Have Swing State Voters Made Up Their Minds?

Friday, September 14, 2012

The swing state of Colorado, where the ranks of independent voters are growing and sure to be decisive in 2012. (Anna Sale/WNYC)

Over the summer, Anna Sale, politics reporter for WNYC’s interactive politics site It’s a Free Country traveled across the country speaking to swing state voters in Iowa, Colorado, Wisconsin, Florida, and Ohio. This past week, she caught up with some of those swing voters to find out if their views have changed after the convention.

Guests:

Anna Sale

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [3]

unkerjay from Puget Sound, WA

Both candidates accept money from some of the same donors. Where they agree the donor can be assured they may have their back. Where they don't agree the donor may be assured that they will have their ear.

Either way, their opportunities for persuasion and influence last well beyond election day when for most of us, that is when it tends to end.

Swing voters and swing state voters may well know this, as certainly a good number of americans do - swing state or not.

The self interests of business big or small do not necessarily coincide with the interests of Americans at large. I don't believe that's inherently good or bad or "evil", but, since the economy and business seems to be the focal point of this election, that may be a point on the mind of swing voters. Given the impact of the last recession, and its source points - subprime mortgages, bad loans, bundled loans, and bad banking decisions, as well as a few multibillion dollar few or no strings attached bailouts that extended primarily from / for the very rich to the rich and not much lower, who could blame them?

Sep. 15 2012 03:03 PM
Shaun from Oklahoma

Like the Majority of Americans, when I realized both candidates and I have very little common ground, I was very disappointed. Most people don't realize there is a viable 3rd candidate running who has actual experience in government, business, and rescuing economies. Media needs too cover him more and people need to wake up and realize voting down the party lines is destroying our country.

Sep. 14 2012 01:22 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I'm swinging towards having an Election Party this year...It feels like it will be like a combination of a Roller Coaster and watching The Dow Jones...I have both Democratic and Republican friends...It could be really swinging by Midnight.

Sep. 14 2012 10:48 AM

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