour before the blessed event. Many people have difficulty making ANY decisions. And some people have more important things to think about than who they are going to vote for. And yet others are just plain clueless about everything. And that adds up to a lot of people.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  155. Redfoot, NJ

    I really can't say Jack. To me it's a No "Brain'r".

    McCain – Too Old, and a Republican
    Hillary – Too Much Washing and can't Trust Her or Bill (anymore).
    Barack – Is the "Future". And the Change we NEED.

    I'm 77 and a Ind. Voter. It's the Person, Not the Party. I changed after Gore won the popular vote but the courts Gave the Presidantcy to bush. We are no longer a Republic or a Democracy for the last 8 years. bush/cheney have broken How Many Laws and he's still President. Where's the Congress and Senate?????

    April 16, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  156. dave

    Jack, I don't think that there are that many undecided voters, I believe that the numbers reflex voters that respect their privilege to vote in private.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  157. naknudson

    I agree with many of the postings when I say I cannot imagine how someone could be undecided at this late date. I just hope people really pay close attention and vote for the most qualified candidate and not for a frivolous and shallow reason. Our countrys citizens are relying on that to straighten out all the mess we have.
    Once John Edwards dropped out I knew who I would vote for as my second choice and that decision has been reinforced by watching the news nightly and keeping up with the debates.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  158. Ken

    Jack, look at their choices, Clinton or Obama! The Democrats seem to select the most unqualified of potential candidates and then complain because they can't win the White House! If the Democrats can't win in 2008 after 8 years of the ignorance, arrogance and incompetence of Bush, they should be ashamed!

    April 16, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  159. AnnaMarie

    Jack, I found I am no longer an undecided "Independent". It happen about the time the third lie came out of Hillary's mouth.

    I just can't go there SO, I am voting for Barack..

    April 16, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  160. tammie, Princeton NJ

    The people who are undecided are the ones that are cautious about Obama. Closer to the election they will choose HILLARY CLINTON, as they peel off the layers of Obama's retoric and glibness.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  161. Bill in New London, CT

    Their friends are voting Obama. Their families are voting Obama. In their minds, they are leaning toward Obama. He makes sense. He is change. He is just what the country needs. In their hearts, however, racism is hidden deep down near the core. Maybe they don't even realize it, but to vote for a black man is going to be harder for them than they ever realized. They probably said many times that they would vote for a black candidate, but now that he's there, staring them in the face, they've become trigger shy. Whether they go with their hearts or minds may not be decided until the final second before they pull the lever. Sad but true.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  162. earl illingsworth

    There tyring to decide which candidate is the" better "of two evils. Maybe after the Michigan, and Florida primaries(debacles) being thrown to the wayside, they want to make the most of it? Whatever!

    April 16, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  163. Roger Ryan

    Undecided? I think not! I know this voter who votes straight Democratic ticket year in and year out no long considers Barack Obama a viable candidate. If his name is on the ballot for the Democrats this November me and the party will be parting ways on the Presidential vote! To many wrong words, actions, response! Despite all the effort of the bias media and the Yuckity Yucks of this world his is not the change or unity or anything else this American wants any part of!

    April 16, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  164. David Ruckman

    I love the way Hillary and Barack are sniping at each other. They, (especially Hillary) are cutting each other down and showing the world that the Democrats have no clue. The Republicans will win because the Democrats can't agree on anything, to include getting anything done in Congress, even though they have the majority. How can they get anything done if they can't agree among themselves. What losers!!!!!

    April 16, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  165. David S Obama, Houston Texas

    Maybe they haven't been following the primary since their vote usually doesn't even get close to making a difference. New people that have never voted in primaries are getting involved/listening at the last minute since they find out their vote in the primary could change history.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  166. Jack K. Fort Myers, FL

    Because although things are tough–most centrist Americans don't subscribe to most of the theories of Karl Marx like both the Democratic candidates appear to. Their agenda's read like they were pulled from the Democratic Socialist Party of America's talking points.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  167. Darren S.

    We are creatures of habit and sometimes that plays to our disadvantage, e.g. being torn between 'politics as usual' or a new, uncharted, direction.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  168. Mike, Toronto

    I believe that many voters are waiting until the very last moment to see what negatives are still to come to light; right now it is not about points to be gained, it is about points to be lost, either by the candidates themselves or by the surrogates on their behalf. This indecission is also putting pressure on the two campaigns to put out some rather spectacular statements that can only make the next confrontations more decisive.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  169. Harry

    This is what happens when only soundbites get heard.

