June 13th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll: Republican support, enthusiasm down

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/13/art.mccainrepub.gi.jpg caption="A new poll shows Republicans are demoralized."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican party may face tough times at the polls come November, according to results of a new national survey.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Survey out Friday indicates that 2008 may not be a good year for Republicans up and down the ticket, even though most national surveys indicate the race for the White House between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama is quite close right now.

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Sixty-three percent of Democrats questioned say they are either extremely or very enthusiastic about voting this year. Only 37 percent of Republicans feel the same way, with 36 percent of Republicans saying they are not enthusiastic about voting.

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soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Well, this ex-Republican is fired up - to vote Democratic.

    June 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Goldie, Los Angeles

    I am voting Republican. Don't worry. We'll win.

    June 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Sherri

    And this is a surprise? The war rages, the economy is in shambles, and the American people are tired. The last 8 years have been a difficult time. We need new ideas, new politics and solid, intelligent leadership. That is not what the Republican party offers.

    June 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Loretta from California

    Polls again. Not according to AOL's news poll. They have McCain at 56% to Obama's 44%.

    So this is not a shoe-in for Senator Obama. The republicans are counting on our young people not showing up on election day.


    June 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. LT for Obama

    Could it be because their candidate cannot keep his facts straight or the fact that he consistently aligns himself with the failed poiicies of the last 7 years?

    I am detecting some buyer's remorse.

    June 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Dan-Virginia

    They had the full run of the country for 8 years and ran it straight into the ground. If anything they should be dying of shame.

    June 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Ben

    I guess in Nov we will see who turns out to vote. It might turn out to be 2nd Carter term.

    June 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Julie

    Bottom line: After eight years of the Bush presidency, Republicans are demoralized," said CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.

    As well they should be. Maybe this time around they'll use different standards when casting their votes. Look where voting for the "guy they wanted to have a beer with" has gotten us all. No more C students!!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. DK of CA

    I pray for the USA that we unite for the greater good of this country. My prayer is not just for the uniting and maturing of the Demcratic party, but for all citizens. I pray that God remove all the bickering, fighting, racism, sexism, and divisiveness. Let there be harmony, love and peace form brother to sister.

    Go in peace!!!

    Obama '08

    June 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Donj, NJ


    June 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. kelly

    Do you get the feeling the Obama campaign is preparing the public for some thing that might come out during this time we are examining the person who will be the next President of the United States?

    June 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |

    GO OBAMMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. RSP

    When the Republican base looks at the prospect of "President Obama", and 4 years of Reverend Wright at his side, they will rally behind Senator McCain...believe it. Not voting means putting Obama in the White House, and they will not watch the country become a disaster. They will rally before November.

    June 13, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. JIM...TX

    I guess the Republicans are less than enthusiastic about this years election...after 8 years of Dubya and only coming up with McBush as their nominee I'd be miserable too. Make that suicidal:)

    June 13, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. George, Los Angeles

    McCain November. Hands down. Don't worry. The Democrats lost the one person who could have won the elections. Another 4 years for the Republicans. Yeaaah!

    June 13, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Alex in TX

    This bodes well for the dems in November becuase the one thing the polls dont take into account is that a lot of people who answer the phone, say they will vote for McCain but when they have to go down, wait in line to actually submit a ballot, a good percent won't. Enthusiastic dems will in greater numbers.

    June 13, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Glad to be an Independent

    For all of the talk about Obama problems gaining the support of Clinton supporters, McCain has problems in the Republican party. Cultural conservatives are not enthusiastic about McCain. Other candidates that officially dropped out of the primaries were getting a significant percentage of the vote. McCain has had months to get Religious Conservatives to support him. If he has not been able to do it after not having any Republican competition for several months, then he is not going to be able to get them to support him. McCain makes things even worse because he is boring and uninspiring. His speeches will put you to sleep. The Republicans needed a candidate to rally their base. Unfortunately, McCain is showing that he is not that candidate.

    June 13, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Phil, FL

    Hey – they've already joined the Obama Team.

    McCain just speaking puts them to sleep.

    June 13, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. NH, Texas

    Let's get rolling then Democrats! Go Obama!

    June 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Proud American

    The bed you make is the bed you sleep in.
    Lets Go Dems!!!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Linda31

    Well they know that they do not have a chance. And that the Democrats have a superior candidate.

    McCain today rejected a counter prosposal for the debates. Is it his way or the highway? Is that the kind of compromise he is looking for in the white house? Obama is willing to debate with him, but he say no. Only town halls. Sounds scared to me.

    June 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. do the math

    i would also think that when people actually decide to pay as much attetnion to underlying items on cindy mccain and her husband that they will be very surprised–check on snopes.com
    i think that her history and his own of infidelity goes a long way towards character-he cheated on his wife and this was after she no longer looked lik ethe model he married(horrible car crash) he started to cheat with cindy–the divorce also was because of his infidelites...and did we know that in 1993 cfindy mccain was caught by DEA for stealing drugs and forging perscriptions( think thats fraud in a big way for most people at least) for percoset & vicidan...funny how she got a little fine and did community service(no influence peddling ther i'm sure)...

    June 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Well, not to be mean, but how could anybody really be excited about voting for McCain??? He is about as exciting as a box of rocks. It looks like Dems are starting to come together. I'm glad to see they are quick with their responses, and wish they would have done so when Kerry was running. Oh well, better late than never....NOT THIS TIME!!! I know there will be Hillary bloggers coming on shortly to say "I WON"T VOTE FOR OBUMMER, BLAH BLAH BLAH, Lol.

    June 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Eric in New Mexico

    And the pendulum continues to swing...

    June 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA




    June 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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