October 22nd, 2008
02:20 PM ET

Why are so many voters still undecided?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

After the longest and most expensive presidential campaign in history, 7% of likely voters are still not sure who they're going to vote for. And the election is now less than two weeks away. These are the findings in the latest CNN Poll of Polls. So what's the problem? Maybe if you haven't figured it out by now you should not be allowed to vote.

Maybe it's the issues. We've had three presidential debates, one vice presidential debate, one economic meltdown, a $700 billion financial bailout package, a couple of wars and countless arguments about under whose plan you and I would pay more in taxes and for health care.

Watch: Cafferty: Undecided voters?

Or maybe it's the mud-slinging…a CNN-Opinion Research Poll found that 3 out of 5 Americans feel the McCain campaign has gone too negative. Another survey by the Associated Press and Knowledge Networks found that negative ads from both candidates aren't convincing the uncommitted–about 60% of undecided voters say the ads make them no more or less likely to vote for John McCain or for Barack Obama. And one-third say they're less likely to vote for either candidate after seeing these negative ads.

Here’s my question to you: Why are so many voters undecided so late in the race?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bill writes:
There is no way that 7 percent of the electorate is undecided at this stage in the process. Uninformed, uninterested, unwilling to share? Perhaps. But not undecided.

Greg from Miami, Florida writes:
When making a decision some people start out without a goal. They don't exactly know what they're looking for, but they'll somehow recognize it when they see it. You might say they're looking for inspiration. So I'm guessing that those who haven't decided yet don't really know what they want in the next president, and they haven't been sufficiently inspired by either candidate.

R.L. writes:
Real simple. I hate both candidates. I hate having to choose between two totally terrible choices. I am a veteran and have fought for my country, sacrificed for this country, and love this country. I feel there is no party that truly represents me and my family.

Chris writes:
People who have not yet made up their mind by this point apparently have no mind to make up. You have to be a wingnut to still be on the fence in this election.

Al writes:
You hit the nail on the head, Jack. Anyone who hasn't been able to make up his mind about this race at this point - after two years of campaigning and three debates - lacks the mental acuity to make such an important decision. And that's what scares me. The future of our country is essentially in the hands of these swing voters. Why should the rest of use be subject to the whims of people I wouldn't trust to decide if I "want fries with that?"

John from Santa Barbara, California writes:
It's like a girl thing. They have made up their minds, but they just love being asked.

Filed under: 2008 Election • Undecided Voters
soundoff (642 Responses)
  1. Jim in British Columbia

    Quite honestly, from the outside looking in, for a US voter to be undecided at this point of the elecion campaign seems strange.

    It must be something to do with the ' isms'. Racism, ageism, sexism.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  2. Don in Centennial CO

    I don't know. All you have to ask is – do you want four more years like the last 8? If you even say yes to that – and how can you – do you want Caribou Barbie one 72 year old heartbeat away from being President? Come on, it's an easy choice.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  3. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Jack, I really don't think that there are as many undecided voters out there as people think there are. I'm pretty sure that, by now, 99% of voters have already made up their mind considering how bad the economy is and how disgusting the McCain people have acted! A lot of voters will refuse to tell someone their choice as a matter of privacy, and that will be construed as undecided.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  4. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Some people are ambivalent about being ambivalent, some are just comfortable to vacillate.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  5. Michael in Albuquerque

    I suspect there are many who say they are undecided but who know who they are going to vote for and don't want to say, either because they are ashamed of their own motives, fearful of criticism, or simply believe it's none of anyone's business. If someone is truly undecided at this point, I would encourage them to stay home on election day because they are either too dense or too lazy to make such an important decision.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  6. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    I think the reason there are so many undecided voters out there is because both parties work so hard to obscure the differences between the two. Frankly, if everybody did their research instead of relying on ads, the election would be a landslide right now

    October 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  7. Steve in Idaho

    I think the undecided are caught on a fence between knowing that we need fresh new change in Oboma but are still clutching on to the comfort of status quo in McCain.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Mary FL

    Undecided? After all this? I suspect that they like the attention or they don't want to defend their actual choice.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  9. Emma, San Jose, CA

    I am not convinced there are so many voters who are undecided. Or, if they are, I really wonder who has really done their homework about the candidates, as well as reviewed contemporary thought and knowledge about governing and spiritualism in one's life.. Perhaps many do not yet feel they could forgive themselves if they voted for an African American.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  10. susan from Idaho

    There are not so many undecided. A lot of folks know whom they are going to vote for they just like to keep it to themselves. They probably don’t kiss and tell either.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  11. Eileen at Lagnua Beach CA

    They are not "undecided" they are embarrassed to say who they are voting for.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  12. Ron K.

    Hi Jack:

    I think by looking at the poll numbers most of the undecideds cast their vote for Obama. And more will vote for him. And the democratic legislature.

    Ron San Diego

    October 22, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  13. mariel

    The 'undecideds' are probably leaning one way or another, but can't commit because there is an unjustifiable personal issue standing in the way of their commitment.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  14. Heather

    I can't believe that there are really too many people undecided, probably more like they just are not telling the pollsters which way they are leaning to vote. A vote is a private matter and perhaps these people want to keep there thoughts to themselves. At least that is my hope...we have had two years of non stop campaigning going on, surely everyone has made a decision.
    Elko Nevada

    October 22, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  15. Precious Coker

    Same reason "W" was "selected" twice- some folks just don't get it!!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  16. Candy West Virginia

    For those who are still undecided, they are either not going to vote or are trying to decide if they vote for Obama (him being a black person) will they catch on fire in the voting booth. It is ridiculous to not have made up your mind by now. Obama has been vetted for 2 years and mccain almost that long. What more are they waiting for?

    October 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  17. Rosalynd Florida

    With less than 2 weeks to Election day, I do not believe there are undecided voters. I believe voters know which way they are leaning and perhaps just have a problem committing until they go in the voting booth.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  18. tom moriarty

    ignorance and apathy. the same people who couldn`t tell you who their congressman is could name all the characters on the simpsons

    October 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  19. Dave from Orlando

    Anyone who hasn't made up their mind by now is indecisive and will go into the voting booth and toss a coin. God help us and save us from another 4 years!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  20. erinmontague

    I don't get it either. I voted absentee two weeks ago – an easy choice for me ever since Sarah Palin opened her mouth. Sheesh, she's a loon.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  21. Anna - Santa Teresa, New Mexico

    There are actually people who have a hard time deciding what to have for lunch, much more the President of the United States. These are the same people who can't decide if they want to give out Musketeers or Snickers on Halloween. They can't decide on which table they want to sit at in a empty restaurant. They even have a hard deciding on what to wear to work every single day. Admit it Jack, there are people who just CAN'T make a decision!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  22. Tom in the Fake Virginia

    Racism. There are many people out there who do not consider themselves racist who will not vote for Obama because they are racist. They are afraid that if they respond that they voting for McCain, that they will be asked why, and it will become obvious they are racist.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  23. Paul in Missouri

    It's not that I am undecided, I just haven't told anyone how I plan to vote. There is a reason that we have a secret ballot and I don't think it is anyones business how I will vote. So I get labeled as undecided.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  24. Brian Becker

    I think at this point, anyone who is undecided probably isn't motivated enough to show up at the polls on election day, or is going to vote third party. The candidates are so different from one another on almost every issue that you'd have to be living in a cave for the past few months to not have an opinion on the race. Come to think of it, I wouldn't be surprised if people were living in caves after the last eight years.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  25. Katiec Pekin, IL

    I cannot understand how anyone could be undecided at this
    The decisions are not that hard and the future of our
    country depends on these decisions.
    They can vote for the two candidates who have run the
    sleaziest campaign in the history of our country, and,
    four more years of diasterous republican rule, or
    they can vote for someone who sincerely cares for
    us and the future of our country. Who has the intelligence,
    capability and judgement to bring us back to the once
    great nation we were.
    Seems pretty simple to me.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  26. Becky, Mobile AL

    I think that the majority of the undecided voter have been GOP all their life and are having a hard time making themselves vote for 4 years of having an out of touch old man and an even more out of touch beauty queen running our country!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  27. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    The fact is Jack if people being polled are saying they are undecided it is likely because they don't intend to vote period.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  28. shirley


    There are as about as many undecided voters as there are men living on the moon. PLEASE, spare me. At this point, everyone knows who they are going to vote for.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  29. JD in NH

    You must be referring to the so-called "uninformed voters," Jack. I ran into one yesterday. They muttered something about Obama's "self-sustaining welfare program." I had to laugh since no such thing exists. They wouldn't be undecided if they would go to the candidates' web sites and read their policies and proposals. As Governor Palin might say, "It's not rocket science."

    October 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  30. Frank H. from NYC

    I hate to think it but I can't help coming to the conclusion it is because Obama is black. If he were white and as charismatic as Obama and running against such a dysfunctional Republican ticket and administration there would be no contest.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  31. Terri from Virginia

    It could be fear of the unknown. There are problems not only in the US but around the world and I suppose they would argue they want to make the right decision. Plus, so much propaganda spewed from the campaigns, it could be confusing. But I think it is more likely that they are just lying.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  32. Terry from North Carolina

    There is not much of a choice, people have to decide between a 72 year old who may not last through his term and an African American with little experience in managing anything no less a government in chaos. Where are we headed ?

    October 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  33. Karen - Nashville

    They aren't undecided. They're like a teenage girl who has two boys hoping to take her to the prom. Why announce a choice when two more bouquets of flowers might arrive?

    October 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  34. John in Arizona

    Jack, there are many voters who have voted Republican all their life or who never thought they could vote for a black president. Today they know in their mind that Obama is the best choice, but they continue to look in their heart for just the right note of assurance from the campaign, and from their neighbors, that will allow them to make a dramatic change and take that big leap of faith.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  35. Annie, Atlanta

    If they're undecided at this late date, they haven't been paying attention and will hopefully sit this one out.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  36. Jenny Rome Ga

    My guess is that they do not want anyone to know they are really going to vote for the guy with the funny name (and unfortunate middle name) who is half black but seems to have the best ideas and plans on how to solve our country's problems. ither that or they are afraid they will be sent to a concentration camp for Un Americans is MCCain wins.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  37. David

    I believe they want to vote for Obama, but they fear what others may think. I'm voting for Obama.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  38. Dave from Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia

    I'm not convinced that there are as many undecided voters as the polls may suggest. I believe that there are those who are keeping their decision "Close to the chest".......... I mean if I were voting for the
    McCain/Palin ticket, I wouldn't tell anyone, I'd be too embarrassed

    October 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  39. Jolly Potter, NY


    this election more than any in recent times gives a clear, stark choice of who to vote for. If the electorate is unclear now who they like then they need some serious counselling. Aside from the Age and Race aspect the policies are dramatically different. Add to that the desperate economic crisis we find ourselves in and the continuance of a failed foreign policy on two fronts......no real health care policy, no education policy to speak of, no immigration policy to speak of , no job creation policy to speak of, no entitlement policy to speak of, no environment policy to speak of and no alternative energy policy to speak of...... what else does the Bush Administration need to ignore and throw under the bus before people have a clear picture – or are all these undecideds visually challenged ! Please – Let there be Sight and thee shall see the Light – Vote Obam/Biden !

    October 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  40. Jenny Rome Ga

    My guess is that they do not want anyone to know they are really going to vote for the guy with the funny name (and unfortunate middle name) who is half black but seems to have the best ideas and plans on how to solve our country’s problems. ither that or they are afraid they will be sent to a concentration camp for Un Americans if MCCain wins.
    Typo repost sorry

    October 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  41. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    These are people who, if put in the right lane of the expressway would stand there trying to decide which way to run. Our fate is in their hands, or should I say their tiny confused little minds. We are doomed.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  42. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    Since there are so many stark differences between the candidates, it's hard to believe that one would not know which candidate stands more for what the undecided person believes. However, I HAVE heard people say that they don't like EITHER candidate, so it seems that might be the answer why one would be undecided.

    I saw on CNN last night that 39 percent (the largest block) of people saying they would vote for McCain gave the reason that he was "the lesser of two evils"! Whereas, over 50 percent of people voting for Obama said they were enthusiastic about him. I would think that might tell you where this election is headed. At least I hope so.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  43. Doug from Bloomington IN

    I think there is still a shrinking element out there that isn't sure about Obama. He is new and refreshing and people are afraid of being refreshed. (Hence, our reluctance to jump into cold water to go swimming).

    But people are sure about McCain. They're increasingly sure they don't like him. My bet is that as election day approaches, the undecideds will migrate toward Obama.

    ...except, of course, the racists. And they are out there. I was in Georgia recently. Trust me on this.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  44. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Because reality has shifted for many Americans. Conservatives, are rethinking the logic of a deregulated government. More Americans are moving from both major parties–and registering as Independants. Confidence in both partie's potential to accomplish much is the lowest I've ever seen. The lines between right, left, middle are blurring–and hopefully the new majority will be the a hybrid of all three: "the best for America line".

    Obama, is overwhelmingly popular, extremely focused, calm, straight forward, and human–and if what many believe of him is true he may be a President of historic accomplishment in the U.S. and on the world stage.

    Not everyone will fall in step with an Obama Presidency–and millions adore John McCain (despite Palin) and those millions will have to place their trust in the judgement of the majority and the Electoral College–in extremely dangerous and tumultous times.

    The next Presdient won't be able to hole up for days, weeks, or months while the nation flounders–he will have to be a larger than life presence–on the street and on the air waves–providing vision, guidance, reassurance. He will not be able to speak through cronies and aids–he must confront the people, convince the people, gain the trust of the people.

    Big shoes to fill–and honeslty we wonder if either of the two have the feet for those shoes.

    But one of them surely will be elected President in November.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  45. Doreen, Cornelia Georgia

    it can only be one of two things. They bought a two sided coin and they haven't realized it yet or this bail out took the last coin from their pocket. The differences on every issue from these two candidates is day and night (pun not intended or implied).


    October 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  46. Lorenzo in Atlanta

    Jack, I think it's because of race. I don't think they don't want to vote for a black man, but that they want to vote for a black man and don't want their friends and neighbors to know.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  47. John in Arizona

    Jack, the 8 percent of the voters who are still undecided at this point have to be so disconnected they probably couldn't even tell you who's running.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  48. Independant in Oregon

    if they haven"t decided yet, they either don't care or too busy...and I can"t imagine being either with the state our country is in. I decided months ago, and I am so excited for this election, and the change it will bring. I feel sorry for the people who can't bring themselves to see the direction we need to move in and share in the pride we can all feel electing Barack Obama to be our next POTUS. Make up your minds so we can get on with the party!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  49. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    I don't believe there are as many undecided voters as the polls reflect. Some have never been called to see who they will vote for and unfortunately there are still people who will not vote for Sen. Obama because he is black, the same way many people were afraid to vote for JFK because he was Catholic. This Country does not let go of their biases easily. I have lived all over the U.S. and there are still too many people who are prejudiced and, let's face it, McCain/Palin are doing all they can to stir that hate up.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  50. Larry in Florida

    Because I don't think either one of them is our answer to the problems we're facing. The best of the lot didn't get a chance. It seems there's a force behind Obama that scares me. I'm still asking myself, where the "H" did he come from. McCain is to much of the same old politics. I'm stuck with the feeling I have no one to vote for. Then again I'm in Florida so I'm not sure it will be counted anyway.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  51. marie Mtl, Can.

    Because they don't have internet....

    October 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  52. Ray { Chesapeake City }

    I's tough Jack you know how hard it is to toss two dimes in the air and get one to land on it's end. Plus is it worth it other than to get them to shut up for awhile.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  53. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    I'm undecided because each candidate has lost my faith in them. All they seem to care about is bickering. Blah, Blah, Blah, "My plan will fix everything, while my opponent's will make everything worse." Politicians don't know a damn thing about fixing the country, just how to use the system to help themselves. We need a non-politician to run this country. Pick the CEO of a company that is actually doing well, and put them in charge of the country, because they're doing something right!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  54. chuck

    I think people just like to feel IMPORTANT.With the way the country is presently it's very straight forward a REAL CHANGE IS NEEDED and that change will come from Barack Obama and Joe biden. John McCain and Sarah Palin says things on the campaign trail and when confronted you get a different answer,case and point-John McCain said Obama is all over the map with his plan on his interview with Wolf. Sorry i think Obama's plan is well laid out and it's McCain who is all over the oceans and seas.Sarah Palin agrees with Joe the plumber that Obama is a Sosialist but when asked about it she said she would not say he is a Socialist. Go figure.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  55. Adrian Adams

    Jack, race continues to be a huge factor both in our society and in this election. Most people naively like to believe that they are not racist but when faced with the decision of electing the first black president of the United States of America they hesitate because of the Democratic candidate's skin color. Does it make someone a racist simply because they do not vote for Barack Obama? Of course not, but it does make someone a racist if they do not vote for Obama because he is black. Many people still are not ready for such a monumental change even in this day and age. Though it may be clear who the better candidate is there are those who allow race to become a factor and therefore remain undecided because of deep-seeded prejudices. Is a country that still allows exclusionary clubs to post signs that read 'No Blacks, No Jews' ready to elect a black president? I for one am still not convinced.
    Adrian Adams
    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

    October 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  56. Ted

    I think in the 22 % who think Bush is doing a good job is where you find the undecided. Its not their fault these poor people just lack the capacity to think on their own. Some want to be on the winning side and will wait for the last moment to decide who to vote for. PS if your undecided at this point seek medical attention immediately your head has fallen off.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  57. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Its baffling that people are still undecided, I actually couldn't believe it, until I had lunch with a conservative-Republican friend of mine. My friend, looked seriously at me and said, "I can not vote for Palin." This lady, has been a Republican her entire life. She is in her 50's and a die-hard Bushie. Yet she can not vote for McCain because of Palin!

    She remains undecided. I gave her my reasons for voting for Sen. Obama, but she has issues with his pro-choice stance.

    Maddening as it is, there are plenty of Americans who either have not been engaged in this political season or simply can not vote for one or the other for various reasons.

    To ALL undecided voters:

    Please, take time to do your homework. Read about both sides, go to the candidates web sites. Pray, make a decision.

    If you can not make an informed well-thought out decision, please stay home.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  58. jim In florida

    It's cuz they haven't been watching your show, or maybe it's because they have been watching your show, I can't decide.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  59. Shane from Montreal

    I don't believe there are THAT many left at this point

    It's just typical media gibberish

    Unless you've been in a coma the last 4 months both of these candidates have shown everybody how they will govern

    Obama=Cool & collected
    McCain=Clueless & erratic

    October 22, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  60. mike jacobs

    i think that is has to due with they dont no who obama is and the media is making mccain look like the bad guy pluse no one knows really alot about obamas plans and if they are aware they dont understand what they mean and i have a question i would like brout up why is obama qualifed for president but sara is not for v.p when she has more exsperiance he has never ran for mayor gov or ran a town city can you tell me this ok and another people do no that is this voter fraud goes that when people go to vote obama may not have the lead they think he does do to fake name and same names being entered twice

    October 22, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  61. Annie Kraft Naples FL

    They are not undecided...that is just what they tell these annoying pollsters.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  62. Karen M


    October 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  63. Fisher

    Good to have you back, Jack!
    May be they are stupid or confused. The choise is clear in black and white. I know who I'm going to vote for. Financially, I am doing better now than I was 8 years ago, since I was a student until last year. Obama told me to vote for McCain, but I'm voting for Obama.
    Fisher, Richfield, MN

    October 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  64. BKoi

    Personally I find it hard to believe so many people are undecided. A few people, I expect, are not really interested in "Politics, and haven't taken the time to vet the candidates yet! There always will be those who just decide on some last minute whim . These are the people that just may cast the winning or losing vote . That's what makes America great, the power of ONE !

    October 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  65. James

    Jack, I think the reason many voters are undecided right now is because they're not sure what's going on with this country right now, and aren't sure the candidates are planning on fixing it.
    Another solution is that they're split on the issues with the candidates...which happens in every election.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  66. Andrew from North Carolina

    Maybe some of these undecided voters are waiting for the inevitable Bin Laden tape to be released right before the election to make up their mind so they can claim fear as the ubiquitous reason to vote for the party in power. It always seems to happen and it always seems to narrow the field of the undecided.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  67. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Another thing, a lot of the comments here claim it's due to an "ism"

    It's comments like that that push me away from either candidate. When I was leaning towards Obama, my conservative friends claimed that I thought McCain was too old, which pushed me even further away. When I was leaning towards McCain, my liberal friends claimed I was "racist"

    I don't want to be associated with either side anymore, because when I look at the Obama supporters, all I see is a bunch of poeple shouting that I'm a racist, and the McCain people shouting that I'm a "terrorist"

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves...

    October 22, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  68. Kay in WV

    Because neither candidate is believable on economic issues. Both continue to pretend that the US can continue with it current standard of living intact. If either of them stepped up and said that government simply can't afford the bread & circus programs the undecideds would all break his way, but that is a pie-in-the-sky dream.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  69. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Yes, that is it: EVERY one who votes for McCain is a racist! You all have finally played the race card out in the open. This is why undecideds are afraid to admit they are gojng to vote for McCain, of course, how could we not see this???

    Do you want to win by intimidation, insults, and inventing motives for your opponents? It won't work. You are pushing voters in the other direction in droves.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  70. kate

    You know, I talked to a very intelligent woman the other day who referred to herself as "undecided." When I pointed out that the difference in the policy of the candidates couldn't be clearer, she had no trouble identifying whose platform she agreed with. She finally admitted what I think is a common theme–discomfort with the CANDIDATE who is associated with the views she identifies most with. Some Republicans just don't like McCain, even if they lean toward the Republican platform. Some Democrats are uncomfortable with Obama, even if they lean that way. The trouble is that, for one reason or another, they are just not feeling enthusiastic about pulling the lever. I am guessing they are the ones who will just stay home.

    Charlottesville, VA

    October 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  71. Dawn from Pennsylvania

    People are undecided because they a listen to both sides and not looking to any fact check of any kind, yeah the RNC says that the DNC will raise your taxes, always check, but for me you hear terrorist, socialist and registration fraud, always check to see the facts.


    October 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  72. BillD

    I don't believe many voters are undecided. I do believe the networks who claim the race to be "tightening" have an stake in keeping up the suspense — it helps ratings and improves ad revenues. Truth be known, this has never been a close race. The polls have been for the purpose of shaping public perceptions, not measuring them. The truth is out there Jack, you guys just need to report it once in a while, even if it doesn't serve your bottom line.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  73. EJ, Michigan

    Voters hear the negative campaign ads that both sides hurl at their opponent and ponder if either man is worthy of their vote. They long for a candidate who sounds like a statesman. In today's super-partisan political climate – in 41's words "NOT GOING TO HAPPEN".

    October 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  74. Linda in Florida

    I cannot fathom why anyone would vote for McCain just because Obama is black, when we should be voting on the issues and for who can get this country out of the mess it is in now. How about this? He is only half black. If it makes you feel better, vote for his white half.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  75. carnell Bonair GA

    Jack!! Lets get real here. People who are undecided now are people who just can't see voting for an African American and then on the other side of the fence is A very Old Man with a very unprepared running mate to put it nice. I guess these people will have to close there eyes a press a button and hope for the best. Jack in 2008 it is ashame that people are still looking at a person's skin tone as a problem for something as important as this election. After Palin open her mouth the first time the Polls should have advanced to a Landslide for Obama. This election is a no brainer Obama all the way!!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  76. Frank from Peterborough

    There shouldn't be any problem for people deciding how they are voting since if they like the past 8 years McCain/Palin should be their choice. If not they'll vote Obama/Biden.

    I just watched a video of a woman being interviewed who said she was voting for Sara Palin because she had just seen her buying diapers at Walmart and she was a hunter. The fact is if someone with this limited amount of intelligence can make up their mind who to vote for then anyone should be able to do it with no trouble at all.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  77. BillD

    I don't believe many voters are undecided. I do believe the networks who claim the race to be "tightening" have an stake in keeping up the suspense — it helps ratings and improves ad revenues. Truth be known, this has never been a close race. The polls have been for the purpose of shaping public perceptions, not measuring them. The truth is out there Jack, you guys just need to report it once in a while, even if it doesn't serve your bottom line.

    Bill D
    Champaign, IL

    October 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  78. Joe in MO

    They aren't. They just say they are.

    Joe in MO

    October 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  79. Keith - Twinsburg, OH

    When we are still looking for qualities to make us want to vote FOR a given candidate instead of against... If this is the best these two parties can do, God bless us, everyone..

    October 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  80. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It is not beyond imagination someone would still be undecided when they are not given the absolute truth.

    It is indeed confusing when one ticket speaks of country but create division, speak of high morals but act with such unmorality, exhibit compassion but have little grace.

    It is indeed confusing when you want to believe in the human spirit but cannot transcend the lies.

