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  •  "Obama leads Romney 2-1 among non-voters" (7+ / 0-)
    A nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll of people who are eligible to vote but aren't likely to do so finds that these stay-at-home Americans back Obama's re-election over Republican Mitt Romney by more than 2-1. Two-thirds of them say they are registered to vote. Eight in 10 say the government plays an important role in their lives.

    Even so, they cite a range of reasons for declaring they won't vote or saying the odds are no better than 50-50 that they will: They're too busy. They aren't excited about either candidate. Their vote doesn't really matter. And nothing ever gets done, anyway.
    The top reason given by unregistered voters for not having signed up is their busy lives. Among the top reasons given by registered voters for not bothering to go to the polls: not liking either candidate and not feeling that their vote matters.

    Lisa Goicochea, 19, a student at LaGuardia Community College in New York City, favors Obama. "I like that he's been trying to go through with the Obamacare, which will benefit a lot of people," she says of the health care law. But she doesn't plan to vote and isn't interested in politics.

    "Sometimes people actually enjoy talking about this, and I feel left out," she says. When it comes to the government, she adds a bit ruefully, "it does matter."

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    •  If we could only convince these people to register (0+ / 0-)

      to vote. They can take the form home, fill it out, mail it in...takes very little time.  And then perhaps they can vote absentee. As I have heard a lot of coworkers over the years say they simply cannot find the time to vote as their schedule is full , especially single working women telling us that they have to pick up and drop off kids at daycare, school activities, and working and no time in the day to vote. We are having some luck getting them to vote absentee or talking them into voting absentee as we have no early voting in PA.

      But we always find people who say they will not register to vote as they do not want to be called for Jury duty..sigh.  

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      by wishingwell on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 10:07:45 AM PDT

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