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Why aren’t Democrats as excited to vote this year?
July 26th, 2012
03:36 PM ET

Why aren’t Democrats as excited to vote this year?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"Fired up. Ready to go!"

Or not.

Turns out that rallying cry for Democrats in 2008 may not apply to this presidential campaign.

A new USA Today/Gallup Poll shows Democratic voter enthusiasm is down sharply from the past two presidential elections.

Only 39% of Democrats say they are "more enthusiastic about voting than usual" - that's down from 61% who felt that way in 2008 and 68% in 2004.

And it's lower than the 51% of Republicans who say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting for president.

Voter enthusiasm often gives a sense of possible turnout but it also reflects voters' expectations of their party's chances of winning.

Translation: Democrats might be less optimistic about President Obama winning than they were four years ago.

When you consider the fact that Republicans are more excited at this point - and that they historically vote at higher rates than Democrats - it's not too encouraging for the Obama campaign.

On the other hand it's possible Democrats may just not be tuned into the race yet and that come Election Day, they'll vote, but won't be excited about it.

Meanwhile in another sign that Democrats aren't that revved up, the party is having some serious fundraising "issues."

For two months now, President Obama and the Democrats have lagged behind Mitt Romney and the Republicans to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

And it's not just the race for president. Nancy Pelosi is having a hard time getting Democratic House members to contribute to the party.

In June, GOP lawmakers gave more than three times as much as Democrats did to their respective Congressional campaign committee.

Here’s my question to you: Why aren’t Democrats as excited to vote this year?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steve:
There are two reasons the Democrats are not excited to vote this year. 1) They don't have Bush in the picture, whom they passionately hated. 2) Obama has not delivered on his promises. Basically he smoked his hard-core followers.

David in Las Vegas:
Jack, I've been a Democrat for over 50 years and have believed in the party platform, until now. I'm extremely disappointed in how the president has performed so far. I have no faith whatsoever in our current Congress. I don't want to vote for either candidate.

Val in North Carolina:
Jack, The 2008 election was "thank heavens Bush is going" and "this intelligent and educated young man will be the first African-American president." That was a very exciting election. This year we know many of the things the president wanted to do to help the country didn't happen.

Ken in California:
Maybe the media helped create the excitement three or so years ago. Some of them were suggesting George W. Bush would go down as a terrible president. I don't understand why the Democrats aren't exited, or even frantic. The last time I looked, the Republican House and Senate have shut down the country in the last three and a half years. I think Election Day will answer the question

Lou:
I was excited about electing Obama because he ran on the platform of providing universal health care. But what we ended up with was just more money and power going to the insurance giants with the mandate. It was the exact opposite of what independents like me wanted. He caved on the biggest issue of our time. It's hard to get excited about that.

Annie in Atlanta:
Hey, Democrat here! I am more excited to vote this year than in 2008!

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  1. Randy

    Two republicans running.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  2. Doug-Dallas

    I think you're going to have to wait for the election to make that statement Jack. Whatever we're hearing today has little bearing on what happens in November.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  3. JD in NH

    Says who? The GOP? I can't wait to cast a vote for President Obama's second term.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  4. Gary in San Jose, California

    Simple, Jack. There is no hope for change in Washington. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can credibly claim they will drive change for the good of our nation. The only change they drive is for the good of themselves and their sponsors.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  5. Peg in NY

    Democrats are not excited to vote, as we have been stopped at every turn by the GOP. We are not terribly excited with our candidate, either. I honestly don't recall ever feeling so unexcited regarding any presidential election.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  6. Pat, Iaho

    It is so vervy simple, they don't have anybody they can trust to vote for.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  7. Bob in Ohio

    The attention span of the average American can be measured using an egg timer. We are a nation that expects instant gratification and Obama's supporters didn't get it, so they lost interest long ago. You probably would be asking this about the Republican voters if McCain hadn't picked Palin for V.P.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  8. Loren, Chicago

    Because they feel betrayed, and how could they be excited when the person who promised change only brought more of the same tired politics of making sure that your friends got what they wanted. For as much as much the so-called Health Care Reform has been praised, anyone who bothers to look will see that those companies that got behind it were those that would benefit from it or made contributions to the Democratic Party coffers. There were short term bones tossed to the American people, but the cost is being pushed off into the future for others to deal with. Smoke and mirrors, circuses and bread, take your pick, but President Obama has shown himself short on the type of change that helps this country and long on the kind that helps his campaign coffers and his friends.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  9. Mel - Houston

    Most democrat refer to themselves as independents. About 31% percent of American voters say they are Democrats, 29% say they are Republican and 38% say they are independent. This is good because the sooner we get rid of the party system the sooner we will have an electorate that thinks for itself.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  10. Pete in Florida

    After 4 straight years of nonstop 24/7 lies and misinformation from Republicans, their supporters, surrogates, pundits and media outlets, Dems are simply discouraged. Lies are broadcast nonstop, while facts are seldom heard and always ignored. You should know, Jack – you're making your living off of dishonest attacks against Obama. Or are you suddenly gonna start jabbing at Romnye every day? Nah, I didn't think so.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  11. John from Alabama

    Jack: Democrats are eager to vote. Democrats believe President Obama is 10 times better than George W. Bush and 15 times better than Mitt Romney. Why get excited when you know your party is the best. Why get excited when the Democrats speak for the average voter. We have a hard race ahead of us, but not because of the issues, but rather a question for Mitt Romney. How much money is in your Swiss Bank account? Did you pay taxes on those funds? How many offshore accounts in the Cayman's do you have, Mitt? The average American citizen wants to know. They do not have Swiss Bank accounts. What are you hiding and why????

    July 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  12. Richard Texas

    Their Obama Messiah turned out to be a dud. What is to get excited about? Even a democrat can tell the difference between success and failure. When you put all your eggs in one basket and the eggs are all rotten your left with a bad basket. When the basket starts to stink it is time to get rid of it.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  13. lou

    I was excited about electing Obama because he ran on the platform of providing univeral health care. But what we ended up with was just more money and power going to the insurance giants with the mandate. It was the exact opposite of what independents like me wanted. He caved on the biggest issue of our time. It's hard to get excited about that.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  14. Brad, Portland, OR

    Democrats just aren't driven by the same kind of hatred as Republicans have for Obama.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  15. Thinkforyourself, OK

    Because they finally have seen WHO Obama IS. A Marxist Socialist, set on destroying the U.S. economy, demoralizing the wealthy, creating class warfare, just like the Marxists before him.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  16. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    This is a stupid question ,can you read people's mind ?listen because of the crooked,evil & Racist way of these ignorants republican/teaparty everyone is READY ,dont let those polls fool you,Romney will NEVER be president

