If anybody asks, just say “I forget” …

Excerpted from USA Today

Studies also have shown that voters don’t always remember accurately just who it was they backed before.


“Voters who defect from their party … are more likely to ‘forget’ this over time and to report a vote more consistent with their current party identification”

“Reports of past vote also correlate with current preferences.”

That’s to say, if the candidate gets elected and disappoints, some voters revise history and claim that they never voted for the bum.

A recent USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll in a half-dozen states with key Senate races underscore the point.




Here’s what’s going on …




There are two basic categories: the remorseful and the deniers.

Buyer’s remorse: In five of the six states with key Senate races, almost 15% (1 in 7) say they voted for Obama but now regret their vote.

Deniers: For example, iIn Kentucky, Democratic Senatorial challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes refuses to even to say whether she had voted for Obama herself.

Maybe she just “forgot” …

She says it’s a matter of principle: votes should be confidential.

That reluctance to ‘fess up apparently extends to many others.

In 2012, Obama carried three of the six states surveyed by with more than 50% of the vote.

But now just 47% of likely voters in Iowa, 46% in Colorado and 48% in Michigan say they voted for him.

What happened to the 3%, 4% and 2% difference?

Similarly, the President’s standing dropped 5 points in North Carolina and 2 in Arkansas.

Of the six states, only in Kansas did the percentage who “remember” voting for Obama match the actual election returns, at 38%.

Bottom line: If anybody asks, just say “I forget”.

After all, it was just a Presidential election … no big deal, right?



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