Undecided Voters Could Still Decide the Election. They Tend to Dislike Trump.

Undecided Voters(ˈvōdər) Could Still Decide the Election(əˈlekSH(ə)n). They Tend to Dislike Trump.

About one in 10 voters could still be considered “volatile(ˈvälədl),” half the number as at this point in 2016, but this time around, most of them have an unfavorable(ˌənˈfāv(ə)rəb(ə)l) opinion of Donald J. Trump.

By Giovanni Russonello

John Holland(ˈhälənd), 74, is proud to call himself a political(pəˈlidək(ə)l) independent, and he has always made a point of voting for the candidate he prefers, not a party to which he had sworn(swôrn) allegiance(əˈlējəns). In mid-October he told a New York Times/Siena(sēˈenə) College poll(pōl) he wasn’t yet won over by either President Trump or Joseph(ˈjōzəf, ˈjōsəf) R. Biden Jr.

Ultimately(ˈəltəmətlē), Mr. Holland, a retired education-technology professional in Minnesota(ˌminəˈsōdə), did choose, and like many late-deciding voters, he said his choice emerged “from a values point of view.”

“I said, ‘Would I want President Trump to be the grandfather of any one of my grandchildren?’ And the answer was no,” he said this week, explaining that he had donned(dän) a mask and walked to an early polling site to cast a ballot(ˈbalət) for Mr. Biden.

Four years ago, voters like Mr. Holland — leery(ˈlirē) of both major-party candidates, undecided until the 11th hour and guided by their gut(ɡət) more than by policy(ˈpäləsē) — decided the election. This year, polling shows far fewer undecided voters remain, but in close battleground states they could still be pivotal(ˈpivədl).

And while voters who were negative on both major candidates in 2016 broke big for Mr. Trump as the “lesser(ˈlesər) of two evils(ˈēvəl),” particularly in the Midwest, they appear generally disinclined(ˌdisənˈklīnd) to do so again.