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September 3rd, 2008
04:50 PM ET

Why are Dems more enthusiastic about election?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While the Republican delegates and party officials scream and stomp their feet in support of John McCain in St. Paul, it turns out the rest of the Republican Party is less fired up about the election than the Democrats are.

A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows a slight increase in voter enthusiasm among both parties since the Democrats held their convention and McCain named Sarah Palin as his running mate.

But, Democrats hold a significant lead: 61% of them say they're more enthusiastic than usual about voting this time around, compared to just 42% of Republicans who feel that way.

It's worth noting that there's been a decline in voter enthusiasm since January and February when the numbers were off the chart during the heated primary season. In fact, levels of voter enthusiasm are now lower than they were in 2004 at this same time.

Part of the reason might be that some people have gotten tired of what seems like a never-ending race to the White House. Also, Gallup suggests the decline in Democratic enthusiasm could be due to the disappointment of Hillary Clinton supporters.

Nevertheless, the Democrats hold the edge – and it's something that couldn't be missed in the excitement and size of that crowd at Invesco field last week, much like the crowds Barack Obama has been drawing since he entered this race.

There's no question that for either Obama or McCain to win in November, they're going to have to rally their bases and get their supporters out to the polls.

Here’s my question to you: Why are Democrats more enthusiastic about the election than Republicans are?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Patricia from Boise, Idaho writes:
Oh, come on, Jack. It's all about Obama. From the first minute I heard him speak and discovered a potential president with a brain and a plan, I was sold. The "Fired Up! Ready to Go!" chant isn't some slogan imposed on us–it came from the fire in our bellies. (This from a 59-yr-old white woman.)

Chris from Pennsylvania writes:
Talking about change is always exciting. Obama is young and dynamic and his message completely resonates with an electorate that's fed up with politics as usual. But hold on! The GOP is on the verge of its own explosion of excitement that's due to start tonight after Sarah Palin's message of bringing change to Washington. And that's just what lackluster Republicans have been waiting for.

Mark from Ontario writes:
Is it any surprise, Jack? After 8 years of Bush and a Republican candidate who doesn't offer anything significantly different, why should the Republicans be excited? A loss for John McCain in November could be the best thing for the GOP– it would reboot the party and might actually produce a candidate worth voting for.

R. from Phillips, Wisconsin writes:
Having been through a number of elections, I can honestly say I've never been so excited since John Kennedy ran for president. America is waiting for a commander-in-chief to give us challenges that will change this nation.

Linwood from Washington writes:
It's simple. Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line. The Democratic candidate is a charismatic and captivating individual with a triumphant story. The Republican candidate is a great American with a great past but not so many great ideas. After eight years of Bush, there is a lot of love flowing on the left and less falling in line on the right.

Michelle from New Hampshire writes:
Hi Jack, Maybe because finally, FINALLY it looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel and this time it's not a train!


Filed under: 2008 Election • Democrats • Republicans
soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Jim in Puyallup

    Maybe the wake for the Bush legacy saddens them.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  2. Mark - Asheville, NC

    It's because the Dems were robbed of the White House in 2000 and perhaps in 2004, and they imagine they will get it back this time. But why anyone would be excited over Obama is something that I will never understand. I guess it's like people who go completely nuts over the Greatful Dead's music, I will never get that, either.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  3. Darlene PA

    Barack, Barack, Barack! He has provided a depth of leadership we have not seen in ages. He also is charismatic, highly educated, has proven brilliant judgment and deep down we know he will work for our best interests. Besides he's cute too boot!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  4. Jad in NH

    How can you ask this question with a straight face? The Republican Party appears to be only moments away from a mass exodus to Jonestown. Drip, drip, drip. Would McCain have selected Palin if he was aware that she instituted a windfall profits tax on big oil? That's the one thing I've found I like about her and I'm to the left of Obama by a mile.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  5. Lucas in Pawling, NY

    Well Jack there's an easy question to answer.
    It's because they have a candidate they can be proud of and an excellent VP pick to boot.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  6. Bill in PA

    Jack,
    All voters are enthusiastic and hoping for a chance to vote to bring back a government that will represent average citizens not just the rich.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  7. Rob

    Jack, 2 yrs ago, one of your questions remarked on how Dems and the GOP physically think in different ways, notably the rigidity of the Right. Part of the reason the Republicans are in their present fix is their inability to admit mistakes, so they can't learn from them. They'd take a wrong turn, then drive around the world before it ever occurred to them to just turn around.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  8. Jack from Burnsville, MN

    Our country is so off-track at the moment. We've become obsessed with the war on terror and it has darn near bankrupt our country. If there was ever a time where we need to chart a new course, it is now. The Democrats should be enthusiastic. Obama's task will be to re-build this country from the bottom up – the economy, the infrastructure, foreign policy, etc. He will have a strong mandate for change. Is that not exciting enough?

    September 3, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  9. Raphael in New York

    That may have been true a week ago, Jack. The choice of Palin as McCain's running mate has brought a new wave of energy into the GOP. Not only are there more contributions, more offer to volunteer for various functions of the Republican Party.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  10. Susie R., Atlanta, Ga

    People get excited when they finally know that they are being listened to. Somebody paid attention to the fact we want change. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed didn't pay attention and neither did the Congress or Senate. In the last election the American people made it pretty clear that they wanted change but it fell on deaf ears. The one person who did get the message was Barack Obama.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  11. ROGER

    Branson, Mo

    What could be better than McCain and his VP selection both trying to prove they're not real Republicans? One wonders if McCain is the answer why they didn't pick him over Bush a few years ago?

