Poll: Americans already tired of campaign
July 5th, 2012
11:23 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Americans already tired of campaign

(CNN) - Exhausting, but informative. That's how Republican and Democrats view the 2012 presidential campaign, according to a new Pew Research Center poll released Thursday.

With almost four months left until Election Day, 67 percent of American adults say they expect the remainder of this year's White House race to be "exhausting."

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However, tiring as they may find it, 60% of Americans also say they anticipate the race to be informative, with majorities of both Republicans and Democrats in agreement.

A majority of Americans-56%–say the race has been too long and too dull, more than a year after the Republican presidential race got under way. Meanwhile, 53% say it has been too negative, according to the survey's results.

A breakdown of the poll by party lines, however, shows some differing trends.

Since the same poll was conducted in March, more Republicans now say that campaign is dull than they did four months ago, when Romney was still battling opponent Rick Santorum. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul were also still in the race at the time.

In March, 52% of Republicans said the race was interesting, whereas 33% now feel the same way. In the last few months, however, all of Romney's opponents, with the exception of Paul, have officially suspended their campaigns.

Conversely, more Democrats–45%–find the contest interesting than four months ago, when 36% said the same thing. The uptick comes during a time in which President Barack Obama officially began to hold campaign rallies, with Vice President Joe Biden also making more appearances and taking particular aim at rival Mitt Romney.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted the survey June 7-17, interviewing 2,013 adults by telephone, with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Robert Jay01

    Chalk another one of for the Republicans. Og course the race is boring – any moron can critcize without being accounatble and discussing what factually they (the candidate 0 or party) would pro activley do and how they would do it in detail. The Republicans think running for President or p[olitical psoition is like some popularity contaest in colledge!

    July 5, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. thinking outside the box

    I was tired of the 2012 campaign back when it started, on November 5 2008.

    July 5, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "However, just the fact that Romney is more friendly to allowing free markets to work without federal manipulation is a huge plus for me. "

    What free market? You have yourself quite confused. Mittens believes that the market AND the government should be completely and utterly controlled by a few oligarchic corporate overlords. That way the people being regulated by the gov't can, as they're pretty close to doing already, write the rules that make it look like they're being regulated for the unwashed masses to feel better about it, but makes the rules weak, full of loopholes and end-arounds, etc. There's no "free market" in his or the GOP/Teatrolls' policies unless you're one of the chosen few who would be a member of the oligarchy or the plutocratic ruling class. For those extremely few people/entities, it would be a "free-for-all market"...no rules, just opportunities galore to abuse and get rich off the blood, sweat and tears of the other 99%+ of the population.

    July 5, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. MTATL67

    Of course it was more interesting during the republican primary dog and pony show. Just look back at who was running. Sometimes it seem the Republican candidates all shared one brain. It was comical and disgusting and confirmed for me that none of them should never have any power especially that of the Presidency of the United States.

    July 5, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Myviewis

    Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama has and was already "Vetted" so there is no argument or distraction. Now answer my question, you voted for Palin didn't you?

    You are still dancing around the facts I presented of the man, voted to be President of the US, who is running our economy and in charge of protecting our country. Enough with the marketing machine, let's look at the facts of Obama's professional career. And by the way, what was he doing in Pakistan back in 1981 when US Citizens were not allowed in Pakistan?

    July 5, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Myviewis

    Rudy NYC


    How come we don't even know half that much about Mitt Romney? And, please, do not give me that ridiculous talking point about how "it's out there in the public record" because it ain't. Romney is very secretive about his affairs.

    Because you are just not looking. It took me a lot of reading Dreams of My Father and interviews Obama gave even when he ran for Senator. Obama is the least person you can find in the internet, he never even published a work, opinion while Editor of The Law Review at Harvard.

    July 5, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    mjw wrote:

    Anyone who said we are not better off than we were 4 years ago is not telling the truth. 4 years ago we were scared of Bin Laden, fighting in Iraq, auto industry going bankrupt, wall street at it's lowest ebb, stock market falling, hated around the world, remember that shoe thrown at the last president. Now we are looking up and as Bruce Springstein says, we take care of our own. That's what America is about. Not fear mongering.
    And that is the TRUTH.

    The operative word phrasing here is "are we" better off, not the self-centered "am I" better off.

    July 5, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Joe Vet

    While you identify all those attributes that someone don't have, the last presiding president with a MBA but the nation in a financial crisis. So please don't tell me that accounting, financial management is enough to say someone is qualified to run this nation. REALLY!!!!!

    July 5, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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