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MI Swing Voters Report – Not Soccer Moms and NASCAR Dads

September 15, 2008

Lansing, MI – Michigan swing voters are no longer "soccer moms" and "NASCAR dads." A new survey from AARP shows that those in the 50-plus set are those least likely to have made up their minds in the presidential race, with nearly 70 percent saying they haven't decided yet.

According to AARP Michigan state director Steve Gools, the polling shows that those "swing voters" say they just haven't heard enough from candidates about their top issues.

"Older voters are withholding their support until they hear more about the issues they care most about, financial security and access to affordable health care."

Gools says "swing voters" also are clear about how the country is going to solve the problems that most families are facing.

"There is almost unanimous understanding among these swing voters that the next President of the United States must be absolutely committed to working across the political divide."

Gools says older voters traditionally commit to a candidate early, so the poll results are unusual. "Swing voters" in the poll rank the economy as the most important issue, foreign policy as second, and health care as third.

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - MI