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Polls Ahead of Super Tuesday
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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02/01/2008
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How opinions in Connecticut are shaping up before the primary

 

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Howard L. Reiter of UConn's Department of Political Science: Photo By Chion WolfHoward L. Reiter of UConn's Department of Political Science: Photo By Chion WolfThe Presidential field has narrowed down to two top candidates in each party...and as "Super Tuesday" draws closer, many voters still haven't made up their minds.

So, what are the polls telling us right now? Not just about who's leading in each race...but about why...and about what issues are really important to voters right now.

Nationally, the latest Gallup poll shows Arizonza Senator John McCain with a healthy lead over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney - with him gaining momentum following a win in Florida, and a series of endorsements, including that of former candidate Rudy Giuliani.

Among Democrats - the gap has narrowed, with New York Senator Hillary Clinton leading Illinois Senator Barack Obama by only 4 points, with a big question still hanging out there - who'll get votes from supporters of John Edwards, who also left the race this week.

Today, where we live, a panel of pollsters from Gallup, UConn and Quinnipiac will look at the numbers nationally and locally, to find out what they can tell us.

We'll also talk with Consumer Advocate, and former Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader. He announced this week that he's forming an exploratory committee - and is considering another run for the White House.

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issues or superficiality

Most of the commentary regarding the elections I hear on NPR and the other media is the horse race: who's ahead. Far less time is spent on issues. Far less time on the different candidates' positions and policies and the consequences of such policies to solving the problems they are supposed to address.

Isn't this focus away from issues a disservice to the voting public? Isn't it a disservice to an informed electorate? Isn't it a disservice to finding a candidate who actually supports what we desperately need changed in this country? Doesn't this misfocus undermine democracy itself?

And finally, why should I listen to NPR when what I hear is polling numbers and not issues and consequences of different candidates' proposals?