    The undecided need only to look at themselves and choose who they do not want to be in someone else.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  81. Bert, Iowa City, IA

    I don't know anyone who is undecided. In fact I can't think of any election in which I've known of someone that was undecided. Do you know of anyone that is undecided?
    The logical explanation may be that voters are not undecided but are caught in the process of taking a hard look at the two tickets, re-evaluating the candidates and changing their minds about who would really bring meaningful change.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  82. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    If you're still undecided after all that's been said and done so far, you should be stripped of your right to vote because you're not very bright!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  83. Barry Wantagh,NY

    Just how many people are still undecided? If you don't know by now after 2 years of campaigning and vetting by both candidates then something is definitely wrong with that persons decision making process.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  84. Nancy from New Jersey

    Apathy. People in other countries kill for the right to vote and we can't be bothered. Of those who do vote, far too many vote by party only...doesn't matter who the candidates are. That is why this country is in the toilet! Corrupt politicians and lobbyists and a general public who just don't seem to care.
    Glad to see you back Jack!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  85. Steven from NJ

    All the polls I see have only McCain and Obama on them. So, if someone is voting for one of the Indepents, would they show as undecided? Also, I have a few friends who like to say they are leaning torwards a candidate. I know they are going to vote for that person, but a pollster meight have to put that down as undecided.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  86. Joe from Taunton Mass

    If there are truly people who are still undecided (which I doubt), it is because of the dirty politics which are confusing the voters in such a way that they are having a hard time trying to weed out what's fact and what's not.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  87. Joe in DE

    Somepeople will be undeceided after the election, others just won't say who they are supporting.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  88. Laurie, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

    I think some people just have a hard time making decisions. Just make a decision and be done with it, PLEASE!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  89. Joyce in Florida

    Jack, the only way anyone could still be undecided is if they just haven't bothered paying attention. We're past the "low-information voters" and into the "no-information voters".

    We missed you.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  90. Frank from Connellsville, PA

    For me, it's not about being undecided, but rather disappointed that these are the only two options. Why won't real leadership run?

    October 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  91. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    At this point,I don't think anyone is undecided. The only thing we want is for this damn travesty to be over!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  92. Jim El Paso Tx.

    Jack...anyone at this stage of the game that's undecided probably shouldn't vote anyways. They're dumb as rocks. What could they possibly think would happen to make up their minds with 13 days left to go that hasn't been hashed over a zillion times in the past 20 months. Undecided= ignorant and uninformed

    October 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  93. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    It's like a girl thing. They have made up their minds, but they just love being asked.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  94. Patricia

    First, more people have probably decided on a candidate than ever before. For those who have not decided, though–they fall into several categories. One, they just haven't been paying attention and don't "know" the candidates. Two, they are frustrated and hate all politicians. Third–and this is the most legitimate reason for being undecided–they agree with one candidate on one or more critical issues and with the other candidate on other issues. They actually are torn with which candidate is stronger on the issues they care about.

    We have two strong, but very different candidates, so this is a harder decision for some.


    October 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  95. Ray in Nashville

    If the Republicans had nominated a pure right-wing candidate rather than the center leaning McCain, this race would not be as close as it is, Obama would have the Independents locked up. If McCain had not tried to pander to both the Hillary voters and the right-wing Republicans by chosing Palin, if he had picked another centrist Republican (or even Joe Leiberman,) he might even be ahead because he would have captured not only the Republican base, but many more Independents as well.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  96. Marc in Canada


    Perhaps it's just a matter of voters not willing to say who they have decided on. It's their way of saying "mind your own business and stop bothering me".

    October 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  97. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    more and more are deciding with each passing minute and it ain't good news for the GOP. Looks more and more like this is the year for a Democratic Tsunami.
    Tammany Hall or no hall a'tal!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  98. Ron in Oregon

    I'm not so sure people are undecided. Many of them are flocking to the early voting places to get it done and over with. Maybe there are just many in the "silent majority" who are going to add to the landslide that is spelled OBAMA. Maybe people are just totally fed up with the rhetoric and the lies. Sometimes it seems like reporters and news outlets are more concerned about this than the populace. It's time to just be done with it all.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  99. Christine from El Paso Tx

    Maybe it's because there torn between whats right and what they have always done... vote down party lines! Either that or they have been in a cave for the last 2 years with no TV?!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  100. Charla in Texas

    Welcome back Jack, you were sorely missed!

    I don't think there are as many undecided voters as is shown in the polls. I think they just don't want to say out of fear of somehow being publicized, and perhaps ridiculed, whichever way the election swings. I think some people are really worried at what kind of things may happen once this election is wrapped up. There are still so many fools, radicals, and nut cases in this country who mioght try something stupid if this election doesn't go their way.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  101. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    Jack, everyone is gripped by fear of the unknown and along with the economic crisis, Obama is right up there at the top of the undecided voters' list of unknowns. I believe most of these folks are just not 100% comfortable with his relatively thin resume. You have to admit, with the worst economy since the great depression, the U.S. engaged in 2 wars and an $11 trillion national debt looming over our grandchildren, that is an awful lot of trust to place in a freshman senator. Unfortunately, the republican alternative that is of the same party that created this mess, does not seem like a viable choice either. So my humble advice to this group is when you are paralyzed by the darkness of fear seek the light of hope. Vote Obama.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  102. Kevin in Portland, Oregon

    That question baffles me as well. After more than 20 months of campaigns, debates, speeches, polls, etc., how can someone still be undecided? That scares me. There's danger in complacency. Perhaps it's a simple as refusing to tell the pollsters the truth.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  103. Tom, Bradenton,FL

    Undecided voters need to make up their mind soon if they do not want another 4 years of Bush, wars, scandals, corruption, lies, troopergates, flying kids around on our tax dollars, bridges to nowhere, Senators that do not know how many homes they own, Joe the plumbers without a license, VP's that look to Russia from their windows, VP that does not want to answer questions and with knocked up kids qualifying for welfare, VP not knowing what the VP's job is, McCain that voted 90 times with Bush. Time is running out.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  104. Joel

    Jack these folks aren't undecided, it now a fashion statement to be amoung the undecided. You get invited to participate in debate parties and get your reactions measured, both parties roll out the red carpet for you at their events, and people finally care what you think. At least until Nov. 4th. Gotta admit I like the attention!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  105. Chris, Thousand Oaks Ca

    I really don't believe they are undecided.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  106. George

    Jack you have lived in this country long enough to know that when someone tells you that they are undecided, the fact is they have, but don't want to tell you that they have decided to vote against someone, not for them. Take it anyways you like, but it is telling me that they are voting for McCain.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  107. Malka D. Oceanside CA

    the only thing that comes to mind is "Liar Liar pants on fire" after everythings been said and done how can anyone not know in their heart of hearts who they want sitting in the oval office. I want a purple country I am sick of this red and blue division of us. for almost 8 years i have felt unrepresented by the top. I wish Ann Richards were here she would know what to say about McCain she said it about GHWB
    “Poor George, he can’t help it “He was born with a silver foot in his mouth." this is what is wrong with america. haves and have not. I want a man who really is of the people. John McCain lives in 7 houses has 13 cars does he really fit the average persons image in america. if so I feel though the crack, I have to take food stamps again because of the situation in america. please look at yourself in the mirror and put your vote in and for the real america. one nation under God indivisable with justice for all

    October 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  108. Judith

    Hi Jack,

    Boy did we all miss you! You give our opinions a voice that they would not otherwise have.

    Why are there still undecideds? They like the attention.

    Judith, NYC

    October 22, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  109. Carole Ann - Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

    I think these might just be a group of people who don't have as much access to information like most, and perhaps a little confused by the flow of information and sources. Either that, or they've been in a coma for the past 2 years.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  110. Alex of Springfield MA

    I don't think that the voters are confused at all. The unethical tone of both campaigns makes everyone cringe, however in this election, the American people will sway away from party factions and vote for the best candidate. Simply, us Americans know who we will vote for, yet both candidates appear very weak. I can see in four years two new presidential picks from both the Republican and Democratic parties.

    Alex from Springfield MA

    October 22, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  111. Marilyn in Sedona, AZ

    I can't imagine how anyone could still be undecided!
    McCain is acting like a very desperate little man now that he's behind in the polls, and I feel shame on his behalf for the nastiness and hatefulness he and his running mate are inspiring in so many people.
    Trying to distance himself from the present administration just seems like a useless waste of time. He IS more of the same and he's incapable of leading his own campaign, so how could anyone think he could lead a nation!?
    Obama has been level-headed and calm while at the same time actually THINKING for himself and making a plan for the future. He demonstrates a dignified persona, worthy of the White House and the job of leading the country onto a more positive track. He inspires trust, whereas McCain seems to want to instill fear and divisiveness.
    It's a no brainer! McCain and his cheerleader should just vote for Obama, and get out of the way so we can move forward and take care of the problems their party has created so effectively over the last 8 years.
    I'm so tired of the anger and hatred and the lies and fact-twisting of the McCain campaign.
    It's going to be so peaceful after this nasty election is over and Obama is our new president!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  112. Billy G in Las Vegas

    (Jack, glad to have you back and happy everything worked out well with the surgery.)

    Jack, I doubt there are really ANY "undecideds". these people are just attention freeks that think they might get on a political TV show.

    bunch of baloney peddlers

    October 22, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  113. mhelms reno nevada

    I am in agreement with the posters who question the actual number of undecided voters. Have these people been under a rock for the last 18 months? The differences between the candidates are so glaring that it seems impossible that someone can't decide.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  114. lyn

    Jack, these people already made up their minds, they just don't want anyone to know who they have decided to vote for. I would like to say to these people to go out there and VOTE early and VOTE for Obama he is the one that will get us out of this MESS. The mess that Bush & Cheney created for 8yrs, McCain & Palin will continue the same, just a bigger MESS. VOTE for Obama & Biden.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  115. mark, Temple TX

    I don't think many people are still undecided. They may not want to tell publicly who they will vote for,so the easiest thing to say is undecided.
    This circus has been going on too long for people still to be in the dark.
    Most people don't want to tell the world who they voted for. For most it's a private matter

    October 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  116. kristina Dudley, Boston

    I don't think that many people really are. I think they are afraid to say who they support and who they don't. Many people take politics to be personal. They may be afraid that someone will overhear them and that their believes may effect how others treat them or what they will say to them afterwards. Jobs have been won and loss over less.

    There are some who just don't care who gets elected. They feel that the system does not work anyway and that no matter who gets in they will not be representing their interests anyway. After years of only those who represent a cash donation or a large interest group being represented, many Americans living below the poverty line have given up on being heard and have therefor given up on choosing any candidate.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  117. Dan, Maryland

    Because for the first time Republican leaning voters are seriously weighing their vote and thinking independantly about what is best for this nation and they are hesitant to pull the lever for a Democrat. I just have one thing to say to them....Come on over and join the force, the dark side always loses.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  118. Jake

    Why? Simple. This is a very tight race, both candidates make strong points and both have strong liabilities on them. America is in a fragile position and whomever gets it will either crack it or fix it, and the decision we make is very important. So in that regard, we have to be absolutely sure that we vote for the right candidate for our nation right now; or we'll regret it forever.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  119. Richard Sternagel

    At this late stage of the political game, their either stupid or abdicating their Civic Responsibility to become an Informed Voter. In either case we're in a heap of trouble if some of the Electorate treat their enfranchisement so carelessly! Come on do the Adult thing:Make Up Your Mind!

    October 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  120. Ray,Florida

    I think they are people that care too much, or people that don't care at all about this election! In the end let's hope on Nov. 4 they decide to vote.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  121. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    I for one have decided and voted early yesterday. What I'm undecided on now is how to pay the bills and keep my chin up.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  122. Troy

    Oxford, MS
    I don't care about obama's race, I'm black.
    I don't care about McCain's age, I supported someone just as old.

    Both made horrible VP choices and if you really do your research you will find that except for Supreme Court appointments there is no real difference between Obama and McCain.

    These two are taking America down two different paths, but they're going to the same bad destination.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  123. Josh Buckner (Corona, CA)

    I typically vote for 3rd-party candidates in the Presidential election because the lack of good choices from the Dems and GOP. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I actually think that both parties have nominated good candidates this time around. Both Obama and McCain seem like they could make good Presidents, for different reasons.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  124. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    i don't believe they are. it's a political ploy, just like joe the plumber was a inside job, the hockey mom crap is another example. how many walmart mom's can buy there kid's a 400.00$ pair of skates ? the republican strategy nimwits think were dumb. hurt dog's do alot of barking...

    October 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  125. Independent

    I have absolutely no idea!! Perhaps these "undecideds" are poor decision-makers or are simply uninformed. Perhaps they love the attention they are getting from the media. Perhaps they do not want to share their preference with anyone. Who knows what they are thinking?

    October 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  126. Cynthia

    It's real simple to me – it's about the economy stupid! – all the other things are secondary. If you make $250,000 a year or have that more more laying around in a bank – McCain is probably the person for you. If you are like the majority of us don't make $250,000 and don't have it laying around in a bank but living from paycheck to paycheck or until almost time for you to get the next paycheck, I say vote for "that one" as McCain calls Senator Obama.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  127. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Simple, people don't look at the issues. Anybody could objectively look at the issues and realize that these two guys have vastly differing agendas. Sorry, I just assumed that voters could be objective. Silly me.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  128. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    It`s a tough choice, on one hand you have intellagence, and expereance. On the other, you have pinky and the brain. On top of that you have to find out witch one is "pinky," and witch one is the "brain".

    October 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  129. Randy, Salt Lake City

    There AREN'T a lot of undecided. The main stream media is proposing this blatant crap so if can point to the alledged "undecided" as the reason why the election was unexpecataly given to McCain. The MSM is setting this up to make a McCain upset look good.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  130. Evelyn from Michigan

    I can't imagine. If nothing else, look at the way the two campaigns have been run and it pretty much says it all. Which candidate would do a better job leading the country? McCain has been helter skelter on the issues and his unsavory attacks. Sen. Obama has had a clear message from the beginning and has refined it throughout the campaign and is peaking at just the right time.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  131. Carl Richardson, Richmond Va

    I've been undecided until recently and much of us like myself have very diverse backgrounds..and are torn between what we believe in and what our family have supported in the past . Being a supporter of the republican party and NOW choosing to switch for Obama comes with a price...family or belief that Obama can help this country move forward. I like what John McCain has to offer just NOT sold on the con-artist, abuse the tax payer money for personal reasons, six pack SARAH!!

    October 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  132. J GLAZIER,Illinois

    There are no undecided voters!They just are sick of the Media and all their Polls.I think Polls are part of the reason why there are so many negative ads.Candidates are driven to lie and distort the truth just to drive Polls up in their favor.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  133. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    I don't think they are really undecided. They just like to tell pollsters that so it'll get on the news and people will wonder WHY.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  134. Rob, San Diego

    There are many undecided, because neither candidate speaks about the real issues. Neither candidate is interested in reduced spending or a balanced budget. Neither candidate even mentions the huge national debt and unfunded liabilities. Neither candidate discusses how to stimulate the economy without risking hyper-inflation.

    These are the issues many undecideds (or independents) care about. I, for one, will be voting against both Obama and McCain (and for Bob Barr).

    October 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  135. roberto

    Low information voters-if you read the internet and/or watch the news, how can you be undecided? The choice is stark. If you are happy with the last eight years, vote Republican. If you are not, vote Democratic. I

    October 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  136. Paul, Louisiana

    Some people like myself are undecided because we can be. There is no telling what will happen in the next two weeks.

    Basically I'm an Independent at heart and neither the Republican or Democratic parties really reflect my overall views. I like some of the views from both of them and hate some of the views from both of them.

    I really wish we had more real competition outside the two parties.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  137. Jay-Mississippi

    Simply put, between Clinton and McCain they have bruised his image significantly in terms of his being ready. McCain and Palin have also made him out to be a socialist, so if you are undecided you just dont know what to do. In short, they dont want McCain and fthey ear Obama. In teh end, I think Obama will win out.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  138. jerry999

    I don’t think that it is primarily racism. Many people have been entrenched with their political beliefs for a long time, yet over the past eight years the Republican Party has failed miserably.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  139. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    Isn't it a case of showing caution? After such a barrage of negativity from the McCain campaign many Democrats, Independents and undecideds are still coming to terms with the lies. The hatefulness goes against the grain for some Republicans, too, so they won't commit, hoping their candidate will prove more electable before November 4.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  140. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Mabe they are waiting for a sign from the moon, the starts, the sun, or they have special tea leaves that will give them the direction that they seek on Nov 4th. They know but like the attention by saying that they haven't made a decision yet.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  141. Wyoming Jack, Jackson, WY

    There are three kinds of people in this country: The people who live in the Pro-America parts, the people who live in the Anti-America parts, and the people who live in the I-Don't-Have-A-Clue-America parts.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  142. Jasmine in Germany

    They are confused by the negative campaigning and lies and aren't smart enough to read real newspapers or look up the issues on the candidates' websites.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  143. Karl in CA

    Maybe they are just waiting for the final figures from their accountant as to which side ot the quarter-million dollar tax break they are on so they will know who to vote for.

    Or, they know who they should vote for, but it would mean giving up a lot of life long prejudices and voting habits.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  144. bill in PA

    It may be that they have already made up their minds but are having fun at our expense or maybe they do yet know what is a stake. For example they may not have radio, television or maybe they do not even care and have never yet voted and not going to start now.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  145. Stacy from Loudoun Country VA

    I don't think there are any undecided voters anymore. The ones that are left undecided are the ones that are struggling to vote for an African American candidate. They are the ones that don't want to vote for the Republican candidate but they, for one reason or another, struggle to vote for Senator Obama. They are going to wait until the last minute, if the economy tanks, they'll hold their nose and vote Obama.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  146. pat

    All the B.S. that McCain and Palin are spreading about Obamas tax plan is just that. John Stewart show had a news clip last night showing McCain talking about taxing a similar tax and how the wealthier people should have to pay because they are able to. Then the Colbert Report showed 3 news clips on Palin pondering to different states on their teams. I wonder why the Obama team hasn't picked up on this and shown America just how big of liars they both are. It would be great if you would show this on CNN. Thanks Pat

    October 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  147. Jolly Potter, NY


    if we had no undecideds there would be no debates, no media advertising and no great 24 hour coverage from the cable networks – what then would we all do ?

    Is it just a media ploy ?

    October 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  148. mike l.

    The real question is why are so many polls flawed. It seems to be an attempt to keep Republicans from going to the polls. Every election since I have been voting the democrats seem to be way ahead in the "polls" then loose out in the end to some mysterious undecided voters B.S. I just hope for our countries sake the trend continues.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  149. cathy in New Hampshire

    I'll make it easy,
    Cindy Mccain wore to the Reoublican convention an out fit worth $310,000 for one day,Sarah 's out fits cost $150,000,for 3months.
    Does either one of these people represent you?

    Do you think Any middle class person in their right mind,should have
    this hard of a time seeing who is ,are isn't,best for The Country!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  150. douglas in minnesota

    I'm willing to bet that many of the "undecideds" are actually Republicans that are afraid to state publicly that they will vote for a Democrat.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  151. Dorothy L. Constantin

    How do the pollsters KNOW there are so many undecided voters?
    I've NEVER been polled in my entire life, nor have any of my friends,
    so where do these numbers come from?
    And, Jack, it's so good to have you back. You're the greatest!

    Dot from Orange Park, FL

    October 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  152. Ruie - Michigan

    Great having my "Jack Attack" back!

    Only 2 reasons why people are undecided:

    1. They're lying – (They can't vote for a black man), or

    2. We know that 250 million ignorant people paid more attention to Faux News than the facts last time . . . . . so here we go again.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  153. Rob Weiss, Tucson, Arizona

    This election is going to be crutial to the US. Deny it all you want, but we have a liar who is running as the Democratic Nominee. It is this reason that many people do not trust him. To call him a Socialist, it being polite, but that is the reason I will not be voting for him. He has way too many things he wants to do that can hurt us in the long run.
    On the other side, yes, we have a man who is as close to an albino as you can get, who may not survive, or this is what is made out to be the case. Yes, Sara Palin may lack some experience, so does Obama, and he is at the FRONT of that ticket.
    McCain is not George Bush, thankfully.
    One good thing to take into consideration, if Obama is elected and embarks down a road of Socialism, this will be the end of Democrats as we know them.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  154. Ginger H -- West Melbourne, FL


    October 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  155. Davonne in Easton PA

    Some would say they're undecided because they have no sense. I say they're still undecided because they have less sense then normal people.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  156. Greg in Cabot AR

    I think some voters are still looking for a reason not to vote for a black man....they are afraid to admit that they might be prejudiced or racist

    ...or.....or.....maybe they are too embarrassed to admit they support McCain and by being "undecided", it keeps them from being ridiculed by the rest of us that have already made up our minds.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  157. JoeAlbanyNY

    Many people are undecided because Obama had so many people snowed over that now a lot of them are having second thoughts. I hope that many of the Obama supporters finally wake up before it's too late.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  158. mitchell ,arkansaw

    because they' magic-mushrooms are just kickin in.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  159. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    It’s because undecided dude falls into the Super-Hyper-Analytical-Character-Type category Jack. If you don’t know what I mean, just go to Starbucks when you’re in a big hurry. Super-Hyper-Analytical guy is the jerk in front of you who spends 15 minutes deciding whether or not he wants a Tall, Grande or Venti half-High-Caf-half-DeCaf with half soy and half Half-and-Half or a White Chocolate Mocha Frappuchino Light Blended Coffee with three espresso shots and protein fiber powder sprinkles and extra foam or no, no wait, he’d rather have…you know what I mean. He’s the same guy who spends 20 minutes selecting the right voting booth that he’ll spend the next three hours voting in.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  160. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    I don't see how anyone who has followed this election would be undecided at this point. There are really just two questions you have to ask yourself.
    (1) Am I better off today than I was 4 or 8 years ago?

    (2) Do I want the country to continue on the same course or do I want change?

    McCain – Yes I'm better off with the Bush tax cuts, Yes, I like the Bush ways of handling things
    Obama – No [I am not better off], No [Our country is going down the tubes).

    Most Americans I think will wise up and see that OBAMA is the man for our times!

    October 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  161. Marie Ontario

    The only thing I know for sure is the undecided voters are not religious fanatics or kooks because they are all committed to the Palin/McCain ticket.

    Of course it is always possible the undecided voters are all Obama supporters but don't want people to think they are un-American for not supporting the GOP candidates. That's a line that has pretty much been drawn in the sand by a number of Republican candidates.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  162. Brian Blashfield

    I think less undecided as unwilling to annouce their decision. Many of those who will not vote for Obama for racial reasons want to hide their prejudice and probably just as many who are unwilling to pubically support Obama are hiding from their prejudiced friends and associates. The rest are Republicans who will be voting for Obama but still want to be on the entertainment committee at their country club...

    October 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  163. Tyne from Boulder, Colorado

    Isn't it obvious? You've got John McCain who has been tested before even reaching the oval office and has the scars to prove it. He's got amazing judgment...I mean the man picked Sarah Palin as VP! She's got executive experience and...I can't say this with a straight face. Honestly, I don't see how anyone is undecided. The McPalin ticket is a disaster.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  164. Mack from traverse city Michigan

    Jack I hate to tell you this but there are some citizens in this country who aren't even aware there is an election in two weeks. There are others waiting to be told how to vote by their pastor or talking radio demogogue. Less than 50% of eligible voters typically vote in elections which is why we sometimes get inept,corrupt,ignorant government.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  165. J GLAZIER,Illinois

    I think candidates shoudn't even start campagining until 6 months before the election.I think there would be less time for negative ads.They should only be allowed to speak about their platforms.
    There are no undecided voters! They are sick of all the Polls out there.
    Candidates are driven by these polls by making absured speaches.Lying and destorting the truth just to get the Polls up in their favor!

    October 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  166. Traci from Monongah, WV

    It's simple... Voters are undecided because they are afraid. With the smear tactics launched by the McCain/Palin campaign, it's no wonder people are scared.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  167. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    I believe that less voters are undecided, they just believe that who they vote for is their business and no one elses.. Basically its easier than saying "mind your own business"

    October 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  168. mike jacobs

    now i would like everyone who reads this to write back how many are for mccain and how many for obama

    October 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  169. Charlie (Bethpage, NY)

    Honestly, anyone who is still "undecided" at this point should be banned from voting. If you are too ignorant, or just plain too stupid to see the huge difference between these two candidates and still can't decide....do us all a favor and stay home!

    October 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  170. Bill Watson, Darien, IL

    These are the same people who use grrr-animals tags to match their tops with their pants. Maybe they'll let their Mommies dress them from now 'til election day. That way they'll have time to decide on our next President.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  171. mitchell ,arkansaw

    they tryin to decide if they pro-americans or anti-americans.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  172. Charlotte W., Miami Fl.

