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. Ian

    Ron Paul's new campaign will give real conservatives something to be excited about.

    The revolution lives on!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Liberty

    Why would anyone want to vote for an anti-woman jerk like McCain?

    McCain dumped his first wife after she got seriously injured in a car accident and gained weight.

    McCain has also vowed to make abortion illegal- he wants to make criminals out of women and their doctors!

    Shame on you McCain! You'll get the country club and intolerant male votes, but not much else.

    June 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. tai

    Well their candidate is mccain, so go figure.

    June 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. christina

    SHOCKER!!! Down with the GOP nonsense!!!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Crush Rush

    Thanks to the Credit Card Queens,Bush and Cheney.

    June 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. hawk

    McCain has a conservative problem :)ing

    June 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. NO MCCAIN

    GOP'S CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROOST!

    June 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Elizabeth

    Just say no to four more years of Republican's in the White House.

    No more Bush's or Bush like people in the White House.

    Vote for Change.

    Obama 08

    June 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Kiah

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that Republicans are running scared.

    They have done nothing to inspire their voters, instead they put the most frail boring man in recent history in front of a country that is BEGGING for change. The Democratic primaries took up half of the year already with 90% of the top stories. And there is still wide attention hanging onto Obama's EVERY move right now.

    John McCain is an after thought. Even with the stage all to himself for almost 3 months he did nothing to dictate the state of this race so those thinking he will do something drastic between now and November are of the same mentality in thinking that Obama needed to completely fall apart in the primaries before he lost for McCain to even stand a slight chance of winning.

    It has been a pleasure watching the GOP fall apart slowly after they completely took a dump on this country over the past 7 years. I hope that party dies a slow painful death!

    Obama '08!

    June 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Well how could republicans be excited about the election when their nominee is John McCain? He could not excite a heard of hyenas let alone a party or this country. When he opens his mouth he puts republicans and democrats alike to sleep. Maybe he should let red bull sponsor his campaign and put some pep in his step cause right now he is as dry left over Thanksgiving turkey.

    OBAMA 08!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. MD FOR OBAMA

    Go Obama.

    McCrypt is running out of steam

    June 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. No McCain

    The picture of the child holding the McCain sign is DISTURBING.

    Parents should not be allowed to used their little children for their political views. THIS CHILD DOESN'T KNOW YET WHAT IS HE HOLDING AND WHAT IS HE ACTUALLY ASKING FOR.

    June 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Pat in Cali

    If your candidate was Dr. Evil and his Stepford wife, would you be enthusiastic?

    June 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Philip L Wiggle, CSE CME CPA

    Sounds as though the GOP should have impeached their own President and V. President. Only the extreme right believes in Bush and Cheney now.. The platform of VALUES regressed to one of blantant lying, hypocrisy, and arrogance. Those are hardly the values of most Americans.

    June 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Beverly, NYC

    Is it really news that no one is excited about a McCain presidency?

    June 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Mary

    Did anybody see/hear McCain lately?

    He is so awkward. I thought I was watching one of those bad performances on “Last Comic Standing”!!!

    ………as for enthuisiam, how can the Republicans be happy that McCain is telling us that the Iraq war will not end any time soon? As for back home, McCain has no knowledge of the economy.

    June 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Don

    This is not news. All i can remember from the Bush years is a president who has talked to Americans like children and vetoed all bills that would have helped people in need. I would never forget that he vetoed a war bill because the demcrats wanted to add unemployment benefits to help people who are struggling. His 8 yrs should be called the arrogant and veto era. Mcain is a substantial candidate but unfortunately he is at the helm of a party headed by a very unpopular prez.

    June 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Alvaro

    The Republicans shouldn't feel like they have to vote for McCain just because he's *In name* a Republican. If they like Obama, vote for him. If they like Bob Barr, Ron Paul etc, vote for them or write them in. Vote for someone you really like, and is closest to your beliefs, not someone who flip-flops or constantly changes stances on issues.

    Good Luck!

    June 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Larry, GA

    As a conservative Republican, I think we have Bush's term and the weakness of the nominee to thank for the low enthusiasm. It's abundantly clear to most Americans that Obama will win in November. Hopefully, McCain will fight on issues, which will be the only chance he has at motivating the Republican base.

    June 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. tony

    What a Surprise-Liberal CNN is trying to convince the Republicans we are less enthusiastic - Sorry–we don't faint and yell like idiots but we will be there in November–
    We just let you guys think we are dead-

    June 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    There Are Some Good Support Groups That Can Offer Help With That!

    June 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO

    Good! And I hope it stays that way!

    YES WE CAN!

    June 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Aza

    It's good.Even hard core republicnas can see what a disaster we are in after Bush's eight years.Smart republicans and independents will vote for Obama.After all we're all americans and we will do what is best for our country.
    Go Obama!

    June 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Linda

    Bush/McCain is simply a downer on so many levels.

    June 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Independent for Obama

    That kid is SO cute!! Maybe somebody can photoshop an Obama poster into the pic. 😉

    June 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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