February 6th, 2012
06:33 PM ET
10 years ago

Video: Low voter turnout explained

(CNN) - After five Republican nomination contests, voter turnout has not been what some GOP activists may want to see. While several of the early voting states saw increases over 2008, the level was not as high as had been predicted.

Some Republicans, however, argue there is no relationship between primary and caucus turnout and that for a general election. CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger breaks down the numbers and tell us what they may mean.

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  1. Orchid333

    It's low-voter turnout because most of the independents plan on voting for Obama. Sorry, the GOP field this year just doesn't cut it.

    February 6, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    LOL! The three people left in the GOBP with working brains are probably looking at these dismal numbers and trying to figure out how to quietly jump parties. The bottom line is that the so-called "anti-Obama" enthusiasm is just as imaginary as all the other GOBP myths, like WMDs in Iraq and tax cuts for the filthy rich create jobs. It is all delusion and the so-called "liberal" media outlets like CNN deliberately censor very obvious truths. For instance, nearly THREE QUARTERS of America favor new taxes on the rich, including HALF of rank and file Republicans. So the GOBP deathcult is starting to ignore its own members and, naturally, primary participation is down. Think about it: Not a SINGLE guy in this flaccid field of clown car candidates (not even the exalted Ron Paul) dares to come out and endorse what the American voter wants on taxes. THAT is the essence of the GOBP's "messaging" problem. It's really a policy problem. No one likes their policies except psychopaths and other insane elitists who care only for the greedy and not the needy.

    February 6, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. unsub

    it means sit this one out and try for 2016!

    February 6, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Mitt Romney's five sons - Matt, Tagg, Craig, Ben and Josh - are sitting pretty with a trust fund worth $100 million.

    You would think with that kinda money , they could pay for a bigger voter turnout .

    February 6, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    I bet had the turnout been heavier then the GOP would have said there IS a connection between primary and general election turnout. They would claim the "hate" for the president is driving the people to the polls. Well so far it's not. Apathy and lousey candidates I think are the REAL reason.

    February 6, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. mk1

    I would say that there is something very wrong with the system if after five primaries a candidate is chosen. I know the race is open at this point but I do not live in one of the five states that has already voted and feel cheated that any race might be decided before our state has a chance to vote. What is the point at a national level if races are decided on the basis of a very few people voting. This is a really stupid system, and has been for years. To have the first two Caucus/primaries in such small states and then declare winners and losers at the national level is an insult to the rest of the nation and the rest of the states should revolt and demand their voices mean something.

    February 6, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. John

    It low because even the Republican know they have nothing but Clowns running.

    February 6, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    If this method, election / caucus, non binding vote does not reflect as some Republicans say how people will vote in a general election for the President; then the method of selection is flawed!!

    February 7, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  9. Marie MD

    I am sure it has nothing to do with the lack of character, ethics, integrity and having nothing more than a bunch of brainless puppets.

    February 7, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  10. Marry

    Low voter turnout – was it to warm, was it to cold? Or, perhaps people watch and understand that the GOP/TP has nothing positive to offer? To just run on get “that one” out is a disgrace! The party of “NO” will hear what they have been saying when the country needed them to work instead of obstruct: A resounding “NO” from the American people!

    February 7, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |