August 20, 2008
Nearly 2 in 3 voters want someone else: 62.4% of Americans say they would like to see better choices of candidates, parties in future
WASHINGTON, D.C. Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
A new Zogby poll commissioned by Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily founder and author of the new book: None of the Above: Why 2008 is the Year to Cast the Ultimate Protest Vote indicates a large percentage are ready to throw in the towel rather than vote for either of the two candidates in November 2008.
Unlike any other scientific poll conducted in 2008, this survey asked randomly selected respondents about their level of enthusiasm for presidential candidates and offered the actual alternatives to the major party candidates that will appear on most ballots across the country – as well as the option of simply not voting. Farah reported:
“I think what we see here confirms my observation that there is widespread disenchantment with the two major-party nominees, something that has simply not been adequately measured before this poll. There is a leaderless, grass-roots movement out there to boycott both McCain and Obama in 2008 – to make a statement, to demand better candidates in the future from better parties. This could be a historic election for non-participation in a year with no high-profile third-party alternatives.”
Barack Obama came in first with just 38.1% of the vote to John McCain’s 33.6%.
A whopping 21.3% said they were still undecided – a remarkably high figure for this late in the campaign that ends November 4. But another 7.3% indicated they would not be voting at all.
Only 21.7% of respondents described themselves as very excited about the choice of candidates for president this year. A similar number, 21.5%, said they were “not at all” excited about the options.
Younger voters say they want more competition in the political marketplace. Some 83% of voters 18-24 express that opinion, while 73% of those between 25 and 34 do. In addition, 76.4% of those who describe themselves as “very conservative” say they want more viable candidate and party choices in the future.
It also appears the enthusiasm gap hits McCain harder than Obama, with 22.3% of Republicans expressing no excitement at all over the election vs. 11.9% of Democrats. On the other hand, 35.3% of Democrats say they are “very much” excited about the choice vs. 14.4% of Republicans.
Joseph Farah is founder and CEO of WorldNetDaily.com, the world’s leading independent Internet news source. Farah writes a daily column for WND and a weekly newspaper column for Creators Syndicate. He is also founder and co-publisher of WND Books, a publishing venture that has produced several New York Times bestsellers in the last five years.
See poll at: WND/Zogby Poll