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Here's How The Undecided Voters Were Selected To Question Obama And Romney At Tomorrow's Debate
Business Insider ^ | 10/15/2012 | Brett LoGiurato

Posted on 10/15/2012 1:43:54 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney will answer to a pool of about 100 undecided voters in Wednesday's town-hall style presidential debate in Hempstead, N.Y.

The voters were selected by the Gallup Organization, which has been tracking the Obama-Romney matchup on a daily basis throughout the general election.

This is the 20th anniversary of Gallup's partnering with the Commission on Presidential Debates for a town-hall style debate. In 1992, Gallup editor in chief Frank Newport said, no one had any idea what questions would be asked, and moderator Carole Simpson moved through the crowd of voters at random.

"It's a format that works very well, and it's a format that fits with my personal views, because I have a lot of faith in the average citizens of the country," Newport said.

This year, though, will be a little bit different.

Newport walked through the steps the organization goes through to select the pool. All of these voters will come from Nassau County:

* Gallup calls voters and repeats its normal questionnaire. For undecided voters, it probes further and asks if they lean more toward Obama or Romney.

* If voters identify as truly undecided, Gallup invites them to participate in the debate.

* Newport stressed that the voters have to identify as truly undecided — not even leaners or voters who say their choice could change are considered.

Of the 100, only a select few will be chosen to ask questions by debate moderator Candy Crowley.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: debate; hofstra; obama; romney
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1 posted on 10/15/2012 1:43:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Not trusting any of this.


2 posted on 10/15/2012 1:45:54 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SeekAndFind

so we are going to get the most stupid people asking questions. Great.


3 posted on 10/15/2012 1:46:08 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gallup are whores for 0bama.


4 posted on 10/15/2012 1:47:16 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: SeekAndFind

New York: Presidential County Results 2008

Nassau County

53.0% Obama
46.0% McCain

http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/results/states/president/new-york.html


5 posted on 10/15/2012 1:47:41 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: SeekAndFind

I bet there will be few if any undecided voters in that audience. I hope the freepers who live in that area will keep a lookout for local democrat party activists in the townhall audience.


6 posted on 10/15/2012 1:47:55 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: SeekAndFind

I read the article and I have ZERO confidence in Crowley and her selection of the questions.

Prayers for Mitt Romney.

Thankfully, he’s the smarter one and knows how to be both charming and ruthless.


7 posted on 10/15/2012 1:47:58 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: SeekAndFind

Question for all......Can we REALLY believe that they have tired to get an unbiased group as they claim? Or is it just, well...a lie?


8 posted on 10/15/2012 1:48:57 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: for-q-clinton

Just like “the only people who serve on juries are the people too stupid to NOT get out of jury duty.”


9 posted on 10/15/2012 1:49:42 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 ("You can either limit growth or limit government. We choose to limit government." Paul Ryan.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So we get some pony-tailed hippie clown who looks like the comic bookstore clerk on the Simpson’s, who tells Obama “we are your children, take care of us”, and Obama cocks his head sideways and coos that everything will be alright as long as the government gets bigger.


10 posted on 10/15/2012 1:50:08 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: onyx

“Of the 100, only a select few will be chosen to ask questions by debate moderator Candy Crowley.

Selected by Obama.


11 posted on 10/15/2012 1:50:57 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Be sure to buy my book on Amazon: “How to Be Undecided!”


12 posted on 10/15/2012 1:53:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Voters were probably asked where the state capitol was located.

If they said “Manhattan” they were finalists.

If they said “Manhattan, Kansas” they were picked by Gallup!

:-)


13 posted on 10/15/2012 1:53:36 PM PDT by cgbg (No bailouts for New York and California. Let them eat debt.)
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To: SeekAndFind

With all the info out there if you claim to be undecided your mentally unfit. I dont trust any of this. This is a setup to make romney look bad and zero look good.


14 posted on 10/15/2012 1:54:49 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: SeekAndFind

They were axed if they ever got anything from Obama’s stash. If they did, then they were allowed to submit their questions.


15 posted on 10/15/2012 1:56:32 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: TexasNative2000

I would love if one of them said they make $100/year too much for the free obama cell phone. What are they going to do to give me a free phone too.


16 posted on 10/15/2012 1:56:57 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: SeekAndFind
Another communists inspired selection of the ignorant and the questions will be planted. Watch how they lean to Romney and nothing to King Obama. That will put Romney on the defense all the time. What shi!
17 posted on 10/15/2012 1:57:03 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: ronnie raygun

I hate these stupid town hall debates. Republicans should refuse to participate in them.


18 posted on 10/15/2012 1:57:26 PM PDT by mrs9x
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To: stephenjohnbanker

You betcha.

It’s the fault of the idiot GOP. They never insist on a debate hosted by Fox News or moderated by a conservative or even a non-biased moderator.


