Over the weekend, both Real Time with Bill Maher and Saturday Night Live made fun of the “undecided voter,” as well as the media for giving them too much importance.
Maher said that if a voter doesn’t know who they’re voting for, they’re probably better off staying home on Nov. 6 because “you probably couldn’t find your polling place anyway.” He pointed to “Octomom” Nadya Suleman as the example of a self-declared “undecided.”
“And that, in a nutshell, is America’s celebrated, undecided voter: put on a pedestal by the media as if they were Hamlet in a think-tank, searching out every last bit of information, high-minded arbiters pouring over policy positions and matching them against their own philosophies. Please, they mostly fall into a category political scientists call ‘low information voters’…
Saturday Night Live played this “ad” making the same point:
According to a recent Associated Press-Gfk poll, just 7 percent of likely voters have yet to pick a candidate. And although the first presidential debate isn’t until Oct. 3, early voting has already begun in 25 states.