Multiple undecided voters in NYC and the swing states told The Post the debates will be the key to helping them make a final decision come on game day.
Across the electorate, many undecided voters said they’d be looking for key signs on TV, among them, President Trump’s sometimes less-than-presidential behavior and Biden’s mental sharpness.
“If it’s very close and undecideds break one way or another that could make the difference,” Florida Atlantic University political scientist Kevin Wagner told The Post, stressing that turnout would still likely be a more determinative factor.
Gal Ozana, 30, a real estate broker on Staten Island, voted for Obama in 2012 but skipped out on 2016 because he didn’t like either candidate. He is struggling with the decision again this year.
“On the one side, everybody knows Trump has a mouth and … and sometimes acts like a child,” Ozana said.
He added that while he liked Biden on social issues, “I have some serious concern about his cognitive abilities … If he became president for four years, is he going to be able to withstand the pressures of the office?”
Ozana said he would be looking for tells during the debate.
“Trump needs to get out of his own way to win me over. … He needs to just take a step back and focus on his job,” he said. “And with Biden, I need to see some life. … He needs to get it together.”
Ozana, who immigrated to the US from Israel and became a citizen at 16, credited Trump’s business experience for the economic boom and praised his Middle East peace deals. He said recent unrest in New York and around the country had pushed him further from Biden.
Patrick Quinn, 34, a former actor and registered nurse in Pennsylvania, said he leans more conservative generally, with past votes for John McCain and Mitt Romney. In 2016, he cast votes for every race except president over worries about both candidates.
Quinn cited pro-life issues as big concern and lauded Trump’s appointments to the Supreme Court and federal judiciary. “But I am pro-life for the whole life, so I also care about maternity care for women after they have babies and helping low-income women and men fix themselves. That attracts me more to Joe Biden,” he said.
“I am also very pro Black Lives Matter, which endears me toward the left,” Quinn added.
He gives the vice president higher marks on personality.