Quick Tidbits about Ohio voters – 15 more days
Ohio is one of the hardest-fought states in this presidential election. It is not surprising that hundreds of volunteers are pounding the pavement as hundreds more are calling Ohio voters from other states. In full disclosure, I’m a volunteer for the Barack Obama campaign voters’ drive.
In the 2008 presidential election, early reports have indicated that there are more Democrats voting early in several states, Iowa, New Mexico, Kentucky, and Ohio. This bit of news has further energized volunteers and campaign workers to reach deep into regions previously held by Republicans.
In past elections, it was the Republicans who controlled early voting.
This is not a scientific poll, but a personal observation of voters’ responses to someone who asks them about their presidential choice. The voters’ ages range from 18 to 97.
The most surprising support for Senator Obama comes from the 80-90 years old group. They are spread out throughout the state, from small towns to large cities. Most have been comfortable telling me about their support for Obama. To some extent, most remember the Depression and vote according to their early days’ experiences.
The crankiest and volatile group is the late 50s to 60s folks who will, on several occasions, scold me for intruding into their ‘American’ right. I’ve often wondered why voters emphasized the word “American” as if to draw a distinction, but from what?
There are those voters, who flatly refuse to say who they’re supporting and there are others who remain undecided. Some undecided voters tend to ask detail questions about economic and tax plans under Obama.
It’s disturbing that there are people who will not vote even when they’re registered voters.
Most of the under 40s voters will readily talk about their decisions whether they are for Barack Obama or McCain. This particular group has the least number of undecided voters.
On the whole, most of the voters seem quite honest in their opinions even though some won’t say who they will vote for on November 4. I’ve also talked to many early voters and in some instances, the entire family and extended families have already voted. The Democrats are counting on early voting in numerous states besides Ohio.
To date, my work is one of the most remarkable experiences since I’ve worked in other political campaigns in the past.