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Do Endorsements Factor Into Your Voting Decision?

Is it the voting equivalent of jumping off a cliff? If well-known people/newspapers/terrorist organizations are endorsing a candidate, does it make you want to do it too? With less than two weeks left, endorsements of varying pedigrees and celebrity are piling up.

Though Colin Powell's big Obama announcement caught attention, McCain is not without former secretary of state approval — four former secretaries (Haig, Kissinger, Eagleburger, and Baker) have all pledged support, as well as Powell's son — and a long list of others, including 100 generals and admirals, more than 30 governors, and fairly meaty list of celeb-types. Then the news yesterday of a possibly less-luminary endorsement: supporters of al Qaeda. They see McCain as the better choice to exhaust the US's fiscal and martial resources by continuing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama's list of endorsements may have garnered more attention than McCain's lately, but interestingly one of the newest additions to his endorsement tally also comes from the Middle East: Iran. According to the speaker of the Iranian parliament, his country prefers Obama as they see him as more "flexible." Then there's the breakdown of newspaper endorsements: Obama is leading McCain 121-42 in newspaper endorsements, including 48-28 in states that went for Bush in 2004.

With everyone weighing in, do some influence your decision more than others?


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