    Hmmm. the choice is between some lush that can't think straight after 11PM, but wants to answer some 3am phonecall, AND some lousy gutter bowling elitist that is inexperienced and thinks someone is bitter about being a member of the NRA or going to church.

    I won't even go into out and out lies in e-mails

    These are what a surprising number of americans base their vote on.

    Harry
    Ky.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  170. Alan, Buxton, Maine

    Obviously they are waiting for the latest polls to guide them. There is still time for some disastrous misdeed or badly phrased comment which will disqualify one of the candidates in their minds. It is unbelievable how shallow and easily influenced so many people are.
    It doesn't help either that both candidates have been distracted by personal attacks and have not stated their positions on the real issues well enough to allow the voters to make an informed decision.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  171. Nuwan Sam

    Jack, this is the human nature. Their minds are flip floping from one side to another depend on the information they hear. In this process some people make up their mind if they hear something they are very much attracted, otherwise they stay until they have to make that decision.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    April 16, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  172. Velle In Halifax

    Jack, maybe the "undecided" just want to stay for the end of the show?
    Afterall, who watches "Survivor" and quits when it gets down to the final four? Perhaps they truly are undecided and are waiting for a "twitch" in the voting booth to guide their finger? There are people who get to a betting window with no clear idea of a "bet' fixed in their minds.

    Remember Jack, destiny favors the prepared mind. Want proof?
    Look at Duh-Duh-Dubya and his war in Iraq? Or his command of the English language for that matter.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  173. Will K. San Jose, CA

    Maybe they are too bitter to focus on the campaign, or maybe they are afraid of the sniper fire on the way to the polling booth.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  174. Mr. Smith

    For some reason the undecided voters always jump on the bandwagon
    at the last minute for Senator Obama.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  175. John from Chicago

    Obama and Hillary are similar candidates. They both have similar policies. I would vote for whomever the nominee is.

    We need the dems back in office.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  176. Frances

    They all republicans pretending to be democrats so the party members will appear confused!!!

    April 16, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  177. stephanie - Canada

    I think some people are intimidated to say who they will vote for, particularly African Americans. If they are voting for Hillary they get pounded by Obama supporters. Same for young people. That's why votes are cast in private – Thank heaven – except for caucuses – usually won by Obama....hmmmm?!

    April 16, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  178. Jerry

    I don't think they are undeceided as you say only waiting for this
    campaign to end. Maybe in the future there will be primaries
    all in a month or so. Good idea?
    Of course then the media would have to find another Anna Nichole
    Smith story to fill prime time. You guys just don't get it.

    Jerry
    Roselle. Illinois

    April 16, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  179. David, Palm Springs

    Jack, . . . Don't be fooled by the word 'Undecided'. It usually means
    that people don't want anyone to know that they are voting for Senator
    Obama.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  180. Ron Kepics

    Hi Jack:

    The candidates have too much in common. Aside fro differences about health care. Both have a unique common goal for the economy. I think they should join forces and people would be less confused as who to vote for. I either case I hope one of them end up as our new president. I don't care which one.

    Ron K. San Diego

    April 16, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  181. Ray in West Chester, PA

    I think people, both Republicans and Democrats, at this point would like to vote none of the above.
    Hillary/Bill – inexperienced and most importantly lacking integrity
    Barack – inexperienced and yes, an elitist (most people don't mention that he attended Ivy League schools – Columbia & Harvard). And the guy has had one major responsibility in the Senate – Chairmen of the Europe/Nato sub-committee (Afganistan). He hasn't held a single meeting in over a year – too busy speaking... Hmmm...
    John McC – "Bomb, Bomb Iran". Need I say more?

    April 16, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  182. CarrieinVirginia

    Because Hillary has too much baggage and Obama is an empty suitcase.By the way, i always over-pack.NOOBAMA08!

    April 16, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  183. Lorraine Wheatley

    The reason so many are undecided is because everytime we think we know who we want, the media comes up with something nasty. Usually against Hillary. Then a blunder by Obama comes out and whoops there we go again. Obama is always alowed to explain his blunders away and is believed. Tell me why that is, is it because the media has glossed it over? Me thinks so.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  184. James Tilton

    I'm ready to vote today and be done with all the BS

    April 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  185. stephanie/houston

    It's simple, we've all fell into the " What's Coming Up Next Snydrome". After all the Drama and the Curtain Calls everyone will vote for who they first thought of in the first place and if it's the Drama Queen trust me no one will be singing.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  186. Jim Egenrieder

    They may be Hillary supporters who've grown disgusted. Otherwise, they're not undecided. Unless they are under-exposed and under-educated, they simply want to be noticed. If I do my homework, read all relevant web sites, study past voting records and accordingly, decide early, how many candidates, pollsters or others care about my opinion me throughout the rest of campaign?