    September 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  12. Joe in DE

    Dems tend to be optmistic and naieve resulying in aqflse sense of security..

    September 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  13. Annabella

    Because Senator Obama is like a breath of fresh air with a promise of bringing needed change to the USA. He will also make the USA the respected world leader it once was, before Bush caused chaos and disrespect.

    The Republicans know that they caused the mess we are in right now. Therefore, they are not enthusiastic because they are flogging a dead horse.

    Annabella
    Boston, MA

    September 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  14. ajks

    Because they have a glimpse of what change could be. Unlike the Republicans, they know we do not have to keep doing the same things time and again and keep getting the same results. They dare to hope!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  15. Stacy from Sunny Loudoun, VA

    Jack, because Democrats are ticked. We’ve had enough of the Republican shenanigans and tricks. We also know what happens when you let a Texas Oil Man and his minions run the country. We are throwing the bums out.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  16. Pliny

    Democats are enthusiastic because they have a "feel good" ticket that combines all their big government redistribution policies with a visible minority. Republicans, the majority of which are conservative, are not enthusiastic for opposite reasons. Their candidate is a moderate, some would argue a leftist in his own right, and their party has abandoned the core principles that energized Republicans back in 1994: limited Constitutional government, less spending, strong but rational defense.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  17. Nick - Chicago, IL

    They got the candidate a majority of the people wanted. McCain got the nomination by default when Romney/Huckabee split the more conservative vote.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  18. Deb from Mill Valley, CA

    Obama has empowered us to become a part of the process and the solutions, and I personally believe he will do so as president. The skill with which he has managed his campaign makes me believe he could restore competency to the executive branch of government (justice dept. in shambles, FDA in a cluster thingie, troops way over committed, etc. etc.) He makes us feel good about ourselves and about our country – Arnie did this for California and the results are tangible – Silicon Valley is rapidly becoming the center for green technology. Above all he listens – doesn't have to agree, but listening is a biggie.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  19. Doug From Toronto

    In who's opinion Jack? Yours? Did you even take a few minutes off from your incessant beating of Obama's drum to watch the Republican convention last night? Things always look different through rose colored glasses.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  20. Meg

    Democrats are excited because they know a change is coming to the US. Republicans are old and stuffy and too cranky to spice up this election. For the first time, the youth of US are taking a stand and wanting a change for their own country. Republicans are too worried whether or not they will break a hip to care about today's youth or care to bring change to this society. As a Canadian, I feel unless you unite as a country the US is headed for trouble. Stand up, unite, make a change that is so desperately needed! It is not a red America, not a blue America, it is the United States of America.....Deep down Republicans know McCain handed Obama the golden ticket when he chose Palin. How can Republicans be so excited about a woman who has an unwed pregnant teen daughter; a daughter who is known to drink underage. How can Republicans be so excited for a woman who is known to support the idea of Alaska separating from the US? Instead of being excited, they are standing with their tails between their legs, ashamed of the nice "Republican Christian morals" that Palin is evoking. How could Palin possibly take over as president if she cannot control her own family? How could there be excitement for someone who has no foreign policy experience? The Republican house of cards are falling fast, and deep down they all know it, everyone knows it!!!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  21. Caroline, Hamer SC

    Because they know they will win and hopfuly win BIG!

    September 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  22. Ken in NC

    You would be enthusiastic too if your opposition had just handed you the election. Jack, I mean look at the faces of Republican speakers when they speak about her. They sound about as false as my teeth.

    September 3, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  23. Frank

    Because Democrats know they are right and Republicans know they are wrong. When sombody tell lies that ususally does not make him feel good about himself. They know their party is lying but they don't care 'cause like typical republicans, they are unable to admit a wrong. It is sad, really. Especially since they are supposed to follow the Bible and be honest good people...

    September 3, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  24. Gemma in staten island

    Because over the last four years I have felt betrayed by a gov't for the people by the people. I have been lied to mislead and totally screwed over, I have a right to feel enthusiastic about the Dems this round.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  25. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    Because the time is now. If we, as a population, aren't smart enough to read through all the clap trap going around and realize what's going on, we get what we deserve. We have to ensure that everyone knows what's going on and trying to talk everyone into getting out there and voting. If not, the country will go even farther into that deep hole.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  26. Shirley -AK OHIO

    Because they are just holding on because change is coming.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  27. Bill - Bealeton VA

    Because the Dems know they have legit canidates and not some out of touch panderer to the religous right wing conservatives, notice I didn't use the phrase they've suck everyone else into using "Social Conservative", let's call them what or who they are – the evangelical religous right wing. Can you only imagine what they would be saying if Obama had made a similar pick, thank you jack for calling them out.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  28. Michelle T in Los Angeles, CA

    Jack, the Dems are excited because they actually want something different than the last eight years. McCain, having voted over 90% of the time for George Bush's policies, offers four more years of the same. That's nothing to get excited over.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  29. David of Alexandria VA

    Because for the first time in a long while, they have a candidate who is a gifted and eloquent young man who some day may be experienced enough to accomplish some real good in this country.

    Someday.....

    September 3, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  30. Kerry Diehl

    Jack,

    You would do better to ask this question in a few weeks or at least after the RNC convention when Sarah Palin pins the tail on the preverbal donkey's a**.