19 posted on 10/15/2012 1:58:08 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: mrs9x

The moron debate.

Pandering to the moron vote.

Undecided? RLY?


20 posted on 10/15/2012 1:59:31 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: ilovesarah2012

And you are correct!


21 posted on 10/15/2012 1:59:37 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SeekAndFind

This isn’t a Town Hall debate.

The first Presidential Town Hall debate was held in 1992 and they simply walked through the audience and selected people to ask questions. They simply tried to mix up the demographics, ie: diversity. It was judged a rousing success.

Fast forward 20 years and it’s for Candy Crowley and CNN to cull the questions. So some dolt can then parrot their preselected question. Oh yah, then Candy Crowley reserves the right to reframe the question and formulate prefabricated follow up questions to the preselected questions.

Where is the big talk from the direct democracy crowd? => Nowhere, they are drooling for CNN’s crap sandwich.


22 posted on 10/15/2012 2:00:39 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: SeekAndFind

I betcha the timeline of Gallup being investigated by DOJ and called on the carpet by Axelrod lines up with when they were chosen to select the “undecided voters”.


23 posted on 10/15/2012 2:00:53 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

So the questioners are not just willfully ignorant, they are militantly so. Anyone who has no opinion on this election is the type that will ask a question and then wait for the post-debate analysis to determine if the answer he got was a good one.


24 posted on 10/15/2012 2:02:10 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Senator Goldwater
"pony-tailed hippie clown who looks like the comic bookstore clerk"

Hey! I resemble that remark!

It's funny watching the expressions on people's faces if the subject turns to politics. They look at me like I have two heads and six eyes or something. I suppose that given my long hair, I would 'appear' to be a liberal "hippy"(I HATE hippies, BTW) type, and they quickly learn that isn't the case at all. lol

25 posted on 10/15/2012 2:03:15 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: SeekAndFind
Romney seems fairly smart. He will thus assume he is in a room full of hostile Obama supporters.
He will be ok if he proceeds with that assumption.
26 posted on 10/15/2012 2:03:28 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: SeekAndFind

As usual unfair.


27 posted on 10/15/2012 2:05:04 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: onyx

“The moron debate.

Pandering to the moron vote.”

Do you want those morons to vote for Romney or Obama?


28 posted on 10/15/2012 2:06:42 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Guess!


29 posted on 10/15/2012 2:09:21 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: SeekAndFind

I read that Candy (what a name!) has demanded to see the questions in advance. Wanna bet that BHO also will know what they are?


30 posted on 10/15/2012 2:10:00 PM PDT by mickie (My grandson is a Marine...God Bless them all!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Of the 100, only a select few will be chosen to ask questions by debate moderator Candy Crowley.

Of the 100, only a select few will be chosen to ask questions by debate moderator Candy Crowley.

Of the 100, only a select few will be chosen to ask questions by debate moderator Candy Crowley.

Can’t be repeated enough. The MSM bail out Obama plan marches forward.


31 posted on 10/15/2012 2:10:09 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Senator Goldwater

That would be a heck of an opportunity.

“I am not your father. The government is not your mother. Sit down, shut up, and get a life, you loser.”

That would cinch it for Romney right there.


32 posted on 10/15/2012 2:13:10 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: TexasNative2000
Just like “the only people who serve on juries are the people too stupid to NOT get out of jury duty.”

It's been my experience that the people on juries are, by design, too stupid to have the deductive powers of an average prepubescent. Lawyers on both sides of the aisle want jurors they can manipulate with emotion and not common sense.

I have to believe the same is true of the "undecided." Despite the plethora of cold, hard information available on both candidates, these bone heads of the electorate cannot YET form an opinion as to who would better lead the nation for the next four years?

So, what will gel the decision in these minds of pudding? The guy who seems aggressive? The guy with the best zinger? Maybe the guy who delivers a snappy comeback, regardless of its veracity? Just like the jurors in our court system, the moderates will succumb to the lawyer who most appeals to them in the concluding remarks, facts to the contrary be dammed.

33 posted on 10/15/2012 2:13:23 PM PDT by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: SeekAndFind

I suppose - for the sake of it increasing Romney’s odds historically/statistically - we should be glad there are undecided voters.

But the truth is, such creatures seem a puzzling waste of God’s creative abilities.


34 posted on 10/15/2012 2:16:59 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Why not Yuma County? OK OK 70% of the participants might need a translater but do you get my drift?

The Northeast US is an entirely different country that us in the flyover states. We need our guns and pickups while people from Nassau county worry about their Amtrack service and their kids soccer games.

35 posted on 10/15/2012 2:18:00 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: SeekAndFind

If these undecided saw the movie I just watched on Net Flicks “Dreams from my Real father”which tells of his real father not the one he was named after..Frank Marshall Davis the Communist that his mother slept with...


