Policy vs. personality: Undecideds torn as election nears

Policy vs. personality: Undecideds torn as election nears

WASHINGTON — Amanda Jaronowski is torn. The lifelong Republican from suburban Cleveland supports President Donald Trump’s policies and fears her business could be gutted if Democrat Joe Biden is elected. But she abhors Trump personally, leaving her on the fence about who will get her vote. It’s a "moral dilemma," Jaronowski said as she paced her home one recent evening after pouring a glass of sauvignon blanc. "It would be so easy for him to win my vote if he could just be a decent human being," she had said earlier during a focus group session. Jaronowski is part of a small but potentially significant group of voters who say they remain truly undecided less than three weeks before the Nov. 3 election. They have been derided as uninformed or lying by those who cannot fathom still being undecided, but conversations with a sampling of these voters reveal a complicated tug of war. Many, like Jaronowski, are longtime Republicans wrestling with what they see as a choice between two lousy candidates: a Democrat whose policies they cannot stomach and a Republican incumbent whose personality revolts them. Some voted for third-party candidates in 2016 because they were so repelled by their choices — Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton — and may do so again. While polls show there are far fewer on-the-fence voters this year than the unusually high number in 2016, the Trump and Biden campaigns each believes it still can win over numbers that matter. Among those people […]

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