    The best is yet to come....Get 'em Sarah!!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  31. Bill - Bealeton VA

    Because the Dems know they have legit candidates and not some out of touch panderer to the religous right wing conservatives, notice I didn't use the phrase they've suck everyone else into using "Social Conservative", let's call them what or who they are – the evangelical religous right wing. Can you only imagine what they would be saying if Obama had made a similar VP pick, thank you jack for calling them out.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  32. Tearched Scott Chicago, IL

    Let's see 85,000 at one stadium, millions watching the around the United States, trillions watching around the country. I think that explains it all. I don't see the republicans setting records like that!

    Scott – Chicago, IL

    September 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  33. Brian in Puerto Rico

    Jack.

    Obama speaks with passion
    McCain stumbles through the telepromter

    enough said.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  34. Jim Kahn

    Why are we so happy you ask? Because we’re on the road to the future. The Republicans slogan seems to be My Way or The Highway! We’ll take the highway. That way, at least we know we’re on the right road instead of being stuck in some cul-de-sac going around in circles, doing and saying the same things over and over and over again!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  35. Karen - TN

    It's probably just demographics, as a lot of Democrats are young.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  36. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Mass hysteria.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  37. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    I don't see enthusiasm at all. I think people are optimistic that their candidate will win. After all, it is still a close race. Once a candidate goes way out front, there will be no optimism in the losing party.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  38. Carol c.

    Because we have a candidate who actually is listening to the plight of the American people! There is not one bit of legislation during the Bush presidency that has made a difference for the average person but the stimulus check which should not have been necessary had he be doing his job.

    I could sleep at night with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the wheel. Their principles are strong. Neither of them have deserted their families in times of crisis like McCain did. They have stepped up to the bat and done the right thing. Figure if you have a candidate who cares about his family, he will care about the country.

    Knoxville, TN

    September 3, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  39. Mark Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

    Hi Jack, Because they don't have McCain

    September 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  40. cy gardner

    We have two candidates for office that we are proud of. Half the GOP kept their wallets in their pockets until McCain picked an inexperienced ideologue who appeals to that party's right wing zealots. We know we need to root the Republicans out of power before they rip up the Constitution and sell everything that won't fit into their gated communities to the Red Chinese. Many Republicans are too stubborn or ingnorant to admit out loud what they know in their hearts: their guys suck! cy arlington va

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  41. Robert in Greenbsoro, NC

    They're salivating over 8 years of disaster enabling them to capture the flag for the next eight. In the meantime, we all get screwed by sending these same clowns back to Washington for alternating terms of corruption, incompetence, and mismanagement. The choice stinks. Will the real reformers please stand up?

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  42. Gina C

    After watching the Republican Convention and seeing the sea of white blonde faces and listening to three white old losers speak, I am so excited and doing cartwheels for the Democrats. Yey for the diverse, inclusive, in touch Democrats!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  43. Mike Cassidy, Cleveland, Ohio

    Because hopefully the rest of America gets it right this time and votes for REAL LEADERSHIP!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  44. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    SIMPLE – we have a brilliant, intelligent, and caring ticket – OBAMA/BIDEN. If you happened to take a minute to look over the crowd at the Rep. Convention last night, almost everyone was white (and probably rich as well). It befuddles me how people of limited means and/or non-Caucasians would even consider voting Republican.

    Obama will straighten out the mess the Republicans have us in–you can count on that! I must people don't fall for the Republicans lies and smear machine/fear mongering!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  45. Tanya

    Because Democrats aren't afflicted with Selective Memory Syndrome. They actually remember everything about the past 8 years.

    Joshua Tree, CA

    September 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  46. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Well, it could have something to do with intelligence, Jack. Probably not, though. The intellect dictates that Obama will win the election in a landslide. but the history of the gullibiilty of the American people and the sheer strength of the propaganda machine which is the rovian RNC sort of overwhelm the enthusiasm which should exist.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  47. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    One reason may be the pick of Palin, After last night's disgusting display by Thompson et al, it is also apparent they have no game and Palin is to be the trick play.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  48. Lisa - IN

    The Dems are more enthusiastic because of their cause. They really crave a true change. They support a candidate who has truly heard them. Obama represents the very soul, the passionate manifestation of all who are wearied with "politics as usual". We are enthusiastic because change is now within our grasp and we are determined that all of our voices will be heard on November 4th.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  49. Rob in Columbus OH

    Because you can just feel that Obama really does care about people. It's the same feeling I had about Clinton when he was running against Bush the First. When Obama says he wants to help, I for one, believe it and I think millions of others believe it too. That's why Democrats are genuinely excited and Republicans are just going through the motions

    September 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  50. Paul from Parry Sound, Ontario

    Because winning an election is more fun than losing one.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  51. Kristi in Indiana

    Well, excitement may be too strong a word but I think the American people are desparate to get a Democratic Economic Plan before we go completely under! I think all the excitement over Obama & the possibilities he might bring get slammed when you hear the sickening diatribe of the GOP. We can only hope that Obama is elected & the country can heal & get back on the right track!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  52. Jason, Koloa, HI

    All-time record numbers of democrats voted in the primaries.
    84,000 people crammed a football stadiun to hear the democratic nominee while 38 million viewers watched it live on T.V.
    Democrats won every special election this spring in traditional Republican strongholds.
    There is a demand for an immediate about face on almost every major issue facing the U.S. and democrats are the party embracing the turn around.
    It doesn't hurt that the republican conventioneers look old, white, stiff and boring. You call that a party?

    September 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  53. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The Democrats have Barack Obama with a vibrant agenda to move the country forward. The Republicans, on the other hand, have an old worn candidate with no viable program who bears a close resemblence to the picture on the one dollar bill. Not much to get enthusiastic about there.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  54. Bruce St Paul MN

    There is a lot of pent-up anger and frustration left over from the last two natioanl elections. The criminal behavior of the Republicans on election day tilted both elections. There is also the feeling that our government has been at war with us, trying to drive wages down, controlling the media, conducting business in secret, lying to us, looting our tax money, lying some more, conducting a war for profit, lying about that, too, letting insurance companies run our healthcare system, letting energy companies write our energy policy. We are looking for BIG change, and if someone like Obama is willing to give it a try, we are all for it. The government of the few has to go.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  55. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Because we have just seen the result of not getting enthusiastic and involved.......eight years of George Bush does not sit well, and we don't want it repeated by electing another Republican.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  56. Paul

    Because they can see and feel the change that is so badly needed.
    Paul
    Round Rock, Texas

    September 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  57. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Democrats are excited because we have a vision for a United States that begins to return to its former glory. We might actually end up with an intelligent man in the White House, and an honorable Vice President.

    And Jack, if the right thinks their base is energized with the Palin pick, I would guess that that's nothing compared to how energized the Dems now are to defeat this Republican ticket that, should elected, will move to take away every single civil liberty this constitution provided for....with the exception of the right to bear arms.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  58. Mandy, Birmingham, AL

    Because the Dems really like and respect their candidates and know they are capable of leading the country out of the mess the Bush admin has gotten us into.

    And the Republican's... well, bless their little hearts, they have candidates that can only offer another 4 years of Bush-Cheney.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  59. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    I think it has something to do with believing in the talking points for the democrats. I've heard lots of talking with the republicans, but not really any talking points. It's as if they are just saying what they are supposed to say and not believing a word of it. Maybe the next couple days will bring something of substance, but I won't hold my breath.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  60. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    Jack,
    The difference can be compared to going to a funeral, the Republicans, or going to a well planned party with something to celebrate, the Democrats. McCain is akin to the undertaker and Obama is likened to a entertaining, engaging and knowledgable host. No many people get excited about going to a funeral, but most get excited about going to a well planned and thought out party that is being held for their benifit.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  61. Jon from Colorado

    We are tired of our democracy being hijacked by these neocon crooks and have had enough.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  62. garrick

    hi jack
    please just look aroud the room,it looks like the only America is white,they could bring excitement from a bunch of old white men they might have heaart attacksif they jump to high.
    clearwater,fl

    September 3, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  63. J. Weidenbach

    Because they've got a real maverick as a "mover and shaker against all odds, underdog" candidate as opposed to one who re-invented himself as one after numerous scandals.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  64. BOB in Michigan

    Well Jack in a "nut shell" the Dems have two great candidates, unlike the Republcans that have to carry the burden of the last 8 years on their backs.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  65. Asriel from Richmond, VA

    Jack,
    That's not a fair question! Republicans are excited! Because the majority of them are over 65 , their reaction time is slower.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  66. Meri, Smithfield VA

    As a country we haven't been very happy lately (the last 4 years). We have been disguntled residents of the U.S.A. The "never-ending war", gas prices, the housing bust are all sitting in the backs of our minds like our first bad break-up and we have been fuming about the government for a long time. But the dems say "Hey, you too can be happy again, and this is not a limited time offer, you can be happy for 8 years or more, and we'll also throw in a VP with more than 30 years experience for no extra charge – come on be happy with us – its FREE". It's near impossible not to get swept up and dream of becoming the respectable, friendly nation we once were.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  67. Steven - Germany

    Jack, after the tumultuous spiral downward in economic reform, mortgage forclosures, and unnecessary wars, lies, deceit, questionable conduct by Bush cronies, huge windfall profits by oil companies, declining health care, gross depletion of the projected surplus, and unilateral global war-like cowboyism wouldn't you be ecstatic for change?

    September 3, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  68. Tom in Desoto Texas

    That's an easy question to answer Jack. Most democrats like their candidate, most republicans don't care for their candidate. Obama is like a breath of fresh air. McCain is like having cigar smoke blown in your face...some people like that.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  69. Truman

    Jack, it's probably a combination of positives for the Dems and negatives for the GOP. Dems aren't doing too well after 8 years of Bush; they aren't being represented and they want change. The GOP, the combination of the wealthy and the religious right, is doing ok. The rich are getting richer and Christian values are running the show, so why get enthusiastic about more of the same?

    Obama isn't just "not Bush" like Kerry was; he is truly charismatic, he's an intellectual, and exudes optimism. I'm willing to bet the GOP are feeling a bit underwhelmed by the Bush administration. McCain is a good candidate, but while the Dems are rallying to excitement and hope, the GOP have more of the same bluster and fear-mongering. You don't get excited over the status-quo, you get excited when something big happens.

    Truman in Toronto, Canada

    September 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  70. Robert, Ontario, Canada

    Because, they have not had control of government in a very long time.

    Sure, from 1992-1994, they had both Whitehouse and Congress, but not long enogh to have significant change of Supreme Court or World Opinion.

    It did launch one of the best economic eras in modern history.

    And now they have a real chance to make the USA a good country Again.