    July 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  17. Dave - Phx

    Can't really speak for the Democrats, but as an Independent, I can say the reason is both candidates suck, and a do nothing congress on both sides makes them irrelevant.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  18. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Dermocrats are not excited because obama and the dems have turned out to be no different than the pubs. After almost 4 years of obama we have no defense cuts, big wall street bonuses, huge oil company profits, banks and wall street continues to gamble in the derivatives market thanks to bernanke at the federal reserve who gives them 0% money to play with. The dems voted against auditing the federal reserve who gave out 13 Trillion to the u.s. and foreign banks. The u.s. is bankrupt with 16 trillion in debt and the dems don't even want sequestration because the defense department may have to cut 50B a year for 10 yrs. out of a trillion dollar annual defense budget. 12 million illegals can stay and take jobs away from americans thanks to obama and the dems. Main street has nothing to get excited about after almost 4 years of obama.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  19. Doug Ericson

    Because they know hope and change really means more of the same. Four more years of Obama, same old drama. If McCain had won, we would be in the same position we are in now. If Romney wins, we will get four more years of more of the same. The contest between Obama and Romney is for head cheerleader for the most powerfull special interest groups. Since the most powerfull special interest groups don't change, its irrelevent who wins the contest. Still, a majority of voters will vote for their guy, because they think the other side does't have the right idea. Good luck with that. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  20. Phyllis G

    Why aren’t Democrats as excited to vote this year?

    It is said that "a chain is not stronger than its weakest link" so if they do not protect themselves they will have to bear
    the consequences.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  21. Connie from Logansport,IN.

    Jack , can you tell me that they have talked to every democrat, no one has ask me . I am just as excited as the last election. I love it when these polls speak for every one.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  22. Oliver El Paso, TX

    Jack, the Democrats need to under stand this is a very important election the if Romney win and the GOP win, they will try to cut all entitlements, the younger generations need to understand that the GOP wants cut Social Security, Medicare,and Obamacare. Some hate the idea that we have a black president OK that's good but do not cry when the crazes in the GOP cut all entitlements including VA to their hart contain. The GOP want keep the poor poorer and the rich richer and have the middle class pay for everything. Just look at John Boehner face and his smiley side kick Cantor if this is not prove to you then what is?

    July 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  23. Gigi Oregon

    They are doing what all honest people do. Practicing/Using patience for we know in our hears that the religious right are not messengers of the truth. But are the mesengers for hire for Capitalist.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  24. Benjamin Huntsville, TX

    Their hope changed....

    July 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  25. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Complacency does not discriminate. We watch the exact same thing happen with the Republicans when the White House was occupied by a Republican.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  26. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    I don't know why Democrats aren't as excited as they were in 2008, but I do know that apathy can destroy a country just as much as passion can tear it in half.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  27. Mysterious

    I am. I am so exicited, that I'm already planning to go back to Washington in January, just like I did in January 2009. There is no way that I want President Obama to lose re-election.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  28. Richard Hill/Colebrook,NH

    Jack, I am very excited-excited NOT to vote for someone who would be POTUS BUT LACKS THE TRANSPARENCY to shed light on both Swiss Bank accounts and other offshore holdings, not to mention previous tax returns. Someone who would return us to the same failed policies of the Bush Administration which greatly contributed to our recent financial collapse, all while repealing Obamacare with no suitable replacement, thereby endangering the welfare of many americans but freely supporting " Tax Breaks For The Rich" and other forms of coroporate welfare.
    You bet, I am chopping at the bit!

    July 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  29. Susan-NJ

    Obama's Presidency includes lowering of triple A credit rating. 81/2 % unemployment with 300,000 poeple per month leaving the employment rolls permanently and we are now no longer the richest nation in the world-Canada is who even beat us in education- 1st Ammendment down the Dems drain-Catholics are being forced to buy contraceptives and pay for abortions-schools like Notre Dame and Boston College may be closed as a result. Considering the way football is played-the Paterno way maybe that's a good thing. How about those reasons for Dems not wanting to vote?

    July 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  30. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Because the "suspense" is so terrible!

    July 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  31. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Trust me we are. But our fear of having Mitt R. in office is far greater than our excitement over Obama. Lol, can you even imagine how irreparable the damage would be if he was in charge? Wow. The guy who won the nomination because he was "better" than a Molesting pizza shop owner. Lol, Republicans.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  32. Obama is a joke

    Barry's  lack of any significant political accomplishments prior to his elevation to the presidency and the crippling dearth of fresh ideas and original solutions to national problems should come as no surprise .....  Whatever factors might account for his lack of fit , he is  egregiously unqualified for the highest office in our Nation ..

     

    But aside from the neo-Marxist agenda he rigidly adheres to, his is not a stable personality ...  He is a classic narcissist, enamored of his mediatric presence, self-indulgent, thin-skinned, incapable of making clear decisions that require the labor of thought and which he generally outsources to his aides and advisers , and indifferent to the consequences of his actions—or lack of such..

     

    And It is fair to assume that he is far more preoccupied with his own welfare than with the welfare of the nation he was elected to govern, which he never ceases to lecture on the virtues of austerity while himself enjoying abundant leisure, frequent sumptuous   vacations  and shooting endless  rounds of golf . This makes him not only a narcissist but a hypocrite ..

    July 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  33. Bert K. in L.A., CA

    Hi Jack, you have it wrong; every Democrat I know is excited about beating Romney because he is the manifestation of the Reaganomics Big Lie. He is living proof that tax money left in the grip of the 1% does not trickle-down to create jobs but gets stashed in Swiss bank accounts and other tax shelters in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. The only thing missing from 2008, is Palin, but that was not excitement; it was shock and awe.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  34. Name* Ed from California

    Jack, the election isn't until November. its July.
    Don't worry.....they'll be out in droves. We have work to do, like removing all of the Koch employees out of Congress. And that includes some democrats, too!!! Hopefully, John Boehner will be out looking to get his old Job back......sweeping out daddy's bar!!

    July 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  35. Nancy Pharr

    Well, Jack, I think that the answer to that question is pretty obvious... The Democrats are not as excited to get out and vote this year because they know that Obama has driven this country into the ground economically and they would like a president who can create jobs! They would like to have a job, and they would like their adult children to have jobs. This democratic president has failed miserably on all levels – who could get excited to go out and vote for him. I would suggest that they give the other side a try and vote for the republican candidate Mitt Romney to get our economy back on track and regain our national credit ranking which was lowered for the first time in hisotry under Obama! Obama also broke all of his 2008 campaign promises to those who voted for him, so it's understandable that they would not be excited to get out and vote for him again! Nancy from Alpharetta, GA

    July 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  36. Gary H. Boyd

    The bloom has gone off the rose for Democrats Jack. Their liberal views got Barack Obama elected and now, almost 4 years later, they're having to face the reality that he is not all that he was cracked up to be. They're living in the same environment as the rest of us and it's pretty bleak - particularly for blacks and the young.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    July 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  37. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Jack- the 2008 election was "thank heavens Bush is going" and" this intelligent and educated young man will be the first African-American president." That was a very exciting election. This year we know many of the things the President wanted to do to help the county didn't happen due to circumstances and due to the Republicans blocking many things that would have helped the county reduce unemployment and put many families back on their feet. As I read many of the answers to your political questions, again and again your readers say the Republicans, wanting the President to fail, blocked his bills to help the county knowing full-well, that if the President fails, the country fails. It is my hope as an Independent voter, that the President is relected, the Tea Partiers are sent packing, the House is taken over by the Democrats and, if this all happens, I see a bright future for America. Amen to that.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  38. Pete in Georgia

    Why ??
    Because in their hearts they know they've been duped, led down a dead end street, deceived by a master.
    Their "Annointed One" has turned out to be everything you'd expect from a neighborhood organizer.........................in so far over his head he doesn't even know reality anymore.

    Pathetic.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  39. calaurore9

    As a moderate Democrat in the bluest State, it's clear that my vote doesn't count for much here. Unless you are in a swing State, nobody's does. Specifically, I am not enamored of the very far left Elizabeth Warren for Senate and am generally disappointed in Obama's lack of strong leadership.

    Carol in Northampton, Massachusetts

    July 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  40. Ken in California

    Maybe the media helped create the excitement three or so years ago. Some of them were suggesting George W. Bush would go down as a terrible President. I don't understand why the democrats aren't exited, or even frantic.The last time I looked, the Republican House and Senate has shut down the country in the last three and a half years. On top of that the racist is some states have implemented phony I.D. Laws to prevent minority democrats from voting. I think election day will answer the question.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  41. sam rowlett, tx

    its funny just to watching the rep an mitt romney lol thats a funny party

    July 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  42. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    This democrat is very excited' unfortunately we live in Texas which means that the GOP will win another Senate seat. Go into any place in our area and the F-network is on TV so these people are well brainwashed into close-minded thinking. WE'll vote regardless of our vote not doing any good but can't complain if we stay home.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  43. Emmett M. Smith

    That's easy, Jack. They know the only way to pay for more spending by Obama will be a series of sneaky tax increases. Emmett Smith, Mobile, AL

    July 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  44. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    I don't kinow who is putting out this "Democrats aren't excited to vote" baloney. everyone I know can't WAIT to vote our so called "Tea Party" fool of a Congressman and Senator OUT in November. they have done NOTHING for our district or the State of Nevada since they have been in office.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  45. pat in michigan

    Because we know on voting day we will be denied the right to cast our vote.A lot are starting to believe the lies and believe we have lost our country to the new slave owners.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  46. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, I've been a democrat for over 50 years & have believed in the party platform, until now. I'm extremely disappointed in how the President has performed so far, & all politicis in general. I have no faith whatsoever in our current congress. I don't want to vote for either candidate. If I wanted to vote for someone who could shoot free throws best it would be a lot eaiser. Good luck to us, we're going to need it !
    David, Las Vegas

    July 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  47. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Why? Because in 2008 Obama was the anti-Bush and the first Black man with a real shot at winning the White House, that was exciting. Today it's kind of been there done that; I'm a Obama supporter, but sadly, once again when electing a US president, I'll be voting for the lesser of two evils and that's about as exciting as choosing between root canal and hemorrhoid surgery.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  48. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Because we're burned out on butt-head Republicans and gutless Democrats.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  49. Jeff Tautges

    I think the more they learn about the real Romney, the more excited they'll get. The people truly do not want a monarch. They want a President. Why doesn't CNN do an expose' on the lifestyle of the Romney clan and then compare it to how most people live?

    July 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  50. Thinks2010

    The overwhelming influence of money that is drowning out all other voices during the election cycle and is a pervasive influence post election combined with a dysfunctional Congress controlled by parties so wrapped up in political brinksmanship that it no longer gives consideration to the common good of this country and a presidency weakened by the polarized Congress and polarized voters leaves one with a sense of futility. However, it is important to realize it is times like this when it is most important to vote, to fight those who would drown out our voices with money or who choose to ignore us and the common good while they focus on self-perpetuating political careerism. The vote is the voice of the people–refuse to be silenced!

    -–Lake County California

    July 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  51. Jenna Roseville CA

    Why aren’t Democrats as excited to vote this year?

    Who says we aren't exicted to vote, the Republicans? As if, we are chomping at the bit to vote out every single Republican we can and to re-elect Obama.

    Jack, shouldn't the question really be: "Why are the Republicans doing everything in their power to PREVENT Democrats and Independents the right to vote?"

    And if the Republicans are so concerned about Voter Fraud then how come they allowed Willard Mitt Romney to do it? He and his wife Ann were living in CA and he voted in MA claiming to live in his son's UNFINISHED BASEMENT in MA. Even Ann told reporters they were living in CA.

    Why is the so called "Liberal Media" so silent on this issue? You're a journalist Jack, why don't you look into this. Ann Coulter did the same in FL Jack maybe you can get a two for one.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    July 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  52. BrainTurnedOff

    It is better not to be excited – yet. Election day is still 103 days away. If you're too excited now, you might be too exhausted then and not being able to vote. Remember: its the economics, stupid.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  53. Annie, Atlanta

    Hey, Democrat here! I am more excited to vote this year than in 2008!

    July 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  54. bonnie from NJ

    Although I am an independent, I am mostly democrat. I am as excited this year to vote as 2008 but for completely different reasons. In 2088 I was a believer in change was going to happen. I recognize that Obama has massive obstacles trying to change any of the things he had talked about then, but also do put some blame on him and really wasn't too happy with his trying to compromise and ending up caving postions. However, this year I am excited to vote against Romney because I want to remain a middle class person, who at 55 can still count on Medicare and SS. If the republicans have their way, those will both be gone and I will be making $8 an hour. All middle class people regardless of party had better be excited to stop the Republicans from decimating the middle class.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  55. Sandstone

    "2008 was just Hollywood! It was more of a novelty than anything else, then with Obama leading Hillary (Black Male}
    (White Female) it was already a fiasco. Old-man, John McCain, was left out in the cold, because of George Jnr's war in Iraq. Now it's Obama's war in Afghanistan, and the rest of a mess in the middle east, while nothing has really happened in the USA to set those kids on fire again!"

    July 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  56. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Hatred is an extremely powerful motivator, and Republicans have extreme hatred for President Obama.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  57. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Hatred is an extremely powerful motivator, and Republicans have extreme hatred for this president.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  58. Karl in Flint, MI

    Perhaps it's because President Obama hasn't done everything he wanted to, thanks to the obstructionist Congress that they don't really understand, but when they realize what a real disaster Mitt Romney is, they will be more then anxious to vote and keep what we have for the betterment of the country.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  59. john C

    Because it turns out that the rock on the floor would do a better job in bringing this country together and jump starting this economy than the President we have now.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  60. Steve

    The reason the Democrats are not exited to vote this year comes down to two reasons.
    1) They don't have Bush in the picture that they passionately hated.
    2) Obama has not delivered on his promises, basically he smoked his hard core followers.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  61. wayne, va beach, va

    Jack, have you ever heard of the saying "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice shame me."

    July 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  62. Dan from New York

    Jack,

    I think the long, drawn out election cycle is just too exhausting. The information clutter, which includes so much mis-information and distortion is just too tiring to wade through. Hopefully, people will re-focus in the fall and the light at the end of the tunnel re-energizes a more fact-based debate. Let's just hope we haven't lost too many who are burned out on all the political nonsense we have had to endure over the past couple of years.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  63. Ted

    The dems have finally come to terms...Hillery would have been a much better president...She is not a talker,she is a worker.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  64. bill orlando fl.

    the dem party has been highjacked by some of the most inept people on the face of the earth. after 40 years of being a loyal democrat i am now an independent.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  65. Mysterious

    Have you noticed who the GOP has as their candidate? You think we're not excited?

    July 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  66. tom bulger, canandaigua, NY

    35.4% of Americans consider themselves Republican. If 100% of them voted that way, and they won't, the presdient would win by a landslide.

    The 2008 election was a panic vote to rid ourselves of Republican policies. The panic has lessened, but that doesn't mean we want them back. It will be an orderly procession to the polls.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  67. David Doherty

    Why should anybody get excited about voting in this country when the elections are bought and paid for by big business. No matter what the popular vote is it can all be thrown out when money buys the electoral college.
    Dave from NH.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  68. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Big promises that were nothing but Smoke and Mirrors by the Democrats. The cold hard facts are rearing their ugly head. If Obama is Re-Elected staganation is likely to continue. But some still can't see the Forest for the Trees and think thigs are going to get better next year. The sad truth is, the Democrats actually believe what they preach.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  69. Cee.La

    I cant speak for all Dems. but I am just as excited to vote as I was last time.....for Barack Obama......its just not time yet.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  70. Jake in Omaha

    even the democrats are starting to understand.

    obama=socialism & socialism doesn't work in AMERICA.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  71. Jim In Pittsburgh

    Simple: there is no George Bush to vote against.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  72. Earl Georgia

    Last time Democrats were excited about selecting the first woman or black man to be the nominee of a major party. Democrats and liberal thrive on 'positive' things like that. That's no longer possible. If President Obama successfully spells out the dire consequences of Republican policies—and the possibility of them consolidating the conservative majority on the Supreme Court—Democrats will become more enthusiastic. The kind of people who mindlessly vote for Republicans are drawn to that party by hate and fear—hate and fear of gays, blacks, Arabs, Hispanics and Muslims. Democrats must be made to realize that the things they treasure are endangered by Republican policies. Democrats are still excited about President Obama; last month, his campaign out-raised the Romney campaign. Its only when the money going to the Democratic and Republican parties is added in that the Republicans came out ahead.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  73. Jamie

    We are excited and we will vote. We just want the Right Wing Corporate Controlled Mega Billionaires to waste a whole lot of money on a lost cause. Maybe that will shut up them and their wacko opinions for a while.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  74. Robert

    As a Democrat, I have come to understand that President Obama is just a simple polititian – as the others are. No "Hope and Change", No Bi-Partisian approach to politics. Democrats would be more inclined to vote in my opinion with a new candidate.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  75. Frank Nardo Cape Coral FL

    Two words Jack, BARACK OBAMA

    July 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  76. Ron the Voter

    Maybe Jack and others should look at the Electoral College Map instead of the Red/Blue Map and polls. It shows Obama handily beating Romney. Give the entire picture, Jack, not those Republican-led polls.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  77. Paul Donelson

    Four years ago we were all voting against George W. Now, we're not too sure what we're voting for or against.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  78. viguy007

    It's difficult to get excited when you're voting for the lesser of two evils:

    When Mitt Romney's father released 12 years of his Tax returns, he said "One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show, what mattered in personal finance was how a man conducted himself over the long haul." When Mitt's campaign was asked to release more then two years of returns, it said “We’ve given all you people need to know" and refused release more, even as many Republicans asked. What is Mitt trying to hide?

    Many things Mitt has said, for example among others – privatizing Social Security, “The TARP program", gun control, saving the auto industry – are contradictory. What does he really believe?

    If Mitt left Bain Capital in 1999, then he sanctioned and acquiesced to the filing of false and misleading documents with the SEC until 2002. This indicates an attitude that the complete and truthful disclosure of all facts is not important. This was prevalent on Wall Street prior to 2009, and a major contributor to the Financial Crisis of 2008. Is full disclosure to the SEC one of the regulations Mitt would do away with? Are not complete and honest filings with the SEC important?

    Early in his political career, Mitt said “I would like to have campaign spending limits”, however now his position is “people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.” The necessity of his earlier viewpoint became apparent during the Republican primaries. The ability of one candidate to outspend his rivals by 5, 6, 7, 10 times distorts the electoral system. Good men could be destroyed by a barrage of false negative ads, and lack the ability to fight back. It is no longer a level playing field where the best man emerges victorious.

    I'm a Republican, and supported Mitt in the primaries, now with the recent revelations, I can not vote for him again.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  79. Mr. Jody Lepore

    I'm an Independent, but it's because the Supreme Court "STOLE" the average American's excitement and gave it to these unethical SuperPACs!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  80. Todd in San Jose

    Because the candidate they are running has been a catastrophe for the country since he was elected.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  81. juanita in Il

    After almost 4 years of no hope and no change (unless you count, for the worse)...even Dems can see through the smoke and mirrors...what a pathetic excuse for a POTUS!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  82. Dale N.M.

    Jack may be the 'yes we can' smoke has cleared, and they don't like what they see.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  83. Kerry

    How I wish I could vote for an unknown candidate. No ties to any causes or contributors. That is just not the case this year....................I know this guy all too well.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  84. Sean from Thousand Oaks, CA

    The problem is that American politics isn't a hero vs. villain Mr. Smith Goes to Washington story anymore. Back in 08 it was Barack Obama, the champion of change and the representative of Joe Nobody up against more of the same McCain. Now it's more of a lesser of two evils option. Who's gonna win – the guy who lacks the power to bring any real change to Washington and is too tentative to try or the irrelevant billionaire who was primarily selected because he wasn't completely insane? Who cares?

    July 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  85. Lori

    Jack...last time I looked, Democrats are pretty "fired up" to re-elect President Obama. Did you ever think maybe your not asking the right Democrats? I'm a Democrat...I've never been asked a question yet about my excitement of re-electing our president. I'm very excited and proud to do so!

