Americans ready for campaign to end before first vote is cast
December 16th, 2011
04:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Americans ready for campaign to end before first vote is cast

(CNN) - Americans have yet to cast a single vote in the 2012 presidential election but an overwhelming majority is ready for the political season to end.

That's 326 days before they elect the next President of the United States.

A new survey from USA Today/Gallup shows 70% of Americans say they can't wait for the presidential campaign to be over, compared to 26% who say they can't wait for it to begin. Only 4% has no opinion or were neutral in their feelings.

Election weariness was even more pronounced among residents of early voting states. Seventy-five percent of people in 12 states Gallup determined to be the "most important" in the nominating process said they were ready for the campaign to be over. The states included Iowa, site of the first-in-the-nation caucus on Jan. 3, and New Hampshire, which will hold the nation's first primary on Jan. 10.

Those states have already been inundated with television and radio advertisements from candidates' campaigns, as well as direct mail, campaign rallies, door-to-door canvassing, yard signs, bumper sticks and telephone calls from both humans and robots.

The general distaste for the ongoing political campaign wasn't restricted to a single party. Democrats and Republicans said in equal numbers they couldn't wait for the campaign to end.

The Americans most fed up with the presidential campaign were those who had lived through the most election cycles: people over 65. Eighty percent said they were ready for the campaign to wrap up.

The Gallup/USA Today poll surveyed 1,034 adults by phone from Dec. 6-7. The sampling error was plus or minus four percentage points.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    I'm certainly ready for the GOBP deathcult followers to stop their fear, lies, ignorance and hate. Unfortunately, they don't know anything else, other than their slavish devotion to failed policies like tax cuts for the filthy rich and deregulation.

    December 16, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Mnrtired

    When is this woman just going to go away and quit embarassing Minnesota. Although she does represent the state well, our state bird is a loon and we have a lot of wood ticks...and she is a loon a tick!!!

    December 16, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Yes, I would much rather vote tomorrow to remove the disaster called Obama than wait nearly another year and watch this country slip deeper and deeper into the liberal debt abyss.

    December 16, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Duh...why do you think there have been so many debates? The GOP is buying itself voter suppression by making everyone sick of it all before it even begins....and the MSM is more than happy to help.

    December 16, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. cali girl

    sorry there bud, it is your party that put us in this Debt mess. I will remind you, which party put up their wall on the payroll tax this week? wan't Obama.

    December 16, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Justaminit

    There is going to be a wave of retribution and many Tea-baggers will be packing their bags. You have underestimated the American People and your insensitivity to their plight has doomed your careers. Your approval ratings are in the gutter. Obstructionism and "let's get Obama out of office at all costs" is going to backfire. The selfishness of it is astounding.

    December 16, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hard to believe that the right wingnuts don't think that the almost $11 trillion of our national debt accrued during Reagan and the two Bushes. And now the repubes want to add $! trillion more to our national debt, without raising any revenue.

    December 16, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Gurgi

    It is entertaining to read the examples on these blogs, that liberals have one set of standards for themselves and a different set of standards for everyone else.

    December 16, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Independent Voters

    Please hurry up 2012 so we can vote for Obama 4 more years.
    Vote these do nothing republicans out of the office.
    Obama/Biden 2012
    Hillary/Warren 2016

    December 16, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. DIANA

    I'm not anxious for it to end. I've never laughed so much as when Palin was chosen as Vice- President nominee.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    December 16, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Republican who supports President Obama

    There should be a defined timeframe for campaigns – 10 months only!. The year of the election is when we should hear from these folks the rest of the time they should be focusing on working for us. Since the day after the 2008 election the GOP has been spending a substantial amount of time campaigning (more like crying). In that timeframe what have they really done? Nothing. Absolutely nothing except whine, cry, and stomp. There are way too many debates and over-emphasis on the GOP.

    Time for the endless campaign cycle to end.

    December 16, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    "A new survey from USA Today/Gallup shows 70% of Americans say they can't wait for the presidential campaign to be over, compared to 26% who say they can't wait for it to begin. Only 4% has no opinion or were neutral in their feelings"

    Doesn't look good for the Republican party. This is their primary, and apparently folks are sick of them already.

    December 16, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    >sorry there bud, it is your party that put us in this Debt mess. I will remind you, which party put up their wall on the payroll tax this week? wan't Obama.

    Ok, so you claim it wasn't the Democrats that created the debt mess yet they have controlled both House and Senate from 2006 until 2010 and the Presidency and Senate 2006-today. During that time, how much did the debt increase? So if it wasn't their fault, whose was it? The Boogey man??!! As usual, the liberals create a disaster then blame it on others.

    And you do realize that payroll tax holiday was a gimmick to try and revive the economy you clowns are killing. That money goes towards social security so I suppose you're OK with taking that money from seniors so people can go buy a new iPod? Just nutty gimmickry by Obama and his merry band of dimwits. The money will have to be repaid soone ror later. Oh yeah, the looney left answer is we'll just take it from the rich, which is the answer to all of the worlds problems.

    December 16, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. GonzoinHouston

    I agree with Diana, this GOP battle has been more fun to watch than the Marx Brothers. When Bachman has to publicly insist that she's a "serious candidate"; when Newt, who has based his entire career on negative attacks, tries to go straight; when Perry demonstrates his grasp of high-school level civics; I just crack up. Stephen Colbert couldn't write this stuff!

    And for those two who want to prayer in school to include battles for the glory of Odin, I'm in! Have war club and mead horn, will travel!

    December 16, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    "It is entertaining to read the examples on these blogs, that liberals have one set of standards for themselves and a different set of standards for everyone else."

    Give up the whiny victim, pose, Gurgle. You get all butthurt because I called you out on your false statements about how "libs" don't matter in the GOP primary. I accurately pointed out that many of us intend to vote in those primaries so we don't end up with completely insane person on the other side (though I guess a half sane one is the best we'll get). You don't understand or can't accept that our votes count, our ideas matter and you can't do anything about. Instead you play the typical radical rightwinger "Oh I'm such a victim because when I post BS people are mean to me" card. Cry me a river.

    December 16, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    "The money will have to be repaid soone ror later. Oh yeah, the looney left answer is we'll just take it from the rich, which is the answer to all of the worlds problems."

    Nice strawman you built. All we ask is the filthy rich pay their FAIR share instead of corrupting our government and economy instead of massively redistributing wealth and income upwards. You conveniently ignore these rather glaring facts.

    December 16, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    All we ask is the filthy rich pay their FAIR share
    =====================================
    Too funny.... the standard liberal non-response. But none of you clowns will EVER say exactly what that amount is. Because it is always more, more more, more, more because there is no limit to how you want to spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend.....

    The fact that "the rich" working people already foot the bill while 47% get a free ride doesn't matter. Will you stop asking for more when 60% get a free ride? Or is it 70% get a free ride?? Just where does this insanity end??? Yes, I already know the answer. It doesn't end.

    December 16, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |