Exclusive poll with disenchanted voters
WSVN -- According to a 7News Suffolk University and USA Today Poll, four out of 10 people have no plans to vote in November. That means 80 million people have no desire to voice their choice for the next president.
7News is teaming up with Suffolk University and USA Today to poll some of those disenchanted voters, and as 7's Patrick Fraser reports, we found some interesting results.
Seventy million people voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Eighty million people did not vote, and 80 million people have said they won't vote in 2012 either.
David Paleologos, Suffolk University: "It was very difficult to reach this segment of the population. They are not used to be polled."
David Paleologos interviewed 800 US citizens across the country for the 7News Suffolk University USA Today Poll. Who are those people vowing not to vote? The majority are not the young voters that you might expect but older voters ranging from 35 to 64.
The disenchanted voters roll across all political viewpoints, almost equally including liberals, moderates and conservatives. And here is a question that shows how disconnected they are to the political process. We asked if they knew the name of the vice president:
-39 percent did know its Joe Biden.
-A few thought it was still Dick Cheney.
-But the vast majority-- 57 percent-- had no idea who the vice president of the United States is.
And why are 80 million people so disgusted they probably won't vote in November? We asked if they didn't pay much attention to politics because its so corrupt: 54 percent either strongly agreed or agreed.
David Paleologos: "They are tainted by a bad economy and false promises and negativity, and they wont vote."
Paleologos found that voters who don't plan to go to the polls in November have a very favorable rating of Barack Obama. On the other hand, look at the numbers for Mitt Romney: a very unfavorable opinion of him, which is not that bad for Romney.
David Paleologos: 'Not on election day because presumably these people won't vote. The problem is if these people become motivated to vote between now and November. Then it's a huge problem for Mitt Romney."
And we asked the registered voters representing the 80 million who don't plan to vote who they would vote for if they went to the polls? The president won by 2-1 margin over the republican Romney.
David Paleologos: "It's a good news/bad news story. The good news is this is a treasure trove for Barack Obama. He doesn't even have to persuade these voters. Just get them out. The bad news is They won't vote."
Which brings up the question for Obama and Romney: How do they get these 80 million people disgusted by politicians to vote for their politician?
David Paleologos: "You have to make an emotional connection. You have to motivate."
Patrick Fraser: "80 million US citizens who don't plan to vote. If the president or Mitt Romney could get the potential voters leaning to them to go to the polls, it might guarantee them a victory. Those 80 million are the sleeping giant. But will they wake up for the presidential election?"
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