    Lori
    Centennial, CO

    July 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  86. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    Maybe they have decided that socialism is not really for them. I think everyone is sick of supporting people who don't, won't and don't ever intend to work.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  87. Jerry

    Frankly Jack...

    We progressives aren't frothing at the mouth, because we're not voting AGAINST someone...we're voting FOR someone.

    ALSO....we're not raising three times the MONEY because were not spreading three times the LIES and BS that the GOP is.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  88. Mechelle Schneider

    Don't confuse lunacy on the part of the Republican party with enthusiasm. The lunatic fringe might make the GOP look more enthusiastic, but looks can be deceiving. Democrats were disappointed that Obama could not due more due to obstructionism on the behalf of the GOP. We expected him to come out slugging a little harder, but that doesn't mean we won't vote for him over the rule of the 1%

    July 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  89. Nancy

    My check will be in the mail as soon as I get a job. I have been unemployed since November and the available cash I had for 2012 campaign contributions is being used to pay for health insurance.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  90. Jean in Arizona

    If Democrats don't vote because of pessimism, it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy. It is extremely important to this country to re-elect President Obama, if for no other reason than the Supreme Court nominations which will almost certainly occur during his second term.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  91. Travis

    I think Democratic enthusiasm is down because many of us who worked and voted for President Obama in 2008 feel disappointed. The Republican obstructionism has something to do with it, but it's also the appearance that President Obama continues to let Wall Street and the banker run roughshod over our democracy that's troubling. I know that I'll vote for him, but not sure about donating or canvassing right now. I don't want to reward bad behavior.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  92. taybarton

    Simple. We're part of the 99% Jack. We can't afford to give him money right now. But it doesn't mean we won't vote for him.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  93. nancy mcginnis

    Romney hasn't been crowned as yet; there might be a joker in the pack. He's tapping all his 1% friends, but that won't guarantee him the nomination considering his 'issues'. This comedy is too much fun to worry, right now.

    I will be working for Obama as a volunteer; my donations will be time since my money is basically gone.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  94. Stephen Blank,DDS

    Jack,
    I am very excited to support President Obama and the democratic challengers to my just vote no congressman. I did not send my congressman to DC to make sure the president doesn't have a second term as Mitch McConnell and Boehner said on day 1. They forgot to represent me, the working part of America. YES, I am fired up to fire the obstructionists.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  95. Avid voter

    No hope, lots of change (for the worse), lots of debt, lots of lies, a leader for the downgrading of America.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  96. gg

    the pac,s and super dupper pac,s have destroyed the word democracy.secret behind the curtain money

    July 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  97. m1k3

    Jacik, money is the answer. I vote Democratic because Republicans have one real policy, get the money. That truism is not affective, it is sober reality.

    A question for you, if Republicans are leading Democrats in fund raising, one indicator of 'excitement': where in hundreds of millions does marginal utility loss set in–how many TV ads make the next ad without effect?

    July 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  98. ELane in VA

    Ready and will be glad to put Mitt Romney and his millions out of his misery! Don't need to be excited, It will be a pleasure. He dosen't have a clue about the average Americans struggles.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  99. Steve

    I have one formula that could explain why Democrats aren’t ‘jazzed’ about voting.

    Democrats tend to be liberals. Liberals tend to feel things, they empathize, sympathize...they care. So, when liberals are confronted with a four-year long daily barrage of lies about a President they like – everything from ‘Death Panels’ to “Born in Kenya” to “Socialist” to “Anti-American," etc., they begin to feel ill. Physically ill. So, they have to tune out for a while to protect their health.

    And when they tune out, they miss out on what’s really happening and many of them lose sight of what’s really at stake. Personally, I believe that if every voter understood Mitt Romney’s plans for the economy, they’d be out in droves to prevent that from happening...again.

    Thanks for your time.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  100. Mr. Jody Lepore, Salt Lake City, UT

    I'm an independent, but it's because the Supreme Court STOLE the average American's excitement and gave it to the unethical SuperPAC's.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  101. Alex from California

    It's not that Democrats are necessarily generally disenfranchised. I have met and talked to many enthusiastic Democrats. People are living their lives right now. Politics is, to put it bluntly, background noise. People do not forget. When they go to the polls in November, and Democratic turnout will be higher this election, they will realize that Governor Romney hasn't exactly distanced himself from the Bush Administration and they will prefer the President. This is not a personal attack. With so many people hurting right now, the President is a lot stronger given his thoughtfulness in leadership than some might think.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  102. Judy Trapp

    I think the polls are bias Jack. I am really excited about voting in this election and to remove the machine and the rolls they play in our government, or should I say big corporation like Koch brothers and people like Mitt Romney.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  103. Bob

    50% unemployment for the black youth in America, and they will all vote for Obama again.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  104. Kathleen Donnafield

    I'd like to know from where and how you get your numbers, because I am a canvasser and I talk to people 5 days a week, all day long and there is a great deal of enthusiasm for voting in November. Face it; donations for Obama's campaign and other Democratic politicians are down because frankly, cost of living is going up, but wages are not. The economy is in the toilet because Obama inherited an abysmal economy. But the media isn't talking about Romney's less stellar record for creating jobs in this country. Americans who thinks that corporate raider would not continue to sell out middle class Americans are due for a frontal lobotomy!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  105. kathy from peoria az

    Jack, I am very excited to vote and again will be voting for President Obama. If people were really honest, the President has tried over and over again to get this economy going only to be blocked at every turn by the Republicans. In 2010 the Republicans said their main goal was the economy. Bologna! Their main concern as per Mitch McConnell said was to make the President a one term President. They do not care about the American people and it will only get worse if Romney slithers his way in.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  106. Linda in Miami

    Jack, your take on this seemed kind of ignorant to me. Of course the GOP are more enthusiastic. The opposing party is in the WH and they're raring to get him out, as the Democrats were in 2004 and 2008. Maybe you need to sharpen your analytical tools.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  107. Patty

    Gosh--Could it be that the Dems are not part of the 1%? I am one who donated and worked for Obama last time-but today, I am 'older' now–which means no one wants to hire me for a J-O-B. Without a JOB, I must make choices: Do I want to lose my home to foreclosure? or shall I feed my pets and myself? or shall I donate big bucks to the Obama Campaign? I sign every petition, work as a volunteer--but living on less than $1000 per month, does not give many of us 'opportuntiy' to donate MILLIONS and BILLIONS like the 1% can afford to do!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  108. Susan from Ca

    Jack it the GOP has to keep using the jaws of life to get Romney's feet out of his mouth enthusiasm for Obama will grow by leaps and bounds.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  109. Charles

