90M Won't Vote— and They Back Obama 2 to 1
They're disenchanted—or simply too busy to hit polls
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 15, 2012 3:41 PM CDT
President Obama speaks during campaign event at Waterloo Center for the Arts, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Waterloo, Iowa, during a bus tour through Iowa.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Obama could get a big leg up in a close election, without having to win people over—if only he could get them to the polls. Some 80 million eligible voters didn't vote in 2008, and this year, the number is poised to reach 90 million, USA Today reports. And it's in Mitt Romney's interest to keep them at home: Those who are unlikely to vote—saying there's at most a 50% chance they'll do so—support President Obama by a 2-to-1 margin, a poll finds.

Two-thirds of these "nonvoters" are even registered, and 80% agree that government has a significant effect on their lives. But many say that they're simply too busy to vote, or that their vote doesn't matter much. Six in 10 say "nothing ever gets done" in politics. Still, they see a difference between the parties, and 43% back Obama, compared to 18% for Romney. "You've got this overriding sense of bitterness and people who have been beaten down by the economy and the negativity and the lack of trust, and that's the key that Obama can't find. And he's running out of time," says a pollster.

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shaboom
Aug 18, 2012 3:59 PM CDT
Obama can take all the credit for this situation. He had a chance to lead. Instead he proved he's an utter weakling, who prefers photo-opps and micro-manging. ("Hey fellas, let's have a beer summit"). He staffed his team with people Bush might have chosen. The "chessmaster" couldn't even figure out that he needed an accomplishment every now and then to provide a feesvible basis for a reelelction campaign in 2012. It's fascinating how his promises of change have completely dissappeared this year. No second vote from me, you empty suit. Go back to community organizing. You sucked as a President, and as a leader.
Nocturno
Aug 16, 2012 3:15 PM CDT
Not even to mention senseless need to register to vote. In EU, every individual is automatically registered to vote when he/she turns 18. Now, whether he/she will vote or not it's up to every individual decision.
Fatquah
Aug 16, 2012 12:07 PM CDT
They only bother when they're conned into knee-jerk emotional reactionaryism. Simpletons.