No sooner had we closed our poll on Mitt Romney than the latest slew of potentially alienating comments from the GOP’s presidential candidate were released. For IJN readers, however, it seems unlikely that this new information would change any minds.
The results of our poll are in, and the message couldn’t be stronger: Voters are decided on their candidate, no ifs, ands, or buts. Disparaging Obama voters, which Romney is accused of doing, or abandoning Israel, which some Jews claim Obama has done, won’t make a difference.
The question of the poll was, “Do you support Romney’s choice of running mate”, and a clear majority consider Paul Ryan immaterial, since they are either “voting for Obama anyway” (40.3%) or “voting for Romney regardless” (28.2%). Only 30% of voters had a specific opinion on Ryan, with 19.5% agreeing that the vice-presidential candidate “offers the economic vision needed to turn the US around” and 10% taking the other side, saying that Ryan “makes the Republican ticket too conservative”. A mere margin of error (3%) is undecided.
Bottom line: This is a deeply partisan election, have no doubt. It doesn’t look like anything, whether it’s the release of potentially damaging video footage, or the Republican Jewish Coalition’s $5 million TV ad, will change that. If our results are anything to go on, the country is intransigently divided.