    I think it has a lot to do with disappointment with Democratic Representatives and Senators who were elected in 2008 and then promptly voted Republican on some of the most important issues or who lost their backbone and wouldn't stand up to Republican/Tea Party bullies – especially over the heathcare and financial institution issues. If Democrats had followed the President's lead, we would have had a system much closer to a Universal Healthcare and not the total sellout to insurance companies that we wound up with, and we would have seen financial miscreants in jail by now and the Democrats would have won the 2010 mid-term elections by a landslide. Instead, President Obama wasn't forceful enough in keeping Democrats on the straight and narrow and too many Democrats forgot that they were Dems. Also, unfortunately, although it was obvious that President Obama had the best of intentions to try to unite the country, he was the last to realize the intransigence of Republicans/Tea Partiers and that no matter what he did or said to try to help this country, the Repubs/TPartiers would scream and shout to stop any measures that would have resulted in the US being a more stable, safe and clean country. The Repubs/TPs continually place self above country or fellow human-beings or the earth that they inhabit. They also have the conservative Supreme Court justices in their pockets and access to wealth that the Democrats never can match, since Dems don't believe that US elections should be for sale.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  110. Stephen McMises

    As a former Democrat, I think I can provide some insight:

    Obama has been revealed as Bush III and not all Democrats are fools.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  111. omar from Virginia

    Democrats or Republican. We need to be more enthusiastic towards the cause of the country and not just campaigns. May God Bless our country.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  112. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    I'd be really excited to vote for Obama ... if only he were running for Prime Minister ... what can I say, but .. gee!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  113. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY

    Don't worry about us Democrats, Jack. The party out of the Oval Office is always seen as more driven and because of the absurd Citizens United decision, outsized contributions from the Republican cadre of one-percenters is mistaken for enthusiasm. Democrats will turn out on election day with our now-mandated 250 types of photo identification. The consequences are too grave if we don't.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  114. kramden11

    Serious dismay in Whitehall at Romney debut. 'Worse than Sarah Palin.' 'Total car crash'. Two of the kinder verdicts #romneyshambles....this is news Jack...

    July 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  115. Alex from California

    It's not that Democrats are necessarily generally disinterested. I have met and talked to many enthusiastic Democrats. People are living their lives right now. Politics is, to put it bluntly, background noise. People do not forget. When they go to the polls in November, and Democratic turnout will be higher this election, they will realize that Governor Romney hasn't exactly distanced himself from the Bush Administration and they will prefer the President. This is not a personal attack. With so many people hurting right now, the President is a lot stronger given his thoughtfulness in leadership than some might think.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  116. Steve

    The Democrats are not excited becasuse they found out that congress runs the show and not the President.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  117. Keith

    Because Dems are finally starting to wonder what "Hope and Change' meant. A little late to ask that question!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  118. Name*Bruce

    Jack : the reason democrats don't seem to show there excitement for our candidate is largely due to the fact we don't need to ,, Romney is slipping on his own puddle of lies
    Half facts and misinformation , a baboon could
    See it

    July 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  119. Name*Aundrell

    As a Democrat I am excited to vote this year. When u sit from the outside looking in, it griefs my spirit to see how this President has been treated by citizens of the USA. That people can go against their own belief to defeat this President at every hand and think nothing of their actions. It's almost embrassing to say I'm American before evening knowing I'm Democrat!!! A sad time for the USA.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  120. Tom

    Watching from Canada I don't think Barack has even started yet. Quite probable he's content to watch Mitt implode all by himself. Debates will determine the winner.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  121. Dorothy , KY

    Says a lot about what you think of your own poll, which was just the opposite of USAtoday/Gallup. Any one that puts any confidence in USA/Gallup obviously haven't seen how skewed they are toward Republicans. Democrats will be out in force for PBO. Why do you think they are trying to suppress the vote?

    July 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  122. David - Augusta, Georgia

    There is only one thing Jack. They know he is going to lose anyways!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  123. tom jacksonville fla.

    The calm before the storm.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  124. Gary

    Well Jack, I'm enthused to vote in Nov. for the first time since 1968. This election is too important for our country and the only way to keep out the extremist is to vote against them.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  125. Jason

    I, like most democrates I think, see this election as a bit of a joke. We know that it matters not who ends up being the president in 2012, what matters is our failed system of government that is really to blame. Sad that both parties waste so much time grabbing for power instead of leading us out of this mess. Fundraising for Obama is low I think because dems know it's not going to matter who spends the most cash, their horse in the race is irrelevant. Keep it in the bank.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  126. chickc

    We're part of the 99% Jack. We can't afford to give him money. Doesn't mean we won't vote for him.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  127. Ryan in Pennsylvania

    I think everyone is still really excited for Ron Paul's Victory this fall🙂

    July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  128. juanita in Il

    Four words..."You Didn't Build That"...Obama's biggest loser statement, to date...it will cost him the Whitehouse...

    July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  129. James from Cocoa FL

    There is no excitement by Democrats this election because there is NO DOUBT Obama will be re-elected.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  130. Jarrett Wold

    I think the difference has changed from "we really want to elect Obama" to "we really don't want Mitt Romney in there. Plus the economy isn't particularly great, in a lot of places people are worse off than they were four years ago. So that's got a heavy impact. That being said, I'll be voting for Obama as after watching Romney stump around he is everything for everyone. Plus, the Affordable Care Act is going to help soooooo many people, CBO has it rated as improving the deficit, and Republicans don't have a viable alternative other than VOUCHERS. 😐

    July 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  131. glen bailey

    Glen Bailey
    Wasaga Beach
    Ontario, Canada

    Could be that the Dems are disappointed in President Obama's performance since he was elected.
    As a Canadian, I would like to see him re-elected, given the alternative. We have the same problem in Canada. Once a member of any level of government takes office, they become far more concerned about a second term, than doing what they were elected to do. President Obama, like so many others, needs to concentrate on being a leader first, and a politician second. It's funny how politics at all levels eats away at ones dreams and self-respect.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  132. chickc

    We\'re part of the 99% Jack. We can\'t afford to give him money. Doesn\'t mean we won\'t vote for him.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  133. joe

    i think the GOP has so far put up such a sad show that the Democrats don't feel a hearty effort is required. If they wanted to stand a chance they would abandon that silly social conservative platform and put up a candidate that can handle the 3 tasks ahead of him: beat Obama in debate, win the election, handle the job properly. The only guy that can do it is mostly unheard of, Gary Johnson.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  134. Barbara Williams in Encino, CA

    Gee, Jack, perhaps the lag in percentages of Democrats "excited" to vote in this election might have something to do wiht the fact that the GOP is attempting to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of them via voter suppression tactics masquerading as the Voter ID laws. Many of the people in Pennsylvania, for instance, aren't even away they will be turned away at the polls, the coverup on this is is so slick in such states. Not discounting that, I'd dare say that it is often the case when an incumbent is seeking reelection–that the other side seems more enthused. In the case of Romney, most of his party is in the "ABO" (anybody but Obama) camp anyway, so they could be running a stuffed suit even more stuffed than the one they have and still be getting hyped about. But Obama supporters are still fired up and ready to go, have no doubt!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  135. John Donaldson

    I think this is the most important election of my lifetime. Fired up? Yes Ready to go? You bet. I have watched for three and a half years now and listened to all sides views. I believe the republicans are way off base with the majority of issues and if sanity is to prevail; the democrats are the only ones who will restore that sanity but need to win in all branches of government.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  136. Ann Goodwin

    Jack, you will never find a Gallop poll that is not biased against Obama. I am an old white woman and I live in ALABAMA and I am all fired up and ready to go. We may be disappointed that he did not stand up to Republicans, but Romney in the white house scares me to death..