    Many people thought that they had made up there minds, and are now in the midst of uncertainty. What has done this is NEGATIVE campaigne tactics. Many of my friends who are republicans, have recently decided to vote democratic. Simply because, Obama is still talking to the people about what he wants to do for them, and McCain is talking to people about what Obama wants to do for them.

    McCain and Palin have caused divided tension among many people. If they weren't so hypocritical, people could decide on their own what is best for them. But now they have brought race into it, by creating fear among us, that Obama is a terriorist. He is anti.American. People have heard them both talk, and have gotten to know what both of them stand for. And this is why now, parties are confused about which way they want to cast their votes. America wants to saty united. There is LOVE among us, and this is why he loses his dedicated republican followers. They don't like the NEW McCain.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  173. Rick (D.C.)

    The two candidates are so far apart in their agenda and ideology that if a voter is still uncommited, it because they have the ism. Either racism is creeping in and they have problems voting for a blackman or ageism is preventing them from committing to a person who's age is a legitimate question, and lastly, Dumbism – Sara Palin.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  174. mike jacobs

    see they allways bring up the race issue

    October 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  175. Roger (Dallas, TX)

    It is absolutely unbelievable that at this point there are any undecideds. We've seen and observed these two men for going on 2 years and if there isn't enough information about both of them by now to make a decision, then do us all a favor and not vote. It is so crystal clear that there is only one decision to be made on November 4 and responding to what Gov. Palin said in her interview with James Dobson "God will make the right decision on November 4". Yes he will Sarah -and on the morning of November 5, Senator Obama will be the President-elect and you will be heading back to be Governor of Alaska!

    BTW: Welcome back, Jack! We've missed you!

    October 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  176. The Lamb

    Nice to have you back-Jack!

    There are some who are locked in a psychology that plays out like this:

    Charlton Heston falling on the dooms day bomb button because in the psyche of some, its the planet of the apes as they take off their masks and, "unto thee, " (the bomb) "do we reveal our true selves."

    October 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  177. Bernie from Tarpon Springs, FL


    I hate to say it, but racism is a big part. It is unfathomable that anybody who has paid any attention has not made up their mind yet. The differences are so obvious between the 2. The only possible answer has to be that some people cannot bring themselves to support a black man.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  178. sharon kitchen

    Sharon from Ga
    Jack, I do not think there are many left. In my state--some are waiting due to the fact that if you go in early...........your ballott may be lost,shredded,not counted,misplaced.......in otherwords....if a pole watcher were there when early voting stated....more would turn out and even then.......at night........whose watching the voting boxes/or machines/cards.........................but folks will turn out to vote,even with all the "errors" that will occur.They do everytime there is an election.
    That's voting and errors.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  179. N.S , Huntsville Al


    If there are still undecided they need to figure out was wrong with their though process.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  180. Ryan in NW Indiana

    Jack, undecided voters at this point are like the people who try to drive across railroad tracks when a train is coming or people who run through oncoming traffic on a busy highway. It's pointless for these people who claim they're undecided at this point to have any say in this election because they will never "hear what they are waiting to hear" from any politician two weeks out.

    Ryan in NW Indiana

    October 22, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  181. KarenB in Polk County, Florida

    To the undecideds:
    1. you can listen to the so-called Stars (as tho' entertainers know
    or have any more touch with reality than the rest of us).....they have
    fame and money to throw around–but not necessarily good sense.
    Going to vote for someone because "favorite star is for them"–hogwash. you talk about out of touch, that is out of touch with
    reality for sure. (personally, I don't think their opinions should
    count for Dem.orRep. any more than "regular people").

    2. you can watch the big spender throwing out piles of money and being bragged on about how much more money is going for advertising the Democratic candidate–people can donate that kind of money when our country is in a financial crises? - and probably charities are hurting....and everyone thinks thats fine?

    3. you can listen to the opinions of people from other countries–particularly those who don't like us (and supposedly according to the really "accurate polls" prefer the Democratic candidate). and you
    think thats fine? Why should they want what's best for us?

    Then you can think about the lack of basic experience of the Democratic candidate – and the change in attitude of his vp pick (during primaries Biden indicated Obama didn't have enough experience; so was he telling the truth then–or now? or does he
    even know the difference?)

    You don't need to beat to death the negativity from both sides (and yes, it is from both sides)–that seems to be a normal part of "politics". what good would it be for either side to "dig up good stuff".

    Just think about it before being swept up into a "hypotic frenzy". We'll all be stuck with the decision for a long time after Nov. 4.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  182. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Many undecided voters are probably in situations where it would be too risky to even tell a pollster who they plan to vote for. For example, can you imagine an employee of Focus On The Family or Fox Network admitting they were going to vote for Barack Obama?

    October 22, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  183. Joseph, Ontario

    They are in a dilemma. Their heart says 'McCain-Palin'. But, their brain says 'Obama-Biden'.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  184. Bob S Philadelphia, Pa

    I'm still undecided because neither one is really saying anything their lips are moving but nothing is coming out? They both signed off on the $700 Billion bailout package but neither one has said how they plan to use it, and they won't until the election is over because they don't want to risk losing any undecided voter's. That's like when Obama was asked about when life begains and he answered that's above my pay grade? what kind of answer is that? It was a simple question that required a simple answer. But he didn't want to answer it because he didn't want to sway the undecided voters.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  185. Michael watching from Canada


    Most undecided voters are not really interested in voting (and will probably not vote), but, to avoid embarrassment, will tell a pollster that they are undecided.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  186. Erica,TX

    Hi Jack,

    They are not undecided, they love the mystery and suspense.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  187. Kathy/ GA

    They are not undecided. They are afraid to say in public.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  188. JD in NC

    I think folks who supported Bush previously are afraid to commit to a current candidate. They fear being betrayed again by a leader they thought they could respect.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |

    because they are not.
    they just want tell the polesters.
    they are all voting mccain.
    they do not trust your boy....
    oboma has a shady side and america is not stupid.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  190. Chryssa

    Jack, I've been volunteering with Obama's campaign and calling voters in multiple states for more than a year now. Most undecideds find the political process annoying, confusing and overwhelming, so they wait till the last few days to read what they can before stepping into the voting booth. I've even spoken to some who are stockpiling campaign lit to be read November 3rd.

    Boise, ID

    October 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  191. Joe, San Diego CA


    it's the same reason why "Joe the Plumber" votes for McCain, even though he would actually get much more tax-relief under the Obama's plan. It's called "brainwashing".

    October 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  192. Christine Marietta, GA

    Some, like my husband, a fiscal conservative and social liberal, are really without a party. In the past, he has voted with his wallet. He voted for Perot. This year, he is truly undecided and claims that for the first time ever, he may not cast a vote in the Presidential race.

    PS He has called my liberal leanings not just "socialist" but "Communist" for many years. Politics are never discussed on date night.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  193. Thomas

    There are no" undecideds"-just people who like attention.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  194. joy

    Perhaps the "undecideds" are people who really were hoping to vote for the John McCain they remember and respected in years (or even months?) past, but now just can not accept this snide and sarcastic man the GOP machine has put before them as a possible President of the United States. By election day however, they will realize that the "former American hero" is no longer the same man and the divorce will become final.

    Joy Annapolis, Maryland

    October 22, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  195. Tim

    Because of FOX NEWS. There are still alot of people that still watch that station and think its real news. ITS SPIN PEOPLE WAKE UP!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  196. Carol in Massachusetts

    People are generally afraid of change. This is a tipping point, and it's a generational transition period, so it may take another voting cycle for the younger voters to solidify.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  197. karen-phoenix

    This republican is voting for Obama/Biden and the rebirth of the Great American Middle Class!!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  198. Jackie in Dallas

    I think I agree with the posters who said that they are less about being "undecided" than they are about being "mind your own business." Most people around me know I'm voting for Obama, even in very red Texas, but my Dad always told me, you don't have a reason to complain about the government unless you vote. I'm probably not going to swing this state away, but even McCain's base here is eroding.

    Odd, though...I've seen very few yard signs for either side in my area. And very few bumper stickers - although I have seen signs that people have tried to remove old Bush04 stickers. Guess they didn't think that they'd still have that four-year old car now, but can't afford to get a new one!

    October 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  199. David Bakody, Dartmouth NS

    Jack there are many undecided voters who say so because they want to get called to appear on TV .... others who knows?.... perhaps they just want to vote for the winner.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  200. Mary from Ky.

    Can't figure it out-the choice is clear. Do you want someone who's going to destroy what progress we've made as a country or someone who is trying to bring us together? United we stand, divided we fall. With all the enemies we have in the world, wouldn't we be better served if we came together as Americans?

    October 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  201. charles wilson

    Some people just can't vote for a black man.
    this is America with all its greatness, their is still under lying racist.

    "I don't know who he is " = "I don't know I'am a racist

    October 22, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  202. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    I think many voters remain undecided until the very end with hope that the media will descend upon them, film their every expression, calculate their every thought, and make them feel really special and important.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  203. Joe in Ohio

    There seems to be a tendency to think that these people are really thoughtfully deliberating their choice. I think the opposite - they haven't been following the campaigns; they are not informed about the positions the candidate's have, and what's more they don't have a clue about the basic positions of the parties. They can't make a choice, because they don't know what the choice is.
    Joe in Ohio

    October 22, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  204. Marty

    I believe many of those undecided voters just don't want to answer the question. That's OK, because it is a personal decision that isn't required to be disclosed. The concern I have with polls is the growing number of people who lie about who they are voting for. That's why polls in the primaries weren't very accurate and why it is important for everyone to get out and vote.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  205. Will in Miami

    I think if you're still undecided after the barrage of information we all experience every day, you plainly don't care enough and YOU SHOULDN'T VOTE. A random, uninformed vote helps no one, and it mocks and nullifies responsible voting.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  206. D.J.Lauter

    There are people out there that don't pay one minute of attention to the elections, and are only involved with their daily lives. Some people don't even know who is running. Jay Leno intervirews these kinds of people. They should stay home, and some might even do that.
    Ojai, California

    October 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  207. Jay in Texas

    Because most of these voters are like me in that they intend to vote for Nader/Gonzalez or one of the third party candidates for president. We are not really "undecided" or "unsure" but the polls only give those who vote in them three options: 1) McCain 2) Obama 3) Unsure. When Nader is included, research shows that he is currently at about 5% in most states. The major polls only reflect what most Independents already know and that is that the polls, just like the national news media, are controlled by the same giant corporations who have bought and paid for the two major political parties.
    Brownwood, Texas

    October 22, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  208. laurie michigan

    just had to respond to Scott from Kansas.........where can we find a CEO that fits the bill? Wall Street? They sure did a fine job ruining their own business now didn't they?

    I doubt many are undecided at this juncture. I think many may just stay home on election day. Unfortunately, not everyone is as interested in this election as CNN and the political pundits or those of us that really are concerned.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  209. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    I think "undecided" should be defined as "declined to reveal". During the 32 years I had with my step-father, he never told me who he had voted for in any election ... even when asked directly. His explanation was that the privacy of the voting booth extended to both before and after he closed the curtain.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  210. tom m., toronto, canada

    Undecided, or uncommitted? I believe most people lean one way or the other before they even know who the nominees are, but don't commit to their gut until the last minute. Just listen to the focus groups on CNN and elsewhere – those 'undecided' voters don't seem to want to know WHAT they want to hear, they just say want their socks blown off... somehow... by something... or so they think. In other words, they are not really undecided, but are waiting for that special something that either reinforces their gut, or scares the bejeezus out of them and drives them to vote against it.

    PS guess which way the McCain camp is trying to push them?

    October 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  211. Toni

    Personally, I do not know a single person that is undecided. My guess is that "undecideds" are people who would like to vote for McCain but are still searching for justifications they can live with. Maybe they really do not want to vote for a Democrat or Obama but he is the lesser of two evils, in thier minds. The people I know, say they will vote for McCain but tend to hang thier heads as they say it.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  212. Jerry, Silver Spring, MD

    Jack, the answer is very easy. They haven't flipped coins yet.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  213. David from Long Island, NY

    perhaps picking the lesser of 2 evils is still bad...and thus we have the undecided. However, let's face it. Whoever is elected should be open minded enough to implement the best economic remedy needed. Crisis comes and go. So the real issue is not the economy, but rather who is best, more honest, more wise, and most willing...ect.. to defend the divinely inspired constitution that allows our Nation to be great ? Great in a lot of areas... Freedom of religion,press, economy...freedom to pursuit what bring us happiness... If we really care for these freedoms, then we need to do our research (ignore the ads and media... lol) and vote....

    October 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  214. Janice Pound

    I too, join the crowd there are very few undecided voters out there. There is only one problem to be decided Do you want S.Palin to be representing your country, here and abroad, as VP, let alone poss. pres. What in the world would she talk about to intelligent ambassadors and other leaders.. Those who usually vote for party, instead of the person, have probably just woke up and realised they have a ridiculous VP on deck, and don't want to admit a change of vote so undecided fits the bill.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  215. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    Undecided sounds like a excuse to me, or . . . . maybe they need a psychiatrist. Either way, I would pick them up in the margin for error in the polls and eliminate that category.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  216. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    These must be the same people who can't decide if they should go, just because the light is green. I mean really, choosing paper or plastic must be a gut-wrenching decision for those folks. If you are undecided by now, you are unqualified to be considered as poll worthy.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  217. mike jacobs

    i think if we have a someone like obama who knows and hung out with bill ayers and was a lawyer for acorn and gave the 800thousand dollars and have sold and done cocain and wont let use know who he really is who in there right mind would wont him in charge and why i dont think he can do it or handle it his on v.p said he wont be able to handle it he would need his team there to make sure he dont say or do the wrong thing that scares the heck out of me i dont need a baby president i need a maverick like mccain and palin who else agrees or gisagrees

    October 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  218. Nick - Cary, North Carolina

    The undecided voters are likely die hard Republicans that want to vote Republican, but find many reasons not to do so. They may be frightened by the thought of 4 more years of Bushenomics or a hockey mom becoming president or a number of other reasons. Old habits die hard and pulling that Republican lever is no exception. It would be the same for Democrats if Obama was out of the mainstream of Democratic thought or had made an oddball choice for his running mate. I think the undecided voter, if they have not been able to convince themselves to vote for McCain by now, will vote for Obama or stay home.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  219. Tom in New Hope, MN

    Seventy six percent of Americans don't like the job President Bush is doing. John McCain says he isn't President Bush. That is true, but John McCain also says he has supported George W. Bush’s policies 90% of the time. That makes John McCain a George W. Bush clone to carry out the very same flawed policies. Barack Obama is a coalition builder who has both Democrats and Republicans endorsing him. Barack will be able to work with both sides of the aisle to get America moving again. America we have profound proof George W. Bush's policies are failures at all levels. There is no possible rationale to reward Republicans with the White House to see if they can get it right this time. Vote wisely or we will get what we already have!

    October 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  220. Toni / Nevada

    Personally, I do not know a single person that is undecided. My guess is that “undecideds” are people who would like to vote for McCain but are still searching for justifications they can live with. Maybe they really do not want to vote for a Democrat or Obama but he is the lesser of two evils, in thier minds. The people I know, say they will vote for McCain but tend to hang thier heads as they say it.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  221. Debbie, Illinois

    Maybe they aren't really aren't undecided, but can't admit that they would vote for Obama. Hopefully, in the privacy of the voting booth, they no longer will be undecided. With what has happened in the last 8 years I can't believe ANYONE would be undecided at this point.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  222. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    So many people are undecided because they are not consistent in WHY they vote. Some people support a candidate because of tax policy, others because of abortion, others the Iraq war and foreign policy, others want to pick a winner, others because of race, and still others based on the letter next to the candidate's name (D/R). I canvassed for Obama and all of the undecided voters I talked to declined to say what issue was most important to them, and also said they did not need more information on any issue.

    If you're a life-long democrat who dislikes the Iraq war, is anti-choice, slightly racist, and just lost your job you might just be conflicted. If you are a millionaire that wants universal healthcare, is pro-choice, and is registered republican you might be conflicted.

    I believe these people will decide during the last two days of the campaign and their choices will be personal.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  223. Marco

    Because no one knows what will happen between now and November 4th. What if with just days to go and McCain way behind in the polls, those in power who want GOP to keep the White House explode a time bomb in a crowded US city and blame it on terrorists? That should make gullible voters go for McCain instead.


    October 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  224. richard a. winkler

    Because there are alot of dumb people in this country. They elected Bush twice didn't they?

    October 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  225. JImmy in California

    They are not undecided. They are still trying to get over his selection of Six-Pack Sarah as his VP choice.

    Not to worry Jack. They will be fully recovered and ready to vote by the time the 2012 election comes around

    October 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  226. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    I don't have this answer Jack. Could it possibly be because they can't read the writing on the wall?

    October 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  227. Teri Szucs

    My guess, many are democrats still trying to justify voting Republican for the first time. Closet racism, unacceptale even to themselves

    October 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  228. Nick - Cary, North Carolina

    Maybe they are holding out for a personal invitation in the form of a personal robocall.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  229. Dr. Eduardo Tommasi

    To Mr. Cafferty,

    Listen and be careful!

    All my life I’ve been a liberal Democrat and the most coveted interpretation of liberal is “freedom of speech”, and to the extreme my freedom of speech was my ability to criticize anyone, anywhere, anytime.

    I now choose to vote for McCain because my freedom of speech is truly in jeopardy. On the street, in the mall, at the ball game, in the hotels, in the elevator, and anywhere else, I now have to look around before I can criticize Barack Husain Obama. Democracy means we all can vote for our candidate but the majority wins. Sixty Five percent (65 %) of America is still white people. In consideration that Mr. Barack Husain Obama is black, and after Colin Powell explicitly stated that he supports Obama, I want to know why a man of Colin Powell’s principal and integrity can all of a sudden desert his political background. And we all know what his background was. He’s been a republican all his life and we now know exactly why he gave Obama his endorsement and it is because he is black and Obama is black. When you consider that the black community has opened the issue of race it’s because 99.99 % of the black community will vote for Mr. Barack Husain Obama, not because of his socialistic vision or his political rhetoric, but just because of the color of his skin.

    When you examine all the facts Mr. McCain, without a doubt, represents the past, present and the future of the USA and we should all stand proudly with him.

    Dr. Eduardo Tommasi

    October 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  230. William F. Paquin

    The people who are still undecided either have been living in a cave or are hung up on the question of race. The undecideds probably like Obama's policies but are queasy about electing an African-American.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  231. Joe in Clinton, Ma.

    I think it's because many people are put off by all the Election hype.
    They have been bombarded with charges against each other. Negative Ads on the air. The constant calls from campaigns. The list goes on and on, for 18 months. They are sick of it.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  232. Crystal Oates HSV, AL

    Jack, Welcome Back! I find it shocking that many people state that they are still undecided when we are only 2 weeks away from Election Day. I feel the ones that say that they are undecided are really voting for Obama but don't want to admit it because of fear of what they think their neighbors will think. I think that a voter should be proud of their candidate.
    Go Obama/Biden '08!!! The fat lady is rehearsing . . .

    October 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  233. Maureen, Tewksbury, MA

    Welcome back, Jack! My son has missed "Mommy's Bitter Old Man", so it's nice to have you back on the air.

    This campaign season started the day after the mid-term elections in November 2006, so I personally do not believe there is anyone in this country who is truly undecided. I feel that most people, like myself, have made up their minds but aren't shouting about it.

    The pollsters got the last two elections wrong, so who apart from the pundits and players pays any attention to them anymore?

    October 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  234. Sandy

    To drive the pollsters crazy!11

    Dowagiac, Michigan

    October 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  235. Wendy Theriault, Nashua, New Hampshire

    I think it's entirely possible that there are people who are genuinely torn about the decison or say they're undecided because it's a private matter.

    And hard as it is for us politics geeks to fathom, there are plenty of people out there that are simply not paying attention for whatever reason from working multiple jobs to feed their families or having given up on their vote changing anything. The talking heads refer to them as 'low information' voters....actually I think they're 'low motivation' voters or 'low expectation' voters .

    October 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  236. Michael from Greenfield, Wi.

    Undecided is another way of saying I'm voting for Obama, but I am afraid to say it. This election is the ugliest I have seen, and I remember the last eleven very well. This one even tops 1968 because of Obama's race. If Obama were white, he would win by a easy landslide. I believe he will win by a hard fought landslide anyway as the undecided actually vote for Obama. Result: Obama 58% to McCains 40%. Others 2%.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  237. James from Ohio

    Simple Jack,
    In order to get their respective political party's nomination a candidate must be somewhat left or right of center to appeal to their political base. Thus, when the national open election occurs, the voter typically finds neither candidate he can agree with better than 60% of the time on 60% of the issues.

    McCains biggest mistake is that he was favored by the more liberal Republicans, Independents and swing/Regan Demomcrats, but has shunned them in favor of the now minority Ultra Right, Self Rightous, Malicious portion of the Republican base. Let's face it Jack, Sara Palin has the same views as Cheny and Bush, why not just choose Cheny as VP again, there's no real ideologic difference.

    Hence, most politicians become more Centrists in national elections but ironically McCain is making and End Around the Far Right and scarring many peolpe who actually want to vote for him and are looking for any excuse to do so.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  238. voter in Kansas

    I look at these people being interviewed who say they are undecided and I have decided that basically, anyone who is still undecided must be terminally uninformed, uneducated in history and politics and civics, and just plain stupid.
    A lot of bad stuff has been happening in this country and the world the past few years, and these folks just don't get it. They've been too focused on their affluence, or their games to notice.
    So now they have a choice and they aren't used to thinking, so they don't know how to think or what to think.
    I look at an undecided voter and I see a dope.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  239. Rachel

    Either they are afraid to admit who they will vote for due to various reasons or perhaps they think it just isn't anyone's business.

    Rachel, Atlanta

    October 22, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  240. Sandra fromTexas

    I think undecideds fall into several groups. One group is that type of person that cannot make a decision about anything. You know the type, they spend an hour every morning trying to decide what to wear, and ask everybody in the house what they think. Another group have really decided(Joe the Plumber) but just want attention. Finally, there is one group that will not even vote, but do not want to admit it.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  241. Debbie in Warrenton

    I think because this is the first time in my life-time that there is a real choice for president. To different paths for the country and this makes the decision harder and more important. We Americans know that our choice will shape our future and that is scary. The stakes are too high to make a wrong decision and sometimes that paralyzes people who don't want to make a mistake.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  242. Derek New Jersey

    no clue Jack. If theyre still undecided by nov 4, it'll be scary to be in that booth and still have no idea who you want as president. We have had 20 months to decide and there are still people undecided, i can't explain it.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  243. Geoffrey in Lowell, MA

    Some of them will be undecided on November 5. They won't vote. Happens every election.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  244. jack

    Actually they have decided. They know if they say that they are "undecided" that the press MIGHT put they on television ( 15 min. of fame) or they hide the fact that they might be closet racist and are just to embarrassed to admit that and face the scorn of their fellow citizens.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  245. David, Las Vegas

    Jack- These are the same people who can't decide what to order when there's only one choice on the menu.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  246. Jessica (Ft. Worth, TX)

    Because neither candidate is worthy of the office of President!!!!!
    People AREN'T happy with candidates who, if you look at their records, aren't competent enough to keep the Senate running smoothly, let alone the Executive branch!
    Can we have a primary re-vote????
    I'm pretty sure neither of them would win right now!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  247. Steve, Jacksonville, Fl

    Because Lou Dobbs keeps telling them both candidates are idiots.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  248. Andrew (Blacksburg, VA)

    What’s wrong with being undecided? I am still undecided simply because I want to investigate the issues more and want to have an open mind about issues. It’s not fair to say that people who are undecided shouldn’t be able to vote because we are given to November 4th to decide. Just because we don’t go around endorsing a candidate right now doesn’t mean we're any less intelligent or should have less rights than others. Undecided '08!!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  249. D from ATL

    Jack, you always ask the right questions – the "undecided" are people who do not want to tell anyone who they will vote for – my wife is one of those people – she takes in personal and she thinks it is no one's business but hers.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  250. mozartt

    I live in Canada and we are a federalist country. For example, our government takes money from wealthier provinces and gives money to those less wealthy. Our taxes pay for education, bridge building, health care for everyone, parks maintenance, etc. In other words, all the things that makes it lovely and healthy to live in this country. I pay more taxes than some and less than others. I support my tax dollars going to people with children, even although I have none. I support my tax dollars going to help those who are ill, even although I am well. If this is re-distributing the wealth then I'm happy with that. It seems as if it has become a bad word in your country and I don't understand why. How else would we get money for education if we didn't collect taxes? Is John McCain and Sarah Palin intellectually impaired. I think the American people should vote for Senator Obama , he is clearly the smartest of them all.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  251. Nicole

    It's race, Jack. Plain and simple. You know, it's quite ridiculous when people in America are torn between voting for McCain who supports the same Bush policies that got us into this economic mess, and a black man with fresh ideas that make sense and will put this country back on course. It isn't because people are unsure about Senator Obama's experience. Sarah Palin has even less and she would be a heartbeat away from the Presidency if McCain gets elected. Obama is the clear choice and race is the reason some people don't get that.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  252. Andy, Waltham MA

    Jack, most of these folks are who I refer to as the shy bigots. They feel given the state of the country, they're expected by their peers to be siding with Obama. But they don't plan on voting for him because of his skin – they just won't come out and say it.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  253. Marc M

    It's simple, Racism........if Obama was a white male the undecided would have been made their decision. It's a shame, in 2008 America is still concern about skin color.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  254. olga

    There is no such thing as an undecided voter. I think people just say they're undecided for the attention or perhaps they haven't paid attention, like those people who show up on Jay Leno's Jay Walking and don't know who the current president is. In that case, they'll vote McCain if they actually vote.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  255. Nancy from Indiana

    I really don't know. I would think by now that most real voters have made their decision. Maybe they don't like anything in either one of the candidates and if that is the case than I would guess they just will not vote!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  256. John in CA

    They are not undecided. They are either going to vote for McCain or not vote at all. Whether race or inexperience or whatever ... this is the New Hampshire effect. Obama will hold his number on Nov. 4 just like he did in New Hampshire. McCain's number is the unknown. Good news for Obama is early voters are in the bank but what will turnout be of people who want to vote 'against' Obama on Nov. 4?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  257. Chipster

    Jack, they aren't undecided. They're uninformed. Even on these CNN blogs, there are people who continue to say the candidates haven't made their positions known, that the candidates haven't offered a plan, etc. That's nonsense! The candidates have plans on their websites. Their positions have been discussed until we're all dizzy from the repetition. There have been debates and magazine articles. Supporters and detractors have weighed in. National figures have taken sides.