    Hell, I'm excited, and I'm only a neighbour.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  71. Wilma in Wooster Ohio

    Well Jack its like this, I have lost my home, I am unemployed, and I am depressed . This has all happened since Bush took office. I need to believe that things are going to get better. I am also tired of living in fear that we are going to get into another war because of a hot- tempered ,quick-judgement, hair -trigger Republican.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  72. Kay Davison

    Obama Has a movement going on, not just an election, He needs and wonts to change the system.
    I am sue you have noticed the old one has failed.

    From Arizona

    September 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  73. Donny

    The Republicant's know that their "America" (Old White America) is bidding farewell.

    I wouldn't be so enthused either... But I hope they feel what I've felt in 2000 and 2004.

    "Enough is enough is enough, I can't forget..."

    September 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  74. David

    Why, the democrates have a fine canidate in Obama and a good, time tested running mate in Biden. The republicans have a man who is a 72 yr old pow, a woman who has a dwi and a teenage daughter who is pregnant and Joe Liebremen who is the biggest flip-flopper in US history.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  75. Bernard

    What make the repbulicans think that Palin is ready on day one if something happens to McCain if he is President? I would like for her and McCain to discuss the number one issue in this country today–Economy. The rebulicans and McCain/Palin must address these issues. I don't want a discussion on abortion or guns, just the economy. My family is struggling. These to subjects will not pay my bill or put food on the tables.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  76. angry left from Michigan

    Because Barack Obama is so different from George W. Bush. That is to say, he will make a great President.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  77. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack,
    They are enthuised and excited because they can see a future
    for our country, our people. They are determined because
    they know our country cannot survive another four years of
    republican leadership.
    They are ecstatic because they have Barark Obama/Joe
    Biden to lead our country.
    They are intelligent because they realize Obama/Biden
    are our only answer.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  78. RJH, Grand Rapids, MI

    Democrats are more enthusiastic because they have nominated men of character, judgement, intelligence and they truly love this country.
    Obama/Biden are living examples of the American dream.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  79. nick, brooklyn n.y.

    I believe it's becuase all americans, not only democrats, and especially young people are waking up from a really long nap and years of abuse. Only the democrats seem to be listening more. Americans are becoming smarter, young people are starting to believe that they can make a difference and decide their own fate and both parties better get with the program or get out of the way becuase anything can happen with americans when they want a revolutionary change.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  80. Katie Krafka

    Jack, the democratic national convention was full of young people who are inspired. When you watch the republic national convention it seems as if you are watching the same people from 4 years ago. The people with the same idea's, the people with the same beliefs.

    The people of this country, especially the younger generation want things to change. We don't want to see our friends go off to war for something no one really believes in. We want to find Bin Laden and we need that to find closure after the horrific events on 9/11. We believe that women should have equal rights. We have grown up in a world where being gay/lesbian is perfectly fine. We have grown up to love each other and respect each others differences. I believe that the democratic party have embraced all these idea's and thats why people are so excited for Obama to succeed.

    People need to believe in change. Obama is the person who has inspired this feeling of hope inside us once again. I think that anyone would be excited after everything that has happened.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  81. Gina Simpson in Racine, Wi

    Because we are the Party of "Change" and "Hope". The Republican Party knows that if they vote for their Candidate....they get 4 more years of failure. Kind of hard for that to be exciting.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  82. Curt from Georgia

    I'd say that it's because, for the first time in a while, we're actually being given the chance, as americans, to choose between the security of the status quo and the unknowing of bold new boundaries. As much as all of our mothers told us when we were growing up that "anyone, even you can be president", we're actually seeing it for real this time. We've got a man who campaigned and won against, with due respect, the political powerhouse that is the Clinton name and actually got the younger generation excited about politics. All that considered, though, it might just boil down to the idea that us liberals are happy that we've finally gotten the chance to destroy america as we know it by putting regulations that keep HMOs from the theiving practices that have damaged the lives of average americans, having energy solutions besides drilling, and by actually having a plan in Iraq besides "Defeating" the "Enemy".

    September 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  83. Cassie

    Jack,

    Dems has there act together and the Republicans don't they have no message, no plans, and simply they can't make good judgement when it comes to the big decisions that we face in America.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  84. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    Come on Jack, they have two leaders that are actually liked by the vast majority. Obama goes overseas and draws a couple of hundred thousand people to hear him talk. McCain has never seen that many people in one place at one time.
    Joe Biden is actually liked by most people in both parties and experience doesn't even enter the equation with him. More proof of Obama's good judgement.
    Mrs. Palin may be a nice person and all that but if she can't do anything with her hair how can she do the VP job?

    September 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  85. Bob from traverse city Michigan

    Because they can finally see the light at the end of the long dark bushy tunnel, and hope for this country.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  86. P. Davis, St. Louis

    Dems are excited because the republicans were given everything they wanted when the controlled the House and the Senate, under the leadership of a Republican President. The results of their mis misuse of power and management have led to record number of new democratic voters: Women voters, young voters, and educated voters. I have a 13 year old son who wishes he was old enough to vote. He enjoyed the Dems convention and is finding it difficult to watch the Republican convention. There is a sense of change in the air. Change that we will not fully understand until years down the road.

    This is a classic "Who Moved the Republican Cheeese"

    Phyllis Davis, of Missouri

    September 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  87. Karl in CA

    The Democrats are really energized by their candidates and the prospect of repairing the failures of the past eight years in this country and the world. Young and old alike know to make real change everyone has to work to win in November. On the other hand, the Republican Party is so lacking in integrity that even their membership is having trouble stomaching their ticket and platform. They are trying to bill McCain as a change candidate, now that it’s fashionable, but won’t admit to the failures of the past eight years or apologize for them which would amount to being credibly bankrupt.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  88. hubielee68 Mississippi

    Hi Jack!