    July 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  137. CurtJ

    There is no difference between a Republican prostitute or a Democratic prostitute. They both sell their votes to the highest bidders. The highest bidders being theie neo conservative pimps, who own the multinational conglomerates who yank th epuppet strings of our Washington marrionettes.
    The p[arty of no publicly stated they were going to make Obama a one term president and so they are willing for Democracy to die in order to accomplish that. Both parties have weakened America economically and militarily just because they value greed, racism and avarice before America.
    Treason actually and if they were to be prosecuted, you could be sure you and the likes of Blitzer and Limbaugh would be right there in handcuffs with them.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  138. kramden11

    one more for you jack:

    In less than 48 hours, Romney and his staff have used racially charged language in a meeting with the press; dissed the entire country over their preparations for the olympics; broken strict confidence over a meeting with their secret service, and this is only the first two days. My question is...is Mitt Romney qualified to be president?

    July 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  139. snibbodmot

    Because they are realizing that there are NO Democrats OR Republicans running for President, just 2 corporatists who couldn't give a crap about us...

    July 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  140. Barbara Williams in Encino, CA

    Gee, Jack, perhaps the lag in percentages of Democrats "excited" to vote in this election might have something to do wiht the fact that the GOP is attempting to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of them via voter suppression tactics masquerading as the Voter ID laws. Many of the people so affected by such laws in Pennsylvania, for instance, aren't even aware they will be turned away at the polls, the coverup on this is is so slick in such states. Not discounting that, I'd dare say that it is often the case when an incumbent is seeking reelection–that the other side seems more enthused. In the case of Romney, most of his party is in the "ABO" (anybody but Obama) camp anyway, so they could be running a stuffed suit even more stuffed than the one they have and still be getting hyped about it. But Obama supporters are still fired up and ready to go, have no doubt!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  141. Jack - Ohiostan

    Jack, I'm in the double-digit negative scale as far as excitement. I am formerly from the Ohio 9th, and have been jerrymandered to the Ohio 5th, where my congresional vote now means ziltch; combine that with the fact that all the state legislators are red; and worst of all in the last 4 years absolutly no effective counter attack or messaging launched. Poppy-cock!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  142. Larry in Houston

    Why aren’t Democrats as excited to vote this year?
    yeah right – "fired up & ready to go" I'm a democrat – always been a democrat – and always will be – but the fire isn't there, like 08 – I honestly don't think there is too much difference in either of those two. I now live in a republican state -where it's mostly controlled by the republicans – I used to live right next to a "battleground state" – even though we only have 5 electoral college votes, because of it's small population. But since my vote won't much count down here – I will do like I done last time – Straight Ticket – as long as I'm In Texas, it will be a straight ticket – Hell, all you have to do is follow a republican on the sidewalk, and he or she will most likely have money falling out of their pockets. (sarcastic)
    Vote – Democrat – 2012

    July 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  143. Jack - Ohiostan

    Jack, I'm in the double-digit negative scale as far as excitement. I am formerly from the Ohiostan 9th, and have been jerrymandered to the Ohiostan 5th, where my congresional vote now means ziltch; combine that with the fact that all the state legislators are red; and worst of all in the last 4 years absolutly no effective counter attack or messaging has been launched. Poppy-cock!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  144. omar from Virginia

    My father is determined to vote for president Obama. He seems to be the better fit after listening to the bipartisan opinion from both Democrats n the conservative right.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  145. Christopher, Okmulgee OK

    Why? Because their Representatives and Senators in congrees are for the most part spineless in coming straight out and PUBLICLY exposing what the Republicans in congress are doing. They are completely ineffectual in explaining it to a populous that has been dumbed down for the last few decades, you know, like the base on the right, that has been conditioned to vote for the person with (R) next to their name. Dumbed down to the point that they actually believe the flat out lies that come out of their candidate's mouths. The base on the left are up in arms because Obama didn't get done everything that he was WANTED to get done. They disregard the absolute roadblock by the Republicans in congress, all because they're a bunch of spoiled little brats that aren't getting their way right now. Come on people, are you really so dumbed down that you think we can bury ourselves for 8 years and get back out of it in less than the same 8 years? Really? I wasn't even around during the Great Depression, but I can read. Take a read of what took place that caused the financial crisis of 1929 sometime. See how many similarities YOU can find. Pretty sure we know what resulted from THAT. Oh yeah, I remember, failure of wall st., housing breakdown, unemployment........hmmmmm, sounds familiar. The dems need more people like Claire McCaskill, and Anthony Weiner, and a host of others that WILL say stand up and SAY what needs to be said.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  146. Kenneth O'yed

    Democrats let down their supporters. once voted in, they gave up the dreams of their base in unilateral compromise to the republicans. The Republicans on the other hand would protect the interest of their base regardless of the consequence. That is why Democrates are not excited in this election.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  147. Soldier4God

    The Main Reason I See Is The Growth In The Intelligence Of The Average Democrat! Through The Internet More People Like Me Are Sharing With As Many as They Can Their Own True Stories About The Wroiong This Administration Has Done! The Black Race Has Seen Record Numbers In Unemployment! I Have Seen The United States Military Take My Soldier4Christ OrGanization & U.S.e It For Themselves & I Have Seen Wht The United States Has U.S.ed My OneGodMinistries For! If You Do Not Believe Me Just Look The OrGanizations Up Online & See! BotheThese OrGaniations That The United States Government U.S.es Were Started by Me & There Is Much More To The Story Of What The United States Government U.S.es OneGodMinistries For! Obama Is A Nothing & A Nobody To Me!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  148. jen-seattle wa.

