Undecided Voters May Dictate Election

By: Lauren Zakalik
By: Lauren Zakalik

Just four days until the elections and you better bet the candidates are out speaking with supporters and pushing the vote. But it's not their devotees who need the prodding; it's the growing number of undecideds, whose decisions are still ripe for the convincing.

"I don't want to limit my options so early in the game. I want to wait and make sure I know as much as I can," says Natalie Clark of Lansing.

Pollster Ed Sarpolus says the increasing number of voters who are changing their minds are primarily "your woman voter. They're the ones to start thinking 'What am I going to do? Who am I going to vote for? Who's speaking to my issues, who has the best solution?"

Those issues seem to be consistent across the board, regardless of sex or party.

"Economic issues are my main concern, and civil rights issues are also on high on my list of priorities, but economic issues are top," Clark says.

Donna Devereaux of Pewamo agreed. "We need to get more jobs, that's huge. And education, too."

Sarpolus says the undecideds tend to be independents-- and they're the ones who may dictate the outcome.

"They'll determine the election because if the democrats stay with Governor Granholm, the only way Dick DeVos can win is from the independents," says Sarpolus.

Perhaps waiting to decide is generational; Natalie Clark's friends are similarly unattached to a candidate.

"I think we're all in the same boat. We just want to make sure we have all the information we can get before we make up our minds for sure," Clark says.

"We've seen elections where 10 percent of the vote comes from Election Day. They just couldn't decide," Sarpolus says.

But the decision will ultimately come down to "people like me," says Devereaux, "people who haven't made up their minds."


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