    April 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  187. Steve, PA

    It's simple, just when you think they've made up their mind, the candidate of their choice sais or does something idiotic to make them think twice about voting for them. Sen. Clinton is one of those girlfriends you dumped but didn't get the hint and keeps coming around, while Obama's closet seems to have more skeletons than Hannibal Lectors! I'm sorry if I sound bitter, my local gun store is closed and I can't find my bible!

    April 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  188. SuEllen Adkins-Raleigh NC.

    I think the undecided voter right now will vote for Hillary. Obama is not ready for the big-time, and that is scary. Hillary is ready and world known, and like her or not, she is a safe bet, to get America back on track, and restore our image world-wide.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  189. Roy

    Many democrats and independents may have like the Clintons when the race began. That however is no longer the case because of Hillary's campaign tactics. The undecideds remind me of a girl or guy who you are interested in. If they take a while to make a decision there is a good chance they're not going to be with you.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  190. Ron in Oregon

    Jack, It has to be that both Obama and Clinton are pretty much the same on issues, tough to pull the lever! It's not like McBush and the Huckster!

    April 16, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  191. Jim Williston (from Winston Salem, NC)

    Jack,
    The reason so many voters are still undecided is that it is hard ti throw away your old comfortable shoes and start wearing new ones. Hillary represents "old shoes", while Obama offers "new shoes". When people step into something and realize those old shoes have holes in the soles, they'll slip on the new ones, and step off smartly.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  192. Linda

    We are undecided because we keep hearing things about Obama and Clinton that make us pause. The people in Iowa voted months ago and must live with their decisions. We still have the opportunity to change our opinion right up to May 6 when we hold our primaries in Indiana. Jack, why don't you quit worrying about Hillary and taking up for Obama. Try finding us another candidate altogether. Can we just start over????

    April 16, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  193. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    I vote independently and I do not know who I will vote for this year. None of them seem to be coming up with the solutions the American people want to hear. We need answers about the economy, we are tired of giving banks and mortgage companies bailouts and neglecting the homeowners, illegal immigration, higher fuel and food costs, free trade agreements that are not for our benefit, higher food costs, etc.. I haven't heard any of the candidates speak our language.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  194. Pat

    My candidate is Barack Obama. As an independent, it was easy for me to make up my mind about him. He's bright, articulate, a unifier, and honest. Maybe we have been lied to for so long by so many politicians that we can't believe there is someone like Obama who offers us hope. People say he lacks experience?? Look at George W. He HAD experience and look where we are now! Come on people! No one can compare!

    Lafayette, IN

    April 16, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  195. Brian Clemetson

    Your voting for commander cheif, please make a command decision. Brian Moses Lake Washington

    April 16, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  196. carl Indep.Mo.

    Barack is not the choice here ..people wake up and smell the coffee, there is no way he can win the GE..Barack is a liar and a racist, but i forgot he's the "Messiah"...i believe he's a Muslim also..I think the guy has ties to Osama ..he's a scary dude..his wife has a lot of hatred inside of her..The whole Obama thing stinks!! The people of PA and Ind. better wake up..!!

    April 16, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  197. Brenda Elizabeth Cowley-Waters

    Because they can't hear what Senator Obama is saying, Hillary is wailing so much, but she will soon run out f steam – there can't be much left in the kitchen sink for her to throw?

    Love xxx Brenda Elizabeth DUBLIN, Ireland

    April 16, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  198. Bert, San Juan PR

    Voters aren't decided because there are still two candidates running. This race is Obama's to lose, and Hillary just can't bring herself to hand over to him the chance that she always asumed would be a coronation. She will stay to the end without regard to embittering and alienating democrats in the national elections just for the miniscule chance that maybe she could somehow be given the nomination despite being behind in all the numbers.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  199. chryssa

    They feel special when they say "undecided", because then they get all the attention.

    Boise, Idaho

    April 16, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  200. Moin

    It is a concerted effort that democrats have to make. The Democratic party has to undo the evil done by the evil of the current administration. And since the wise dont make a hasty decision, democrats are taking their time to come to a decisive conclusion!

    April 16, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  201. TR in TX

    Maybe they are too busy hunting and going to church!

