Election Day exit poll results seemingly indicated that 22 percent of Americans who voted for President Bush did so because of his moral values. This estimate is probably much too high -- a reflection of a flawed poll that failed to offer voters a more definitive choice of a single factor that ultimately influenced their decision.
One such glaring omission: the pervasive fear instilled in the electorate by Vice President Cheney's repeated predictions of another massive terrorist attack on U.S. soil if he and his band of neoconservative, oil-loving "patriots" failed to retain the White House. This horrific vision undoubtedly coerced numerous voters to stay the course with Bush and Cheney. Their rationale would not, of course, show up in the poll.