Poll: Americans already tired of campaign
July 5th, 2012
11:23 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Americans already tired of campaign

(CNN) - Exhausting, but informative. That's how Republican and Democrats view the 2012 presidential campaign, according to a new Pew Research Center poll released Thursday.

With almost four months left until Election Day, 67 percent of American adults say they expect the remainder of this year's White House race to be "exhausting."

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However, tiring as they may find it, 60% of Americans also say they anticipate the race to be informative, with majorities of both Republicans and Democrats in agreement.

A majority of Americans-56%–say the race has been too long and too dull, more than a year after the Republican presidential race got under way. Meanwhile, 53% say it has been too negative, according to the survey's results.

A breakdown of the poll by party lines, however, shows some differing trends.

Since the same poll was conducted in March, more Republicans now say that campaign is dull than they did four months ago, when Romney was still battling opponent Rick Santorum. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul were also still in the race at the time.

In March, 52% of Republicans said the race was interesting, whereas 33% now feel the same way. In the last few months, however, all of Romney's opponents, with the exception of Paul, have officially suspended their campaigns.

Conversely, more Democrats–45%–find the contest interesting than four months ago, when 36% said the same thing. The uptick comes during a time in which President Barack Obama officially began to hold campaign rallies, with Vice President Joe Biden also making more appearances and taking particular aim at rival Mitt Romney.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted the survey June 7-17, interviewing 2,013 adults by telephone, with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • Polls • Republicans
soundoff (33 Responses)

    According to the poll, it looks like the right isn't enthusiatic about their nominee.

    July 5, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Eye of Newt

    I'm tired of the republican donors hiding from the public. I'm tired of Karl Rove trying to lie, cheat, and steal his way back into the White House. I'm tired of Romney flip-flopping. I'm tired of being part of the 99% despised by republicans.

    July 5, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. William Zimmerman

    I'm disappointed that the GOP debates are over. 😦 Now I have to go to Comedy Central for humor.

    July 5, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. sayer

    I'm tired of Romney hiding his money in other countries and not releasing his tax returns. I'm tired of Romney having zero solutions to any problems and polls saying people are actually going to vote for this man with no plan.

    July 5, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Rajinder Goyal

    As the popular saying goes, you can fool some people sometimes, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Republican party has lost its relevance. Go back to the November 2010 elections. The GOP was jumping all over the place as if they had conquered the universe. So what have the done in the past 18 months? One would find it hard to figure out. Approval rating for the GOP dominaan origin. ted congress has dropped from 27% to 15%. Good Job!

    This party should be better called as NOP, the No Party. Their only aim from day one has been to get rid of Obama, and they have stated it openly times and times again. The NOP is infiltrated by extremists and radicals like Michelle Bauchman, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and the list goes on. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    July 5, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. ST

    Am not only tired of the campaign, but also annoyed the way Romney is changing his positions all the time. This is not a good signal of a respectable, honest and truthful leader to be.

    July 5, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Now Campaign is boring yes Rick Santorum couldn’t get the nomination he is our candidate

    July 5, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. 2020


    This country cannot afford to have Romney come in to give an ultimate write down on tax to Billionnaire on the back of middle class and poor America. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    Romney has no morale ground on TAX. To him, TAX is an EXTREME DIRTY WORD.

    He will continue his OUTSOURCING, OFFSHORING policy to bring down US economic advancement. He will only destroy America. Bush 2.0


    FIRE UP, READY TO GO !!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 5, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    the only position Mr Flip hasn't changed during this campaign is the desire to make him and his rich buddies even richer. Everything else has gone from one position to another on a daily basis

    July 5, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. john west

    it doesn't matter what you call it, tax or penalty, you still will have to pay something, and i dont care what its called. It is in place, and i was all for it, the usa had to do something, and the republicans havent come up with anything, and i do mean anything.

    July 5, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Myviewis

    Campaigns are informative. Many voters need to be informed that our economy is in the hands of Obama who is a powerful marketing machine who was able to capture, convince voters that a community organizer, a 12 year part-time lecturer at Univ. of Chicago Law School ( 3 courses per year); 1 summer junior lawyer at Sidley Austin; 1 summer junior lawyer at Hopkins & Sutter; hired in 1993 as a junior lawyer at Davis, Miner, Barnhill, Galland where he worked full-time for 4 years and stops working full-time in 1996 when he is elected to the State Senate but stays on as a part-time lawyer of Counsel until he is elected to the US Senate in 2004; lets his Law License expire in 2002. Obama who had a brief lawyer career, has no academics in economy, accounting, finance, state & local public finances is running our country.