    April 16, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  202. William, New York

    A lot of the "undecided" voters may simply be split between the two. The daily stories of the candidates' mishap and mistakes may drive them one way or the other, and seeing them in debates and rallies may drive the right back. Some people have allegiance to the Democratic party, but may be dissatisfied with both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  203. Greg in Leavenworth Kansas

    It's simple Jack, many of us are concerned about siding with one particular candidate only to watch CNN and learn that "our" candidate just stuck his/her foot in their mouth (again).

    April 16, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  204. Antonio in Los Angeles

    It’s simple Jack. The undecided are lying. It’s the only explanation for the polls being so far off over the past three months. This is still a private act of patriotism to many folks – in this case 19% of the dems in NC – and they simply do not want to reveal who their voting for. As a result, these polls have been and will continue to be extremely misleading. If people told the truth to these poll takers, we have predicted every outcome of every primary within the margin error.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  205. Bryant- Detroit

    Well Jack it is has been proven that the longer Obama campaigns in a state, the more the momentum tends to tip in his direction. People are a little apprehensive about voting for a guy with somewhat limited experience and a funny name. The avg. person usualy resorts to sound bites to help them make a decision. The media does a great job of promoting his "slip ups" but do a poor job of highlighting the message that he conveys to an audience during one of his rallys. After he takes a tour of those two states, and puts his message and personality on display, the poll numbers will tip descidedly in his favor.

    April 16, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  206. CW in Dixie

    Jack, One candidate has been vetted "to much" and it's hard to tell if the information is spin, either pro or con. The other candidate is hardly vetted at all since all his vetting comes from a book he, himself wrote and there are obviously a few nasty things in his closet.

    Bottom line is that you can blame this all on the DNC. Talk about a party that needs a V8!!!

    Why did states that knew they had broken the rules even waste the cash on a primary? Why are superdelegates allowed to announce loyalty prior to their own states' primaries? Man, it feels like a bad soap opera that just won't go off the air.

    April 16, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  207. ross hunt

    Well Jack when you have tweedle dee and tweedle dum, it is really
    hard to decide which tweedle will do the best job. We need people who don't act like 3rd graders and will just focus on the issues and mind their own business, not what everyone else is saying about them. I don't think either one of them really has any solutions to our
    countries problems, they're just blowing hot air, anything that they think
    the people want to hear to get elected. Phony bologna.

    Ross Hunt
    Paradise, California

    April 16, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  208. Nicole

    The voters are undecided because Pennsylvania has taken a lot of the candidates personal time. Face time is important for undecided voters. The more people see of Hillary the less they like her, and the more they see of Obama the more they like him.

    April 16, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  209. Bruce St Paul MN

    With each day that passes, it becomes more difficult to wade through the political garbage and see what's left of the truth. In the early part of the campaign, it was issues, issues, issues. Since the Clinton's fell behind, the campaign has become innuendo, name-calling, surrogate insults, spin, spin , spin. And since the media repeats every ridiculous comment and accusation one thousnd times, voters are staring into muddied waters .Confusion, doubt, uncertainty. That has been the Clinton strategy, and the press that she complains about is a willing accomplice.

    April 16, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  210. Shafi Alam

    Shafi Alam
    Austin, Texas
    Now in Tokyo, Japan

    At the beginning of the primary season, Hillary had much higher lead in polls over all others. Now Obama is practically leading. In PA too, Hillary had more than 20% lead in the polls. Now it has shrunk to 5% to 6%. In NH Hillary won unexpectedly after having some tears just a few hours before voting. In national poll Obama is leading by a very convincing margin, showing he has more chances to be elected than Hillary. Just fresh AFP news quote “The New York senator has been attacking Obama for days over his comment that some small-town Americans were "bitter," but latest opinion surveys suggested her rival had escaped serious immediate damage.” So voters in Indiana and North Carolina are not in a rush to decide.

    April 16, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  211. Benjamin Thall

    Hey Jack,

    It's because you, the media, are still pretending there's a chance Hillary can win. She's in the same boat as Huckabee... but it's going down and there's no more life vest.

    April 16, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  212. Raul from kentucky

    The aren't and they'll never be untill the election day. That day they will toss a coin and end up with another president like the one we have now. The fact is that people are more worried about sports and entertainment than the presidential election. No wonder the country is falling faster than by gravity alone.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  213. Jed from Chico, CA

    After last night's awful, terrible, horrible debate where almost all of the questions were Hillary Clinton talking points, I can't believe that number isn't higher.