    Anyone who is still undecided just doesn't care enough to do the homework. Not everyone graduated at the top of their class and there's a reason for that. Voters have to apply themselves or else they can flip a coin. Blaming their indecision on anything else is simply ridiculous.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  258. Nicole, Cincinnati, OH

    It’s race, Jack. Plain and simple. You know, it’s quite ridiculous when people in America are torn between voting for McCain who supports the same Bush policies that got us into this economic mess, and a black man with fresh ideas that make sense and will put this country back on course. It isn’t because people are unsure about Senator Obama’s experience. Sarah Palin has even less and she would be a heartbeat away from the Presidency if McCain gets elected. Obama is the clear choice and race is the reason some people don’t get that.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  259. Tim (Atlanta, GA)


    This might seem too obvious, but ever think some of it is the polling? Many polls count people who lean-McCain or lean-Obama as "undecided." Even CNNs "undecided" voters from Ohio during the debates included registered Republicans and Democrats who said they could change their minds. Furthermore, not all polls include 3rd-party candidates; supporters of 3rd parties will frequently answer "undecided" in polls including only the top-2.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  260. Reynald, New York, NY

    Joe to be honest, I don't think anybody is an undecided voter. McCain, and Obama are two totally different people. They're not fighting for the same issues, and they will not run the government the same way. If at this point they can't decide who they're voting for, then they will not vote.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  261. jay, louisville kentucky

    I dont see how you can be undecided. I cannot see how someone with 1/4 of a brian could even think of voting for McCain and that idiot that is his running mate. I dont see what is wrong with America. America sure is in for a downturn if McCain is elected....I just dont get it people. I am a lifelong republican, but you could not pay me enough to vote for this liar. He is a liar. He is a sneaky, sleezy politician

    October 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  262. mike jacobs from arizona in mesa

    this is how i really feel i dont wont obama not becuse he is balck it is because he does not meat the requirements i mean if you apply for a job were they wont so many years of exsperiance and you dont have that they will not call you same with obama and i think alot of people will be mad and shocked when mccain wins i garentee that maccain wins look at the facks not the poll that poll has been put through the media witch is taking obamas side so dont be shocked when mccain wins lol

    October 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  263. John in VA

    My mind's been made up since February, and frankly I am still open to changing my mind (though I doubt that will happen). I think most undecideds are waiting for McCain to put up a "hail Mary" pass or they are still looking for something about Obama as to whether they would be comfortable having him as President.

    I intend to vote for Obama for President and Mark Warner for Senate, but I am still undecided who I want to elect for mayor of Richmond. I don't want to see the city continue in the downfall that Doug Wilder started.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  264. MaryanneAZ

    The undecideds have already told us why they are undecided–neither of the candidates is saying what they want to hear. This is not some big mystery. The shoeshine man in our upscale office tower said this exact same thing to me recently. When I questioned him further, it turns out that he basically wants a candidate to say that they are going to "fix everything–back to the way it was in the '90s." They basically believe that a new President should be able to make everything better–wave a magic wand, if you will. No candidate can go that far out on a limb and make promises that cannot possibly be accomplished in the short term. We are in a deep, deep hole in many arenas. I believe Obama has the best plan and vision–I voted for Obama.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  265. boris

    Maybe they're idiots. if you haven't seen enough, heard enough, done enough research on your own; it's a little disconcerning

    October 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  266. Brett


    Simply put these people have not been paying attention. When surfing through the channels to watch the latest episode of their favorite reality television show they pass through the news and all-of-a-sudden remember there's an election this year and they have to vote. Sad thing is these people decide elections...

    October 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  267. Carl

    Well, John, this is the million dollar question.

    Honestly, I think people are just not paying any attention to this election. Obama and McCain couldn't be more different in their views! One wants to cut all taxes while one thinks tax loopholes for big businesses should be taking away and money then giving to the average working man. One claims he "knows how to get Bin Laden" while the other seem to have a clear plan on how to do it. One wants to put social security into the stock market and one doesn't.

    Anyone who has been keeping track knows which person is which. Those undecideds need to either just stay home or actually look up the candidates policies and go to Factcheck.org to get the 411.

    It is really as clear as black and white (not meaning to be racist at all)

    October 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  268. Florence from Indiana

    Of course, Palin should return the money she charged to the State for her children's travel. Also, the trips that she took where she was not invited. Sounds like we are getting an idea as to how she ran her office as Governor.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  269. Alex from Ohio

    Beats me Jack! It's a simple question to all the undecided voters. Are you better off now then you were 4 years ago? I think there's a pretty unanimous answer to that one.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  270. John in Columbus Ohio

    I was an undecided voter up until I got into the voting booth yesterday (Ohio early voting), but not over who I would vote for in the presidential election. I've been torn by an amendment to the state constitution that is on the ballot here in Ohio. Basically this amendment would allow a specific resort casino to open in Ohio, presumably creating thousands of jobs in the casino and thousands of construction jobs to create the casino, and presumably paying millions in taxes to the state. Being undecided was a new experience for me, I am typically very firm in my political opinions. The problem for me with this issue was that, while I am supportive in general of casinos, and would have no problems with legalized gambling in Ohio, I couldn't support a constitutional amendment for a single business to open. I'd vote for an amendment to legalize gambling in Ohio, I'd vote for a zoning or ordinance change or something to allow that casino, but I just couldn't go all the way and back an amendment to our state constitution.

    It was weird being undecided. Fortunately my votes for individuals were much easier.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  271. Roger

    As dirty as this campaign has been, I believe that most of the "undecided" voters at this point are deciding between voting 3rd party and just staying home.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  272. Judy Malone

    That's a bunch of BULL–they just don't want to vote for a Black man. But it's about the Country not your stupid race beliefs.
    Los Angeles

    October 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  273. Brett in Oriskany,Va

    Jack, Nice to have you back. Undecided voters are independent voters.Independent voters are intelligent voters, they weigh the issues, research positions,follow the news. They don't vote party line like so many Democrats and Republicans who would vote for Mickey Mouse or Britney Spears if they were on the ticket. Independent voters are not going to be swayed by hate tactics,lies,misrepresentations which have been so common in this campaign. Independent voters are going to decide on or about election day who they going to cast their ballot for.
    Independent are going to decide this election, and I am confident they will decide for the good of America not the good of special interests. Of course I suspect a rerun of of 2000 campaign and fear that some politicians are going to use some dirty tricks to sway the vote. Thank God McCain doesn't have a brother who governs a swing state.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  274. Kelly, Pa

    Fear. Fear of turning from what they're used to and accepting the candidate they really know is better for the country.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  275. Cliff, Front Royal,VA

    It is not the negative ads. In view of the negative view of the current Administration Obama should be way ahead but he isn't because they don't trust him

    October 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  276. Mike in Albuquerque

    Jack, I don't think there are as many undecided voters as what we may be lead to believe. If you listen to Gov Palin & how little she knows about basic high school civics, there is absolutely no way one can be undecided. I have decided and without giving too much away, when I hear Gov. Palin, I turn down the volume!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  277. Stephanie - Atlanta

    Because they've been kept chained in the basement for the last two years?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  278. Bob

    She should reimburse the State of Alaska but she won't. It would be an admission that she defrauded the State and then attempted to cover it up.

    I would be happy to purchase first class airplane tickets for Sarah, her husband and the kids to fly back to Alaska provided they promised to never return to the "lower forty eight" states from which her husband at one time wanted to cecede.

    Bob Fleming
    Louisville, Ky

    October 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  279. Diann

    Because they are ignorant bigots. Plain and simple.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  280. Joanne, Kenosha WI

    I really beleive they know who they are voting for if they haven't already,
    to say you are still undecided is crazy, what else do you need to hear, the debates are over, the dust has settled Obama won all 3 debates, MccCain is all over the place he is grasping onto anything that will stick, he has no real plans on anything, he changes his every other day. He is more worried aobut who Obama is palling around with than what is going on in this country. He and Palin are a joke. November 4th, vote for Obama/Biden

    October 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  281. Beth from Canada

    They are waiting to see if Palin will give more interviews to show that she is ready to be president of the United States. And to see what other dirt the Republicans will dig up. The undecided are the ones who will choose not on the issues, but on what they are feeling at the time when they step into that booth.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  282. Thomas

    I still find it mind-boggling that GWB won in '04.

    I lost faith in the american electorate then.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  283. Bill in Jacksonville, FL

    I believe the 7% undecided count is overstated, given many survey respondents likely don't want to publicly commit to a " definitive" selection they've made regardless, or a "soft" selection that could be changed anytime up to the actual vote.

    Bill in Jacksonville, Florida

    October 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  284. Russell

    My family has given me a rash of s- for my opinion/choice so if my experience is any barometer I'd say it is smart to maintain undecided even if you're not.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  285. Andrew Neiderman, author of The Devil's Advocate

    Simple...as Shakespeare wrote, The Devil hath a pleasing face. It's just harder for some to see him sneering under the smiles of derision McCain and Palin have, but they will.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  286. Jeri

    Most voters have decided as evidenced by the tremendous early voting in the state where it is allowed. Anyone who has followed the two candidates, and examined what they say, will have no problem voting. The McCain/Palin team is too big a mouthful of dead sea fruit for anyone to swallow

    October 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  287. Mike

    Many people I'm sure don't have the time to watch the debates or follow the proposals very closely. It's more of a gut feel for them and I can see where some of the headlines lately would cause these people to be unsure. Let's face it...that's why the smear tactics work – because people don't always have the time to go to Factcheck.org or follow up on allegations. I'm hopeful that those people will vote their hopes, not their fears, on Nov. 4

    October 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  288. CW in PSL

    Jack I seriously don't believe anyone who has been paying even a minimal amount of attention is still undecided. I believe people are just still very cynical about the political process and really don't believe politicians offer the solutions the country really needs. They are coming out of 8 years of lies, deceipt and corruption....on the one hand they see one man offering more of the same 8 years and on the other they see a relative newbee offering change. They don't know if this change will be for better or worst. One thing I think they all know is they can't continue as they have been for the last 8 yrs.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  289. Ready4Change

    People are undecided because they choose to be undecided. DO YOUR RESEARCH! I never waited for John McCain or Barack Obama to open their mouths to make a decision. I got on the internet (on which you can find a potato chip in the shape of Abe Lincoln) to see who's views lined up with my own. The debates and such were just icing on a cake fresh out the oven!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  290. Sam - NJ

    They are hung up on the race issue..thats all that it is. I pray for them, I hope their vision and common sense will be restored for their own sake.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  291. Melinda Charlotte, NC

    If you are posting on this blog, there is a 90% chance you are a Democrat supporting Obama. I do not, but I am unusual for even coming to CNN's web site. i also stopped posting on CNN for that reason. I digress. If you are posting on this blog, there is a 100% chance you are a political junkie. Most people are not. When I worked two jobs while going to school and raising a child, I did not have time to keep up with politics. I had time to eat, drink, work, and study. I would imagine that those are the reasons some people have not decided. They have not had time to think about it. I choose this explanation rather than racism, as many others here have said. That is a disgusting thing to think.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  292. Tim in Northern California

    The 7% undecided can only be explained by the level of stupidity displayed. Evidenced by......who the candidates are what what their positions are: One offering nothing more than what we currently have and one offering a change in the way we govern.

    It's not any more complicated than that. One would have to be the village idiot not to see what is in one's own best interest.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  293. Ready4Change

    By-the-way Ready4Change is Marla Stuckey from Detroit, MI

    October 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  294. Docb

    Reub base is afraid of Mccain/palin but more afraid of a Bi Racial dem.–still they do not want to continue the Bush years but maybe it would be better to let the Dem's win and be blamed for the mess!!!!

    Then we have those that are afraid of CHANGE...caught between the devil they know and scary retribution for past actions.

    Or maybe the numbers are wrong and PEOPLE THINK IT NONE OF THE BUSINESS OF POLLTAKERS!!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  295. stephanie in ky.

    I don't believe there are that many undecided voters out there. At this point, if you haven't made a decision maybe you should just sit this one out.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  296. Melanie from NYC

    After canvassing in Northeast Philadelphia for Obama a couple of weeks ago, I met many 'undecided' voters.
    I could tell by the look in their eyes and the tone of their voices...they knew who they were going to vote for, they were just too embarassed to say." I like to keep that personal' was another response.
    Yeah, I'd be embarassed too if I were voting for McCain.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  297. Torin


    Why do so many people wait until April 15th to file their income taxes? Because people procrasinate until the last minute to complete something they do not really like to do. For some, the task of making up their minds will not occur until they step into the voting booth to cast their ballot. Why? The act of voting will make up their minds like the filer that waits until April 15th to file income taxes – they are forced to make a decision at the last moment.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  298. Hugh Carpenter from California

    Did you wonder that some of these undecided voters are so extreme in their views, even a ultra-conservative right-wing candidate looks weak?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  299. mike jacobs from arizona in mesa

    se i was just reading someone blog she says she cant understand why mccain and palin are making nasty comments to the obama team see stop there they both are this is what im talking about it is allright for obama to say what he wonts but when mccain or palin open there mouths they are rub mean making nasty comment see how double standered people are roflmbo

    October 22, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  300. Matt From Syracuse

    I happen to be in the 7% of undecided voters....kind of. I only consider myself undecided because I don't like either candidate. So at this point its just which one of the ones I dont like do I vote for? U.S. politics have become ridiculous over the years. I have little to no condifence in most of the candidates of any election in any party these days. Where are the FDRs, Washingtons, Lincolns and John Adams of today? Has America just become dumb?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  301. Brenda J

    For the first time in 26 years of voting, I am still undecided who to vote for.

    With McCain, it is his age and his association with the Bush Administration. Palin would not be able to step in as President, even if there is an excellent cabnet in place.

    With Obama, he does not have enough experience and his manorism/attitude is starting to resemble Bush. If Biden was President & Obama was VP, they would have a better ticket because of Biden's experience.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  302. Norm


    Go skydiving. When landing near a fence, remain undecided until the very last moment and see what happens. If you do this you shouldn't be allowed to vote, but maybe someone should send you skydiving.

    Norm – Dallas

    October 22, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  303. Frank in Nebraska

    I live in a red state - red with a capital R. In my area the people having the most trouble deciding seem to be those who have always voted for Republicans. Their parents and grandparents have always voted Republican. The idea of not voting Republican seems almost sacrilege. Yet at the same time, these undecideds are dissatisfied with the Bush presidency and don't like the McCain/Palin option. Despite this, the idea of checking a box next to the name of a Democrat gives these people heart palpitations. Clearly, people need to begin thinking beyond party lines and start considering the individual merits of candidates.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  304. Bob Wolf

    I believe the main stream media and spin doctors on both sides distract the electorate by focusing on non-issues, often for days at a time. William Ayers and Acorn are two of the worst. There are real differences between these candidates on real issues: health care, taxes, the wars, the economy – not exciting but mighty important. They are both exceptional men who have endured a grueling nomination process and campaign. It diminishes them to not focus on there leadership, vision and message.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  305. Sivak

    The undecided Americans are leaning towards one candidate, but can't commit due to ageism or racism. They like McCain but don't like old people, or like Obama but don't like African Americans. Either that, or they are too stupid and lazy to have made up their minds. The candidates have stark differences in personality and their views on nearly every issue, all of which has been hammered into the public consciousness over the past two years. If you still don't get it, you shouldn't be allowed to vote.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  306. Cynthia

    I think there are still people undecided because there are so many lies and misrepresentations to sort through. When the media focusing so much on Ayers, people start to wonder if still is indeed an important issue - which it clearly isn't.

    The media doesn't spend enough time reporting the debunking of the importance of the Ayers issue - and if McCain brings up Wright, I fear the same thing will happen. Why aren't we hearing more about Palin's husband's connection with the Alaskan Independence Party, whose founder said the fires of hell were like glaciers compared to his hatred of America?

    When Wright condemned America, we heard about it in continuous loops. Something is fishy here.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  307. Kathy Springfield PA


    One more time so many of the posters feel compelled to blame "undecideness" on racism. I think the undecided voters are still waiting to see what will happen in the last few weeks. Maybe something will, maybe it won't, but they're waiting. Nothing wrong with that. I personally am against early voting for just this reason. Again, on the alleged racism holding back voters, I pose the question that isn't it racism to vote for Obama because he's black? When people not of color pick the white candidate over the non-white candidate, they're racists. When the people of color pick the candidate of color, they're being what, thoughtful?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  308. Independent Virginian

    The election is a serious choice between men, parties, and positions on the issues. There are ample reasons for an independent to favor one side or the other depending on which of these three criteria is considered.

    Allow for a minute that perhaps there are a few of us who care deeply about our country , have principles, and have been paying close attention yet have become disillusioned with, or were never impressed by, either candidate. Perhaps some of us like one candidate more than the other, to be sure, but disagree with the party machine standing behind the better candidate. For some, the candidates are clearly different from one another but the choice is a sad one between two deeply-flawed options because the candidates' choice of priorities do not match our choices. Maybe our skepticism has its roots in seeing more than a few candidates make promises before an election that do not match their work in office and, therefore, reading a candidate's website is less persuasive than some of the commenters expect.

    Its symptomatic of the dire state of our politics that so many of the comments on this list are crude insults against the indpendent voters that may decide this election. Insulting independents as not being true Americans or as being stupid, lazy, or racist does not exactly endear us to either candidate. I think both candidates understand that we are a diverse country of many valuable perspectives, even if their supporters do not.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  309. Francisco

    Jack, simply put both sides are spending more money on negative ads then focusing on the real issues people face everyday, i feel if either candidate would clearly speak their peace on the issues that effect us rather than focus on who they know or were previously assoicated with then their would be less undeicdeds at the moment.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  310. Richard Williams

    I am concerned & outraged about reports of people being told that if they vote a straight democratic ticket that Obama will not be included in the vote so they have to go back and select Obama. However, when they go back and select Obama there vote for Obama changes to McCain. Also, some machines automatically change to McCain when the voter selects Obama, and the people who programmed the machines have admitted programming them that way so that McCain can win. Is the media addressing these issues, and what is being done to fix the problem at ground level?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  311. Scott

    I personally believe there are undecided voters becuase people aren't willing to admit that they are voting for Obama.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  312. Joe Burns

    Jack, I call them the "more on" voters. They want more information on issue x, y, or z. The problem with "more on" voters is that the information is out there, they're just too damn lazy to find it themselves or if they find it, they're not quite functional enough to figure out how it applies to them and their particular situation in society.
    Eerily, it seems some news organizations are doing "more on" reporting about "more on" voters.

    Honestly, they should do everyone a favor and just not vote.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  313. Eric Cartman

    It's a choice between a turd sandwich and a douchebag.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  314. Debby

    There not undecided they are just not telling.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  315. Sivak from New York

    The undecided Americans are leaning towards one candidate, but can’t commit due to ageism or racism. They like McCain but don’t like old people, or like Obama but don’t like African Americans. Either that, or they are too stupid and lazy to have made up their minds. The candidates have stark differences in personality and their views on nearly every issue, all of which has been hammered into the public consciousness over the past two years. If you still don’t get it, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  316. Randy of Los Angeles

    Well Jack, I Realy don't care for Sarah Palin but atleased she didn't spend 3 million on a dress like Nancy Reagan. Having her kids with her is a luxoury and not a nessecity so yes she should re-emburse the stae of Alaska.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  317. Mick Hamden CT

    With McCain's support for Bush's unnecessary Iraq War and condoning of the torture okayed by Bush, the collapse of our financial system under a decade of GOP mismanagement and McCain's frightful pick of Sarah Palin as a worthy candidate for VP with his age and prior cancer, if anyone is undecided now they simply aren't paying attention.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  318. wishy-washy

    I've often wondered about the "undecided" factor too. For eight nightmarishly long years, I've waited patiently for 08 because I'm sick of the Republican party that has screwed this country and to re-elect them for another four years is not only illogical it's ludricrous! Perhaps some people are ambivalent or apathetic, however I'm more inclined to feel that they already know who they're going to vote for and simply aren't telling. Not that it's anyone's business to begin with since it is a personal matter, so it's hard to say exactly why there are still 7-8% undecided. I truly hope that Obama gets into office as I long for this country to progress into the 21st century and not regress into the 1950's!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  319. Jerry in Texas

    Palin probably just wants to be able to tell Washington when she goes there to "Shake Things Up" that "I am just like you – I screw the public every chance I get" and if you check the records, I did it in Alaska before I sold the company jet for a loss and I am just a hockey Mom and an ordinary politican.

    After she apologizes for stealing Republican Campaign Funds she should give the money back. I can't imagine too many donors being very happy to learn their donated money went to buy Palin and her kids some clothes. I wonder why Cindy (Barbie Doll) McCain didn't give her some of her wardrobe and Palin could have taken Cindy to the hairdresser with her – that might have been a good expense.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  320. Dereck in Philadelphia

    I think the reason why so many people don't know who the vote for is because it's come down who is less of the two evils. Obama is a fresh face with new ideas. McCain is a shoot first ask questions later kinda of person, which in the past eight years we have been going through it now, why another four.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  321. Crystal in Illinois

    I find it disheartening to read many of these comments where people are questioning the intelligence of the undecided voter as well as their right to vote. I am an undecided voter in a state where my vote won't matter anyway, but I will be at the polls on election day exercising my right to vote. I have researched the candidates, listen to talk radio, watch the news, but am still undecided about who I am going to vote for. I have no political affiliation. There are things I like about both tickets and things I don't like about both tickets.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  322. OMA

    Because they are stupid. Period.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  323. Michael Fermanich, Marinette, Wisconsin

    Jack, Deciding who to vote for during this time of crisis and failings is difficult for average people because they want to vote with there peers in making our future better for all. Of course that would depend if they care about "true democracy" or "artificial democracy" with hidden agendas. The core would be the first choice of "true democracy" and how much they will be involved in the process.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  324. irwin from new york

    I am undecided because I feel sorry for both of them,Its like taking over as captain of the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  325. Ann in St. Paul Minnesota

    Why not? Maybe they should pay for tutors as well, because they're obviously not in school. What if Senator Obama's children were out of school for any length of time? The media would be questioning his parenting decisions and therefore his leadership skills.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  326. Brian Howe

    That is a good question, we are left then two weeks away from election day and their are still so many undecided voters. Many people are very confused right now and unless people start picking a candidate it is going to get worse. Americans may feel that both candidates don't exactly know what they are going to do with the country since it is such a mess. I am voting for Barack Obama because he stands for the change we need!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  327. Lynn de Michigan

    Simply because we don't like either one of them!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  328. Ryan from Texas

    Perhaps these are people who are simply saying they are undecided until election day to hide their choice. I can't be sure. However, I don't see a reason to be undecided now. Both candidates have put quite a bit of information out there, and you can find out what you want to know on their respective websites. That's how I made my decision originally. Although, my mind has been decided since the primaries, but reaffirmed during the general election campaign through additional releases of information on their respective plans and standings on the issues. So, not being well informed on the candidates is an invalid excuse. I simply think that those 7 percent may just be unsure of where THEY stand on the issues.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  329. Dolores Reilly

    Jack, They find it difficult to vote for McCain because they realize he is "out of touch", hot tempered, and "can't be trusted" to help out the middle class. He would continue with the war and probably get us involved in other wars. He would be another Bush. The only change is in the name.

