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. Susan, PA

    Dems are like that only.... too much enthusiastic to vote but won't venture out on voting day.

    I bet most of the college students, who support Obama, would be drunk on Election day and won't come out to vote.

    Republicans do vote, enthusiastic or not.

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

    Well, when you have a candidate on the left side that's getting the people chanting for change and making people genuinely excited to see what's going to happen, it's hard to get enthusiastic when your candidate is offering nothing new, whether you agree with him/her or not.

    June 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Ralph

    They should be. Their candidate is the most unelectable in history. The polls show McCain beginning to slip away, and this will not stop until Nov, when he loses by the largest margin in US history. They should get behind Obama, and just ignore all the BS they have been spoon-fed by FOX News.

    June 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. failed judgement

    down for what reason ?

    Get the likes of Wright, Rezko, Farrhkhan Jim Johnson onboard,
    they will help you the way they are helping Obama create buzz all around.

    June 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. David Goldman for OBAMA

    I AM CERTAIN THE REPUBLICANS LIVE WITH THE REST

    OF US & SHOP WHERE WE SHOP & ARE JUST AS BROKE

    AS THE REST OF US. ALSO SURPRISINGLY THEY TOO NEED

    MEDICAL INSURANCE, COLLEGE TUITION, & GAS.

    THIS TIME DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS AND INDIPENDANTS

    ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR OUR INTERESTS NOT, NOT, FOR

    MCWORTHLESS LOBBYISTS, AND HIS WEALTHY FRIENDS.

    June 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Glenn

    It's the GOP's turn to pay the piper!

    June 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Kjetil

    I understand why. I went too gop.com and it was so negative. They dont say anything positive and dont take responsibility for the economic or forregn problems US got right now. I belive a lot of people will stay home or vote for Obama, because a old grumby negative president and a majority in sentate/congress by the GOP when we remember how they did for 6 years is not something people want back.

    June 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Socialism has only killed 100 Million people... let's give it another try!

    Hells Bells... can you blame us for being less than excited about McCain?

    We conservatives didn't pick McCain, crossover liberals picked him FOR US in open primary voting. I mean, if I wanted a liberal to my candidate, I would have voted for Obama.

    On a positive note, I sure am happy I took the time to play by the rules my entire life, take calculated risks, put myself throught college and put myself through my masters program (with honors in both), so that I now can get brutally financially sodomized by Obama's tax hikes. Getting punished for being successful is exactly what I had in mind when I was working hard and playing by the rules all of those years. This nation is in for a big awakening, and unfortunately we'll have to endure the damage a Carter... er, uh, I mean "Obama," presidency will bring. I'm not a religious man, but heaven help us all.

    June 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. SJM

    Thanks GW, for putting the party in the crapper

    June 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    Aaawwww! How Sad!

    June 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Drew, Central FL

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

    That explains a lot, but not all. I think another 4 years of McSame is on their minds too.

    June 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. DH Mid MI

    We may not be entirely supportive of McCain but we'll be out in droves to vote against Obama

    June 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. The Truth

    Voting for Obama

    Time to put this country back to its rightful place at the top

    June 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. sherry

    Fat chance McCain will win.He needs to go home and let his wifey with all her millions take care of him.

    June 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Mike

    This Republican is voting democrat. McCain was the worst pick of the crop of our potential candidates.

    June 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Austin, Texas

    I am voting Democratic. Don't worry. WE WILL WIN!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Herman in LA

    It's a shame they had to post this little baby's picture holding up this sign when that poor child don't even know Jack Daniel’s about McCain or what he stands for.

    This post is really not surprising can you see why, running negative campaigning and many don't believe them any more nor do they believe in McCain not this time not ever.

    John McCain is George Bush's third term we don't think so...

    June 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. David in KC

    The rightwingers are doomed. Thanks to Little George and his Mafia the GOP will be locked in the losers shed for decades. Hallelujah!

    June 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Lisa from VA

    This ex- Republican is also fired up to vote for Obama! Two times voting for Bush taught me a lesson I won't soon forget.

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Lucy

    I'm not worried because you will lose.

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. independent

    yep. i used to be republican too.

    obama/clinton 08!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    WE DON'T SEE HOW ANY AMERICAN CAN VOTE FOR A

    MAN THAT HAS SUPPORTED THE POLICIES THAT LEAD

    TO OVER $4.00 GAS. MCBUSH WOULD LEAD TO $10.00

    WE CAN'T SURVIVE ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF STUPIDITY.

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Republicans are demoralized??? Get a clue: the WHOLE WORLD is demoralized after 8 years of Bush and his henchmen.

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Alex

    You republicans fired up, ye right,, everytime I seen McCain talk, i fall asleep.

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. John in WA

    Yes, the republicans are demoralized. Everyone in the country has now realized what the Bush administration has done to our national reputation, our psyche, our ability to meet and discuss other issues with our treaty partners and anyone else our government has to deal with. No one takes America seriously anymore.

    And the GOP is not looking forward to the elections in November, as that election will be a sure sign of the mood of the country.

    Mr. McCain needs to stop talking about war and start speaking to the issues: Social Security solutions; Immigration solutions; Economy solutions. If McCain and his advisors would come up with SEVERAL (not one, but several) possible solutions to each individual issue that may be on the horizon and get these ideas floated and into the press, he would force the democrats to do the same. Then MAYBE someone will take the ball and run with it and solve some of these issues.

    It's all wonderful that Mr. Obama speaks of the need to change Washington. We'd all like to see change.

    The problem is the same old politicos are STILL there, and even if the democrats sweep the election in November, there will be NO CHANGE because the same people are still running the Congress and the Democratic party and the Republican party. The two party system seems to be falling apart, since neither party wants to work with the other and because of that...nothing is getting done.

    We have no one willing to stand up and suggest the hard solutions that need to be made to solve the issues of the day. Until some of our members of Congress turn into STATESMEN like used to be in office and start to talk and work with one another, our country will remain in disarray regardless of who wins in November.

    June 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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