    Frankly I think most of the Pennsylvania undecideds are people who may like Hillary but realize she can't possibly win and are just looking for a good enough reason to vote for Obama instead. More than one poll in the last few weeks show him ahead there, if only within the margin of error, and if nothing else that shows that this is going to be a close one.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  214. Diane/Allentown, PA

    Come on Jack – 20 months of this nonsense. We've all had enough-and here in PA – jeez, our eyes are burning from all of the political ads, we're bombarded with radio ads, and I think we're all ready to just sit with a book and wait til November. We've seen and heard enough – we're not stupid.

    There's got to be a better way.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  215. Antoinette

    Well Mr. Cafferty, when you have debates like the one last night, many voters can go undecided because they look at the media's propoganda, bias, and mess and not the issues as Sen. Obama said last night. While attacking him with character questions and Hillary with one, they didnt get to really discuss issues which could sway voters one way or the other. I dont care about Rev. Wright, Bosnia, or a flag pin. I care about gas prices, food prices, home foreclosures and the like. I wish the issues would have been stuck with last night so people can make an informed decision about who they want as their president. Now the people are in a much more confusing state

    Antoinette from Baton Rouge

    April 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  216. Jon from Austin, TX

    Could be one of two things. Either a large population in those states do not watch much political coverage on TV, or there are many voters in those states that like to keep things a mystery. After watching only a few debates and seeing how the candidates campaign, its really hard to comprehend being undecided.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  217. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    In Carolina it's because they are waiting for John Edwards to endorse someone. In PA, it's because a lot of folks are afraid to cross Gov. Rendell and his hard sell on Hillary.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  218. Ken Stewart

    As of last night's debate, John McCain has won the White House! Obama and Clinton both stated they will put out of Iraq, regardless of the consequences. What? This demonstrates total irresponsibility and proves they would be dangerous to our national security! And does anyone really believe they won't have to raise taxes in order to pay for the trillions of dollars their proposed programs would cost? Pleeeeeze! They may be fooling the far left, liberal nutjobs in their party, but not the rest of us! Why are those in remaining states still undecided? They haven't figured out who is the lesser of 2 evils!

    Ken Stewart

    Dallas, Texas

    April 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  219. Jamaal Kansas

    That is easy Jack Everytime they turn on the TV they Hear Hilary and Barack are in a Close race instead of saying Barack Has won More states, More Elected Delagates, And far more of the popular vote so to answer your question it is because the Media Keeps Lying saying she has a chance when there is None for Her.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  220. Mark, VA

    We are undecided because we are struggling with a front runner in Obama that we do not completely believe in and an experienced candidate in Clinton that we do not know if we trust.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  221. MK, sc

    Good question – I don't know how anybody can be undecided at this stage of the game. Both rural areas are deeply traditional and do not respond to change easily, but they probably can't live with more of the same either. Just hope they read up on the issues and don't vote blindly come primary day.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  222. J. Kramer, PA

    . . . .Jack, after last night's pitiful debate, I am now decided that Senator
    Obama has my vote. Anyone who can stand up to the deceitful and
    preposterous tactics of Hillary Clinton, can withstand anything.
    Senator Obama has definitely past the test.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  223. Karen, Idaho Falls Idaho

    Hi Jack,

    Voters all over the United States are undecided about the Obama/Clinton race–not just North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The press has made sure we know EVERYTHING about Hillary Clinton, but almost NOTHING about Sen. Obama. I'd like to know more about his background, associations, and previous lifestyle before he was elected to Congress and more about what he has supported and accomplished as a Senator. Until his life is explained more thoroughly, I remain undecided despite the fact that my state has already held its primary election.. The general election is yet to happen.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  224. Roger (Dallas, TX)

    It is hard to believe that anyone at this point in time could be undecided. After 21 debates, being bombarded with TV ads, radio ads, personal appearances and the countless sit downs with the media, we should all know these two candidates very well. It is now at the point where a final decision has to be made. For me, it is an easy choice – Barack Obama. As this process has gone on, the great respect I have had for Hillary Clinton for many years has disapated. The debate should not be over "bitter" or "Bosnia" but the great crises of the day, most of which John McCain is so out of touch with it borders on the frightening. Let's get on with it, end this Democratic primary, give Barack Obama the time he needs to get the process in place to take on the rampant and unending lies that will spue forth from the Republicans.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  225. IFEANYI AZUBIKE HOUSTON

    Jack, the Demcrats are suffering post partum blues because they gave birth to siamese twins. Two people whose thinking and programs are so close that they must have been designed by Penn. With the fierce attacks of the recent weeks, however, I believe that we have something to choose between and the race will finally be winding down soon.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  226. Ursula, Southern New Jersey

    I cannot comprehend how any adult does not favor a candidate after so much water under the bridge. Is it possible that people are simply NOT telling pollsters the truth.

