Apathy fears as US poll looms
Many of America's 200 million eligible voters say the main choice between Vice-President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush is not wide enough, and experts fear most will stay at home tomorrow.
In 1996, just 49 per cent of voters bothered to decide between Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton. Few have higher hopes this time. Ordinary Americans groan about the lack of choice. 'It's a sad truth . . . it has come to picking the least worst option,' said one woman at a George W. Bush rally in Pennsylvania.
Polls suggest that despite the most expensive campaign ever, neither man has been able to rise above his personal flaws. Mr Bush is all Texas charm but continues to struggle to convince he is qualified to lead. Mr Gore may be able to lead, but is not liked and never looks comfortable. Country singer Dolly Parton captured the mood when she said: 'It comes down to a choice between the redneck and the stiff-neck.'