    They find it difficult to vote for Obama because he is a black man. But the more he exposes himself, the more people feel he is the right man to become President. He is honorable and capable in every respect. He has the right team to guide him. If he were white, the polls would have been higher in his favor.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  330. Justin in Portland

    As someone who values individual liberty and economic responsibility, the choice is difficult. Those of us who believe that free-market capitalism is a fair system that encourages independent contributions and responsibility while generating societal advancement have no voice in this election. Both candidates promise to increase spending, expand government, and bring more interventionist policies to the White House.

    Unfortunately, it seems that the reactionary element of our nation may own this election. They are those who cannot see that this economic crisis is a direct result of interventionist policies that mandated increased risk-taking by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac back in the late 90's. Compound those dubious policies with a decade more of irresponsible decisions on both sides of the aisle and you arrive at today.

    Whoever wins this election, we have lost.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  331. Susan in Portland, Oregon

    I believe these so called "undecided "voters are not truly undecided. They know which candidate they want to support on an unconscious level. How can they not know who is the better man for handling these two wars, job losses, mortgage mess, etc? Our country is having a meltdown, and this is the time for "undecided "voters to end their indecisiveness and gain awareness into emotions. Then behave appropriately and pull the level for their candidate.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  332. Mark L.

    My biggest fear: the Bradley Effect is hidden in the undecided vote. If you haven't been inspired to vote for Obama by now you're dead inside. If McCain or Palin haven't convinced you that Obama is an un-American-socialist-terrorist-Muslim there's little chance they'll persuade you now.

    In the next survey ask undecideds if they've decided to vote or decided to stay home and if they decide to vote then will they decide to walk, take the bus or drive. And if they decide to walk, take the bus or drive will they put on Reeboks or Adidas, use all coins for the bus or a bus pass or if they'll use Exxon versus Shell gas (and will they fill up or just put in enough to get there and back?).

    Better yet, make all undecided voters wait until after the election is over and then ask them who they would vote for.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  333. obed, FL

    if you're undecided less than two weeks until election night, you just simply should not vote. i don't think that these people are undecided about the issues. this is a new time in american politics, it's not just about the issues. i think it's a matter of social or hidden prejudices that is driving their undecideness.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  334. KC

    I have not yet decided whether I should attempt to help turn Indiana blue or to stick with my convictions by writing Ron Paul on the ballot.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  335. deirdre

    I think that some are just afraid to either go against the grain (their family, friends, etc.) or afraid to admit publicly.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  336. Ben - Portland, Or

    Anyone who's actually undecided is a complete idiot. I'd guess that many American's are too ashamed of why they're going to vote for McCain to admit it, so they say, "I just don't know yet." So they don't have to explain why they're voting for McCain... "Well, you know... it's just... well... I.. uh... Look, I'm not a racist, alright, but I just can't vote for a black guy."

    October 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  337. Concerned CT Voter

    Jack... If there are really undecided voteres... I've got some ocean-front property to sell them in Idaho!


    October 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  338. Charlotte Denaro

    Just watched WOLF BLITZER – I was very surprised he couldn't control the McCain interview – McCain ran away with the interview – I really hought with all Wolfs' experience he would have done better than he did.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  339. Dennis, Cleveland ,Ohio

    Welcome Back Jack!

    Unfortunately, I believe the LION SHARE of American Voters are LOW INFORMATION VOTERS. Most never take the time to research both sides and both candidates. My Lord, 12% of Americans still think Obama is a Muslim. Many Americans have NO MIND to make up in the first place.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  340. Philly Mike

    Why decide before you have to ? Until I walk into the booth I want to be open to the possibility that I don't have the right answer.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  341. Marcella in British Columbia

    Jack, it's hard for non American's to watch this proverbial train wreck of an election without laughing.

    Given the mess that has happened over the last 8 years, please tell us how anyone in America could actually still want to vote another Republican party into the White House? Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

    Maybe one of these election years, you'll finally wake up and smell the manure. Come on people, this is getting embarrassing!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  342. Randy

    Jack, why are you asking us, you guys say you know everything about the election.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  343. Steve Briceno

    Well jack, if they could just deeply get into the candidates' records, should read it carefully and could find a bunch of misleading attacks, especially Mccain, that might help them to make their decision and to find out if it's true what the attacks of the candidates are true. But so far Mccain have been misleading with his attacks on obama more than obama has been. So I think because of the attacks the undecided voters hear, they're can always be a lot undecided voters. Or could be that not everybody see fact checking sites of the candidates' attacks.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  344. Matt

    Maybe people are having a hard time choosing between Socialism and Fascism – neither are very attractive...


    Maybe people are just so happy that Bush administration is finally leaving and they don't care who comes next - they may be thinking – once you hit the bottom, there's only one direction to go.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  345. Robert

    I don't think people haven't made up thier mind I just think they are afraid of telling who they are voting for. I know that if someone on the street ask me that I didn't know I would tell them I don't know yet due to what has happen to people like Joe the Plumber who ask the wrong question and now has no job his life has be destoryed by the press and the Obama bunch. No they know who they are going to vote for but do not want the problems tell would cause them.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  346. RNC Spain

    I don't really think that racism is the issue that would explain why someone is still undecided. Those people are pretty clear as to whom they will vote for.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  347. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    I think people say they are undecided just to be edgy. If you don't know by now who you are going to vote for, you must be living on a cloud. The choices are clear, atleast when it was Obama and Clinton, you could kind of understand why. Now simply it is the same, or Change. If it is for the same, I would rather keep GWB atleast he is younger and his vice president is not a fruit loop!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  348. Alvaro Puga

    I think that those undecided voters include a large number of people too embarrassed to say that they will not vote for an African American. They might be an unpleasant surprised for Obama come Tuesday the 4th

    October 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  349. FreeNLovIt

    Dont be scared of Obama. The last time my uncle got back from a church revival, he heard a great story:

    Some folks were lost in cornfield country. It was getting dark and they were going to run out of gas. They were passive Christians, but in their desperate moment, they decided to stop and pray to God to guide them out of the cornfields. They were terribly lost.

    Meanwhile, a car stopped behind them and a BLACK woman walked out of it. She asked them if they needed help and she gave them help. They went back inside the car and looked back to thank the woman, but there was no car and no BLACK woman.

    I laughed at the story. God does not care about race. The only purpose it serves was to divide us all. God cannot allow 20 Einsteins together. They will create a New World Order without Him.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  350. Candace, CT

    Maybe because they are turned off by politics or they feel they are not personally impacted at this point. Maybe they are afraid they might vote for the loser and then feel like that they are a loser. Think of someone you have met, sitting across from you, having to make a decision, wringing their hands, insecure because they feel what they decide will have great impact. Then the guilt sets in. Oh my! they would have to take some responsibility.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  351. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Jack, maybe they aren't. Maybe the polls are inaccurate.

    Why don't you ask why republican surrogates justify GOP/McCain campaign materials that portray Obama as a terrorist somehow responsible for 9/11 with idiotic reasons like:

    1) well, he gets money from overseas
    2) we don't know who he is
    3) he's not like us
    4) he's a socialist

    and tons more BS. Those materials and the McCain surrogates should be publicly HUMILIATED as the LIARS and low-life that they are, period.

    It's McCarthyism. These are lies and slander and Republicans just cannot STAND that they are losing because Americans like myself donate $5-$25 a month to support Obama because we believe that he will bring back a sane and decent America and get us out of the gutter than 20yr years of republicans have put us in.

    YES, WE CAN.

    The Brad Blakeman, Nancy Pfotenhauer, Rick Davis, Steve Schmidt, Tucker Eskew, and other surrogates making excuses for the dishonorable and pathetic campaign of John McCain should be put in a stockade and have rotten tomatoes thrown at them!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  352. lisa

    Maybe it has something to do with the media's refusal (including CNN and Cafferty) to say one word about Mccain/Palin and the America-hating ALASKAN INDEPENDENCE PARTY, GORDON LIDDY, JOHN HAGEE, the US Council on World Freedom, Mccain giving money to VOTER FRAUD PERPETRATORS like NATHAN SPROUL....

    Yet we hear about Ayers, Acorn, Wright, and 'Socialist' all day, every day!!
    Why the blatant double standard and media blackout on Mccain/Palin 'associations'?
    This is outrageously irresponsible, unfair, and inexcusable!!!!

    Lisa in Brooklyn

    October 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  353. Spencer/Newport News, VA

    Who knows Jack. They may be voting for the 3rd party candidate.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  354. Patrick T., Davis, CA

    There are always undecided voters, frankly, but I think that John McCain is both turning people away from himself and making them fear Obama with his negative messages. Also, a lot of people just want to watch the drama completely unfold before they rate the movie.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  355. Mark

    I feel the media is hyping up this "undecided" voter to keep the suspense going in the campaign and to generate more ratings. I think there are alot less undecided voters than what you are reporting.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  356. Jabri from Irving, Texas

    Well to me its really simple on one hand you have a nice, freshly-made CHANGE-wich with some bacon and cheddar, and on the other you have some sweet and sour Republic-aid

    I guess those undecideds just don't know which to choose to fulfill their desires huh Jack???

    P.S. If you can't gues I'm at work and starving

    October 22, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  357. Differ from Maryland

    It means that the media has done another wonderful job of educating the masses on the candidates and the issues. Or maybe these people are always doing things at the last minute. Procrastinators.
    Does it really matter?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  358. Ryan from Texas

    By the way, I'm a Texan for Obama. I voted early yesterday.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  359. Michael Deane

    How about having a reporter who actually prepares him or herself before "interviewing" candidates? People might be able to cut through the BS if candidates are called on their non answers and the truth to their record, not the revisionist history they make up for the voters..

    For example, I'm watching your colleague Wolf Blitzer be absolutely steamrolled by John McCain who makes a lot of claims but never is challenged for his authenticity. Blitzer is ill prepared to interview anyone. And your Drew Griffin with Palin? I'm sorry but that is the sorriest excuse for an interview I've ever seen.

    I'm a journalism graduate and frankly I'm disgusted.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  360. joe

    jim in british columbia. you have said it all.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  361. Delores Beck

    If you're "undecided" at this point you must have been living in a cave.
    I can only suspect they're either woefully uninformed or just plain stupid and shouldn't vote at all. I have no patience with this "undecided" crap.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  362. Michael Shea


    It's probably not fair to second guess the undecided voters because I'm a political junkie, having served the labor movement for 22 years as a political director.

    I believe the undecided voter is a person who is very cynical about politics and only votes in presidential elections. It could be a person who just doesn't care about politics or elections.

    What I hope it isn't would be a person who really wants to vote for Obama but is stigmatized by race.

    Because this election has lasted so long I can't believe there are that many undecided voters.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  363. Wayne, San Diego

    How can people still be undecided? They refuse to invest much time in figuring out what candidates truly believe in (do you blame them? look at negative ads). Maybe some of those polled also don't plan to vote, and just answer an "I don't know". Or maybe the real problem is, polls are conducted to landline phones. Similar to Florida polling systems, when will "scientific polls" catch up to scientific advancements?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  364. jaye

    Do not, I repeat, do not trust the polls. Go vote and get everyone you know (if you're an Obama supporter) to vote. Otherwise, the republican party will win.
    Polls are not absolute – and there's lot of backdoor dealings going on.
    And, IMO, all this Al-Queda nonsense is coming from the republican party...trying to scare up votes for McCain and his co-hort, Palin.
    Be aware of whats going on and do not trust everything yuou hear.
    Expect something BIG orchestrated from the White House to help McCain along.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  365. Ron D Aurora, CO

    Jack, come on. The only undecideds are the republican voters who just want to give Grandpa and Gidget up to the last moment to change their mind before they vote for Obama. The only ones calling it close are the republican polsters trying to cheat their way into the white house again. Not gonna work, they wont be able to handle the masses that will show up on election day to vote Obama/Biden. I predict a Blue day like the Regan election year seen a the map go red, this year you will observe the sea of blue, the sea of change. Besides Red is communist and that's what we have been living with for 8 years now. Bush and his commies.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  366. Ron in Moss Point,MS

    Jack, to be undicided this late in the game lets me know they wasn't going to vote anyway, so forget about the undesided. let's move on with what we got.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  367. Dale - CA

    They say they are undecided because they are afraid of how their friends and family will look/treat them because of their decision.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  368. Pragmatic

    I'm totally amazed that anybody could have paid any attention to the news for the past year and still be undecided now as to who would make the best President between Obama and McCain. My conclusion is that anybody who is undecided now is a rival to either Rip VanWinkle for sleep or to Palin for lack of knowledge.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  369. kathleen , san juan

    About 1/3 of the undecided voters will decide not to vote.

    Another 1/3 will vote for McCain and 1/3 will vote for Obama.

    In other words, these people will have no impact on the election results.

    Why is the TV talking about them all the time?

    Imagine what we could be learning about the candidates if we didnt have to sit through all this filler and spin.

    Imagine what TV news would be like if we really did have the best political team on television.

    Getting YOU back is a good beginning, Jack!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  370. Mike Roanoke, VA

    Tell the pollsters to add two other choices; I am not going to tell you and I sure wish there was somebody else.

    I bet those undecided votes would change a lot.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  371. patricia grooms

    that's easy....they are either racist or stupid! probably both.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  372. Harold in Seattle

    I agree that most people already know for whom they will vote. A good example is after each debate where Soledad polled those "undecided" voters. When asked had the debate changed their mind, 90 percent responded no. Yet when she posed the question, if you had to vote today how many would you vote for McCain, 15 raised their hand. What does that say to you?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  373. Lesley

    The undecided voter is the drama queen of the voting population. The media and the campaigns seem to focus all their attention (and resources) trying to woo and court this small percentage of the voters because they are the one's "deciding" this election. Come on... it is hard to believe that there will be one key word or phrase that either canidate can say that will make any significant difference in the campaign. Undecided voters are afraid that once they make up their mind that no one will care about what they think anymore.


    October 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  374. Jim, from Las Vegas

    Nice comment, Jack: "Maybe you shouldn't be allowed to vote." Why should I listen to your opinion after you say something like that?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  375. Greg T, Miami

    When making a decision some people start out without a goal. They don't exactly know what they're looking for, but they'll somehow recognize it when they see it. You might say they're looking for inspiration.

    So I'm guessing that those who haven't decided yet don't really know what they want in the next president, and they haven't been sufficiently inspired by either candidate.

    These types have internal "suffiency thresholds", that are not only undefined but very likely variable. Often nothing is sufficient to inspire them.

    Such people may need to be forced to choose, for example, by a calendar deadline. In such cases they will do so tentatively, because they haven't reached a decision on their own.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  376. Mike from Baltimore

    This is outragous how today and this close to the election we still don't know who to vote for. The undecided voters should get their act together and find the importants is that last election, not even half of the millions of americans didn't even vote. If they even vote for one of the canidates, and most of america votes that will statisfy me know ing most americans care who we vote for as president of the U.S.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  377. bridgette

    I think that they like the attention. At this point if you are still undecided then you deserve to vote. Because what more could you possibly be looking for.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  378. vic

    Who cares about the ""undecided" voters – they're just looking for their 15 minutes of fame. 😉

    October 22, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  379. James

    I think the "undecided voters" are those loyal Republicans, who in their heart know that McCain/Palin are not the better choice, but are holding out till the last moment. As I say this, my father who has never voted for a Democrat, just told me that he mailed in his absentee ballot today with a check mark for Obama. He told me he couldn't hold any more hope for McCain.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  380. Steve in Casper, WY

    My mom knows exactly who she is voting for and wouldn't so much as tell a priest in the confessional. All you ever get out of her is comments like, "Well, there's things I like and don't like about both of them."

    October 22, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  381. Pennie Johnson Boyce,La.

    Well Jack to be kind, she did try to pad the books, so she should give back every dime. Her supporters all must be so proud.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  382. Deb (New York)

    Beats the heck out of me Jack. How could anyone vote for higher taxes (unless you are loaded), rocky health care coverage, no jobs and most importantly a vice president who has no idea what she is supposed to do. Frightening there should even be a question.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  383. Kevin Denver Colorado

    Jack- I believe it's because some people like to believe the worst...... and there have been a lot of bad rumors circulated about both candidates (granted much more for Obama) These are the people that think we might not have landed on the moon!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  384. Tom in Atlanta, GA

    The problem is that people want to cast their vote based on issue #1, the economy, but they just don't understand it that well. All the country is hearing about is tax cuts and that sounds great to the average voter, but they are unable to grasp the details. Ultimately, many people will cast their votes based on whether they believe higher taxes for the wealthy is a good idea. This is sad because the issue is so much more complex than that.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  385. Max in Reno

    These undecided voters are just clue-less procrastinators. The issues are complicated. They don't care about politics. They haven't taken the time to understand the issues or the positions of the candidates.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  386. Phyllis Montana-Leblanc

    So many voters are undecided because it's confusing to try and figure out which lie you want to believe McCain/Palin are telling. And some use it as a "power trip.' You know, "This country lies in the palm of my hands/Pinky and The Brain Thingy."

    October 22, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  387. Orlando

    Jack people are looking for shelter and an excuse for who they vote for.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  388. Kris in Knoxville

    I truely think it's the media bias that is telling voters that they are wrong in what they think, when in their minds they know they are right. I hear it from people everyday.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  389. Marylou

    I wonder what the age froup of the undecided voter is...back in the day you didn't talk about religion, money or politics. I think some of the older folks have held on to that belief.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  390. Kath, Oceanside, California

    Jack, I'm undecided because I'm still grieving and pining away for my long lost Hillary! I'll probably get up on election day, have a shot of tequila, go to the polls and write in your name so no one can blame me for voting for the guy who has to clean up after Bush! But thanks for asking! Kath

    October 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  391. Ross in MD

    "Would you like to try the steak or some dog manure?"
    Undecided Voter:
    (pauses, thinks)
    "Hmmm. Is the steak well-done?"

    October 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  392. Martin SC

    based on the current polls w/ a scewed distribution towards Obama, those 7% undecided voters do not realy matter anymore, do the math(PS.: stay at home if you can't decide)

    October 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  393. John Cantees

    The people who are undecided are the uninformed loons who have no buiness voting in the first place. There is no way that anybody who has seen any of the three presidential debates or any real coverage of either candidate should be undecided at this stage in the game. What an amazing display of apathy.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  394. Jenn from Florida

    Honestly – read these comments and you should understand why people are undecided. It's because any time we look for some scrap of truth, we get pounded by most of you with threatening, bullying tantrums. Both parties are ridiculous with Democrats really beginning to sound like the Gestapo (you're racist if you're undecided) and Republicans just sounding negative.

    Jack was asking the undecided to comment, and although it is clear most of you are not undecided, you just can't miss another opportunity to shove your crude commentary at the rest of us and insist if we don't agree, we're racist. I'm married to a Hispanic, my sister is married to an African American. We cover three ethnic groups. Don't you dare call us racist!! And before anyone throws that out there again, please remember that it is just as racist to vote for someone because of their race, as it is to not vote for someone because of their race.

    We are undecided. I guess we're still hoping we'll wake up from this nightmare and find decent people with respect for other people and their opinions along with respectable, upstanding presidential candidates.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  395. David Greenberg

    Anyone who's an "undecided" voter at this point in the process is either a moron or living in an isolation chamber without the means for obtaining information.

    Traditionally, voters don't really give a fig about the VP's on the slate. This year it will hopefully make a difference. There is no conceivable way to look a Palin with a straight face (or a wink) and consider her even remotely up to the task of taking over the office. And why would anyone trust her with the job when her husband is a card-carrying member of a separatist party.

    Yahhhhoooooo ... A change is on the way. I can only hope for a filabuster proof Democrat Senate.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  396. Pennie Johnson Boyce,La.

    Race...there's no getting away from it.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  397. vic

    McCain is going to save social security (after trying to privatize it).
    He is dodging questions left and right in his interview with Wolf Blitzer.
    Poor John, just another day in "I can fit it land."

    October 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  398. Brian Riback

    As much as I love the fact that Obama is on top here, the problem is that the samples sizes of these polls is very small and includes those people engaged in politics. The challenge is, are we really talking about those who haven't made up their minds yet...or simply people that don't know anything one way or the other? I think people have no idea what's going on and most are too self-absorbed to care.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  399. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    They"re not. They just want attention. They want to be chosen to be in those "focus groups" you guys always have on tv.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  400. Debbie

    I think most people have made up their mind. If they haven't it's probably becuse they don't like either candidate. To those people I say, you don't have to like them, you just have to vote for the one whose policies they like the best! But don't let McCain tell them what Obama's policies are, because he only want to lies about what they are because McCain has no new policies that can actually compete with Obama's. Just ask yourself if you are happy with the direction the country is going in now...if they are, vote for McCain...then you get know-nothing Palin too...its a two-fer

    October 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  401. John Collinsville, IL.

    Jack , For me it's a easey choice but from the last two presidental elections the real out come is very much indout ! One Hundred years from now historians will look back and say what a corrupt era that was!!!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  402. G.F.

    Barack Obama is head and shoulders above McCain in intellect, in vision, in temperament, in judgment. Here's something from 20 years ago, when Obama didn't have much money and way before he ran for high political office:


    October 22, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  403. adam from michigan

    For anyone who is undecided, it's really this simple:

    – Do you like what has happened to the country in the last 8 years?
    – At his best, McCain will be as bad a President as Bush, but most likely would be much worse. (War with Iran and a new cold war with Russia, anyone?)
    – McCain has probably a 50-50 shot of not surviving his first term, making you-know-who President.

    So the question becomes; Can whatever reason you have for voting against Barack Obama possibly be more frightening than 4 more years of worse-than-Bush, with a 50-50 shot of Palin taking over?!?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  404. Kath Udell Fort Myers, Fl

    Perhaps it is easier to be considered an undecided than to admit that one is not planning on voting at all.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  405. Bryan

    A lot of people are saying it's due to race, and that may be partially true, but I think many of the undecideds are single-issue Republican voters who have woken up and realized there are more issues than their own personal hot-button. A friend of mine is struggling because she's anti-abortion, but thinks Obama would be better overall for the country. There are likely many people sharing her struggle.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  406. Mark from Naperville, Il


    Did any think that there are so many undecided voters because there is almost no difference between Obama and McCain. They are both offering more of the same.

    As for me, I am not buying what the Repubicrats are selling anymore.

    We need more and better choices. I am voting third party.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  407. R. LaFrance

    Real simple. I hate both canidates. I hate having to choose between two totally lterrible choices. I am a veteran and have fought for my country, sacrificed for this country, and love this country. I feel there is no party that truely represents ME and my family. We are social compasionate with understanding of hardships and race, but we ar fiscal conservatives and believe in family and the heritage that makes America the greatest nation on earth. I do not want a socialist or communist and I do not want someone likely to die in office. I will likely end u voting for McCain, not because I like him, but because my only other choice is handing this country to the socialists and getting set back because I have been able to work my way from a 17 year old highschool graduate that enlisted in the Navy to a MBA holding profesional who is just now, approaching 40 years of age attaining my share of the American dream. Hard work has allowed me to get to where I am today and I begrudge no one who is willing to work to advance themselves, but to give my hard earned wages to others unwilling to work is something I dispise.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  408. LisaMarie Denver, CO

    Have you ever gone to dinner with a group and there is always someone who cannot decide? Some people are so fearful of making the wrong decision of what is best for them. Or have you ever waited on a woman to change her outfit for the tenth time. Indecision clouds their daily lives.

    It makes the rest of us CRAZY! They are the What if? People.

    To decisive people they appear dumb, slow and uninformed in this context of picking a candidate, but they are just the What If? people, and they are not going away any time soon.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  409. Philip J Sparrow

    Could it not be that those who aren't voting for Obama or Mccain are simply voting for a third party?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  410. Kathy in Tennessee

    I think it's either that people have decided and are withholding from the pollsters, OR it's the independents who don't want to vote for either main party but are wavering about the pragmatic effects of voting for a third party candidate in a year when the two main party candidates actually are vastly different. All third party/independent movements have to start somewhere, but you have to consider whether your candidate will be a spoiler and result in something like these last 8 years.

    October 22, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  411. mike

    My opinion is that all the undecideds are likely Republicans leaning Dem and dont want to admit it or Dem's leaning Republican and dont want to admit it...things like that.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  412. Rodie (Seminole, FL)

    It really boggles my mind how there are so many undecided voters at this point. There two candidates are so far apart policy-wise it is a no-brainer. What I REALLY don't get is how one of the debates was filled with undecided voters. How are you so interested that you go to a presidential debate, but don't know who you want to vote for!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  413. Brant, TX

    I would imagine it is due to a lack of motivation on the part of the undecided voter to research the issues thoroughly and objectively. Instead they are bombarded by truths, half-truths, and lies which leads to uncertainty. In all honesty, I believe the media has played their part in all of this. When the majority of reporting involves simply repeating what each party claims without holding them to the truth, the facts are buried and confusion is the end result.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  414. Hylan Givot, Chicago, IL

    Perhaps the 7% of undecided citizens are commitment phobes?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  415. Deb


    We don't have a clear winner in the Race because we have two very weak candidates!