    Remember New Hampshire? Perhaps there are a few surprises on the horizon......with the best case scenario being that this tortuous primary finally comes to an end!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  227. Ray,Dunedin,Florida

    It could be the issues, or it could be the personalities.

    I can't decide!

    Ray,Florida

    April 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  228. tim from Ravenna, OH

    Voters know Clinton. They don't know Obama. The Republicans and the media have done a pretty good job of destroying the Clintons over the past few years. Good enough that there are lots of Dems out there that have fallen for it. Obama on the other hand has been given a free ride. Voters are starting to see that when the general comes that without the press lauding him overwhelmingly, which is very unlikely to happen, McCain will likely beat him. It may be too late for Dems to make there way back to a Clinton nomination, but for the sake of this country I hope not.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  229. Helen from Mifflin County, PA

    Voters probably have a favorite, but many people want to say they picked the winner. So they wait until the last minute in case some one makes a huge mistake that eliminates them from the running. It's part of the amusement ride of the election, especially for people who don't think their vote will matter much any way. With delegates and superdelegates making the decisions, why is anyone still asking who the common voter wants to win? Yes, I'm a small town bitter person!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  230. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    Simple, there isn't much difference between the policies of the two candidates. When the fine American's in those great states start to realize the only difference is where they primarily collect campaign contributions, Clinton from a few large donors and Obama from alot of small donors like most Americans. Then if they take the time each has spent in Washinton's school of corruption, they might come to same conclusion as most of the country. Experience is not equivilant to time spent in Washington, but corruption is. Therefore who do you trust more? The freshman senator of course. The one not taking campaign contributions from special intrest groups looking for favors.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  231. A Kraft

    they are not really undecided....they are hiding...and who could blame them....constant hounding about who they will vote for....the press is relentless and this is how they get even by saying they are undecided...I would do the same thing

    April 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  232. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Uncertainty is one of the energies of life. Don’t let it scare you unduly, because it keeps boredom at bay and will eventually spark creativity; it is the refuge of hope…………..and Obama is holding the winning hand.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  233. Christi in Canada

    Easy. Its because we want them both.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  234. Frances Cappelletti

    What about Florida and Michigan? I thought Democrats were the party that counts ALL the votes of ALL the Citizens of the United States. Florida Republicans didn't count all the votes in 2000, and so we have suffered through the Bush cabal. We can't disenfranchise millions of voters just so Obama can win. Frances, Escondido

    April 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  235. April in texas

    Well look at the debacle of the ABC debate last night and you will see its because they cant get their questions answered concerning real issues. Its a mudslinging tabloid world in politics it seems. No wonder nothing gets done in washington...

    Obama 08
    April in Austin Texas

    April 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  236. ralph butler

    Jack,

    In light of the recent bashing barack has gotten over last couple of weeks, and the untrustworthiness of Hillary Clinton, some peopl;e are probably trying to pick the lesser of two evils. Let's face it, they both appear to have baggage that voters wish they did'nt have.I think it's going to depend on how the two of them hold up in the final rounds, and who has the most cuts and bruises at the end of the round. So far, Barack seems to be ahead on the judges score cards. Let's see if he can finally close out the round with at least a TKO.

    Ralph Butler
    Miami, Fl.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  237. Ray,Dunedin,Florida

    I'll tell you why Jack!
    Neither of them are wearing a Flag Pin!!!
    If one of them start wearing a flag pin that would make our choice much clearer!!

    Ray,Florida

    April 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  238. Scott

    Jack,

    It is because the media is much more cynical toward the candidates as the candidates are toward each other as well. As a result many remain undecided until voting time. Why Barak Obama has been widely liked to me is a mystery considering he is a freshman Senator with a short voting record and has passed no meaningful legislation.

    Maybe it is precisely why he is liked because he has no clear history and no known baggage and as we continue to see him on tv and during the debates, we are just learning more and more about who he is.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  239. Judie, St Augustine, Fl

    The voters are still undesided about who to support in this election because they are bored and there is nothing to watch on TV and if they make a desision now they will have to go back to watching reruns or American Idol. The longer this plays out the more entertainment will follow. Each day a new episode airs and the show goes on,,,,, almost like watching Peyton Place which aired from September 15, 1964 to June 2, 1969 but with a different cast of characters..

