How American Voters Decide

In a TIME survey of the electorate, we try to find out what candidate qualities are playing well and poorly with voters. Get details and your 24/7 political news on TIME's The Page

Christopher Morris / VII for TIME

Citizens listen to Democratic Presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, campaign in Davenport, Iowa, on July 2, 2007.

Most Americans are just starting to tune in to the 2008 presidential campaign — and with headlines focused on security expenses for Rudy Giuliani's liaisons with his then mistress (now wife) and on Hillary Clinton's attacks on Barack Obama's kindergarten assignments, they may very well tune back out until after the holidays.

The citizens of Iowa and New Hampshire don't have that luxury. Campaign fliers and phone solicitations have been inundating them for months, and anyone looking to fuel up the family sedan risks running into a glad-handing candidate at the gas station....

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