    I still say that Obama stopped being a viable candidate once Rev. Wright became a household word. And of course McCain has the liability of being associated with Bush.

    Obama still scares me so I will vote for McCain.

    For the first time as a registered Democrat (1972) I'm voting for the lesser of two evils! That is scary as well and I know I'm not alone in this.

    Austin, Texas

    October 22, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  416. Arwen Sheridan

    As a younger vote (I am 24) I've found that most undecided voters are simply uninformed and choose to stay that way. They're not voraciously reading news articles from a variety of sources or having in-depth conversations with their friends about it. Some of them don't have time. If I was a full-time Medical School student with a job, I probably wouldn't have much time for politics. Some of them are simply lazy and are waiting for that "Dare to be great" situation. They're waiting for a "sign" that one candidate is better than the other. My advice to these people is to watch the Frontline special, read a few newspapers (conservative and liberal) and then make an honest, informed decision for what they think will be best for the country.

    Other people find the idea of being "decided" to closed-minded for them. However, being decided doesn't mean that you're not allowed to agree with some parts of the other candidate's platform. It means that you think one person, overall, will be more beneficial to the stability and security of the country than another.

    If that still doesn't help anyone, then do eeny meeny miney moe and please land on Obama.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  417. Dennis Logan

    They're not counting the cell phone users. Obama is so far a head and it doesn't show in the poles. There aren't as many undecided as you might think.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  418. Ben

    When I look at the poll numbers, I always assume that 100% of the undecided vote goes to McCain. That way I have the most rational perspective on Obama's prospects.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  419. peggy in florida

    You know what? even Palin is undecided. I saw her on the news this morning and she can't yet figure out what a Vice President's role is. So when she decides what the role is, then maybe some of those people would make up their minds. (Which is never, because it would take her a looooooong time to figure it out!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  420. Jeff in California

    As a teacher, if I have 100 students in a room and only 7 of them are not paying attention or can't decide on a position, that's actually better than expected!!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  421. Fred

    It has to be race. When you consider the economy and evaluate the candidates based on intelligence, knowledge, advisors or running mates, and capacity to inspire or lead; the choice is a simple one. When you throw out all of the garbage and desperation tactics that the losing candidate is tossing out, what are left is a group of non-informed voters who still don't believe the country cannot go outside of its Anglo-Saxon majority to find someone who can do a better job of leading our country.

    Age 65
    Sarasota, Florida
    Life Long Republican (until now)

    October 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  422. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    Because 7% of the voters are like 7% of the American public in general – extreme procastinators. Don't be surprised if that number stays around 7% right up to the election. And God help us if they haven't bothered to even pay attention to the candidate's policies!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  423. Griff

    So Jack, is Back.. Welcome home Jack!

    I don't think they are really undecided.. They just want to keep it to themselve's... Voting is Personal.... One of the few things one can do, they don't have to pay for.....

    October 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  424. Mark

    The Country has had 3 debates. However, we are still in 2 wars, an economic crisis that will probably last into 2009.
    So those undecided voters are really not sure who will lead us. In addition,for the people that talk about repeating the last 8 years with McCain. They must be out of their minds if they think we will have another Tech meltdown, September 11th, Corporate scandals, two more wars and an credit crisis that is effecting the entire World economy.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  425. cheryl in florida

    I can't imagine why anyone would be undecided at this point. The answer is simple do you want a leader that looks out for the good of people that would be Obama or do you want 4 more of the same that would be McCain?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  426. Brett in Georgia

    Jack, it actually is a tough decision when you disagree with both candidates views.

    I was for Ron Paul, long before he even announced he was running.

    I am seriously considering a write in for Paul at this point.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  427. Joe

    if you haven't decided at this point, you shouldn't be voting period, it is self evident, Obama should be next president of the United States hands down, America need someone with vitality, youthful, and a stronger image than Senator McCain can convey, lets all be real about it

    October 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  428. Steve

    I can't really believe anyone is undecided less than two weeks before the election. But those who say they are undecided are the only ones who are being courted by the press. You don't see Soledad O'Brien talking to a bunch of committed Obama or McCain supporters, do you? Shouting out, "I'm undecided!" is just another way of saying, "I want my 15 minutes!"

    October 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  429. Az. Lauren

    I think that a lot of people are too afraid to hope that something is going to change. The more and more we are disappointed by our elected leaders, the more cynical and wary we become. The disappointment and disillusionment we feel when we are let down by Washington repeatedly has led to a vast sense hopelessness in America. To overcome great hopelessness takes courage. We have to have the courage to hope that this time somebody will make a difference and change things for the better good of our country. I believe that man is Obama and I am willing to take that chance.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  430. Ed'sKate

    jack, I don't think they are. They just don't want anyone to know they have made up their mind. That's what happens when polls are taken sometimes. People get a kick out of messing up polls by giving an answer opposite to their actual decision.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  431. Carlos Jean-Gilles

    Some people just like to wait until the last minute to make a decision. Others won't even check the facts–they will be quite contented to make their decision based on gut instincts. To those people, I'd like to suggest that if they conduct a thorough analysis of John McCain's past, they will find that John McCain has a history of bad judgment, starting from his being shot down over Hanoi to his close ties to Charles Keating, a felon who embezzled a huge amount of money from innocent Americans, to finally, his selection of a total nincompoot to be one heart beat away from being the leader of the free world. America, please wake up and acknowledge that a man who goes directly under the deck of his carrier after crashing his plane amongst other planes loaded with bomb while a blazing fire threatened the ship and his comrades are dying in the inferno. America, please wake up, and acknowledge that a man who fails to take evasive actions after a SAM was locked on him cannot be trusted as president of the U.S. America, please wake up, and acknowledge that a man who chooses to accuse his adversary of unsubstantiated accusations while he clearly has much more questionable relationships in his past is unfit to be president of this great country.

    Carlos Jean-Gilles
    Saint Louis, MO

    October 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  432. Doug

    This is a strange year, in our Political History, who ever wins makes history. But, the one thing that keeps America from blowing the Republicans out of the water is still race, it is the unhealed wound of America's scio-politico pysche, White America is wrestling with it, the whole World is waiting to see have we matured yet to do the RIGHT THING.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  433. Independent Voted 4 McCain

    People are undecided because this is a very important election, and people are doing all the research they can. They are also listening to the candidates. The experience factor weight heavily on everyone's mind as when it comes down to it, Chavez and Company are waiting for Obama to be elected so they can pounce on the U.S.A. The writing's on the wall, and I am positive Obama is getting financing from people he shouldn't. McCain may be down in the polls, in my opinion, because people aren't showing they truly support him. Meanwhile, all the Obamabots are out in force spewing all the rhetoric they can. I do not trust Obama, and never will due to his history. I did the research, and invite everyone to do their own. Most important vote your conscience and heart. You all know what the right thing is to do. I did!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  434. AdamSonOfJohn

    How much did she spend on her kids versus how much she saved selling the airplane and firing the house staff?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  435. Sene

    They are undecided because they know the decision they are about to make is the wrong one, and they are ashamed of it.

    I say – STAY HOME on Nov 4th and think about is some more!

    Falls Church, Va

    October 22, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  436. mark

    I talked to undecided voters in Virginia. They are leaning towards Barack O Bama because of Sarah palin Pick.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  437. carolyn

    I believe that many white americans find it very hard to vote for a black man to be President even when he is the better candidate. They feel that they are betraying their race and losing control.
    They have to be color blind and vote for what is best for the country.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  438. Omar, Durham

    I can only suspect that at least half of that 7% are part of the 6% that are struggling with voting for a black man.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  439. Mike in Toronto

    I don't think there are that many "undecideds" at this point in the campaign–just a hard core contingent of folks who don't want to publicly declare their choice, or have to defend that choice to their family and friends. Given the polarization and intense demonization of some candidates, the choice to stay silent probably cuts both ways in this campaign.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  440. Jim

    Some of the undecided might be thinking that one of the candidates will withdraw their name from the ballot, in which case it will be easier for them to vote.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  441. Sasha Pruett

    Hi Jack,

    I think there are still a lot of undecideds for these reasons: (1) there is still considerable shock that a black biracial candidate is not only qualified but also an option for the presidency, and (2) there seems to be a 'wait and see' attitude to see if either candidate does something so agregious or wrong and the other candidate would be the best choice. Frankly, I don't see why there are any undecideds left–I'm an Independent and knew I was voting for either Barack or Hillary months ago...

    Sasha Pruett
    Hayward, CA

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  442. Bonita

    I think it is the trust factor when it relates to Obama. I think some people think he is too inexperienced, and I have to say this....some people do not want to vote for a black. If anyone who is undecided really listens to Obama, they will see that he is "one of us"...and by that I mean a regular person, not an elitest. He is also one of the most intelligent candidates I have ever listened to. His tactfullness is beyond anything I have heard in decades. I have not listened to a President speak in almost 8 years because I cannot stand all the stuttering, stammering and misprounciations. I am looking forward to listening to a respectable, articulate, calm President who is not always on the defense....Obama!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  443. Peter Smith

    Voters in America are still undecided because they are receiving such diverse and conflicting messages from both camps. On one side you get a "Maverick" that votes with one of the most unpopular presidents in American history 90% of the time. And on the other hand voters are unsure about this freshmen that is sweeping the nation impimenting a real message of change with strong ideas backed up with motivational speeches. Maybe America needs to say Bush 3 wouldn't be fun, and lets trust the youth.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  444. Sheilah Sandler

    The reason so many voters are claiming to be undecided is RACE. This election should be a landslide after the last 8 years, Mc Cain's absurd campaign and his ridiculous choice of running mate. I guess some people's choice of hatred and racism just trumps common sense.

    Northampton, Ma.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  445. Kevin, GA

    I don't know why anyone would be undecided at this point, if you're poor vote for obama, if you're rich vote for mcCain. I think the undecided people are just not getting the right answers from the white candidate.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  446. Margrit Phoenix Arizona

    There are some people that simply are not able to decide for or against anything.
    Not just about voting, but for anything where there is a choice.
    So – let's not stress and just do your part for the better of our Country.
    Remember JFK's saying:
    "Do not ask what this Country can do for you – but what You can do for your Country!"

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  447. billo1409

    There is no way that 7% of the electorate is undecided at this stage in the process.Uninformed, uninterested, unwilling to share perhaps, but not undecided.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  448. alan

    Maybe the Libertarians are finally getting where the country has been headed.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  449. John In Rochelle Ill

    Probably for the same reason they have a hard time to decide between fish or steak at a Restaurant!

    I can't understand why they are undecided unless they're not watching the news!

    We should probably find out if these same people are planning to vote this election and did they vote in the last election?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  450. Jan Illinois

    Jack, Most people feel like they have been screwed so badly by the Bush administration and they have not been punished or penalized for any of it. Those undecided don't know what to believe in they just know that this is the biggest election of our lifetime and don't want to make a mistake.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  451. Junior Chuku MD

    Jack, its as simple as it is, misplacement of character and quality. Just swap Obama's character to MC Cain and MC Cain's to Obama, you'll have everyone decided, with a result to a Republican President.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  452. Alex

    The reason why so many Americans have a problem with siding either with Obama or McCain is because some people just don't know what they want until they are forced to decide. Of course there is always just plain dumb people who hopefully get too confused trying to get out of their house to actually vote in November.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  453. Sean from Orlando

    Because if we admit to an Obama supporter that we are going to vote for McCain then we will be branded as racist simply because we do not feel Obama has enough experience to lead this country. I also know a ton of people that lie and tell Obama supporters that they are going to vote for him but they are not, they just say they are voting for Obama so his supporters do not brand them as racist. Once you see how wrong the polls really are I think you will be shocked. I know a ton of people like the type I mentioned and when I have asked, not one of them has taken a poll at all.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  454. Chan

    People are still undecided??.................
    NO WAY!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  455. Darcy from New Brunswick

    It seems to me that "undecided" is interchangable with "uniformed."

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  456. Franklin A.N.

    The response is simple: they are lying!

    I don't believe "undecided" is the real term to qualify those people. They just don't want to say who they are going to vote for and at the same time, they are not refusing to answer pollsters. If they are really undecided, then those people have a real problem. They need to get a life and learn a little bit. They should not vote at all on november 4th!

    Franklin A.N.
    Ottawa, Canada

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  457. Brent

    I don't believe there are that many undecideds. I feel that many of the so-called undecided have just chosen to not reveal who they are voting for or they have not been contacted to voice who they are for. The idea that anyone would be undecided at this point is rather baffling. I'm 38 years old and I've never seen a truer idea of two totally different candidates. These two are literally as different as night and day. Even Sarah Palin doesn't seem to know. She was seen wearing a scarf with donkeys on it that said 'vote'. I guess she doesn't even know what party she's running with.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  458. Kim Young

    I do not necessarily think they are undecided. They may be the "won't says". By now, I think everyone has decided who they are voting for but some may need an extra nudge. The polls show Obama ahead in general and those who would like to see it the other way, may be waiting for the "November 1st surprise", so to speak. The fact is, all the surprises are coming from the McCain-Palin camp. I believe a large majority of the won't says are Democrats. I could be wrong but I hope not! Palin's unethical behaviour from per diems to $21K in flying kids on "official business" should AUTOMATICALLY preclude her from the white house. Not to mention her AIG-type spending spree. What is that about, she looks no different to me. I care about issues not hair and makeup and silly suits! How anti-intellectual!
    Kim Young
    United Kingdom


    October 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  459. joan

    I don't for a minute believe they haven't decided. They just don't want to say. By the way, I am really glad you are back! I was starting to worry about you.....Joan

    October 22, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  460. Debbie

    To the undecided voters of America.... Two words....
    Sarah Palin

    October 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  461. Sanders

    People are utilizing their constitutional right to not care. People have it easy this election; These candidates share two very different philosophies, there should be NO undecided voters out there. But then again, this is America, the land of the free, home of the brave and the place where people are allowed to not care.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  462. Allen

    Hey Jack. The people that say they haven't decided are the group that know Obama is the best choice but they can't admit it yet. just becuse he is black.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  463. Samantha

    Jack - I am a student in inner city Philadelphia. Although I am surrounded by propaganda (mostly pro-Obama), many of the people I talk to are so ill-informed. When fellow students go, What is Darfur? or not know what Roe vs. Wade is, I am in fear of the voting public. When there are candidates robocalling and insulting other candidates so brutally, I am not surprised (although saddened) at the uninformed hatred toward Obama. The public is not learned enough to make an informed vote - and that is why we are undecided.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  464. frank in S.E. Massachusetts

    Ask a foreigner and don't feel insulted with their answer

    October 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  465. Judy from Reston Virginia

    I hate to say it and I am tired of everyone dancing around this issue. Murtha got it right. There are a lot of racists out there who cannot bring themselves to vote for a black man even though it could ultimately benefit them and make their lives better. Lets face it. If they wanted to vote for McCain they would! We can send men to the moon, find cures to diseases, even clone people but we cannot figure out how to conquer racism. Maybe Senator Obama will be the one to lead us out of this miserable darkness.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  466. Sumit Chhabra

    People say Obama has less experience. George Bush had experience as a Governor, he had the experience of his Father to learn from, he had the experience of being a President from 2000 to 2004 and he still screwed up majorly especially in the second term. What did his experience get the Americans. On the other hand McCain had all these years of experience but he still voted for 90% of the wrong doings of the present govt and is responsible for 90% of the tragic state this country. Why didn't his experience come good….and now he wants a second chance.

    You don't need experience to run a country successfully. You need character, honesty, knowledge, skills and right associations, which Obama has

    October 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  467. Julie Ilacqua

    I don't think that many are undecided, I think they just don't want to tell anyone how they plan to vote. Some want to keep that private. I can't see how anyone can be undecided in this election.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  468. Bill- San Diego

    I believe many undecided voters are afraid to vote for a black guy.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  469. cliff

    your right jack if you have not figured it out by now it is to late

    October 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  470. Mark Kansas City


    There aren't that many undecideds left out there. It's a game they like to play.


    October 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  471. Jane - WI

    The race is close, despite Obama trying to buy the election, because he is so inexperienced and unqualified for the position. His policies are very frightening for the country along with the idea of a government totally controlled by an extreme left wing Democrat Party.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  472. Norbert

    Well, this is an easy one...It doesn't take a rocket scientist to determine that the hesitation is because there's a non-white Presidential candidate running. Otherwise, voting for the candidate solely on the issues would be a no-brainer...additionallyy since the McCain/Palin ticket is clearly out of touch with what's going on.

    Good Luck,

    Mr. Independant

    October 22, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  473. bob from minnesota


    There are many people who do not trust politics. In 2000 and again in 2004 the presidential election was clouded by possible fraud. Maybe the undecideds are scared their votes might be tampered with so they're putting off the decision? Or maybe it's just how some people deal with the privacy factor...they probably don't trust their radical neighbors or relatives so they don't let anyone know who they're voting for–they know who they're voting for but they don't want anyone else to know they know. I think it's that simple–that there are no undecided voters out there, only quiet, decided voters.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  474. Maria

    If by now they are still undecided, then they don't get it, just like the republicans, then they should stay home and let those who get it go and vote.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  475. Louise, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Dear Jack,
    Welcome back by the way.
    I happen to believe that race is the issue. I hate to say this, I would like to believe that Americans are above this but, nothing else makes sense.
    After 8 years of failed policies, the Democrats should be painting the town blue. If they can't, it because there are too many "rednecks" preventing this to happen.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  476. Dot

    I was a Hillary supporter who thought I would vote for John McCain, but after much debate in which I was very much undecided. It was only after
    McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate that I started to look at Obama. I think a lot of voters feel disfranchised by the Obama choice without adding Michigan and Florida voters' votes to the primary election. Now we have to get to know the candidate overall again. I will say that the Palin choice pushed me towards Obama because she talks like George Bush and insults ones intelligence.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  477. Mayer Jacobovits

    The reasons so many are still undecided is because who the candidates are:

    We have an oustanding republican candidate, who is weighted down by the bad press that the Bush administration received and by the bad economy. Most other republican candidates would not be able to keep this race close .

    The truly talented democratic candidate is very short on experience, and plagued by questionable associations and an extreme liberal record. Most other democratic candidates would be way ahead by now given the existing political and economic situation.

    Mayer Jacobovits, New York City

    October 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  478. Lis in Boston


    I think so many American are undecided because they're experiencing a classic case of the Paradox of Choice. We have two very fundamentally different candidates and the choice is so hard, because the effects will be so great... and felt for years to come. No longer can we expect the culture wars that have decided American politics for so long to simply play out along the usual lines. This country is experiencing a political shift, voters understand that, and that's why their hovering cautiously because the literal fate of our nation is at stake – on the economy, national security, education etc The Great American Empire is entering a new age. Voters are scared because this rule book hasn't been written.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  479. Fred Alletto

    I think the seven percent who are undecided are too frightened to make a decision. More war or higher taxes? Tough choice...

    October 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  480. Ernie from Arizona

    I think people who are undecided at this point are too stupid to analytically evaluate the candidates and make a make a choice. How do you think we ended up with Bush for two terms? I can't even watch the McCain rallies, it's appalling to see so many people, so proud of being stupid. Can't wait for the elections to be over. Both sides are making crazy promises.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  481. Stephen

    The large number of undecideds points to a huge "pull-the-trigger" effect that exists throughout the voting population. This will influence a lot of people, not just the undecideds, to make up their mind in the voting booth at the last second. On a sub-rational level, McCain has a palative effect on an anxious voting public which could combine with the "pull-the-trigger" effect to win the election for him.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  482. k thornton


    let me simplify it for you. at this late juncture it appears to be nothing more than race. i said it weeks ago. with one candidate who has been out there for over 25 years and the other being argubly the most scrutinized presidential candidate in history what is there to be undecided about? their views are so diametrically opposed to the other's. are we too embarassed to admit that we would cast a vote for the candidate who has bumbled and fumbled his way thru this race or are have we not overcome our fears and predjudices that have marred our history and are unable to vote for the candidate who does not resemble the majority?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  483. Scott - Fort Worth - TX

    Its because, that 7% really doesn't care. They are still waiting to be asked by some debate group or pollster to "weigh in" as an undecided so they can get on TV and be famous.

    The news media grooms these people like they are some kind of golden egg of insight. Like, they hold all the keys to the doors. When in reality, they just don't care and are just playing their "undecided" status for everything its worth.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  484. Roe from Jersey

    The 7% of undecided voters are afraid to say they are voting for Mr. Obama but when the curtain is drawn they will....when Mr. Obama is elected and we win back the respect of the global community those 7% will be proud of how they voted...

    October 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  485. Gail Clisby

    I can't believe anyone is "undecided" where have they been? Do we really want stupid people to be voting?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  486. Christian in Atlanta

    I think people like to take pride in who they vote for and everyone wants to side with a winner. I think many undecided voters are moderate and could go either way. Some may also be McCain supporters who are just waiting desperately to find a reason to vote for him and be proud of it. Obama hasn't really given them a reason to vote against him since he has kept things positive. McCain just can't seem to stop coming across as an angry old man and the undecided voters do not want to risk saying they voted for him if he does not win.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  487. Trina (GA)

    Anyone who is still undecided, at this point, is probably someone who would like to vote for McCain but can't because they are questioning his judgement in his choice of a running mate or they are someone who doesn't want a Black man in the White House.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  488. kameka

    I say if you don't know who to vote for then you should guess. Think of it like a mutiple choice test. It is either one or the other. And 90% of the time your first guess is the correct one.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  489. STU

    As a moderate republican, I am looking for a reason to vote for McCain and therefore consider myself undecided. However, i cannot find a good reason yet. The selection of Palin will probably trump any good reason for voting for McCain should it arise. Palin is unstable and I question McCain's judgement.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  490. Katie of Davis, CA

    Hey Jack,

    Anyone who has not figured out how he or she is going to vote has not been paying attention.

    There are some very clear choices here.

    Either that, or they can't decide between the lesser of two evils.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  491. Marcus

    New Paltz, NY. I am a student majoring in Business and Minoring in Poli. Sci. and most of the students with independent though such as myself are mad at what theyre seeing in our future. I feel like Americans who are undecided are just sick of voting for the lesser of two evils. What has left me undecided in this race is that neither candidate takes a similar to aproach to Ron Paul. After the recent economic disaster, how could either candidate not want no spending over-seas and not repeal the Federal Reserve act and abolishing the Fed?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  492. Tanya Lenox

    The undecided are mainly Repulicans that believe John McCain has national security experience but he is lacking everywhere else. If they havent jumped on the Sarah ban waggon yet, then I think they missed it. The American people are having a hard time keeping their eyes off of Obama. He is inteligent, smooth, graceful and full of wonderful plans on how he is going to bring America back to restoration. Its hard to NOT like him. He has passed all of the test and the undecided are just making sure he doesn't do anything outside the boundries before they cast their ballet to the unknown. Go Obama~Biden!

    Tanya Lenox
    Seattle, Washington

    October 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  493. Juan Herrrera, Houston, TX

    Undecided. So when do we decide...the moment we enter the booth? That's Crazy. I think people want to keep their choice private. Maybe due to the embarassment of saying their choice to a stranger.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  494. J.T. Rhome

    People aren't undecided! Ask them if the election were held in the next hour would they be able to vote - YES! They just don't want to tell you or anyone who they are voting for - You keep giving the edge - the attention - to all the undecided folks and they are lapping it up - Even during the debates with all the undecided voters in your room - pushing buttons - in the spot light - what they thought matters. Heaven forbid they decide - cause if they do you ain't going to ask them again! Even your moderator pointed that out - when whe asked if anyone had chosen one or the other, she quickly pointed out they would not be invited back. OOPS! Some folks sure are straight party line - but the ones getting the attention are all those poor folks who just don't know. I'm an independent and the phone calls to my house are outrageous - It's just simply none of your business! Come on folks wise up - throwing off the polls is also a hidden goal by lots of folks cause you guys are so wrapped up in the numbers! Enjoy, what else are you going to talk about?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  495. Bob

    Undecideds: I agree it's either a matter of privacy or unwillingness to have to defend a choice, or ...

    .. it's possible that some people really have not paid any attention to the campaigns so far due to work/life demands. I work with a guy who only began researching available material two weeks ago (very busy). He had strong preconceived, long-standing notions about McCain, but liked what he heard about Obama.

    Once he dug in, he quickly realized Obama was his choice.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  496. Muriel Eagle

    Many Republicans know that to vote for McCain is a mistake, but are so dedicated to their Republican backgroud that it's hard for them to make that final decision. The other problem is that there are a lot of
    bigots who know that Obama would be the sensible choice but have difficulty in making the decision to vote for a black candidate. This country has a long way to go in race relations.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |

    Sir (Jack)
    I am not sure of my vote at this time. Both canidates have "pluses", both " negatives. Color, age, where they are from, or the ads do not matter to me. Who is best for ower country matters a great deal.I SURE want to get the answer right.


