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. Chi-town indie

    8 years of Bush has demoralized the majority of the country.

    June 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Mark M Kansas City


    If you are a Republican and haven't had the sense to switch sides, I wouldn't show my face either!

    June 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Cynthia

    I can tell you why – they see what the rest of us see. I have tried on numerous occasions to listen to Senator McCain but find my self getting sleepy. Anybody who has insomnia – just put in a tape of him and I guarantee you will be out like a light.

    June 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. RickytheGriff

    Gee, after how delightful everything in Iraq is going...

    ... how strong our economy is ...

    ... how oil prices are...

    ... wait a minute? Who am I kidding? The Republicans wiped their feet on this country for the past eight years. Who in their right mind would vote for these people again?

    June 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Uncle Sam

    I'm with you, Goldie. Remember: It just takes people time to discriminate between fool's gold and the real thing. You have to scratch the surface.

    Americans for McCain '08

    June 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |


    I heard gas is the highest in the nation in CALIFORNIA. I guess you're filling your tank from gas from another planet.

    C'mon Gal, its ok to join the winning team.

    Go Obama!

    June 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Valerie

    Republicans and their agendas are no longer relevant to the needs of our time now. To allow them to continue down the path of the destruction of our country would be foolish. They must be stopped at all costs - which is the reason I, and everyone I know, is voting Democrat this year and always.
    I used to be a Republican, too -

    June 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |

    It's just a matter of time–DOWN WITH CANEY CANE!

    June 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. The Movement is OVER

    Now that the phenomenal Obama movement is gone and the Video-makers moved on..the people are looking and who do they see?

    McCain the real person for President....Hail the CHIEF !!!

    McCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCain-November 4 /08 by a landslide,,,,

    June 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Shelly in IL

    YES! The Dems WILL have the last say. They will take back the Senate from the GOPers good fashion this year.

    June 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. CNN must have a comment limit they stop posting my stuff

    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 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. James in Oregon

    This election isn't even going to be close , there is millions of Republicans that are so done with Bush/McCain policies. I was watching McCain for a few minutes at a town hall event yesterday , and the crowd was falling asleep ( all 30 of them ).

    June 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Jack

    I'm a Republican, always have been, always will be. We'll win in November.

    June 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. rich

    What's there to be enthusiastic about? Unnecessary war in iraq, unaffordable health care, skyrocketing gas prices, a home foreclosure mess, an economic downturn with job loss after job loss etc etc, and a republican presidential candidate who plans to continue down the same road as the failed republican president currently occuping the white house. Their lack of enthusiasm is quite understandable. They know John McCain is swimming against the tide, and given his positions on the issues of the day that matters most to Americans, they know that he is about to be drown and declared dead and pulled under the tide of change most Americans want.

    June 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. The Bush Twins : George and John

    With McCain as their nominee there really isn't much for the repubs to be enthused about. And after the blunder they made in the last two elections of 2000 and '04, they obviously realize they would be making the same mistake.
    Yes, I almost feel sorry for them.

    June 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Jake

    Republicans took control of Congress from 1994 to 2006, and the White House since 2000. Their argument that "as bad as we are, Obama and Democrats will be worse" sounds ridiculous to me. We need leadership, not cronyism or abidicating responsibility and calling it "deregulation".

    June 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. M.S. Indiana

    They are putting every thing on McCain, every one is on their own to get elected, so far no one have been either elected or reelected from the republican party...

    What good will McCain do with a Democratic congress ??? he wont be able to veto every thing coming up to his desk.

    And what about all the senators not willing to back you McCain ??

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Tom

    Add my wife and I to the list of Democrats that will be voting Republican in November.


    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Lynda

    Don't confuse lack of enthusiasm for apathy...I will vote for a weak Conswrvative with our country's best interests at heart any day over a Liberal who wants to sit down and talk with the leaders of countries who believe Israel, or any other country, should be wiped off the face of the Earth.

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Franky

    "Fifty-three percent of registered voters questioned in the poll say they think that Obama, D-Illinois, will win the election, with 43 percent saying that McCain, R-Arizona, will win the White House."

    Well, well. If your own party thinks that his candidate cannot win, "Houston, we have a problem." LOL!! And let me remind you, these are Republicans saying this.......

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Gadissa

    I don't like to hear the republicans he said she said staff. I'm fired up listening to the change. The change that librates us from poverty and misguiding. What else the republican has to offer anyway. Let them they what Obama's wife talked and what his paster said. This is dum it is nothing to do with Americans daily lives. Right now Gasoline and Rice is my priority.

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Oregon

    Times change. Neither conservatism nor Republicanism is the solution to all problems. The movement started by Goldwater and Reagan has steered itself into a ditch and run out of gas. Hey, it happens to everything. Democrats also ran out of gas, and were obsolete for a couple of decades. Everything is cyclical.

    June 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. NoMcSame

    Nobody want you McSame. Not even your own people, they don't want anything to do with you. You left your sick wife for that made up skeletoid. You are one sick puppy. People go to Utube and type in him name and see for yourselves. Obama loves his wife and we all can see it.

    McSame do us a favor and go for a five mile run.

    June 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. lil

    What is Sen mcain problem, He dont know how to speak to people
    he has this way of talking down to people as if you are suppose to do
    what ever he tell you (not as but tell) you do do. I dont like his tone.
    He really need to work on the tone he use when he speak to people.

    June 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Rick FL

    Many conservatives are not happy with McCain as their candidate. A good number of them are supporting Bob Barr as the conservative alternative, or they have left the Republican Party altogether (as I did) for the misguided direction Bush/McCain are taking the party. It is certainly not conservative (IMHO).

    June 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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