Again...Yes but voting "present" is a political position, not one of principle. People are tired of this.
1) Irrelevant to his amount of experience if you feel its a "political position" not one of principle
2) I do think people say they want principle, I also think voting trends and history says that in the end they'd prefer to trust an experienced politician.
I'm in no way saying I agree with that notion, but my own opinion doesn't necessarily represent the masses nor hold any kind of historical basis for having said opinion.