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Taft

Slow and Permenant Undecided Conversion

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I've been playing PM Forever more lately(and deferring to having dynamism on), so therefore I forget whether this is programmed in, but I think something should be programmed in to have no more than X percentage of undecided voters change in a given week, but once they change, a certain number of them solidify (or a certain number of the decideds solidify).

In short, in the first week of a six-week campaign, there might be 10% undecided, and 25-30% in the soft column. In the second week, this would change to 7% undecided and 20-25% soft, then 5% and 15-20%, then 5% and 10-15%, and so on. Large implosions on one side or another might increase the level of undecideds and/or soft voters on that side, and a surge by a candidate might cause a decrease in the other's soft support, but barring major scandals, it would follow a fairly steady path (probably with a lot of the undecideds making up their mind, and a lot of the soft voters make-or-breaking, at the debates).

This seems like an almost must-do for the primaries, as there seem to be 6-8 months of campaigning included there, but I'm not sure if the mechanism exists in some form. It's just an idea. Thoughts?

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Hi Taft,

Thanks for the suggestion. The game does use leaning/solidified numbers, it just doesn't show the distinction. Undecideds move to leaning, and then to solid. Solids move to leaning, and then to undecided. Thanks,

Tony

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Thanks. I just wondered. Though it would explain why, sometimes, it takes a week or so for that opponent's numbers to collapse all the way...or for my own, for that matter...

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