    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  498. colejo from evansville,in

    Decidely glad to see you back!,Jack! Undecided is really unfathomable to me. Your previous question to the morals of palin and the RNC and their spending habits should enlighten everyone. Unfortunately this isn't a one of a kind story, it just keeps on coming.
    Having a hard time deciding to allow more corruption in the white house? Or just not paying attention?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  499. Rox Minneapolis

    Because they are uninformed, misguided voters who are so afraid of where we are headed with the only obvious presidential choice (doesn't represent their status quo), that they forget where we are now, how we got here - and with whom. Period.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  500. Andrew

    Clowns to the left of me jokers to the right, and I am stuck in the middle alone. I will vote. There are enough third party candidates that at least I can do my part to tell both of these fools that they do not deserve a clear mandate. The only thing worries me is that one party may well end up controlling both the executive and legislative branches. I am no longer undecided I am voting anti-incumbent.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  501. Richard, NY

    Maybe 7% of Americans are waiting to see if McCain will dump the unqualified, power-abusing, truth-dodging, expense-cheating, six-figure-wardrobe Sarah Palin from the ticket.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  502. Antonio in NYC

    The reason why 7% of potential voters haven’t decided who to vote for is simple: many of them are having trouble with voting for an African American. It seems to me that Obama has been running for president for the past three years and McCain is a career politician. I’ve never known so much about where the candidates stood on the issues, so for someone to say that they don’t know this stuff is just ridiculous. These candidates are vastly different.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  503. sheryl, Joliet, IL

    At this stage either people know who they are voting for and choose not to say or they have not done their homework and should not vote. I have always felt that that voting is a privilege – not a right. If you choose not to take the time to learn about the candidates you should not be allowed to vote. Honestly, this is not like picking what you are going to have for lunch. This decision affects everyone, even people around the world. Though many people push to have the numbers show up to vote, it really is the quality that makes the difference. Please stand aside and let people who take this seriously make the decision if you know you have not done your homework.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  504. Mike

    Could it be a reverse Bradley effect? They don't want to say on the telephone that they'll vote for Obama since someone may be listening but they don't want lie and say they'll vote for Mccain. Will be interesting to watch nov 4th...

    Oh and whoever says that Obama scares me, should maybe start using a spork, they may hurt themselves. Really people, after being in the senate and running for president, do you not think the person has been checked out? Oh and voting for a moose hunter in a skirt and a old war hero will make the right hard choices when it comes to fixing the economy, foreign relations, health care....

    think people, think

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  505. Marcello Testoni

    Plane ignorance... There are those who vote for how "cute or funny" the candidate is. "Cute" is not going to put food on your table, stop the war, give you a job or maintain the one you have, Oh ! Did I mention 401K shrinking ? Lets be real !!!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  506. Nan, Englewood, FL

    The only 'indecision" is which excuse to use for not voting for a black man

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  507. Fran, MO


    I was undecided until Sarah Palin opened her mouth.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  508. Marcus

    New Paltz, NY. I am a student majoring in Business and minoring in Poli. Sci. Most of the students with independent thought like myself are mad at what they're seeing in our future. I feel like Americans who are undecided are just sick of voting for the lesser of two evils. What has left me undecided in this race is that neither candidate takes a similar to aproach to Ron Paul. After the recent economic disaster, how could either candidate want more spending over-seas and not repeal the Federal Reserve act and abolish the Fed?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  509. John Doty Evansville, IN

    Jack, if 7% are deaf and can't read like George W. Bush, they truly can't make up their minds, or what they have of a mind. Knock knock anybody in there.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  510. Shane Vicious

    Most of the "undecideds" simply can't bring themselves to vote for a man of color. You've seen the McCain rally's, many small town goobers are crapping in their pants. They're Mad, and not because Bush has lead them to 6 years of war, wasted the national surplus, restricted their rights, and transferred large amounts of wealth to the rich.. No they're mad because a man of color is within reach of the White house.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  511. Will

    Jack, there are far too many issues and problems that this country currently faces and whatever is left of the positive campaign rhetoric by McCain and Obama has gone in one ear and out the other with undecided voters. To undecided voters, it seems, the path the country is on won't dramatically change no matter which candidate becomes president and many might choose not to vote in the end anyway. Remember 2004? Only 54% of people eligible to vote did so that year, and the negative ads, along with the same old politics will always keep voters at home come early November. Apathetic voters hurt the campaigns of both candidates more than any underlying hypocrisy or rhetorical gaffes.

    Atlanta, Georgia

    October 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  512. Ambrea

    Also I forgot to mention that I have never seen someone run for president that had so many friends either in prison, going to prison or should be in prison. Why does this not bother more people? Tune in to fox news and you will see a report on ACORN that shows a video of ACORN meeting together for small rally to pump there workers up for Obama. A woman for ACORN says " Obama needs acorn and we need Obama." How is this fair? If Obama is elected president it will always be known that he bought his way in by dirty money such as acorn,Tony Rezko, etc.... Is this what you want in the white house?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  513. Bryan from CA

    I think the un-decided voter is just un-willing to share his or her opinion. They may be those people who grew up being told that you don't talk about politics or religion. I think there are still some of them around... Maybe?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  514. McLeran

    There are a few reasons why voters may still be undecided. Voters could be distracted by all the mud being thrown and are still sifting through the dirty facts/allegations to see what matters and what doesn't matter.

    Along with their job to sort out issues, they are plagued by a basic mechanic of human communication called word association. Basically, many Americans, through the climate they were raised in, associate strong emotions of fear and anger towards words like communism, socialism, and liberalism. Since some of these words are being thrown out there, it gives the voter the job of actually realizing what these things are and understanding what part they have in our government today which makes voting for a candidate much more complicated. At least more complicated than picking who you'd like to have a beer with.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  515. Chris Turner

    Given the sharp contrast between these candidates & watching interviews with undecided voters, I've decided that this is their 15 minutes of fame–being undecided. Look at all the attention they are getting. Either that or they are idiots.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  516. Kimberly Fargo, ND

    At this hour, I do not believe that there are any "undecideds". Further, I would like to address all those who claim that neither candidate is the answer. Umm...Jesus is not running for election and never will. Geesh!!! In any election we are given the privilege to choose among a pool of imperfect humans with the hope that the one we vote for will accomplish a few things they set out to do. That's it. Go Obama!!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  517. Valsim

    I believe, Jack, you know why voters are still undecided. They are afraid of the McCain/Palin ticket but are too prejudice to vote for Obama, consequently, they prefer to sink with the ship than vote for Obama/Biden and save themselves.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  518. Josephine

    They are undecided because they are finding it very hard to vote for a black man! If they are really honest they would see that Barack Obama is the better choice. He is the man our country needs at this time. This is the 21st century! We are in a new age. We need a fresh voice and out look. Obama has the brains and the stamina to do the job. I'm eight years younger that Mc Cain so I'm in his generation. Obama could be my son. It's time for our generation to turn our country over to be governed by the next generation. Give it up Mc Cain! Retirement is wonderful!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  519. john

    Jack, I really believe those that are undecided feel in their gut Obama is the better choice, but are fighting feelings which cause the average caucasian doubt for a black candidate. If the country can overcome their backward stereotypes and vote based on qualifications and potential, I think America will excell in ways it never realized.

    Caucasian for Obama

    October 22, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  520. Ira Friedman

    Why isn't anyone mentioning McCarthyism when describing the charges of communist or socialist against Obama?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  521. RV

    You made a comment about people deciding " between the lesser of two evils". That is what most "minorities" have always had to do. But just because a "minority" is on the ticket does not mean an automatic vote; All should be voting for the most qualified candidate and it is crystal clear just who that candidate is. There is no indicision, just undeclared.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  522. T Ciccone

    The "undecided" voters may simply be protesting the available choices, as they may realize that their voices won't be counted in the surveys if they say they're definitively not voting. However, I do agree that race may be one unfortunate reason why certain voters may not be satisfied with the options.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  523. Tariq

    By the time it's November...undecided voters will have to flip a coin. They will not see or hear anything new that will sway they them one way or the other. However, with such a sharp distinction between the candidates...one can only speculate that undecided also means uninformed or uninterested; translating to 'no vote'. Even if you're undecided and you think both candidates are bad choices...you had to have come up with the lesser of two evils by now!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  524. Bill

    Undecided&unhappy, Well Jack it is like this, after listening to all of the networks and all of the poles why don't you guys just give the election to OBBMA and we won't have to vote. Bill in PA

    October 22, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  525. clark

    Dems,Media,unbalanced Obama hands off.No specifics on anything and donations to acorn Very disturbing.Palin not very experianced same with Obama. Joe is brain dead and John pretty old. House a joke and Senate just as bad.I COULD GO ON AND ON WITH everyone mentioned and wonder how the voters allowed our country to get in trouble.Change in Washington and have advisers stand behind who need pep pills to stand up.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  526. shirley sherbahn

    I'm so glad you're back. I can't tell you how much we missed you.
    you're the best part of the situation room. I can't imagine what you've gone through the last 6 weeks or so......but keep in mind a lot of us out here in cyberspace really care and pray for you and think of you.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  527. Warren in Oklahoma

    First, Welcome back.
    I think its the Palin factor. The odds are against John on that one. Couple that with the historic nature of electing a black man as president of the United States and I think some people's heads are spinning. I suspect down deep it brings new meaning the phrase that the choice is none of the above. Its time to get over it and do what's right.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  528. TJ from Texas


    I'm an undecided voter, 22 years old, and to be honest it's detesting to see that so many obvious Obama supporters are bashing us(the undecided) this close to the election due to the fact that we are either racist and or ignorant.

    I would generally call myself a conservative on more issues then not so naturally I should vote Republican right? Only if I want this economy to go down further into the toilet then it already has. Bush was a horrible Republican president and McCain might do a slightly better job then him but that's not saying much. And don't even get me started on his choice of an unqualified VP.

    So it's clear to vote for Obama? No it's not, not even close. Sure the economy will most likely do better, but the fact is there are alot of other core issues(that most people seem to be forgetting about in the heat of this crisis) that have bearing on a persons choice of who to vote for.

    Like I said I am a conservative who is stuck between the choice of having the vote between another bad Republican President or one of the most Liberal Senators who would do a better job of running this country but would start 'changing' this country in some ways I do not agree with. If Obama would have been more moderate with his past record(within Democratic standards) I would have already cast my vote.

    This is going to be my second time around to vote for a President and yet again i'm severly disappointed with my lack of options.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  529. Maria

    I believe many undecided voters are not necessarily "undecided" but "unnerved". They are clearly out of their comfort zone. These are folks that are use to making an informed choice between two candidates based on the merits of their platform or as a result of their allegiance to their party. Of the two candidates, one clearly stands out with regard to message, platform, and vision for our country. Under normal circumstances, the choice would be clear for many of these folks. Unfortunately, like many things in life, we tend to gravitate to things that feel more comfortable to us. Let's face it, no matter how bad the alternative, for many people it does not feel comfortable to vote for a black man to be our next president.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  530. kathy hakim

    People are undecided because they have not been given a clear picture of the candidates by the press. Sarah was immediately dismissed and you have insulted her daily. John is an honest man and an American hero. You never give him a break.
    Why do you all love Oboma so much? Is it because he is all things to all people?
    Muslim terrorists love Oboma. To muslims, because of his name, he is definitely a follower of Mohammad. To americans–I think he is hiding alot.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  531. Kristal

    Jack, I believe that many are struggling with race, whether they want to admit it or not. If you look at our country...2 wars, a tanking economy, hundreds of thousands of jobs lost, millions without healthcare, a failed education system, our status in the world at the lowest ever and then you look at the 2 candidates...one focusing on how he wants to address the issues and the other focusing on how to disqualify the other candidate in the most disgusting way possible, then you have to ask yourself what else could be keeping these voters on the fence?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  532. rosse

    Jack well come back. your right jack if you have not figured it out by now it is to late

    October 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  533. Debbie in North Carolina


    I am one of those UNDECIDED voters. Here's why...

    Obama was in the US Senate only 1 year when he announced he was running for president. He obviously has NO experience and I wonder why he didn't wait until he'd at least served one term in the Senate considering how young he is. He seems to be a very articulate and educated man, but he has never been tested, even though I prefer his ideas to McCain's by far. I am also suspicious of the many promises he's all ready broken such as accepting Federal funding instead of going out and raising millions of dollars. He's obviously being bought off by someone, despite their claim that his average donation was around $100. And as much as I LOVE James Taylor and have enjoyed all the free concerts here, I just can't shake the feeling that something is not right about Obama... and I'm not talking race either.

    McCain comes off as old and angry, BUT, he does have the experience. While his age shouldn't be a factor either, it is to me, as it was with Regan, especially with his choice of Sarah Palin as his VP running mate. She has no more experience than Obama and God forbid something should happen to McCain.... I don't even want to think about that.

    I'm a life long democrat, BUT, I supported Hillary Clinton and I think Obama made a major mistake not putting her on the ticket as his VP.

    So I see the choice as jumping from the frying pan into the fire!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  534. Ron

    My parents are still undecided. They are traditionally conservative and are nervous about the cost of Obama's plans, although they are not really supportive of McCain. I have tried to convince them that the republicans have no recent track record of being fiscally responsible and point to the large deficits under Reagan, Bush I and Bush II, but they are still hesistant. I also point to Clinton's ability to balance the budget and maintain a surplus, but they are not Clinton fans due to his moral indiscretions, which carry more wait than they really should in their minds.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  535. Kathy Allbee

    Unfortunately, I think it is the fear of choosing policies very similar to the past eight years, versus the fear of choosing the unknown. I, however am not undecided. I am enthusiastically voting for Barack Obama!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  536. Raman Kapur

    As an Obama supporter, I am very nervous about this trend and feel that the poll numbers are not telling the whole story at this point.

    I think about a third to half of the "undecided" voters are uncomfortable about someone of African American heritage being elected to the White House. Some are afraid to admit this fact even to themselves while others have already made up their minds (but not their hearts).

    This will be very close indeed ....

    October 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  537. D.Desselle

    Jack, to your last question on Mrs Palin's family travel expense, I guess everyone thinks that Obama's family has to pay to travel with him.I"m sure as a US senator there expense is included at TAX PAYERS EXPENSE !!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  538. Jane

    I understand why so many are undecided. At one point, both Candidates stated that they wouldn't get in to negative campaigning. I've seen negative campaigning from both sides. How can we trust either Candidate when they talk out of both sides of their mouths? I think we should do away with party lines ... lines separate and always will separate. We need people in Congress and our White House who think for themselves and will not be swayed by party lines. You know what they say about a Nation Divided. God help us!

    Beach Park, IL.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  539. Russ_Asheville, NC

    Maybe they, the undecided, don't have a problem with taxpayers paying for the reformer's $150,000 wardrobe for her and family. Looks as if Palin's parachute is starting to deploy.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  540. Curtis

    Jack, even though this election has been going on for two years, I think there are a lot of people who are preoccupied with keeping their jobs, their houses and food on the table to make a decision yet. God bless them all.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  541. Alex Smith Little Rock

    Anyone who is not decided by this point just doesn't care about politics or is willfully avoiding all media coverage on the subject. Maybe people just want attention, those undecided Ohio voters that were on CNN after the debate seemed to have made up their mind pretty quick for who they wanted to vote for.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  542. KCLaw

    Simple. The atmosphere is so charged among the electorate that the air is literally crackling. Even normally apathetic voters realize that this election is a turning point in American history.
    Because emotions are running so high, because this country is in crisis mode, because we have the injection of race in this election, many people do not want to discuss it with friends, family and pollsters.
    They will vote their preference in the privacy of the booth.
    I believe this is going to be a ladslide blowout for the Democrats, with many Republican incumbents losing their seats. I may be wrong, but then again, the polls have been wrong in the past, too.
    People are angrier than I have ever seen them in 51 years. This will have a profound effect on this election.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  543. Bernadette Loesch

    so many people are still undecided because sometimes McCain sounds as if he knows what he is talking about, the other half of time he's totally confusing.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  544. MaMa

    Undecided or not they are going to have to decide in13 days. I'm glad that it going to be over soon. I am tired mentally.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  545. Kerri

    Undecided because.....they've been brainwashed to think that McCain is another Bush....but...Obama is a socialist......

    bottom line: Obama = big gov't/tell you how to live policies. Enemies will test his weakness. Oh..and I'm happy that he will raise taxes on the company I work for so it will be less profitable...sounds like a great idea. unbelievable.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  546. Rich from PA

    Maybe it's just a lot of fed up voters not answering pollster's questions because they're tired of politicians parroting the poll results as their latest position then do what they want when they get elected. Bush ran two campaigns telling us he'd take care of the middle class and reach across party lines to compromise. So maybe rather than being undecided they're just not saying.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  547. Clark Elliott

    I would like to see a poll that asks people what factors are making it difficult for them to make a decision. I suspect that in addition to many of the points above, people are truly uncertain about which candidate's approach is more likely to get the nation back on its feet.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  548. Gilbert

    Jack, the answer is clear. LIke you said, its a decision between a bad and a better evil. Obama might not be the best candidate, but he's better than the American "Maverick" in the issues of America's interest right now. McCain underestimated the American females, by trying to give them Palin in the place of Hillary. But, haha, he made another wrong judgement. American women are smatter than he thinks. Rather than finishing the cracks Hillary left on the ceiling, they are now being cemented again by another female.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  549. Beth

    I don't think many people are undecided. I think, and hope, that in the end, everyone in this country will do what needs to be done: elect Obama so that the country can move forward and see better economic times as well as good and true leadership. I do not want to imagine the awful times we would endure if McCain/Palin somehow win – that would be a tragedy.

    Hopefully, on Nov. 5, we will all refer to Obama as Mr. President.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  550. David Keenan

    The undecideds are most likely sleeping Republicans so it brings more credence to the overall thought that this is far from over and we are still, indeed, a split nation and will be even more so after this election, particularly if the poisonous campaign of McCain/Palin prevails.

    This is one election in which America needs a landslide so let's hope they are sleeping Dems.

    Westborough, MA

    October 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  551. Brian from RI

    Jack, you've heard it a lot this week, but welcome back. I always enjoy your pieces.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  552. Oregon Reg. Ind.


    If these 7% have been following the campaign and the candidates take on issues closely, I'm not sure what would be in their way of making a decision now. For a lot of registered independents (that I know of) like myself...this has been an easy decision! Gen. Powell put it best of why he was going to vote for Obama on meet the press last sunday.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  553. sagewhistler

    I think that a good percentage of these people are not going to vote, period. If someone asked you who you wanted to vote for and you knew you weren't, but its a professional poll, wouldn't you say I'm still undecided? No one wants to be chided for not participating, but if you haven't decided by now its kinda like that song sung by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. "If you don't know me by now. You will never never never know me" They've torn these four candidates to pieces. What else is there to know?

    This is not to say I don't think there are undecided people, but I think they have lumped undecided and nonvoters together.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  554. Sharen

    Doesn't matter, Jack. McCain is so far behind in the polls – many of my associates have quit following the news. Obama has it in the bag.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  555. Christine

    I don't think people are undecided. Those of us NOT supporting Obama are afraid to say how we feel because if we do we are called a 'racist' or a 'redneck'.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  556. Jan Tulsa

    The voters I know are not happy with their choices because: Obama is the first black man to be nominated for President, is very eloquent, talks about change without defining what exactly that means, lacks experience, wants to "redistribute our wealth, and has links to questionable people or groups. Biden seemed to say that paying more taxes is patriotic and it is time to step up and pay. On the other hand, McCain seems to be a more "liberal Republican" and has the track record and experience, promises to keep taxes low, but might be a little too old to have the energy for the job. Palin has a history of success in state politics, zeal for reform, shows strong character, and is the first woman to be nominated for V.P., but lacks experience in the national arena and foreign affairs. In other words, neither team is perfect for the times. Pro-life voters have the easiest job, since we have not choice but to vote Replublican. Thank you for providing this forum.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  557. Barry Cutler

    The "lesser of two evils" argument may indeed apply in this election. That's because we always choose our President from the narrow range of choices our two party system provides us. However, the differences between those two parties and their candidates have rarely been more stark than they are this year. And there has never been an election as long as this one. No, after all this, those who still remain undecided are either fools or drama queens, hoping to sit on a CNN panel of undecided voters.

    Barry, Palm Desert, CA

    October 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm |

    Of course they are having a hard time deciding. Obama is too new, too inexperienced and really – can you really believe that a "rock star" has what it takes? We'll see what kind of staying power he has! If Hilary was still on the ticket – I think the choices would have bee made. McCain is a victim of CNN's constant barage of negative reporting.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  559. Quincy

    I think that the canidates have not been explaining enough. Maybe if they inform the voters a little bit more than the voters will have a decision.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  560. Russell in MO


    I'm still undecided because both parties scare me. I'm afraid of the insanity that McCain has shown throughout the election, as summed up by Powell, but I'm also scared that there might be some truth to the higher taxes means fewer jobs argument. McCain still has two weeks to win me back with some straight talk on the topic. Screaming 'Socialist' and 'Poor Joe' just doesn't do the trick.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  561. Will P

    Deciding for president is a combination of comparing resumes and personalities. Obama has the personality, but McCain has the resume. McCain should be president, on paper. He is a war hero, a long term senator, and a man who seems like a strong leader. Obama, on the other hand has never really done anything except run for president and be likable. However, likability got us Bush.

    Will P
    Buffalo NY

    October 22, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  562. G. Robinson

    Because they are not taking the time to study wither candidate or their plan for America. It should be fairly easy because McCain doesn't have a plan to help America economically or health care wise. He says he can catch Osama Bin Laden. Well go and catch him. Why do we have to nominate you for you to help us get rid of terrorists? I guess we will have to come up with a plan to get Osama in the Barack Obama administration because I know who I'm voting for along with enough people to give Barack Obama 270 electoral votes – first – before McInsane gets it.

    OB/JB 08-12

    October 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  563. Christine Silicon Valley CA

    I think undecided voters don't want McCain but are reluctant to vote for Obama because of the race issue which is unfortunate. And with Gov Palin bashing the Obama/Biden ticket with lies and smears of socialism and the uninformed voters thinking Obama is a Muslim. Which again is a race\culture issue? Just because my catholic mother named me "Christine" doesn't make me a Christian. I am an atheist nor does that make me un-American. I pay volunteer in my community, I pay taxes and I am a good person. Wake up undecided voters do you really want an angry, bitter old man with his finger on the button as our next leader?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  564. Valerie

    I think that this election season has just been so divisive,with so many chages of sexism, racism and whatever else "ism" you could throw out there, that many just want to vote and not be judge as to why they voted one way or another

    October 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  565. Henrietta Doe, Westfield,MA

    Jack, I do not think voters are undecided.I think that voters are mislead by McCain and Palin. For the fast few weeks, we have watch McCain and Palin divide the country with their negative ads and through their rallys. If Mcain and Palin are elected, it will be difficult for them to unite the country, and this is a serious problem.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  566. Alice

    McCain made his decision to pick Palin and I jumped off the fence toward Obama. I was not pleased with McCains switch to the Bush economic plan but was not sure of Obama. However, I feel that John's pick of Palin was not very well thought out and she was not thoroughly vetted. It revealed his "do anything to get elected" attitude that frankly showed a not very attrative side of him. Since Palins luster has worn off, John appears to be desperate and is doing and saying things that are offensive.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  567. Mark

    I believe many of these people don't want four more years of what we have had the last eight years, but they just can't bring themselves to vote for the black guy. Racism is playing a part in at least half of the undecided.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  568. Monique

    I think that many people ,in this day and age, still would not vote for an African American president like Sen. Obama, no matter how sensible and diplomatic he may be. They may tell their friends and families their decisions are not based on race, but the opposite may be true.

    Then, you have within that same pool of undecided people that they are fed up with John McCain and his misfit (or Miss Unfit) running mate, Sarah Palin, and their negative ads, attitudes, and whatnot.

    My advice to the undecided ppl is to think beyond race & gender and make a deliberate decision to vote with the heart of the issues, look out how the candidates reponded to one another, to the economy and their proposals.

    Final thought: John McCain said in a CNN interview , "to remember history." I, for one who was undecided until recently, do remember history and do not want the same repeated another 4 years of the last 8. Need I say more?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  569. Mason Alabama

    Hello Jack,

    I'm majoring in Political Science at the University of Alabama. There may be a small number of undecided voters out there, but I think if the election was held tomorrow, the majority of "undecided" voters would know who they were voting for. It is too late in the game to be declared undecided.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  570. Marc

    Most of the undecideds will be voting for McCain. However, they remain "undecided" because of the constant and childish ridicule put upon them by Obamabots.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  571. Fred

    I'm inclined to believe there are many reasons why the undecided haven't made of their minds even though the writing is on the wall. I wouldn't want a President who is of yester-year, old and who has no idea of what being presidential is. Anyone can see the differences. McCain has turned to McNasty! These undecided voters need to get with it! Is it too many 'isms? It's a new day and we have fresh candidate with a new vision. The world is ready for Obama and so are we!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  572. James, Indy from Florida

    I believe it is because these polls don't work. And please the only reason bring up that it is a race issue is because they are worried that their "hope" will not win.

