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Monday, November 06, 2006

47% of Rural Voters Still Persuadable

An Associated Press-AOL News poll conducted Oct. 20-25 found that 38 percent of voters consider themselves persuadable (as reported on Friday, November 3, 2006)

Almost half of rural voters _ 47 percent _ said they were persuadable, the largest group of persuadable voters among demographic groups tested - suburbanites ranked second with 40% considering themselves persuadable.

Among persuadable voters, 91 percent say that economic issues are the top concern, labeling economic issues as either extremely or very important. 88 percent of persuadable voters said the war in Iraq is extremely or very important.

As mentioned in previous posts, rural voters continue to figure prominently in the outcome of this midterm election. Post a question or comment here or contact John Crabtree,

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  • At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    good lord, i hope someone is talking to these people...
    i guess it is good news, that rural people are still up in the air a little, better than just always voting for the republicans

  • At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    is this a natiowide poll?

  • At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yes, the poll is national, or approximately - covering 30 some states, if my memory serves me

  • At 11:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Perhaps rural voters have trouble making up their minds because no one has anything resembling a coherent strategy when it comes to helping rural communities and rural Americans. The Republicans think all they have to do is make the world safe for guns and pretend that they oppose abortion. And Democrats are stupid enough to think if they through some money at rural people and that will be enough.

    Perhaps both parties should get their heads out of their collective asses and actually listen to rural people and what they want.

    I hope the Democrats (and I am one) don't think that rural people are voting for them because they have a great ideas about how to help rural America, it's because the Republicans have been in charge long enough and the have screwed everything up and lied to everyone and cheated everyone. Voting for the Democrats over that performance isn't all that much of a statement, but I hope they surprise me and do well be rural America (in other words, earn their votes after the fact)


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