Elections are just around the corner, so The Daily News ventured into the public to ask their opinion on who they think will win the election, whether their vote was affected by the economy, the impact on Iraq and how the economy has affected them.
Interviewing a cross section of ages and gender, the general consensus of those interviewed shared deep concern about who will lead the country, their qualifications and the struggling economy.
Roger O’Dell said he isn’t sure whether McCain or Obama will get in, but he isn’t going to vote for either one of them.
“I think Obama’s going to win, and I think it’s going to be bad. I think he has lots of programs, but he hasn’t said how he’s going to fund them. I think our taxes will go way up,” said a Richmond resident.
Some believe Obama will win and fear that he will raise taxes to support his proposed programs. Others believe McCain will win and have a positive affect in the country.
Fletcher O’Dell of Richmond has concerns about Obama and Iraq. “With Obama saying he’s going to cut money for the military, it’s not going to be good for the boys over there. It’s bad that the U.S. government supplied weapons during the Cold War for those fighting Russia. Now, those weapons are being used against us.”
Janet Kelley knows that whoever gets elected will have an effect, but she isn’t sure whether it will be good or bad.
“If Obama gets in, they’ll have another (derogatory term for a person of Middle Eastern descent) over here running the country. It gives ‘them’ easier access to our country,” said Roger O’Dell.
Sherri O’Dell said, “I believe we’ll be in war over here, because I think he’ll bring them over here. If McCain gets in, the troops will stay until finished. I know a lot of military. They’re glad to be there and they know why they’re there.”
It was the question on how the economy has affected them that really got people talking. Everyone mentioned how the high gas and food prices have hit them.
“The gas prices have limited everything, how much you travel and how far you drive to work,” said Roger O’Dell. “I had to change jobs because of the gas prices. We do eat somewhat differently, but I don’t know if that’s because the stores are taking advantage of us, or if the economy is that bad.”
Some members of this community have been hit even harder.
“The last five years have been hard. I had a business, and it was hard to collect money,” said Gary Pennington of Orrick. “We sold out after being in business 27 years. People just couldn’t pay, and we couldn’t get good help. This didn’t come about in the last few years. It’s been coming for 12 years or so. There’s too much loose spending. When I bought real estate, you always had to have 10 percent down. Now, you can have $1,000 and buy a million dollar house. It’ll all snowball down the road. Millions are out of work.”
“Things are rough. Trying to buy groceries – I don’t have enough money to buy food. I’ve lost almost 30 pounds because I’ve been cutting back to one meal a day. It’s ‘thank God’ for programs that help people like me. I don’t think that’s the president, I think that’s God,” said Kelley. “If the lawmakers really wanted to help us, they’d quit giving themselves raises!”
Ken H., of Sedalia, said, “The price of fuel reflects on groceries and everything in general. I don’t drive as much and I just do what’s necessary. Both will do the best they can. I think they don’t have a lot to do with the economy, it’s pretty much down the tubes. After all the promises are made, the best we can hope for is that they follow through with them.”