    If we want to throw the race card in, then that also goes for everyone that will not for McCain because he is white. Seriously didn't we leave all these childish games back in grade school.

    And why does Palin's garments make it in the news and not the fact that both parties have spent so much on this election, that should be news of wasted cash.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  573. Lori

    I can't imagine anyone still being undecided. I think these
    "undecided voters" have not watched the television or read
    a newspaper. Come on.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  574. Denise Dussault

    Hello Jack!

    Undecided voters, probably, won't vote at all. They simply need attention because in every day situation, they still having hard time to make any decision.

    Denise, Montréal

    October 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  575. Eronie, Houston "wishing it was blue" Texas


    This election is far too important, too televised, and too interesting for ANYONE to not have made a decision yet. These candidates do not share many similarities in policy proposals and ideals, so trying to decide "which is better than the other" is obviously more based on personal issues the voter has rather than the campaign and what's best for this country. Depending on what you believe about the mechanics of this country, you are ALWAYS inclined to vote for the candidate who best represents your interests and in this case, there IS no in between.

    I'd rather them stay out and not vote rather than vote for vain reasons.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  576. Eric

    The recent interview with Sen. Mc Cain in the Situation Room was very interesting. However, I am surprised that there was never a follow through on the statement that John Mc Cain has already been tested. How has he been tested? Does being in the military or being captured really qualify someone to be commander in chief? I am not demeaning his service, but sitting in his plane and getting ready to bomb Cuba and being Commander in Chief are two totally balls of wax. I served three years in the military but I don't believe that qualifies me to be President...in fact I know it doesn't!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  577. barry perry

    I cannot believe that anyone who's been paying attention doesn't know who they intend to vote for. It coud be that they are'nt totally comfortable with their decision and are waitng for sme "October Surprise" to make it easier.

    Rolesville, NC

    October 22, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  578. Karen

    I know it seems that a person should have made up his/her mind up by now, but I am embarrassed to say that I walked into my polling place in 2004 with no idea who would get my vote. It wasn't until I was finally looking at the ballot that I made my selection.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  579. California Voter

    I'm undecided because I have yet to hear Obama explain why he belonged to a black liberation church for 20 years and never once was offended or heard offensive remarks made by Rev. Wright. Although Obama is quick to throw whoever and whatever under the bus if it gets in the way of his bid for the presidency he has never explained his membership in this church (please note: he no longer attends this church). I'm also concerned about Obama's lack of experience and his judgment (Rezko, Ayers, ACORN, Rev. Wright) in terms of the company he keeps. And finally, I am offended by the blatant sexism that exists in this country. We may be ready for a black president, but it looks like we've still got a long way to go before women are treated with equally.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  580. Chris in Nevada

    John McCain's surprise VP pick is still a relative newcommer to the national scene.

    If there is a higher percent of undecided voters than normal so close an election it could be many "undecided" are taking advantage of the last weeks to observe and learn more about Gov. Palin.

    And enough with the insinuations that anyone who doesn't support Sen. Obama must be a racist. As if you can't be ligitimately opposed to him based the real issues? Sen Obama is a foreign policy disaster waiting to happen, and his energy plan is no where near as good as Sen. McCain's. Grin.

    See you at the polls...

    October 22, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  581. Nia - AZ

    Or they could be AADD

    October 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  582. Eronie, Houston "wishing it was blue" Texas


    This election is far too important, too televised, and too interesting for ANYONE to not have made a decision yet. These candidates do not share many similarities in policy proposals and ideals, so trying to decide "which is better than the other" is obviously more based on personal issues the voter has rather than the campaign and what's best for this country. Depending on what you believe about the mechanics of this country, you are ALWAYS inclined to vote for the candidate who best represents your interests and in this case, there IS no medium between the two Senators.

    I'd rather them stay out and not vote rather than vote for vain reasons.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  583. marlies, denver


    October 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  584. Kris

    I wonder how many Obama supporters who make more than the average "Joe" are really going to vote for him. I live in a very blue state and I would like to bet that a lot of these supporters don't end up voting for Obama because of his motivation in "spreading the wealth".
    Here in this state it's difficult to stand for conservative issues without getting the rant from a far left opinionated individual ripping you apart. I think there are far more votes that will end up leaning towards the right than the polls show. In the end it's not about the bumper stickers you advertise on your car, it's your vote. Thank god they are private.

    Portland, OR

    October 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  585. Michael, Gainesville Georgia

    Personally Jack, I'm looking for a "none of the above" selection on the ballot come November 04, 2008. If these two are the best we have to offer for the highest office in the land, then we need an ejection seat, not a bailout.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  586. Jennifer

    So many voters are undecided because although they're skeptical of Republican strategies (look at the mess Bush made), they still don't want to vote for a man of color.
    The better question would be, which is more important, race or money?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  587. Delane

    They're got commitment problems., or just slow.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  588. Sara N Bakersfield

    I dont understand myself how can you not be decided on to who to vote for by now. There have been too many issues with the Mccain campaing that makes me sick from the VP Nominee to John Mccain himself. Also how are you going to vote for some who is NOT for the middle class Americans and has not even released his medical records, is very scary to think that if something happens to John Mccain that Sara Palin can be our president she does not know anything at all, just imagine this woman trying to talk to Puttin or our allies from Israel.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  589. Rose

    I dont think there are that many undecided voters either. They are eitehr afraid to say they're voting for Obama or afraid to say theyre voting for Bush, I mean McCain. I beleive there are some Republicans who want to vote Republican but realize that they may also have to have Palin as President. Hopefully this hard for them and they chose the right candidate. One who doesnt want to succede from the United States.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  590. KC in Phoenix

    When will it dawn on you poll taking talking heads that have been trying to predict the future for a whole frigg’n year just to fill TV time, that your undecided voter numbers don’t even come close to all the people like my wife I that routinely hang up on poll calls.

    Polls for the most part are stupid unless they report how many hang-ups they got in the numbers dialed along with the numbers of those that actually answered and stayed on the phone.

    We have our early mail-in ballots, we have settled on all the other issues, and we are going to decide the last week who we think can best take over this mess when W leaves.

    Really, I beg of you, try covering more different things that are news.
    We are so sick of this year long onslaught of election crap we are ready to puke up our top ramon noodle dinners.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  591. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Bill Bennett should vote for Barack – he could afford more food and dinners out.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  592. S. Jackson

    Duh! Why are voters still undecided, you ask! Could it be we are still amazed that from all the initial candidates in the race, we are left with these two men? We must either choose a Pro-Life angry old man who is disinterested in protecting our borders and continues to defend a war we were tricked into and his air head side kick (who, God forbid, could become President). Or, we can choose a liberal with questionable judgement ( pastor and associations) who will increase our taxes so that those with an entitlement mentality or those in our country illegally can have what we have worked a lifetime to achieve and his cohort who never knows when to shut up (God forbid he should ever be President). The "spread the wealth" thing should be a sticking point to anyone who works hard for their money. It is absolutely disgraceful that we are expected to choose the leader of the free world from these candidates. I am an unaffiliated voter, and I WILL vote, but right now I am totally disgusted with my options. As a moderate, not too far to the right and not too far to the left, there is not a candidate for me.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  593. Joy M.

    Hi Jack! I have not heard this mentioned in the news but when Sara Palin got off that plane with that little baby under one arm (his arms and legs dangling) and waving with the aother arm, I said to my husband " if Michael Jackson had done that he would have been crucified by the press!! Remember when he had the baby on the balcony?? Well, she was coming down the ramp with the little guy and not a word was written. P.S. I am a white midwestern house wife incase you are interested and not a Michael Jackson fan. Glad to see you back !! Joy M.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  594. Henrietta Doe, Westfield,MA

    Jack, I do not think voters are undecided. I think that voters are mislead by McCain and Palin. For the past few weeks, we have watch McCain and Palin divide the country with their negative ads, and through their rallys. If McCain and Palin were elected, it will be difficult for them to unite the country, and this is a serios problem.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  595. Kalia

    I don't believe that anyone is undecided, everyone has basically made up their minds by now. Maybe its because theyr'e ashamed of their choice... McCain! Or maybe, like Bill Maher said the " reverse Bradley effect."

    October 22, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  596. Stretch

    Joe the Plumber said he was undecided but it is clear who he supported.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  597. Chris Youngs, Cochranton, PA

    I would wager that most undecided voters are white. They are far from sold on McCain, but can not yet commit to vote for an African-American. Voting for an African-American is still a huge step for many of us. I venture that most white Americans have never voted in any political race where one major party candidate was African-American. I say, come on, people! Get over it! It was Stupid White Men (apologies to Michael Moore!) who got us into all of our current messes.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  598. Drew Newman

    I believe that all current events taken into consideration, many Americans have become numb and ambivalent. Times are tough enough for many people to feel completely hopeless. So much so, that neither candidate has the power to excite them with their words, which is all a campaign can do until in office. If the thought of either candidate in office doesn't elicit thoughts of recovery and prosperity, there is no point to waiting in line. A good chunk if not a majority of the undecided voters will waive their right to vote all-together, and in times like this, who can blame them?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  599. Tim Ludwig, Franklin,TN

    Maybe a lot of them are leaning toward Obama, but are getting tired of you folks in the media and the coastal intellectuals acting like they're brain dead if they have some discomfort voting for a guy who has been shown to have questionable judgement in his past associations. The econmoy has everybody on edge and deciding if going in a more socialist direction is the right thing to do is troubling...... all these comments on taking away someone's voting rights because they're thinking about the ramifications of this election is not helpful.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  600. Frank

    Jack; people do not know who or what to trust. The people of this country, for decades, have been systematically lied to and decieved. Like Charlie Brown, the people line up in droves to kick the ball (cast a ballot) for the least offensive candidate only to be disappointed by that party or candidates performance. "Vote for me.. I stand for this; unless some special interest or donor block decides otherwise". PSYCH Defence needs to be dynamic in order to be effective.

    Frank – the worm

    October 22, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  601. Thomas

    The people who are undecided are not undecided about which candidate represents what they believe...they are undecided about what they themselves even believe in. If you are clear in what you believe the choice should be clear for you.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  602. Debra Rich

    I don't think those voters are really undecided. One other thought is these polls only ask about the Obama or McCain, but never Nader or the other guy; who these undecided folks may be voting for. However I think there maybe some people who think their vote is private, and won't tell anyone (even family members) who their voting for.

    I also believe that people who are turned off by the ads; have a choice in most states.... vote for Nader. People need to vote because we can, that's what makes us Americans. The world envies our democracy, and to not excercise the right to vote shows how much you value your freedom. Comedian Greg Ferguson pointed out recently, that in Poland in 1989 Communists threatened democracy with promises of physical violence against the Polish people. They were encouraged to vote for democracy by a poster that was paster all over Gdansk and Warsaw of the word "Solidarity" written in red behind a picture of Gary Cooper as the sheriff in "High Noon" walking not with a gun; but with a paer ballot. The single figure of an American carring a paper ballot inspired a nation to democracy. People we need to get off our undecided butts!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  603. Nefe

    If Obama was a white man, honestly this election would have been over long time ago. I just think that those undecided people don't want to see above them a black man.
    Come on Americans turn the page over. OBAMA is the man

    October 22, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  604. jane capelotti, Cape Cod, MA

    I don't think people are undecided, they just don't want to tell the newspeople. McCain started the negative comments, Obama had to respond. Every time I see McCain on TV he is attacking Obama, not answering the questions. Just listened to Wolff's interview with McCain – he let McCain talk circles around him and didn't say a word. He wouldn't get him to answer the questions. It's like giving McCain a free ad on TV, without Obama being able to respond. CNN is so many times biased toward Republicans. Please confront McCain forcefully and don't let him tell his lies. I feel the Dems must watch the polling places for Republican tricks. I like your opinions Jack. Tnx

    October 22, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  605. James

    It is a reflection on American culture I am afraid. Various media outlets have somehow managed to make it hip to be undecided. Every "undecided" voter interview after the debates turned into a regurgitation of whatever the most recent attack to be lobbed over party lines has been. "Well, I like Obama's position on healthcare, but McCain has more experience...It's just too hard" Give me a break. 90% of our questions have been answered or dealt with in the manner that our two candidates have put forth. If it is still "just too hard," then they don't deserve those 15 seconds of fame.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  606. carmen Gothe

    undecided' in this day and time' hell no/

    October 22, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  607. Tom

    Thank you for your comments and insight. You are the ONE person on CNN that has remained consistent in the years I have been a listener. A group of 18 men use to get together and listen to certain CNN programs, but since CNN has seemingly moved to the right, we have discontinued our gathering. We have missed you, and we are glad you are back Keep up the good work..


    October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  608. Chuck Krepop

    I think people are sick and tired of the politicians attacking each other instead of talking about how they plan to solve the many issues facing this country. I haven't heard either major candidate mention the illegal immigration issue!!! I'm sure that they will surprise us on that one once elected !!!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  609. Mrs. Church

    I wish that the independant vote carried as much weight as everyone is giving it. Due to the electoral college, some votes don't get counted either way. If you're a republican, or an independant who votes McCain, in a blue state, it doesn't count anyway. Gotta love a flawed system.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  610. Holly Albuquerque, NM

    undecided = uneducated

    October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  611. John

    What kind of statement is that......"Maybe if you haven’t figured it out by now you should not be allowed to vote." How pompous! Maybe people don't want you, Jack, to tell them how to vote and are trying to figure out what is real and what's not in the what they are fed by the media. And Jack.....you are one of the worst. Do we even know who Barack Obama is yet?? We keep finding out new things each day about him. We find out what his Vice Presidential candidate thinks about him and that makes me nervous. If we didn't have to wade through what the networks want us to know then maybe more undecideds would have moved one way or another. We'll decide when the switch is pulled.........

    October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  612. Richard Williams in Larchmont, NY

    It's basically this, they are keeping it to themselves. Privacy is very important to some people. That's the way it should be.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  613. David Day

    Perhaps many smart Americans are asking themselves if they are being sold a bill of goods by the slickest huckster to come along since PT Barnum.

    I haven't voted for a Republican President since I cast my first vote at 18. I voted for Ford. I've supported Democrats and Independents ever since. Obama is an Ivy League car salesman. The antithesis of Bush; he is smart, articulate, educated, thoughtful. He has finely honed all of the elements you need to sway people.

    Problem is, he has no substance that I can see. It's all talk. He could be the worst President elected in the last 100 years. And given the Bush legacy, that's saying a lot!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  614. Garrett

    Perhaps the grandfatherly disposition McCain displayed in Wolf's interview is designed to help him to appeal to those undecideds who have only seen the angry and sarcastic John McCain, or perhaps his other personas.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  615. James from Alameda, CA

    Hi Jack,

    From my own standpoint, I have not voted yet because I've never taken such an interest in a presidential election as I have with this one. As a young voter, I voted to whomever my father thought should be elected because, at the time, I was unaware about how to learn about the candidates in depth. I thought since my father was an informed retired veteran he would know best. Times have changed and I am very able to know what I want to know, when I want to know it, but I know this is not the case for a lot of people my age (30). I'll bet even my father isn't as informed as I am because he is not a big computer user. I'm wondering where else could a person amass all the information that is on barackobama.com or johnmccain.com. Or also, would people who are not that great at searching the net find that official government site that shows exactly how Obama or Mccain voted in the past and in recent times. I mean, even if people caught the debates, the only other way to verify what is being said is to be at home watching the segments on CNN and I only see that because I am unemployed at the moment. So maybe a lot of people are seeing the segments...at least 750000. It has taken me some time to make an informed decision and now all need to do is hit the registrars office in Oakland CA. I think people have been caught up with their own hard times and only recently are seeing the importance of voting (especially minorities)


    Alameda CA

    October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  616. Janice

    Hi Jack, I am a diehard fan of you and Wolf. You are one of my favorites. I think it's because of so much information being thrown out there whether it's true or false. People need time to filter out and process all of it. We have been made promises before, and they didn't come through with what they said they would do once elected. I beleive this will change when Sen. Obama becomes president. We need a president that will do what he said he will do once elected.
    And I believe race does have a factor is this as well. It is really getting ugly. We have come a long way, but we still have a ways to go.....


    October 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  617. J.D. Qualley

    Jack, what I've discovered is that the majority of those voters who vocalize that they are undecided actually know who they are voting for, they're just not telling anyone. When pressed, the majority of these folks admit they are voting for Obama – they just don't want to tell anyone. For those who are left, they just don't think it's anyone's business, but that's not an answer they can choose from when being polled......

    October 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  618. Andi from BC

    Character seems to be a big one according to the right.

    So the choice is between a 72 year old adulterer married to a (I assume) convicted felon, teamed with a jealously protected devicive moron married to an Alaskan separatist. Or what to almost the entire civilised world, appear to be two decent famly men who want to help the real backbone of America.

    The greatest single tell I have seen is that American CEO's are line abreast for McCain! Well trust in them for your future eh?

    The fascist said the bigger the lie the more people will believe it. Goebbels could not hold a candle to Fox or the McCain's Goose-steppers. Who said you get the politicians you deserve?

    Prevaricate at your peril US.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  619. Chris And Nissa Dunn

    One thing we are Not undecided about–Jack, it's good to see you back.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  620. Christie, South Carolina

    They are not really undecided. They just really don't care. Please let them use this time to get informed and not make a grievous error.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm |

    Hurricanes, fires, floods, wars, greed, disfunctional government. We don't need a president, we need SUPERMAN!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  622. Bill from Alaska

    I find it funny that most people commenting think that the undecided folks are too stupid to be allowed to vote. Whatever happened to listening to all the arguments on both sides and then making a decision. Our decision isn't due for 2 weeks. Why make it now?

    October 22, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  623. Barry Stearns, Manhattan


    The undecideds are still wondering if maybe she really can see Russia from her backyard.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  624. don the auditor from toledo

    Its real simple...the only people who have not made up their mind yet are those like Joe the plumber from the other side of town who continue to reach in that well of shame searching for reasons not to vote for Senator Obama when its obvious that Obama’s tax plan would reduce his and my taxes far more than what Senator McCain’s plan ever would. These people got the memo; they’re just too stupid to read it!!!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  625. Roy - IL

    I think a deluge of information, a torrent of accusations, misleading statistics and claims, and proposals and counterproposals have left a lot of undecided voters baffled, bewildered, and battered into an even greater sense of depression trying to decide how to cast this all important vote Nov 4th.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  626. loretta burgess

    Jack, My indecision is based on do I actually cave & give my vote to one of the evils of two lessers, or cast it for the only guy calling this bail out for what it really is,.....RALPH NADER, another CHOICE not given much media attention! Yeah my vote might be construed as "a throw away" but please if this is not the year to register protest for what is going on in Washington with "both parties" I don't know when Americans will wake up! Thanks for all you do at attempting to keep it REAL! Loretta, Canon City, CO.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  627. Tony Romo TX

    i think that mccain is the man for the job and that obama needs to waite for atleast 4 to 8 more years we need an exsperianced commander them someone who will need his team to do almost all of it

    October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  628. scott

    As the gipper used to say "well here we go again".It seems as though the media wants their man in the white house at the cost of picking on a woman and her kids.I have to start wondering how much investment CNN has in Mr. Obama;s campaign to go as far as picking on a woman and family. I am sure if you would spend as much time and effort on the side,you will more than likely find the same results if not worse.I have been a CNN viewer for many years and I am appauled at what I,ve seen Jack. Lets see how the dems nominees spend their money.Oh well thats right Mr. Obama will not disclose where his comes from ,threrefore I guess we don't have a track record to find out.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  629. Remus

    They aren't Jack, they are discriminatory towards Barack Obama. Think about it, people have had almost 2 years to "get to know" Obama and almost 30 years for McCain, the debates, the speeches, etc. There really isn't anything else out there besides the "gaffes" that both candidates will make, which the other side will pounce on. In my opinion there is only one choice, for all those "Bush" people that voted for Bush over McCain and we know what a glorious choice he was for president. And now McCain is going against Obama, clearly an intellectual giant and far better candidate than Bush ever was. WHAT'S LEFT? Race.............

    October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  630. Sonoran Desert DT

    They all picked a very bad week to quit sniffing glue.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  631. FFD

    because those are the people with the political power at the moment and they have an inflated view of their desired influence

    October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  632. S Houston

    Looked all over for comments to Wolf Blitzer's interview with McCain, but could not find. So . . .

    Give me a break, Wolf.
    When you questioned John McCain and he kept saying he's "been tested" I never heard a follow up from you asking him "how?" He talked about the Cuban missile crisis. Was he President then or did I miss something? Was he the commander in chief during any significant national crisis? (Being a POW does not equate.) His claim is spurious and so is your reporting when you fail to ask him for specifics. Shame on you! I felt like I was watching the "McCain Hour" as you let him drone on and on with no challenge.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  633. Carol, Arnold, CA

    These are probably the same people that can't make up their minds about anything. It seems like a no-brainer to me.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  634. Terry from Kalispell, Montana

    The surprise to me is how few are still undecided. One of the most exciting things about American politics is how uninformed the majority of voters can be. In low turnout years, I believe a higher percentage of voters are informed on the issues, but in these higher turnout years, people are voting for emotional reasons. So if you're someone who tears up when you hear McCain's life story, whose heart beats faster when you hear Obama's hope and change message, and who is just plain turned on by Palin, it's no wonder you can't decide.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  635. Robert, Phoenix AZ

    It's pretty simple. Those who are still undecided are either stupid or grossly underinformed. That's it, nothing fancy...

    October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  636. Alain

    I am guessing those undecided voters are traditional republican voting blocks that are contemplating moving to Obama, because in all seriousness all democratic voting blocks, core democrats and democrat leaning independents are pretty much solidly in Obama's corner. I encourage all to seriously reconsider the fate of our country and see that after four years of stubborness from the White House, we need a flexible president whose principles are not ironclad who is willing to listen to compromise and hear the American people's pleas and with McCain and Palin in the White house, we will be getting another ironclad principled administration who only care about their principles even if they are hurting the country. Obama 08!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  637. Cory Lu Lu


    I hate to be blunt about it, but it's pretty simple. The majority of people that stay in the undecided category for so long are the ones that aren't very politically active.

    Whats worst is these are the people that decide the election. People that don't know the difference in policy between the two candidate are the decider's of who will be the most powerful person in the world.

    The people that are active in the campaigns so clearly know who they are voting for within a couple of months of the campaign.

    Sure there are the Hillary lovers that don't know where to go, and the republicans that hate Bush. But in the end, the decider's are the ones that know the least.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  638. Jack P - Witchita

    Is it not true that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Warren Buffet and others are part of an elite group called the Bilderbergs whose agenda is to create a New World Order in which they arrange the complete collapse of the United States of America in an attempt to take control of the entire western world and ensuring a complete totalitarian state?

    Wouldn't it be interesting to think that they could infiltrate the highest office of the land by taking advantage of Americans' vulnerability to economic pressures, homeland security issues, and an intense desire to create a dramatic change of government?

    We cannot let Barack Obama win this election.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  639. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Pure and simple – some people can't convince themselves to vote for a Black candidate!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  640. Richard Kelly

    Hey Jack I live in TN I check and doubled checked on the avg, salary of plumbers here in TN and Ohio. In Ohio it's $47,000 and $42,000 in TN. So in both cases 3 families could have lived off of the $150,000 that Mrs Palin used for her Oprah makeover for one entire Year . Just FYI Thanks You do a great Job

    October 22, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  641. hugh

    I think people are afraid to say who they will vote for because they know the government is listening to their phone calls and if they say they are voting democrat someone will come and nail their door shut on Nov 4

    October 22, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  642. Jean

    Jack, the answer, to me, is quite simple. Those that are undecided has not yet reconciled with the issue of race not only in American politics, but race in America as a whole. We have heard these candidates ramble on about every conceivable "kitchen table" issue, every issue dealing with domestic and foreign policy. They have websites detailing their platforms, many news networks on a daily basis dissecting those platforms. There are countless resources to explain how the candidates' platforms relate to the every day citizen. The only issue that is not being explained or scrutinized is how every day Americans really feel about the race issue. I, for one, believe that the race issue will be the deciding factor in this election. I think it is quite obvious who is the better candidate in this election thus far. If Americans are finally able to reconcile their views on race, we will see the election of the first Black president in the history of this country. If not, we will know that Americans are not yet ready to tackle the one issue that has been swept under the rug for well over a century,

    October 22, 2008 at 5:46 pm |