There may only be a few of them, but they’re still out there: undecided voters.
Tonight’s third and final presidential debate could prove to be the deciding factor for a small, but existent, group of Americans who have yet to make up their minds about whether President Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney will get their vote on Nov. 6.
Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College, said the narrow margin of undecided voters is testament to the vast difference between the candidates.
“Usually there are more earlier, now is the time it starts to boil down,” Miringoff told Metro. “This election is very polarized. There isn’t a lot of switching back and forth.”
When asked by Metro why they have yet to choose, some undecided voters said they are waiting to hear more on issues that are important to them.
“Jobs,” was Marquis Harris’ quick response when asked what he wanted to hear more about from the candidates.
Harris, a 20-year-old Suffolk University student, and fellow student Luis Reyes both said they were leaning toward Obama, but that the president had not yet convinced them to vote for him. They also expressed concern for their futures and wondered if Romney’s business experience would be more beneficial to the economy.
“Within the next two years we’ll be graduating and we don’t know what it’s going to be like out there,” said Reyes.
Too late for the undecided?
It may be too late for Harris,
Reyes and other undecided voters to hear what they need to make up
their minds. At this stage of the game, the candidates are likely done
trying to woo people who still won’t pick, Miringoff said.