Voters Who Plan to Hold Their Noses

NPR takes a look today at “voters who plan to hold their noses” at the polls this November:

NPR listeners from California, Montana and Pennsylvania said they’re going to hold their noses when they vote in the presidential election in the fall. Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center for People and the Press offers a more scientific look at political nose-holding.

Listen here.

Personally, I hope that Democrats across the country will turn out in droves and enthusiastically vote to put a Democrat in the White House this year.

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11 Responses to Voters Who Plan to Hold Their Noses

  1. Gilbert Martinez says:

    I was going to do a post on “party unity”, but I point out here that I think Dems are in deep trouble this year. I think there will be some Obama supporters who won’t vote for Hillary. But I think there will be many fewer Hillary supporters who will vote for Obama if he is the nominee. Many feel this election was illegitimate. Obama and his supporters can say “the rules, the rules” all they want, but the GOP is going to play off that feeling of being cheated. If supers come out for Obama this week, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a massive effort by the GOP/McCain to show those images of supers and the popular vote alongside the respective resumes and work ethic (see Donna Brazile this weekend).

    The key demographics that will determine who the next president will be have warmed dramatically to Hillary and cooled alarmingly to Obama. This is despite the continual media crowning of him and downplaying all of Obama’s potential negatives. In 2004, Kerry had a solid electoral vote lead at this point that the GOP was able to turn around with their slime. Obama is no John Kerry and he’s already barely ahead in EVs or likely trailing. Contrary to what people have been saying, the more people find out about Obama, the less they like him–which is why he’s getting walloped since Feb. 19.

  2. Gilbert

    I think people need to put their presidential candidate personal preferences behind and work towards the greater goal.

  3. Gilbert Martinez says:

    I think that argument only works if people believe Obama is the better choice over McCain. There are some Dems who will vote against the Republican because he is a Republican or because of the SCOTUS or . But if people don’t believe that Obama is truly better than McCain that argument won’t work. The problem I see happening right now is that Obama supporters and people who support Hillary but don’t think she’ll win are only giving anti-McCain reasons for supporting Obama. I do not think that will work. Further, I think calls for “party unity” are going to further cause rifts that may be longer lasting than this election. If people don’t like Obama for rational reasons and are told they don’t have “party unity” then why should they stick with the party for down-ticket races?

    People who have been Dems for 50 years are starting to leave the Party already. “Party unity” has the potential to permanently fracture the Party by forcing out folks who don’t trust Obama or feel the system has been manipulated. What too many people are missing is that the sentiment felt by many Hillary supporters is not sour grapes that will be healed with time. It’s not.

  4. Gilbert

    I hope that Clinton supporters seeing her supporting the nominee will think twice about their sour grapes.

    I look back on ’04 and think of my early support for Kerry. If, if he had not been the nominee I would have been crushed, but would have supporterd who ever was. And mind you I was far more vested in Kerry’s campaign than I am now.

    People need to realize that is at stake – McCain is not an option.

  5. coldH2Owi says:

    Gilbert Martinez:

    You say:
    “Many feel this election was illegitimate.” We need some facts & citations to help us understand this statement. The use of “many” usually implies something that is not there.

    You say:
    “Contrary to what people have been saying, the more people find out about Obama, the less they like him….”
    Again, who are these people, a name would help. & what facts do you have to actually state that “Contrary to what people have been saying.”? Who are the people saying this? I’d like to know.

    You say:
    “People who have been Dems for 50 years are starting to leave the Party already.”
    Who are these people? Where to you get the factual information to back this statement up? Do you get them from blog comments where no one knows the real identity of the commenter? Actually, I’ve been a Democrat for exactly 50 years, although I couldn’t vote until I was 21. I spent a few years learning politics in Madison, Wisco & later in northern Wisco. I’m not leaving the party.

    I see you seem to be accepting the finale of this process, that Sen. Clinton has lost, despite your & many others’ hard work. That’s good. I accepted Dodd’s withdrawal, then Edwards’ withdrawal. I know you may join that new party – PUMA – but I hope you don’t. I have to admit, I just never understood this hatred toward Sen. Obama as a person & politician. He, like Sen. Clinton, is a strong centrist who doesn’t really do much for me, but, yadda, yadda, yadda, I’m going to vote for him. & I would have voted for Sen. Clinton.

  6. jay says:

    Why vote for either? Seriously…why be a part of the party’s jump over a cliff?

  7. Austin says:


    That’s a nice sentiment, that everyone should just get behind the nominee, but unfortunately I think Gilbert is right.

    I think that we’ve had two candidates who inspire deep feelings of personal attachment to the candidate they’ve supported. Unfortunately the way this primary has gone, combined with those feelings, are going to cause a large number of current Democrats to turn away from the party and not vote for Obama.

    Calling it sour grapes won’t woo anyone back. And I think whoever is the nominee and their supporters need to think about how to reach out to those people instead of telling them to buck up and fall in line.

  8. Jay

    Why would anyone want 4 – 8 more years of republican rule?

  9. Austin

    I do not disagree that whoever is the nominee will need to reach out to the supporters of the other candidate. I have expressed that here in the past. It’s going to take some work on everyone’s part — both candidates and their supporters.

  10. Austin

    To further clarify, in my response to Gilbert about ’04, I worked for Kerry’s campaign. There were plenty of supporters of the other candidates who were not thrilled about supporting Kerry, and some who outwardly made it difficult for him particulary in the blogosphere. I recognize that people will need convincing and I know full well from past experience that that will be a tough undertaking.

    The bottomline is however, we can not afford to throw this election away over personal preference.

  11. Cold

    “yadda, yadda, yadda, Iā€™m going to vote for him. & I would have voted for Sen. Clinton”

    It’s good to agree sometimes…