    July 5, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Darryl

    It really is very tireing and actually people have made up their minds.All over the internet the people are saying the same thing.Mitt Romney is just not going to make it period. The republican have been caught in so, so many lies and distortions it's pathetic. The Health Care Act just concretes both President Obamas re-election and as for Romney ? It also concretes his position on it as well.He implemented it and it works just fine so his rejection of it is absurd and very dishonest by his denial of it.We the people of this country need to get to work and put all this health Care bussiness aside, let it work for the people and move this country forward like the POTUS say we should. We are tired of the disfunction and obstruction of the GOP and people like Fox News Corp. spreading fear and Lies. Please can we MOVE ON......................

    July 5, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    With all that said about President Obama, please tell me you didn't vote for Palin.

    July 5, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. WiredweirdinSF

    The most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady president has never stopped campaigning. He has just switched to using our tax money to finance his lies and deceit.

    July 5, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Myviewis

    Claudia, Houston, Tx

    With all that said about President Obama, please tell me you didn't vote for Palin.

    I see you are not arguing my facts because you know what I wrote is true facts of Obama. Nice try trying to distract.

    July 5, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. tibs

    Romney and Obama are both awful. However, Obama is clearly antagonistic towards capitialism. The fact that an American president (Obama) has actually said that captialism doesnt work is insane to me. Capitialism built this country. Lets be clear, that what we have today is not free market capitialism, but closer to crony captialism or fascism.

    So Obama wants to end capitialism and Romney doesnt even understand it. How absolutely pathetic can we get?

    Capitialism brought us to our shining nexus. And when we re-embrace it, it will return us there.

    July 5, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC


    How come we don't even know half that much about Mitt Romney? And, please, do not give me that ridiculous talking point about how "it's out there in the public record" because it ain't. Romney is very secretive about his affairs.

    July 5, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Obama is antagonistic towards capitialism and Romney doesnt understand it.

    They're both equally incompetent. However, just the fact that Romney is more friendly to allowing free markets to work without federal manipulation is a huge plus for me. He doesnt go anywhere near far enough though.

    Capitialism brought us to our shining nexus, and when we embrace it once again, it will return us there.

    Statism is fail sauce.

    July 5, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    as far as president goes I already know how I am going to vote for so I wish I could do it now and just get it over with. But the GOP is trying to stop early voting here in Texas I guess because Democrats, minorities and the youth tend to use it more so I'll just have to wait.

    July 5, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama has and was already "Vetted" so there is no argument or distraction. Now answer my question, you voted for Palin didn't you?

    July 5, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. mjw

    Listening to the POTUS speaking in OHIO. I am even more FIRED UP AND READY TO GO. We have had enough of the No Party. Romney will be worst than W, we cannot afford him. Each time a Republican goes in the WH we go into a depression/recession and the world hate us more.
    Let us stay with this President who has cleaned up the mess they left behind and there is more to go in order to get this country back on path for all of us to succeed.
    Anyone who said we are not better off than we were 4 years ago is not telling the truth. 4 years ago we were scared of Bin Laden, fighting in Iraq, auto industry going bankrupt, wall street at it's lowest ebb, stock market falling, hated around the world, remember that shoe thrown at the last president. Now we are looking up and as Bruce Springstein says, we take care of our own. That's what America is about. Not fear mongering.

    July 5, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. vic , nashville ,tn

    Your view is wrong example
    G.W.Bush Harvard Business School and worked in oil businesses

    July 5, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Indy

    Not nearly as boring and drole as Myviewis and WiredweirdinSF constant message of hate towards the POTUS.If you have ever listened to a few of the Romney Pep Rally Cries you will soon be tired of nothing but bumper sticker policies and his superiority complex issues get boring after six years of hearing that he is destined to be the King and the rich shall rule the universe and will sprinkle fairy dust on all the unemployed some day and create minimum wage jobs for all

    July 5, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Marry

    No wonder. But the whole election process would need a total makeover to become democratic, transparent and fair. There should be among many other things: Very limited funds, much smaller timeframes, heavy penalties for factional false statements in a campaign, modern voting technics, 12 hour media blackout before any voting starts and first results only after voting in all States has ended, etc. etc. Of cause we know that will not happen – but one can dream, can’t one????

    July 5, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ Rudy NYC

    I notice that we seemed to have lost the likes of "Obama 2012-yada yada" and the other ones with the long drawn out names but we seem to be stuck with "myviews" who is just about as bad with his or her hatred for the president and the Democratic party as a whole.. Seems strange to me that someone that claims to be a forienger that became a citizen is so far right jaded. That usually takes years to become that way. I agree with you on your post about him or her BTW.

    July 5, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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