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  •  You're a high-information voter (1+ / 0-)
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    The low-information voters don't care as much about ideology and judge candidates by their "characters". Hence, the Republican Party's campaign of character assassination and the swinging of voters towards Obama after the debates. Fortunately, more of these low-info voters decided McCain was hot-headed and mean than decided Obama was really a secret Muslim who pals around with terrorists.

    •  Flattery will get you... (0+ / 0-)

      ... a rec'd post.

      This is not what I thought I'd be when I grew up.

      by itzik shpitzik on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 11:36:08 AM PST

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      this was from a health care polling seminar.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 11:40:48 AM PST

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    •  Don't confuse "high information" with (0+ / 0-)

      ..."early information."

      I think it's a good bet that many independents don't follow politics as closely on an ongoing basis as partisans, for a number of reasons. That makes them low-information citizens. It doesn't necessarily follow that they are low-information voters. They may have lots of information by the time they arrive at the polls.

      Keep in mind that, in many states, independents can't vote in the primaries. So they have little reason to book up on the candidates until winners emerge from the primary season. Others are independents because they are turned off by politics in general and don't like either party much. Not a lot of motivation to book up any sooner than they have to.

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