On 2012 Election, Voters say they are Over it
Gallup poll suggests Democratic and GOP voters have little patience this election season
Based on rabid media coverage, voters would never guess that an overwhelming majority of them are tired of the election.
There are more than 300 days to go and 70 percent of them wish the presidential election were already over, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. That’s no surprise, as only journalists in the media can’t imagine their daily lives without wall-to-wall coverage of the Herman Cain affairs.
This stuff is interesting, even entertaining, to journalists and political junkies. Perhaps they are the 26 percent in Gallup’s poll who answered they can’t wait for the election to begin.
Among party lines, registered Democrats and Republicans appear to be on the same page – both groups want it over and can’t wait for it to begin in the same margins. Independents (75%), women (73%), and seniors (80%) seem to be over it a little more than everyone else.
Between now and the South Carolina primary on Jan. 21, there are four nationally televised policy debates scheduled. Candidates are likely to make more instantly viral gaffes and, depending on how Iowa and New Hampshire turn out, the media will ramp up the candidate “drop out” and endorsement speculation.
There’s no end in sight. Well, actually, the end is November 6, 2012. Until then, the political blog team at Loop21 hopes to make our readers’ election experience as informative and entertaining as possible.
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