    Why are Democrats more enthusiastic than the republicians? We democrate have something the republicians don't have. We have Sen. Obama & Sen. Biden.

    Rublicians have Sen. McCrybaby and Governor McCpalin what is there for the republicians to be enthusiastic about?

    Byhalia, MS

    September 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  89. Bernard

    What make the republicans think that Palin is ready on day one if something happens to McCain if he is President? I would like for her and McCain to discuss the number one issue in this country today–Economy. The republicans and McCain/Palin must address these issues. I don’t want a discussion on abortion or guns, just the economy. My family is struggling. These two subjects will not pay my bills or put food on the table.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  90. Helen from Bradenton,Fl.

    This is the first election in a long time that I am voting for a candidate, Barack Obama, instead of just the lesser of two evils.

    Helen

    September 3, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  91. Anne/Seattle

    Because we really have something to be excited about. We have the candidate who will take action in national and foreign policies to turn around the disappointment, failure and incompetence we've experienced under Republican leadership. We have no surprises to work through because Joe Biden is a proven and hardworking champion of U.S. domestic and international issues. We can expect that at the end of Obama's first four years that the nation will have come closer together with broad, cross party support of a strong and accomplished Democratic administration. I know that I'm fired up!

    September 3, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  92. Susan

    Because we are tired of the same old thing. Dems are a party who embrace change and in this election we understand it is needed more than ever just by watching the clones at the GOP convention

    September 3, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  93. mitchell ,arkansaw

    because we have a candidate with a brain. his policies are not just sound bites. if you listen, you hear feasible ideas of how we can change government to work better for all american people. we had a convention that unified every aspect of american life. the gop has a bunch of white people,with little diversity. like it or not, this is a diverse country. if we don't have every group involved in the decision-making,then the 'unity' that the united states has worked so long and hard for, continues to dissipate. it's not about what republicans have done wrong in the last 8 years. it's where do we go from here to repair the damage. i'm a white independent for obama/biden.

    September 3, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  94. Richard B.C. Canada

    Republicans are Republicans are Republicans. They've had 8 years of misused power to offend just about everyone in the world, four more years of the same policies can only make matters worse. If Republicans win this election it will be by the courtesy of Diebold Corporation. What's to be enthusiastic about?

    September 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  95. John - Orange Park, FL.

    You might say the United States is just 'Bushed' or worn out from the last eight years and another Bush as President. The Democrats should have plenty of enthusiam for a chance to make real change.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  96. Kathy

    The republicans failed the country the last 8 years and its time for the democrats to get everyone back up on their feet and restore our standing in the world.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  97. marie lynn Mtl, Can.

    Clear enough for me democrates are looking for the 21st century as well. And the fact that John McCain , agree with Bush policies is a big factor also. Non of the dem wants to go back 40 years ago. And realize also that John McCain doesn't get it yet. Too fast for him...

    September 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  98. Miguel - Los Angeles

    How can you not get enthusiastic about inspirational candidates, important issues that FINALLY have concrete solutions that actually help people!? If I were a Republican, especially a smart Republican, I'd be really sad right now. Because I'd be smart enough to recognize that McCain/Palin isn't really "more of the same", it's gonna be worse than you could ever imagine.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  99. Terri-Ann, Dallas, TX

    ...Just look at the RNC convention. It looks like a geriatric or AARP convention. That says it all.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  100. Audrey Warner Dallas, TX

    I am extremely excited about this year's Presidential Election! As an avid Hillary Clinton supporter, I am 100% behind the Obama/Biden ticket just as she is. McCain's behavior in the last week has not only solidified my confidence in Obama but also recognize the desperation in the Republican Party.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  101. Rick

    Jack, why wouldn't the democratics be enthusiatic? History is on their side and that 's all because of Mister Bush. So you ask why would democratics be enthusiatic, Bush and his croonies have made the world less safe, and to top it all wreck the US economy. The real question to me is why aren't they more enthusiastic in light of everything that have happen. I mean even stevie Wonder could have seen that was coming that Bush and republican friends were like the blind leading the blind.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  102. Peg from Cape Cod

    Obama looks at all sides before making judgements. He wants to hear opposing views before making thoughtful, reflective decisions.. McCain, on the other hand, prides himself in being impulsive. He often makes decisions quickly and then lives with the consequences. Is that what is happening with the Sarah Palin decision?

    September 3, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  103. Sandy in Chicago

    The Democrats are excited because they see a strong leader in Obama – not just a bunch of ego as with the Republican's candidates.
    I just hope that all the Democrats that went out to vote in the primaries will once again go out and vote in the General Election.
    If not, then we have no one to blame but ourselves if McCain/Palin win in November.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  104. Meg Ulmes

    Jack,
    I can only speak for myself. I am so tired of George Bush, Dick Cheney, and many of the Republican congressman and senators who are in lockstep with those two. I want change. I want someone in the White House who is intelligent and rational and proud of that fact. I want an administration that doesn't check with the evangelical Christians before making decisions and taking stands. I want some sanity back in this country. Barak Obama and Joe Biden represent the best opportunity to get our country back on track–the way we were headed before the 2000 election.

    Meg Ulmes
    Troy, Ohio

    September 3, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  105. Mr Bubbles

    Why??? Because Its our time! And we have the perfect leaders in Joe and Obama...