    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    April 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  240. Charles,Jupiter,Florida

    Because Americans are as deliberate and careful as they are wise. And if you don't think they're able to see through the fog,just look at how Obama's numbers keep inching up.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  241. Charles in Florida

    Jack, that's an easy question. The remaining primary states saw how much money was being spent by the candidates and media in Pennsylvania, they concluded that pretending to be undecided would get them a piece of that action.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  242. warneka perry

    I think they are just waiting to see what ideas are going to be pitched by the candidates that are going to directly affect there state. Yes as a nation we have problems, but individual states have needs as well.

    Warneka Perry
    Georgetown, Delaware
    Barack Obama Supporter

    April 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  243. Jennifer Collins

    If people say they are undecided they get a chance to participate in questionaires, use the monitor to guage candidate's answers, etc. In other words, they are viewed as important. Why say who you are voting for when you can sit up front in a debate and maybe get to ask a question. DUH!!!!

    April 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  244. Mini Mom, Pinckney, MI

    I don't understand how so many can be undecided either Jack. It's pretty simple to me, you either want the government run the same way, then you vote for Clinton, or you really want a change, one where the actual people of this country have a say on what happens with our tax dollars, then you vote for Obama. What is so hard about that?

    April 17, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  245. Mike, VA.

    They are probably waiting for something difinative to happen that would help them decide. Why do the Obama supporters call Hilliary a liar when Obama has lied about his background several times? Or did he just "misspeak " again and has to make a major speech to dig himself out of a hole.. Wake up Obama fans, your hero has clay feet. This is a man who voted present in the Illinois Senate several times on important bills, this is a man who lied about when his parents met, this is a man who lied about the Kennedy's helping his father. Hilliary lied about Bosnai and has paid the price . Why hasn't Obama paid the price for his lies?

    April 17, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  246. Ralph

    Jack,
    Simply because both candidates have solidified their base but in doing so have created barriers keeping them from expanding. It may be that this isn't about the candidates as much as their supporters. Reading the comments on this blog should provide ample evidence.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  247. Sue of Minnesota

    This is the first time their vote will count in a long time. Guess they want to be courted. See Hillary and Obama up close and personal. This will be their 15 minutes of fame. Keep everyone guessing.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  248. Lenore Z.

    They are undecided because they have become confused by the media, rather than becoming informed and enlightened. The media has largely given up it's role of informing, and has sunk to the level of tabloid newspapers or tabloid TV. Last night's so-called debate was a good case in point. These undecideds are still trusting the media and haven't figured out yet that they're being manipulated and lied to as much as they're being given facts.

    Manhattan, Kansas

    April 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  249. David in Raleigh, NC

    It's that Democrats don't like either of their choices. They are picking the candidate that they dislike the least.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  250. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    Like us Independents, neither one has come up with the answers that the American people want to hear. That goes for John Mc Cain, too. This election is a puzzle with a lot of the pieces missing.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  251. Kellie, Philadelphia

    Jack, undecided voters at this point in the campaign are probably confused because the media coverage has focused on petty issues instead of what's important. Yesterday's debate was a prime example of this. Bosnia, Reverend Wright, Flag Pins, Affirmative Action, and the word "BITTER" as major topics explored was just embarassing. I can't imagine what the rest of the world is thinking about us right now in the context of our current mess. Maybe that's why we're stereotyped as "not that bright" . The media often breeds confusion. Even after a major hurricane, fires in California, HIV/AIDS out of control, economy on the rocks, soldiers dying in Irag, gas and food prices soaring, and an educational system in crisis, we still put up with exploring the lastest soundbite. Tisk. Tisk.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  252. Christine

    If the news media would quit their inane questions and opinions, and focus on the main issues facing the election today, more people would have made up their mind on which candidate to support. Half of last nights debate was just another example of wasting time on none issues. I think this is confusing to the American Public, and they are waiting for the meat, not the media fat.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  253. louise

    hello jack. i guess people are waiting for april 22 to see how things turn out in Pa. at lest I am , thanks Jack louisenin ohio

    April 17, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  254. Yvonne - Charleston, SC

    I think voters have already decided who they will be voting for but have become so addicted to reality TV that they don't want this sitcom to end.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  255. Kendall

    Maybe if the networks spend more time in the debates talking about the real issues instead of snipers in Bosnia, Rev. Wright, and the "bitter" comment, people would have more information to base their decision for the nominee.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  256. Debbie,NJ

    Oh they've decided. Some people just don't want to say it out loud just in case someone tries to persuade them to go the other way. But that's ok. We'll find out about PA in couple of days. I'm glad the other primaries aren't far apart. This time in between was brutal.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  257. Stephen Smith

