In today's highly polarized political environment it is somewhat surprising to find voters who backed John McCain in 2008 and now support President Barack Obama, but they exist. Roughly 5 percent of respondents in Reuters/Ipsos polls said they chose the Republican contender in 2008 and will switch to Obama in 2012. This number peaked at around 9 percent two separate times over the summer, according to data collected since January. Who are these defectors? Jeff Waltrip, 56, is a retired electrician and retail worker who has voted Republican all his life. But in his view Obama
Comments: Riiiight. Sounds like the ''Republicans'' who call into C-Span. They say they have vote 'R' for decades, but then spew-out all the Democrat talking points.
Here comes the desperation crapola from the usual sources for the final push. I wouldn't be surprised if the authors of these pieces of stuff are names from the former Journolist exposed by Breitbart. I've already found at least one Reuters writer who was on that list: Felix Salmon.. Where there's one there are apt to be others.
I got a polling call the other day. It was automated. At the end of it, their information would tell them that they had just polled an African American male, age 18-24, a Muslim, who voted for McCain in 08 and was voting for Romney this time.
I wanted their data to look a bit more interesting. Why should the poll takers be bored, was my generous thought.
Can you imagine the resources Reuters must have burned to find even one person switching to Obama in 2012. A good strategy for them would have been to hang out around psychiatrist offices, as no sane person could possibly now be supporting Obama for the first time.
It seems so obvious that the people that this article is referring to have been brainwashed by the alphabet networks. There's no way they could have some of these views if they had simply paid attention and/or done their homework.
I am an older white male (age 71). I voted for McCain in '08 and I would crawl a mile over broken glass to vote for Romney this time. 'We' think Obama is more truthful???? You can tell when he is lying: his lips are moving.
These old white men must not give a rats a** about their children who are probably in their 40's and struggling to make ends meet. They also must not care for their little brat grandchildren who will be tax slaves if they ever do find work. Who are these morons reaching across the isle to their friends ?
What a steaming bunch of crappola and leftist propaganda, but am repeating myself. I'm an older White male with a lot of older White male friends. Most of us held our nose and voted for McCain because no matter how uninspiring McCain was, the alternative with Obama the Marxist was sooooo much worse. No comparison - Not even close! If anything the Obamboozler has lost voters from every demographic since 2008 and four years of nothing but policies that have made our situation only worse. If you voted for the Obamboozler in 2008 you got suckered. If you vote for the Benghazi Bullshirter in 2012, yer just plain stupid.
Since HW Bush was mentioned in the article and here, lets not forget he was no friend of gun owners. As a senator he voted for the 1968 gun control act. As president he "temporarily" outlawed the importation of any gun worth owning, then made it permanent when nobody was looking. He frequently used magazine capacity as a bargaining chip with congress. Plus, the "jack booted thugs" from the ATF we all remember so well operated with impunity during his time in office. Not a big difference between him and BJ from what I can see.
I must congratulate you on your search for the political unicorn, i.e. a McCain voter switching to Obama. You may have had to reach out to the suburbs of Marshall, MI (which is itself not even a suburb of anywhere) , but you did it. I hope this is of some comfort to you when your guy loses 45 states on November 6.
Ok Mr. Waltrip. Yuck yuck. Romney`s going to screw thing s up by lowering taxes an opening up domestic oil drilling and the Keystone Pipeline. That`ll wreck the vibrant economy we are experiencing at the moment.
Sorry, but all the people they mention, are under 60 and retired. Now we know that retirement age is above 65, unless you are a government worker. So, to claim that those people where supporting McCain in 2008 is unbelievable to me.
That's the reason Zero is begging Jeremiah Wright to help with a last minute push. Jeremiah has so much influence with older white males. If you believe that you're dumber than I think you are - and ----- that's dumb!!!!-
I love telephone pollsters, they believe anything you tell them. I am 70 and each time they call I state my age as between 25 and 80. I always tell them Obama is our hero and everyone in the house plans to vote for him. The idiots keep calling. have voted republican since I was 21. Would not vote for a democrat if they held a gun to my head.
FTA: "...The McCain-to-Obama switchers are 55 percent male, and 34 percent of them are 55 or older. (Overall, Obama trails Romney 34 percent to 52 percent among white men over 50.) About 72 percent of them are white."
Roughly, only half are male and only a third are over age 55. Article says 72 percent are white. Does that mean that the remaining 28% are people of color who voted for the white guy over the black messiah? I find that hard to believe. In fact the whole article defies reality.
FTA: The defectors to Obama remain a smaller subset of respondents than those who voted for him in 2008 and now support Romney. The Reuters/Ipsos polling shows 10 percent of voters plan to cross the aisle in that direction. This after the obligatory Mormon knock.
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