36 posted on 10/15/2012 2:21:00 PM PDT by PLD
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To: SeekAndFind

The undecideds must be composed of various bubble boys and cloistered nuns.


37 posted on 10/15/2012 2:22:54 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: SeekAndFind

and will they have to be selected to reflect the nation’s population - race, gender, age, etc. ????

PC??


38 posted on 10/15/2012 2:23:45 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SeekAndFind
So you go thru the phone interviews and keep answering that you're undecided. Undecided, undecided, undecided. Then, after they're happy that you're milquetoast-y enough, they prod you for a question you'd like to ask.

Well, no wonder why you never get to hear a question like "Why does the federal government think it needs to solve all of society's issues at the cost of my liberty?"

Show me a sample, qualifying respondent and I'll show you someone who's never read Levin's Liberty and Tyranny.

39 posted on 10/15/2012 2:24:32 PM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: SeekAndFind

First Question:

“So, Mr. President, what do you think of Mitt Romney’s calling 47% of the electorate a bunch of low-class, whining, lazy, dependent slackers?”


40 posted on 10/15/2012 2:27:08 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: SeekAndFind

If your a disalussioned obamoron that can’t bring yourself to vote for Romney, or Romney doesn’t do it for you and you’re not sure if you’ll vote for him or stay home, that’s fine. But if you are truly undecided between Romney and Obama, then you’re brain dead.


41 posted on 10/15/2012 2:36:25 PM PDT by wny
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To: SeekAndFind

Not gonna watch. Conflicts with more important matters; Tigers v. Yankees.

GO TIGERS!!!


42 posted on 10/15/2012 2:37:37 PM PDT by SkiKnee
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To: SeekAndFind
"* If voters identify as truly undecided, Gallup invites them to participate in the debate."

Undecided Female Voter 1: See, it's like, you look all around, and you see all this stuff? And, everybody's got stuff but me! Where's mine?! Where's MY stuff?! I'm young, man! I should have stuff, too! WHERE'S MY STUFF?!!

Bill Clinton: Well, that's a really good point. I hear this a lot. I think if this election is about anything, it's about... "stuff". It's about the fact that, under Reagan, Bush, Quayle, more people are working harder and harder for less stuff.

[ Hillary nods and smiles ]

Undecided Female Voter 1: [ twitching ] Where's my stuff, man?!

Bill Clinton: Exactly! Where is your stuff? We're in danger of raising the first generation of Americans who... will have less stuff than their parents.

Undecided Female Voter 1: Stuff! Yeah!

- Saturday Night Live, video

43 posted on 10/15/2012 2:41:59 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: SeekAndFind
"Would you like a free cell phone or more food stamps?"

"Im not sure...I want them both!"

"How would you like to be in the debate?"

44 posted on 10/15/2012 2:45:07 PM PDT by DainBramage
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To: SeekAndFind

Amazing that Romney/GOP has let this happen again. Seriously, would you have loved them to boycott demanding a right leaning moderator, just once? Where are the Fox journalists, why do we always have to tolerate CNN? When I first heard the moderator list, and got a call from the GOP for money, I told them to forget about it, I was not going to contribute again, enabling our candidate to be steamrolled, as usual, in the debates


45 posted on 10/15/2012 2:45:36 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: SeekAndFind

Pony Tails. It is obligatory for a Pony Tailed guy to ask a question and to remind the candidates that “we are your children.”


46 posted on 10/15/2012 2:45:52 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: SeekAndFind

The “undecided” “unaffiliated” voter thing is a joke. For that matter the idea that all debate questions need to be secret is silly. They ought to use a voir dire process. Let each campaign submit 30 questions. Let the candidates see the questions (with no aids or references) 60 minutes before the debate and let them each veto the 24 they don’t want. Then you have 12 honest questions and every body gets asked something the other side really wants you to answer. Lot’s more fun, lots more informative.


47 posted on 10/15/2012 2:47:46 PM PDT by azcap (Who is John Galt ? www.conservativeshirts.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why allow only those who can’t make up their minds to participate? How about an equal number of decided voters’ questions? This pandering to the undecided is absurd. We’d learn at least as much, if not more, from both sides’ biased questions.


48 posted on 10/15/2012 2:50:30 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: PJ-Comix

In a diverse group, there must be a black, an Hispanic, a gay...like these are undecided, right?


49 posted on 10/15/2012 3:01:57 PM PDT by ken5050 (Barack Obama: An empty suit sitting in an empty chair...)
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To: PJ-Comix

In a diverse group, there must be a black, an Hispanic, a gay, a Muslim.....like these are undecided, right?


50 posted on 10/15/2012 3:02:17 PM PDT by ken5050 (Barack Obama: An empty suit sitting in an empty chair...)
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