    They already know who they're voting for. They're simply acting like superdelegates.They don't want anyone to know who they're voting for.They aren't undecided; they're uncommitted.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  258. Rosemary

    Most of the undecided are truly afraid of Change. Most people in general rarely want to take a chance on something truly different. Obama represents a total 360 degree of change from anything we have had in the Country for President. So they find all kinds of excuses not to vote for him. Clinton represents the Clinton Presidency years and they are afraid to leave what they perceived as a comfort zone back in the 90's, even with all the baggage and scandals. The young people get it.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  259. Mike from Pueblo Colorado

    The Democrats are experiencing difficulty making a choice because "none of the above" is not an option on the ballot.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  260. Tom Doyle, Livingston, Texas

    So many times in the last decade voters have been cheated out of their vote, Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004 come to mind. Now we have Florida (again) and Michigan getting cheated by a power hungry DNC getting their noses bent out of shape. Maybe we all should keep our mouths shut and not say anything to the pollsters. Then the cheaters wont know where they need to steal votes.
    My feeling is this; Stealing or changing a vote is as unamerican as you can get and the culprit should be tried for treason.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  261. Alan, Buxton, Maine

    Obviously they are waiting for the latest polls to guide them. There is still time for some disastrous misdeed or badly phrased comment which will disqualify one of the candidates in their minds. It is unbelievable how shallow and easily influenced so many people are.
    It doesn’t help either that both candidates have been distracted by personal attacks and have not stated their positions on the real issues well enough to allow the voters to make an informed decision.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  262. Toné in SC

    It's possible they are looking for some spare change so they can flip a coin and decide.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  263. Heidi From Pennsylvania

    Everytime it looks as though Obama has this thing wrapped up – ClintonWashingtonPolitics – diverts the public to some petty distraction – and the public says, let me see what she has to say – In the end Americans will realized that Hillary has nothing but lies and dirty tactics. Come on Pennsylvanians let's wrap this thing up.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  264. Alicia

    Hey Jack,

    Do you really believe what the polls say on any given day? I say let's have all of the primaries at the same time and get this mess over with.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  265. Todd

    First of all, the democrats have two excellent candidates here. Plus, theres really no difference between the two, even though one may be an "elitist" or a fibber. The idea is that people are having hard times picking the stronger candidate to run against the Republicans. In the end the stronger candidate should be Hillary.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  266. Paul from Boston

    Jack,

    Dems want experience in White House. Dems also want a change maker in the White House. Hillary gives you the former and Barack gives you the latter. Hillary is right when she says she has baggage and it is that kind of baggage that does not represent change. Barack has vision, but not enough true political experience. When you look at them up close, they are both pretty similar on their positions with major issues. So I guess people need to decide if they want experience or vision because you are not getting both...

    Paul
    Boston, MA

    April 17, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  267. Ben Johnson

    Maybe, just maybe, voters are undecided because there is no major difference between the candidates regarding their policies. Perhaps these undecided voters do not want to pick a candidate based on who flings mud better, or who gives better 'change' speeches. Or maybe these undecideds are just too busy watching American Idol. Considering the decline of the American public education system, I am guessing its the latter.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  268. sandy in Ohio

    Jack, Maybe some odf the undecided Dems are like my mother was, she was a long time Republican who never told anyone how she voted in any primary or general election and the included my father. That said maybe the Dems can"t decide because they have drank the Clinton kool-aid and believe she can still pull this off. The debate last night was all about convincing the super delegates that she is the best canidate and not about the voters in Pennsylvania or any where else.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  269. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Judging by most of the past states' elections, Clinton starts out way ahead in the polls by default (name recognition.) But when Obama starts campaigning, people start thinking twice and many end up supporting HIM. These undecided voters are probably now in the process of getting to know, and ultimately turning to support, Obama.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  270. The Wizard

    I'm undecided because the dabate last night didn't tell me enough about flags. Did Hillary have her flag pin on ? Did the moderatoprs have their flag pins on? How many flags were on the stage ? And yes Jack , where is your flag pin ?
    The Wizard ; New Orleans.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  271. Harold

    Jack,

    It's easy; it's a tight race, 21 debates, so much media coverage, a 6 week gap between contests (Mississippi to Pennsylvania), too many polls that flip-flop each day....... voters see too much news on the candidates it makes it very difficult to chose.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  272. Lisa, Charleston, WV

    Jack,
    Hillary's strategy to make voters question whether Obama could win the general election is working. I think more people would have already gone with Obama if they didn't fear this.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:08 pm |