    September 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  106. Don (Ottawa)

    Because Democrats see what has happened to the country under Bush and truly believe that we have lost our moral standing as a world power. Our constitution has been violated and our economy is in shambles. Four more years and America will be beyond the point of no return. It's either take back the White House or look forward to a one party system controlled by neocons.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  107. Diane Gordon

    Why on earth would you ask? Of course, we're thrilled that Obama will be the next President of the USA. McCain's choice for a VP was a desperate attempt to attract young voters, but it will be in vain. Or maybe I'm wrong. I may not agree with him, but McCain is not stupid. What was he thinking? I confess I have no idea.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  108. Linda in Arizona

    I don't know if it's enthusiasm or fear of more republican rule. Eight years of the worst president EVER is a real kick-ass motivator.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  109. Richard in Mexico

    Why? Because McCain is one big YAWN (and Palin is NO Hillary Clinton).

    September 3, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  110. Thomas, FL

    Because Obama has promised everyone they can have their cake and eat it too. That kind of thinking is what got us into this mess, but people are still eating it up. It makes my head spin, Jack.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  111. Frank McClenny

    The democrats are enthusiastically vindictive, still tryin to vindicate what they consider a stolen election by George Bush over Al Gore in 2000. Get over it already!! Your biased remarks about Sarah Palin are disgusting. Please report the news and quit blasting your personal opinion over the airways. Since when did it become the responsibility of the news media to elect a president and vice president for this country. I am a democrat from central florida who votes for the person not the party.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  112. Pat, Pa.

    Democrats are excited because over the last 8 years they have seen their beloved country trashed world wide. This country took over 200 years to become the great country that was admired world wide and in less than 8 years it was destroyed by George Bush's administration. We started a war for nothing. FOR NOTHING. We are in debt of an unbelievable amount of money that our children and grandchildren are going to inherit. Republicans are promising more of the same AND believe it, they will only get us involved in another war or maybe even two.
    Go Obama.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  113. Sam

    Democrats have a real chance to occupy two branches of the government in a convincing way this year. Republicans feel the heat with all the problems yet probably do not want to vote for democrats because of the way they think. So basically, they are demoralized and do not care much about this.

    Sam from Houston, TX

    September 3, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  114. Bruce C

    One word

    CHANGE

    September 3, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  115. Marty

    The democratic party has more young people, MUCH more diversity, more exciting candidates, and are much clearer where they stand on the positions that affect our lives. After the last few years, I find the lack of secrecy refreshing.

    I don't think the republican base is very excited about McCain to begin with and every time the republicans start winning over independent voters, they go and call us a bunch of whiners or "the angry left wing" because we don't agree with them 100%, or appoint a questionable VP that is way too far right for us. It's quite frankly hard to get excited about that.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  116. Curt W

    Way more enthusiastic. I can't wait till 4 November, as a democrat to vote for every republican on the ballot. I have not voted in 24 years and I simply will not support a party that behind closed doors decided who would be the nominee. Follow the delegates Jack. Of course no reporters will even look into this.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  117. Jenna Wade

    Why are Democrats more enthusiastic about the election than Republicans are?

    Because the nation is waking up from its slumber of fear and going towards the light of HOPE..

    We are going to take our nation back, we are going to build our respect again around the world and we are going to take care of those who have broken our laws and have gotten away with it for years!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    September 3, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  118. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    I think the Democrats are more enthusiastic about the election this time because they feel very strongly that they have a pretty good chance of winning the presidency and may well achieve a majority in both houses of Congress. In the back of their minds is also the idea that maybe they can really start to improve things that have pretty much been stagnate for the last eight years. Improving the USA's immage to the rest of the world would be a strong goal the Democrats would like to achieve. It would also be terrific if somehow we could actually achieve a lasting middle=east peace. It should be interesting to see what happens during the next four years

    September 3, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  119. Mike, Blackwood, NJ

    GOT HOPE?

    September 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  120. Kyle Irvine, CA

    Democrats are more fired up about this election because 1: it gives them yet another opportunity to trash talk the Republican Party. 2: The Dems have nominated the first African American to lead them to the white house. And 3: The Democrats have been out of power the last 8 years and are eager for a "Change" as Barrack Obama puts it.

    I live in Orange County California, and I was asked by a Obama supporter who I was voting for. When I said I was voting for McCain, she ripped into me verbally about how we need change in America. I asked her what kind of "change" she was referring to and she couldent answer the question. If Barrack Obama would come out and tell us his plan for "change" in America, I might vote for him.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  121. Deb (New York)

    Definitely more enthusiastic...look at the great candidate we have. Now I ask you, why would a republican look enthusiastic...did you see the crowd when the cameras panned the audience? It looked like a senior citizen concert.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  122. William of Iowa - Fort Madison

    The Democratic convention was energetic and the message for change inspires hope. After giving equal time to the Republican convention last night – I felt fearful, as if a mighty storm lay on the horizon with no end in sight. KInda weird Jack, I just felt better and had more to positive things to talk about after the DNC. Watching the RNC made me feel at a loss, as if everything is wrong and it's somebody else's fault.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  123. Sylvia Williams

    Democrats now, can finally see the light...AGAIN! We're excited because we can now have HOPE!!!!!! There will be a proud young man in office, that I know will put HIS country first! And, if we, the American people, allow the current administration to take over again, we ALL are going to have to go Mars to live, because America will be finished!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  124. Hilary B

    I think we are more hungry for change. No one in their right mind can say the last 8 years have been spectacular. Who would want more of the same? I think a lot of people from the other side are secretly hoping Obama wins but can't bring themselves to vote against their party.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  125. Jerry--- Illinois

    Its all about the election cycle, as a change is good
    every 8 years. Too bad John picked this year to run.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  126. Bonnie, Aurora, IL

    Jack,

    I think that the Democrats are more enthusiastic about the election because we see a chance for real change! Since the Republicans are only offering up the same old thing with a candidate that seems to think like Bush, what's there for them to be excited about? Even the nomination of a woman for VP isn't novel, the Democrats got there first with Ferraro!

