Charles Lee Abell, a retired stockbroker who lives in one of the city's more tony neighborhoods, can be counted on to vote Republican in most elections. But not this one.
"I don't like either candidate, but I voted for Hillary (Clinton), and then voted pretty much Republican from then out," Abell said Tuesday.
"Well, Trump, I'm just scared of him," Abell added about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Trump has had trouble winning support from white college-educated voters across the country, according to the polls. Thirty-five percent of the voters in Abell's Delware 26 election district have at least a four-year degree, making it the election district in Erie County with the highest percentage of college-educated voters. Abell has a master's, in business administration, and is retired from Merrill Lynch, where he met his wife, Sally Danna Abell, 59. A senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, she has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
"I've often voted Republican, but I think Trump is a bigot," said Sally Abell. "I didn't care for his anti-Muslim remarks or his anti-Mexican remarks. I worked in international business before I got into the brokerage business... I worked in South America. So I just didn't care for (Trump's) attitude," she said.
The Abells said they were generally appalled over Trump's stances on social issues, including women's rights and LGBT rights.
"Some of the positions Donald has taken-- anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT and anti-minority-- I found to be completely intolerable," Sally Abell said.
Her husband said neither candidate talked enough about the national debt. "One of the main issues I care about is the national debt, which has gone up under Bush and Obama. They both want to spend money and they don't say how they'll pay for it," Charles Abell said.
"Certainly, the international relations is a huge issue that Hillary has the depth of experience that Donald does not have," she added.
The Buffalo News is interviewing voters Tuesday in six election districts in Erie County. They include:
- One in Cheektowaga with the second-highest percentage of voters over 65 years old
- The election district with the highest median income, in Orchard Park
- One near the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo that has the highest concentration of voters with college degrees
- One in the Town of Lancaster that has the second-lowest percentage of voters with college degrees
- A Buffalo election district that has the highest percentage of millennials
- An election district in Buffalo where nearly all the voters are African-American