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. aware

    Obama has become petty and boring! He won't do joint-town halls because he is not good in an unscripted format up close and personal. He whines too much! And, it is now obvious that his change theme was just a come on.

    Also, there are a lot of disillusioned Democrats who are not happy with Obama or the party.

    It is a long way to November, and Obama is in trouble already with his poor judgment and lack of impromptu speaking ability! πŸ™

    McCain, the centrist candidate in touch with mainstream Americans, will continue to pick up steam! πŸ™‚

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

    A Republican victory in November would prove that the majority of average Americans are uninformed and borderline stupid!! Kind of blunt I know but it’s the truth

    June 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Shawna

    The photo of the tired Mccain supporters child is so funny. He probably is tired of the My Friend line.

    June 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. @everyamericans

    Republicans should NEVER be trusted for running anything, ever again in the history of the United States!

    After GDubya, republicans are not only a disgrace to americans, they are a colossal disaster to be trusted with anything, even being a dog catcher!

    OUR ECONOMY IS IN THE TANK, WHILE WE FIGHT AN UNJUST WAR!

    June 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Proud1of 26% in WV

    I have been a republican for 30+ years,I voted for Nixon,Reagan,and both Bushs,But this year I am supporting Obama.Something has to give.

    June 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. DP from DC

    has anyone actually been to McCains website? its a joke! he has some guy thats 3x younger than him giving an MTV Cribs style tour of his Bus (the straight talk express) then half of his site is dedicated to bashing Obama. Its pretty pathetic.

    it's kinda funny though, in a sad way.

    CNN post this please....

    June 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. The Red Eyed Jedi

    Seeing that kid holding that McCain sign is very disturbing and worrisome to me. Give that kid an Obama sign. GO OBAMA!! VOTE OBAMA!!! NO GOP president this time may give someone hernia if we have one and that would be TERRIBLE! I say vote Obama and again give that kid an Obama sign it is much more suitable.

    June 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Janet, American via Canada

    Sometimes, when you stop and think how the past 8 + years has treated the American People, (maybe not those RICH ones) but the disenfranchised ones. No wonder!

    June 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Greg, Pennsylvania

    What McCain needs to do is pick a strong VP candidate like Mike Huckabee.

    June 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Christy Cannon

    He's not a real conservative. Truth be told, it's hard for us to get excited about him. I've not conviced he's really with the base.

    June 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. sophie

    im one of the very enthusiastic voters.....im a democrat who is voting for john mccain!

    June 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    That's because Republicans are sick of Bush. He made the other Republicans look bad.

    For instance, you could compare Hillary to Bill Clinton, and that's OK.
    Obama would love for you to compare him to JFK.

    Try comparing McCain to Bush, and see what happens!

    Those poor Republicans. I almost feel sorry for them. Almost! πŸ™

    June 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. George

    No. They dont have to worry as long as Fox News is there. They dont trust American people but the Fox News and Rush Limbaugh company. and some times CNN can join that too.

    June 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Venus

    I don't blame them! With McSame... the guy puts me to sleep!

    On a good day McSame might be able to get 2,000 in a crowd!

    Go Obama! We are fired up and ready to go!

    June 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. KMAN

    This bit of news comes as no real surprise when you consider what a poor candidate the Republicans have to vote for. McMaverick doesn't really have great appeal to anyone since he is a major league flip-flopper and he really stands for nothing ... he is simply an ego-driven candidate of the past century ... he is not what most voters are looking for to represent theirs and their children's future!

    June 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. New Day

    I think McCain needs to stop all these political ploys and get down to business. He is a much better man than he is a candidate at this point.

    June 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Greg in Annapolis

    Gee, you think? With such a charismatic, go-getter of a nominee, it's hard to believe he's got ANY supporters. Obama is going to win this election with record breaking numbers. Hopefully the GOP brand has been tarnished so bad by 'lil bush, we won't see any more of their brilliant candidates win executive offices in this country for decades to come!
    Go Obama!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. nash

    All those Obama lovers and idiotic cable news networks must be having hard time to find clues to insult Clinton's. Even without Clinton, Obama and his team are getting exposed to scrutiny.

    I feel bad for Democrats. This party does not believe in Democracy anymore. They got their chosen surrogate and don't know how to use it.

    June 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. john fom LA

    Don't worry the rep. will come out in force to eliminate the Bozo for "Change"

    June 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Tracy

    Obama '08 and again '12...

    June 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Hill Supporter

    Well, this ex-Democrat if fired up to vote Republican.

    June 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Sante

    I sow Obama on CNN this morning after McCain.
    O my God!
    When he has to talk substance he reads! His arrogance disappears!
    THis gay could not say 5 sensible sentences without reading.
    Obviously , he has no clue.
    Such a ARTIST and MANIPULATOR!

    Doesn't he realise that we do not want more EXPERIMENTORS!!!!
    THIS COUNTRY CAN NOT TAKE MORE!!!

    McCain: up to the point , with dignity and honesty!!

    June 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Derek in Seattle

    Wow. There's a shocker. Hopefully their enthusiastic and energetic nominee can snap them out of it without snapping his hip.

    June 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Stan Kupinski

    I work hard everyday, pay my taxes, support my family and honor my country.

    I think Senator Obama is no as liberal as he is made out to be. I think he'll truly change the country away from the mean spirited, empty arguments we've had vor 16 years.

    Like me, other republicans are voting for Obama, not McCain.

    June 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    Republicans! No One Will Blame You If You Dont Want To Go Down With The Ship! Come On Over To The Democrat Side! Our Morale Is High! Its Exciting Over Here! Oh Yeah. . . We Have Punch And Pie Also! There Is A Pinata That Looks Like Mccain! Its Loads Of Fun!

    June 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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