    Obama is new, vibrant, exciting... so it's only natural that the Democrats are excited about our candidate!

    September 3, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  127. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    They are excited because it not yet dawned on them how much work will be involved to right the ship that team Bush has very nearly placed on a perfect course for "Davy Jones Locker".

    September 3, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  128. kent tysinger

    Are you kidding me, I will just be glad to have a president who will not embarass me when he tries to put more than two words together. Someone who will not hold up the american flag backwards, its just like Bush to not know how to look through someone elses eyes.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  129. Shafi Alam

    Even Republicans don’t believe McCain will bring any change.

    Democrats is enthusiastic for changes from addiction to war to peace; from economy for big oil and other companies and rich people to economy considering general people first; from lobbyists’ control of the government to people’s control; from inadequate education by which general people can be ripped off to the education Barack Obama received; from dependence on foreign oil to the independence developing high tech energy systems; from inadequate health care to universal coverage …. And so on.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  130. Rob Weiss, Tucson, Arizona

    Why are they more enthusiastic? Because they actually think they can still win! I wasn't too sure about Palin, but after seeing the uproar, I think she will do well against Biden in a debate.
    Gov. Palin is an a wonderful person, he family, like everyone elses, has its ups and downs. Why should her family be any different?
    When she has made a mistake, she admits it. She doesn't hide all the record and shred evidence like Hillary did, nor is she as divisive.

    September 3, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  131. PiedType

    Simple. Democrats smell victory.

    Sarah
    Denver

    September 3, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  132. Ken, Millington Mi

    Hello Jack . What exactly do the Republicans have to be excited about they have caused a lot of grief and fear during their riegn. Did you notice the audiences for both conventions the Dem convention was electric and a more true representation of what America is really like Multi-ethnic. While the Rep convention looks like a lot of old white people scared of loosing their hold on power. or a bunch of Confederates. Anyways i believe that the republicans are in for a drumming come Nov. there is this silent resolution moving among people As President Bush referred to as the angery left. No Mister President angery americans in general.

    September 3, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  133. Angie Gray

    I've been a Democrat for 40 years and have ALWAYS voted for a Democrat in a Presidential election. However, this year I may cross party lines and vote for a Republican.

    I am in awe of the Democrats selection of Biden for V.P. It is a given that Biden is qualified. HOWEVER, Biden is not on the top of his parties ticket just as Palin is not on the top of her parties ticket. When I go to cast my vote this year I will consider both the Republican and Democrat VP picks....but my vote will be for who I think can LEAD this country. Do I vote for McCain because he is more qulified than Obama? Or do I vote for Biden because he is more qualified than Palin? The bottom line is I will vote for the person on the TOP of the ticket who I think can bring about the changes this nation needs......and that is now it should be.

    September 3, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  134. Susan Jones Santa Rosa Ca

    Jack, for me it comes down to two words: Barack Obama.
    I've been of voting age for 30+ years and I have never been as inspired as I am at this moment in time. And it's not just me..other Democrats in my community echo this sentiment. For once I have the audacity to believe that a political being may actually come through with campaign promises and plans.

    September 3, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  135. tom cassidy-florida

    They are giving Americans a plan and hope, not a cross between veterns day and presidents day with speeches written by Geppetto's son.

    September 3, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  136. Bill from Camp Springs, Maryland

    Democrats feel confident that Obama will not only win but is expected to win. Republicans as down in the dumps as they are may find a "Rove" way to a "Rove" win. After all, a win for McCain means no jail time for Rove.

    September 3, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  137. Teri Webb

    Hi Jack, I love your articles. Everyday i look forward to reading them because you keep the facts and truth straight. Keep up the good work.
    I for one am so excited to vote this year and I will be voting for Barack. He is the best candidate I have seen in years and in fact this is the first time I will have voted in 20 years. My son is also of voting age now and he will be voting for the first time in his life and his choice is Barack too. As well we will be voting absentee since we are residing in Switzerland. We are all excited over here about Obama and he is going to be receiving lots of votes. Let everybody know that he has a strong base here in Switzerland.
    Go Obama!

    September 3, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  138. Michelle in "Blue" Hampshire

    Hi Jack,

    Maybe it's because finally, FINALLY it looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel and this time it's not a train!

    September 3, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  139. Luis

    We have been "Bushed", and we can not afford another 4 years of the same. It is time for "Change". Mr. McCain still believe that the people of this Country can be "Bushed" again, and again. It is insulting the way he takes the President's and the VP position by nominating a female Governor in order to make a political move to gain the position. A Governor who does not have the experience to deal with the big boys in the World. It is not a sexes comment, there are other better qualify Females that have the right amount of experience. (Gov. Rell from CT) and others. Now I ask the questions. Who is putting Country first? Why would Senator McCain state "I prefer loosing the election than losing a war". You have got to be joking!

    September 3, 2008 at 5:05 pm |