Undecideds and voter apathy

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Two down, one to go. The third and final presidential debate is Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

One questions is whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be able to sway any voters who may be undecided. “I think they’re in play,” said Dr. Mark Caleb Smith, director of political studies at Cedarville University. “But, usually if you’re undecided this late you probably won’t vote, honestly. So, we may see a lot of rhetoric aimed toward independent and undecided people, but I’m not sure it’ll make much of a difference frankly.”

With both nominees having such low likability ratings, many voters don’t like either choice, and may not vote November 8.

“Generally, when we see campaigns that are more negative we see turnout go down, and this has been a very negative, divisive, controversial campaign,” said Smith. “So, we’d expect turnout to be low. At the same time, Mr. Trump has some ardent supporters and Mrs. Clinton has some ardent supporters. We’ll see whether they percolate up in the polls, but I think we’ll actually see some declining turnout.”

Smith also discussed the history of what motivates people to vote, and how early voting is impacting campaign strategy.


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