Swing Voters

Friday, August 31, 2012

Forty percent of all American voters are Independents. They make up the largest voting bloc in the nation and have determined the outcome of every election since World War II. Linda Killian talks about the swing voters around the country—who they are and what they want from their government and elected officials. She’s the author of The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents.


Linda Killian

Comments [19]

Selma Holm from New York City

May I call to your attention that I heard you wrap up your discussion of the "Swing Vote" on the Leonard Lopate Show today with a reference to "the Bush-Ryan" ticket.

Aug. 31 2012 12:59 PM
Stephen from Manhattan

I couldn't agree more with Ms. Killian regarding New Gingrich and the 104th Congress giving birth to the current partisanship in what we still optimistically refer to as our "government." I'm just sorry she didn't mention Tom DeLay, Karl Rove, and Grover Norquist's contributions as a midwives.

Aug. 31 2012 12:45 PM
stephen from Manhattan

IRREGARDLESS?! ... And this Linda J. Killian is a writer and scholar?! ... I hope she's got an editor who knows the English language better than she does.

Aug. 31 2012 12:38 PM
Evets from NYC

Linda, how can you be a haughty liberal laughing at Clint Eastwood when you use the "word" irregardless?

Aug. 31 2012 12:38 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I remember how in the 1st half of Pres. Clinton's 1st term, Sen. Dole led the rejection of everything Clinton put before the Congress--to the point where it seemed as though Clinton could have given him everything the Republicans wanted on a silver platter & Dole would've rejected it just because it came from Clinton. Then Newt Gingrich became House Speaker & made Dole look like a nice guy by comparison. It's only gotten worse since, leading up to Pres. Obama's 1st term & this campaign.

Aug. 31 2012 12:37 PM

More of the false equivalency idiocy.

Democrats didn't even get a DISCUSSION of their solutions.

Obama PRE-EMPTIVELY gave away a public option, an appropriately sized stimulus, action against global warming, accountability for bankers or even torturers and guests like this continue to claim equivalent intransigiency.

Aug. 31 2012 12:36 PM
Jo from New York, NY

Ms. Killian's point about the polarization of voters tracing back to Newt Gingrich is certainly true in my case. When I registered to vote as a Democrat at 18 years old, I promised myself I'd always consider the Republican candidate and vote for the best candidate. I remember the day I was listening to a news story about Gingrich way back when, and it first dawned on my that I just couldn't contribute to Republican party any more--that I felt they were just too dangerous.

Aug. 31 2012 12:36 PM
John A

100% on board with mapping the political sea-change on Gingrich. Thank-You Linda.

Aug. 31 2012 12:33 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Starbucks voters = suburban voters, Ms. Killian? Have you *seen* how many Starbucks (Starbuckses?) there are in NYC & other cities?

Aug. 31 2012 12:31 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I'm a left-wing independent who's registered as a Democrat only so I can vote in the Democratic primaries, because so often in NY the candidates who win in those races end up in office & I want to have a voice in that selection. But in general elections I often vote on 3rd- (or 4th- or 5th-)party lines, sometimes for the same candidate as on the Democratic line, sometimes for another candidate.

Aug. 31 2012 12:29 PM
Snarkmonger from NY

Facebook voters have a disadvantage because they have trouble finding the like button in the voting booth.

Aug. 31 2012 12:28 PM
The Truth from Becky

FYI LILLIAN...nothing has "worn off" about President Obama being the "first Black President"! He is still Black! and the Black Community is still listening!

Aug. 31 2012 12:24 PM
Simon from Manhatten

I'm a registered Republican in NY, but only because I like to vote in primaries. Otherwise I consider myself an independent. If either candidate proclaimed that he would advocate for Congressional term limits, opening up primaries in the states for independent voters or a new constitutional convention to explore broad reform ideas, that man would get my vote.

Aug. 31 2012 12:24 PM
The Truth from Becky

what other response did mitt expect to get to pose that popularity question to a republican crowd?

Aug. 31 2012 12:23 PM
JMD from NY

"Swing" voters like to think of themselves as Independents because they are still waiting for that elusive 3rd and 4th party candidate to vote for instead of being faced with a choice between 2 candidates, which in the end, is really no choice at all.

Aug. 31 2012 12:22 PM
oscar from ny

I wonder if the republican party put christie to speak at the convention so it can get the votes from fat people..
..i bet bloombergs is cringingggg

Aug. 31 2012 12:22 PM
RJ from prospect hts

While not nationwide, due to state by state election rules, let's not forget the successes of the Working Families Party, which is in fact exploring beyond New York State, to give people a 3rd option.

Aug. 31 2012 12:20 PM

It seems like our system would have a lot more flexibility and people would feel far more free to vote for who we wanted if we had a run-off system, where if no candidate got more than 50% of the vote, the top two candidates would have to have a second vote.

Aug. 31 2012 12:18 PM
Joe from nearby

The GOP is fiscally IRRESPONSIBLE.
Bush spent down Clinton's surplus like a drunken sailor.
Bush increased our debt with 2 unfunded wars & huge tax gifts for the rich--which we're still paying for. The GOP's new tactic is to use debt as a weapon.

The Dems need to get this message across.

Aug. 31 2012 12:16 PM

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