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Georgia voters have big expectations for next president

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February 4, 2008

Albany--With Super Tuesday just one day a way, Georgia voters have a lot of expectations for the presidential candidate they plan to vote for tomorrow.

A recent poll found that more than half of voters believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, but they hope the next person in the White House will have the power to change the country's current path.

With the presidential election right around the corner, the theme for every candidate seems to revolve around one word: change.

And for Georgia voters, they hope the next commander in chief will be able to do just that.

"There are a lot of decisions that have to be made," says voter, Ora Lockley-Jones.

"I hope whoever is elected will have experience as well as wanting change," says voter, Camilla Phillips.

In a recent poll conducted by Knowledge Networks, about three-quarters of voters believe the next president has some influence over health care costs, an issue that matters most to senior citizens like Ora Lockley-Jones.

"That is a great concern for me. I'm a retired person and, of course, on a fixed income," says Jones.

Jones and other voters also want to see something done to fix the country's struggling economy as well.

"I've had stock I had to get rid of and now I'm afraid of what the tax consequences will be," says Jones.

"It seems like spending is getting out of control not only for the federal but the local, too," says voter, Wayne Bohannon.

For other, they want a president who has a solution to winning the war in Iraq and bringing our troops home.

"I think the war effects our economy because we have to borrow so much money," says Phillips.

"I think we're over there until we get it under control," says Bohannon.

The recent poll also showed that sixty-nine percent of voters believe the president has has the ability to make gas prices go either up or down.

For Wayne Bohannon's sake, he hopes the next president can drop the prices at the pump.

"As you can see can see I'm running over $132 already, fuel is getting out of control. We need to look at the economy," says Bohannon.

And while voters have high expectations for the next president, they're not putting all of their eggs into one basket.

"I certainly think the American people have high expectations as I do. But we never fail to be a little disappointed, do we?" says Phillips.

"I'm not sure if they'll be able to do a lot immediately, but I hope overtime, who's ever elected will have atleast four years for us to see some type of improvement," says Jones.

The poll also found that 52 percent of voters favored a candidate with Washington experience versus 47 percent opt for an outsider.

And when it comes to young voters, the poll found that about two-thirds of those under age 35 believe it's still possible to change the way Washington works.  Only 52 percent of older voters think that it's possible.

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Contributing Source: AP