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Pollster Robert Cahaly: Midwestern Swing Voters Will Punish Candidates Who Want To Cancel College Football

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Chief pollster from the Trafalgar Group Robert Cahaly told CNN's Smerconish on Saturday that postponing college football due to the coronavirus pandemic will be an election issue in Midwest battleground states.



"How people perceive the coronavirus is kind of defining in their politics. If you believe it's a hoax or you think it's overblown, you're in the Trump corner. And if you believe everything should be shut down, you won't leave your home until there's a vaccine, you're in the Biden corner," he explained. "But if you're in the middle and there's a growing group that says, hey, we're going to do everything we can to be safe and protect our families but we're going to live our life. But that group is growing. How that group is moved and perceive the candidates is actually going to determine how they vote. And college football is on the front line of that."


"There is this American perception, and I see it growing almost every week, that we're going to not fear the virus, we're going to fight the virus. And so, it's this movement toward we're going to try to live," he said. "And those that don't want people to live and to start to move back to normal life are going to be seen in the way of that. And I think that if he's not careful, he can be drawn in that box."

"I think you can see the president's already started it with his tweets. And I expect that the campaigns are smart, there will be TV commercials on that focus that will air during these games. If you're a Michigan fan watching Alabama and Clemson playing football on TV, you've got to be wondering what in the world is going on," he said.

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