WASHINGTON -- They shrug at President Barack Obama and the presumed Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. They're in no hurry to decide which to support for the White House. And they'll have a big say in determining who wins it.
Twenty-seven percent of U.S. voters are persuadable, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, and Obama and Romney each will spend the next four months trying to convince these fickle, hard-to-reach people that only he can fix an ailing nation.
It's a delicate task. These voters also hate pandering.
"I don't believe in nothing they say," said Carol Barber of Ashland, Ky., among those who haven't determined whom to back or don't strongly prefer either candidate.
Like many other uncommitted voters, the 66-year-old Barber isn't really paying attention to politics these days. She's largely focused on her husband, who just had a liver transplant, and the fact that she had to refinance her home to pay much of his health bill. "If there were somebody running who knows what it's like to struggle, that would be different," she said.
John Robinson, a 49-year-old general contractor from Santa Cruz, Calif., is turned off by both candidates. "There's nothing I can really say that's appealing about either one of them."
The poll was conducted June 14-18.