October 21, 2012
So There!

And you thought all us old white guys were complete morons. Whereas only most of us are:

Roughly 5 percent of respondents in Reuters/Ipsos polls said they chose the Republican contender in 2008 and will switch to Obama in 2012. This number peaked at around 9 percent two separate times over the summer, according to data collected since January.

Who are these defectors?

Jeff Waltrip, 56, is a retired electrician and retail worker who has voted Republican all his life. But in his view Obama “has done a good job with what he was left with, and I truly believe that allowing Mitt Romney in there is going to make the world a whole lot worse than it is now.” Waltrip said he liked the Republican ticket in 2008 because McCain is a veteran and because Sarah Palin “made me laugh.”

The McCain-to-Obama switchers are 55 percent male, and 34 percent of them are 55 or older. (Overall, Obama trails Romney 34 percent to 52 percent among white men over 50.) About 72 percent of them are white.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 21, 2012 11:04 AM
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I believe it because I actually know one of those older white men on the Eastern Seaboard who's switching from McCain to Obama. His decision took me by surprise because he's been a GOP fund-raiser for a long time.

Posted by: JoyfulA on October 24, 2012 9:55 PM
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