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Surprise! More Republicans Are ‘Extremely Enthusiastic’ About 2012 Vote.



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Easily-overlooked points in the latest CNN poll:

  • The survey finds 26 percent of registered Democrats “extremely enthusiastic” about voting in the 2012 presidential election; 38 percent of registered Republicans describe themselves that way.
  • The survey finds that in a sample of 472 registered Democrats, 18 percent would like to see their party nominate someone besides Barack Obama to run for president in 2012. That number has varied between 16 and 23 percent since March 2010. (Having said that, right after the 1994 midterms, 32 percent of Democrats wanted to nominate someone besides Bill Clinton as their candidate in 1996.)
  • The country remains pretty evenly split in its views of Barack Obama. Asked, “Thinking ahead to the presidential election next November, if Barack Obama is re-elected would that make you feel excited, pleased but not excited, displeased but not angry, or angry?” the survey finds 19 percent would describe themselves as “exited,” 33 percent pleased, 32 percenr displeased and 16 percent angry – which comes out to 52 percent positive response, 48 percent negative response.

Tags: 2012 , Barack Obama , Polling


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