It seems like this presidential election has been going on forever, and we haven’t even started voting for a Republican candidate yet.† Are you totally exhausted with the campaign season already?† If so, you’re not alone.
Gallup polled voters and learned that 70 percent are already sick of the election.† Yes, the one that hasn’t really even officially began. “With the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses serving as the kickoff of voting in the 2012 presidential election campaign, Americans would likely prefer to fast-forward to the end of the campaign than watch it unfold. Given a choice, 70% of Americans say they can’t wait for the campaign to be over, while 26% can’t wait for it to begin.”
As the Washington Post points out, we don’t know how this compares to the last presidential election — whether people were just as tired of it before it even started or not.† I know I didn’t have election fatigue yet, but maybe that was me being enthused about my candidate choices.
If that held true this election, there would likely be a difference in party regarding wanting the election to be over, but oddly enough, there’s not. “As for Republicans and Democrats, thereís finally some bipartisan agreement on an issue: 67 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of Republicans canít wait for the 2012 presidential campaign to be over. Just 31 percent of Republicans are looking forward to its kickoff, and only 27 percent of Democrats say they feel the same.
So what’s turning everyone off so early this year? “Whatís behind the distaste? The growing length of campaign season means that voters are bombarded with more advertisements and requests for donations. Another factor, according to Gallup, could be the publicís general dislike of politicians and negative ads, which tend to turn people off.”
Just 17 days until the Iowa caucus.
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