(CNN) - Undecided voters are few, angry, and not particularly focused on the campaign, according to members of a roundtable discussion with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."
Republican pollster Whit Ayers said undecided voters–who make up 7% of the electorate, according to a recent Pew poll–are less partisan, less engaged and are only now starting to pay attention to the 2012 race. Ayers added he expects most of them to break for Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
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Also on the roundtable were Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg, USA Today political correspondent Susan Page, and CNN senior political analyst Ron Brownstein.
Brownstein attributed much of these voters' apathy to their dislike of either candidate, which he said amounted "to an unusual degree." They are disappointed in President Barack Obama and disapprove of his performance, but do not particularly like Mitt Romney as an alternative, he added.
Greenberg, meanwhile, said that many of the undecided voters may not even vote as they focus on other part of their lives. "They're taking care of their kids, they're working," Greenberg said.
The roundtable agreed that the election was likely to hang on the turnout from each of the candidate's voter bases, as the candidates appear to be crafting their strategies to maximize turnout from their respective parties.
Brownstein said the Obama campaign in particular was "Rovian" in how it viewed the electorate, with the president's campaign focused less on persuading swing voters and more on voters who already support the president. Brownstein was referring to former President George W. Bush's senior adviser Karl Rove, who was widely believed to have played a major role in turning out Bush's evangelical base that helped the 43rd president narrowly win reelection in 2004 over Sen. John Kerry.
Page, USA Today political correspondent, said the Democratic National Convention seemed to have increase voter enthusiasm among Democrats, which could be crucial for Obama's reelection.
Brownstein said enthusiasm among the "three key pillars of the Obama coalition"–young voters, minorities, and college-educated white voters, particularly women–was important because of Obama's weakness among blue-collar white voters and seniors. The groups were major contributors to Obama's election in 2008, and Brownstein said their current support for Obama is similar to four years ago.
The roundtable also discussed the upcoming debates, and what Romney in particular needs to do in order to gain an edge against the president, who has seen recent advantages in the polls.
"We're at the start of the fourth quarter and Mitt Romney's behind by a field goal," said Ayers. Ayers believes that during the debates Romney has to give people confidence in his ability to handle the economy.
Greenberg, meanwhile, thinks the debates could give Romney the opportunity to work on his temperament, as his campaign "has kind of led to this impression that they're all over the place and not sure what they're doing."
Brownstein also said the effect on down-ballot races will be stark, as ticket-splitting has reached new lows among voters and Obama will have a major impact on close Senate races.
The roundtable also agreed on one more thing: 2012 is no 2008. This year is a "smaller, meaner kind of race," Page said.
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