After being bombarded with election news and campaign ads
for months, Americans will soon (11/4) be asked to choose the man they
want to lead the U.S. for the next four years. How will they arrive at
For the party faithful, deciding who will be the next
American president is an easy decision. Most, like Adriana Codero, have
known for a while who they will vote for on Election Day:
"I always vote Democrat, pretty much, because I tend to agree with them."
But political analyst Dotty Lynch of American University
says independent voters are having a more difficult time choosing their
"Many people like both of the candidates, so they are trying to figure
out which one will really do something about the issues they care
Overwhelmingly, the economy is the issue on most Americans'
minds. Polls indicate that a majority of Americans believe Senator
Obama will do a better job at turning the economy around. Danny
"Barack Obama is a smarter guy on those type of topics. McCain, he is a
fighter and everything. I like a lot of things he stands for, but given
the situation, I'd definitely go with Barack Obama."
But some Americans are concerned with issues other than the
economy. They are looking for a president who shares their views on
so-called social issues, such as whether women should continue to have
the right to an abortion, or whether gay couples should be allowed to
get married. Dan Ciszewski is one of those voters:
"I'm voting for Senator McCain. The issues that are important to me are
moral and ethical issues, and I read both of the candidates' positions
on these issues and his values more align with mine."
That choice is often based on more than simply how the candidates say they will solve those problems:
Many Americans have also said they believe Barack Obama's
race - his mother was a white American and his father was a black
African - makes a difference to them in this election. Some voters say
they are excited by the prospect of the first African American U.S.
president; other voters express misgivings about electing a black
president. But for voter Shannon Hibbard, race isn't the issue: He says
"I just go by usually who I have an instinct is a good person and somebody I can trust."
Dotty Lynch of American University says Americans get most
of their information about the candidates and their positions from
But there are other sources voters turn to:
"People seem to want more information and it is available on the
Internet. People can go to candidates' Websites. They can go to various
news organizations' Websites. We are seeing there are a lot of clicks
on those sites."
By now, Dotty Lynch says, most Americans have made up their
minds whether they want to see Barack Obama or John McCain in the White
House next January, but some may wait until they're in the voting booth
on November 4th tomorrow before they finally decide.