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Undecided Virginia Voters: What Are You Waiting For?

Election Day is Nov. 6 and some Virginia voters still are undecided on whether they'll vote for Gov. Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama, a third-party candidate or no one.

When pollster Peter Hart gathered a group of undecided voters together in Northern Virginia last month, computer technician A.J. Morning of Springfield said he thinks the country is "mired in a bowl of stupid," BusinessWeek reported.

His comment summed up the mood of the "undecideds" in the room who had these things to say about President Obama and contender Republican former Gov. Mitt Romney:

  • Obama: "...unrealistic...arrogant...hollow."
  • Romney: "...uppity...evasive...unfriendly."

Polls show a tight race in Virginia. According to the latest Marist Poll, released Thursday, among registered voters in Virginia, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate and those who voted by absentee ballot, Romney has the support of 48 percent to 47 percent for Obama. One percent is behind another candidate, and 4 percent are undecided.

While most voters have already made up their minds whether they want to re-elect Obama or cast their ballots in favor of former Romney, about 7 percent of the likely voting population remains undecided, according to the Huffington Post.

It’s that undecided group we want to reach out to today. We’d like to hear from those of you who remain unsure which way you’ll go on Nov. 6.

Here are our questions for you:

  • What has prevented you from making up your mind so far?
  • Is there a particular issue or stand on an issue you’re waiting to hear more from the candidates about?
  • What would make you favor one candidate over another?

Maybe you're passionate about the economy and haven't heard a plan that resonates yet?

Perhaps you want a candidate to be more outspoken about climate change? Or, are you still trying to decide which front runner is most likely to effect positive changes in America?

Whatever the case, we want to hear your opinions. Sound off on why you're still undecided in the comments section below.

splinter October 11, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I want to hear from both candidates: (1) What are your plans for tax reform? (2) What are your plans for entitlement reform? (3) What are your plans for overall spending reforms? Mr. President: Why in the world did you push through Obamacare before focusing on jobs and housing? If urgent, why the 3 year delay in implementing? Why focus on health care insurance reforms before controlling costs? Gov. Romney - Why not disclose all your taxes? I've been reading up on CBO reports. We clearly need tax reform (raising revenues) and spending reforms (long term and short term). It's the "new normal" and the numbers don't add up. I've heard some rumblings that those cut backs, etc. seen at the fed level also likely to impact the fed jobs particularly if fiscal cliff happens. A friend forwarded this: is starting to focus on is the pubic sector: "Zients points to McKinsey data that show an ever-increasing gap between public and private sector productivity." http://mobile.businessweek.com/magazine/rerereinventing-government-again-01192012.html?section=highlights So the White House thinks there's productivity issues within the fed gov't. No surprise and we've seen issues here and there, but most hard working. Anyone know if they are planning targeted reforms or more cut-across-the-board changes (e.g, no overtime, salary freezes, etc.). I'd prefer they focus more on productivity increases via technology and simplifying the rules and attrition over time.
RJ October 12, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I think that is pretty clear. Obama, a Pro choice pick Romney, a Pro-life pick They say there is no litmus test; there is a litmus test.
earl flanagan October 12, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I think the 2 debates so far answer the question. What's the rush?
T Ailshire October 12, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I'm looking for something that separates the two candidates in terms of government intervention in American lives. Makes not a lot of difference to me whether you want to meddle in my economic, healthcare, religious, romantic, or medical life -- it's still meddling.
Beth Norquist October 14, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Obama-Biden have earned my vote! Unlike Romney, who only cares about the "1 percent" and wants to destroy Medicare to help the healthcare companies make more money, Obama-Biden care about 100 percent of Americans, including the middle class, poor, disabled, business and seniors. And, they much more trustworthy than the Republican candidates, as Politifact and Fact Check have confirmed.
Sally Spangler October 15, 2012 at 11:29 PM
The worse part of the debates, no matter who is talking on what subject - what they say now on TV is not necessarily what they think they woiuld do. Probably when the questions arise during their time as president what they said IS NOT what they do - their handlers/buddies/toadies will TELL them what to do.
Seher Chowdhry October 18, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Exactly. Politics is full of corrupt people in a tug of war for power. Obama's mistake was that he made too many promises, promises that weren't kept. What's wrong with being realistic?
Sally Spangler October 18, 2012 at 07:45 PM
You are day-dreaming. Their ideas for your desires are not expressed, as there are too many pieces to the puzzle to give a short answer. Wait six months or more. YOu may see some things verbalized and others disappear into the deep hole.
Sally Spangler October 18, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Isn't intervention in the people's lives the way government policy and laws are usually done? Wake up!

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