    Thier Happiness has been scorned by the wicked takeover of the democratic parties moral compass and failure, due to financial reform status quo and Credit card reform perceptions that still allow credit card companies to raise more than 10% as Long as give 30 day notice of immediate increase in gouging interestrates.And Becuz InBev WHo Hostiley took over Budwieser and all thier board memberships ,including the one of the Black Congressional Caucuses (A.K.A> Black Radical Party,contributions that keep the Malt liqour and Fortified Wine saturating communities with Welfare checks for Inebriates Imploding and smelling like a commode while local govt looks other way and sympathizes with the hard economic times that sell soul of community for powermongering wants of more tax payer money off demise due to resupply of why innocents dies and causing imports of wrong criminals getting a chance cuz to much brain damage from drug pushers and pimps abuse

    July 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  149. sam sage

    I believe one of the reasons we are quiet is due to the way the media handle lies.....When someone is being interviewed and tells a lie or distortion they should be called out on it...if not they are just giving credence to the lie and some of our less informed Americans take what the see on tv as true, don't pass on the lie call them all out so we can make a correct informed decision

    July 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  150. Frank

    Democrats are not excited thanks to a brilliantly executed plan by the Republican Party. Time and time again the Republicans forced President Obama's, and the Democrat"s hand on any number of issues, and far too often Obama and his party would not stand up and fight. Republicans plan was to prove to Democrats that their party, and their party's leader will not stand up and fight, and offer America an alternative to the Republican Party, but simlpy a lighter version of it. Republicans will win big in November, a win by default. Democrats will stay home, disgusted by the lack of fight in the Democrat party. Frank-Orlando, Florida

    July 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  151. Duke

    Jack, don't be misled for one instant, while there may not be an outward exuberant that political pundits such as yourself may be seeking; do not believe for one moment that voters aren't paying attention and will succumb to the so call voter enthusiasm. Voters are well aware, and while the Republicans may be squeaking a bit louder, Independent Voters such as myself are aware of what is at stake and will not be hoodwinked into voting for a party that is not inclusive and puts self agenda before the country, and continue to lust in their hearts for another war to fight.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  152. Stephanie in Seattle

    i'm still trying to figure out why they were so excited four years ago? They need to stand by their man. They elected a guy who's never had a job, doesn't understand the economy, was seldom able to make a decision during his short senate career so simply voted "present", and gained his wealth by writing a book about his first true love, ...himself. You get what you pay for and boy...are we paying for it now.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  153. William Mueller

    As an independent, I have no desire to vote in this election. I still can't see any REAL difference between Romney and Obama and see both as eager to continue the war-mongering and freedom-destroying policies of Dubya...

    July 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  154. Grandmother

    There's great Republican interest in voting because they are desperate to win. I can't believe the hatred shown towards Obama and in many cases they don't even hide it very well.
    The Democrats are acting like spoiled brats who didn't get everything they wanted IMMEDIATELY so they are throwing tantrums. Perhaps they should look at what they HAVE got–like some form of health care that can always be improved. I was in the hospital earlier this year and all I could think of was "Thank God 'm not American and I'm not going to be bankrupt with all these tests and special care". Andd what about the same-sex marriage support, equal pay for equal work with women, the demise of bin Laden, etc., etc. OOPS! I forgot. YOU didn't get what you wanted so stay home and sulk, Dems, while the bitter GOP show up at the polls in droves to get rid of the black man.
    London, Canada

    July 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  155. Sherry Cooper

    Jack. Contributions have nothing to do with Democratic enthusiasm. Contributions have everything to do with buying an election by the 1% with deep pockets- thanks to the Supreme Court. I assure you that the corporation is not a person but made up of a group of persons all with individual ideas whose paychecks are underwritten by the corporation....this election will be won by the choices of silent majority votes....Sherry Cooper San Tan Valley AZ

    July 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  156. chris

    because they know the republicans will win the white house, house and the senate

    July 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  157. Bob

    If everyone had your, daily, negative demeanor, no one would show up at the polls. Well, guess what, most of us care about our Great Country and what it stands for!!! And those of us that care will surprise people like you.
    It is obvious that you like the editorial role to the point of creating the news, vs reporting the news/facts. Your overall demeanor is a poor example for all of us, particularly for youth thinking about journalism as a career.
    Hey, take some time, soon, to view some of your video, and then stand in front of a mirror and teach yourself how to smile. It may take a long time, but stay with it, you may learn something new.
    Your comment, the one you slipped in, about maybe democrat ballots may not be signed was a disgrace!!!
    But, continue your negative ways, if you wish. You could even consider entering into X-fighting arenas...I would like to see that.
    Bob

    July 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  158. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I do not know why democrats are not excited about voting, I am an independent with respect to the parties and polster's alleged conclusions. I can think of a number of reasons to justify being excited by not being a democrat or a republican, and that can be exciting !

    July 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  159. Michael C. in West Palm Florida

    Jack, we thought Obama was going to change the system, we hoped he would end the various middle eastern wars , we thought he'd be able to fix the economy and the deficit like Bill Clinton, we thought he'd end the bailouts for large corporations that we so hated during the bush years, and we thought he'd do something to fix the corruption in Washington. We didn't vote for him, a rookie Illinois senator, we voted for the optimism that he could solve our problems after the destructive bush years, plus we were making history with the first black president on top of that But now that it has been almost 4 years and little has changed, that optimism has faded unfortunately as we realized he is just another status quo president. Take it from an ex-democrat recently turned independent

    July 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  160. therealnate

    Obama has not done anything he promised, except for Healthcare legislation, that honestly looks doomed to a GOP congress. Are you better off now than 4 years ago? For many of us, the answer is NO!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  161. Ralph Nelson

    Obama has been too conservative in applying Keynesian economics (stimulus was way too small), Europeans in 2010 applied Romney's solution (deep cuts) and are now in deep recession (so Obama did not have Europeans stimulating their economies to help). Election of Tea Party on the lie they were going to do something about jobs (have done just the opposite) left Obama unable to increase stimulus and avoid slowdown. So you have a perfect storm of ignorance and Democrats know Obama is too weak in applying economics. Looking more and more like Second Great Depression is coming (if Romney does what he is saying he's going to do). It's all very sad, ignorance conquers all. It's bad candidate 1 versus even worse.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  162. Carrie

    Because " journalists" are too busy playing reality TV to let America understand the real differences between President Obama and Investment bankers.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  163. moe12

    In past elections we the voters have told politicians that whoever runs the most negative ads and spends the most the most money wins elections. I am excited to vote because we need to tell Republicans and all politicians that obstructing everything in Congress that could help this country and its people recover and move forward is NOT the way to win elections. We all need to vote. If we don't send that message we will go over the cliff. We need the message that compromise and fairness is what this country was built on. If anyone doubts that, they should see the orientation film in the Capital. They should have a special showing for Congress.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  164. RK

    Coming from a strong Democratic family, me being the only Independent, my mom's a election poll worker, and father's with the NYPD. Still they are not hyped; partially because they see no contention this election. Mit Romney's campaign and selection by the RNC is best decribed as ”meh” Romney (young policy wonks coined that term). So it's actually my family and many Democrats think Obama has the election in the bag given he has no strong opponent. This is the executive office we are talking about, not legislative offices that are more then likely to sway.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  165. Sierra

    President Obama has created MORE jobs in 3 years – than President BUSH created did – in 8 years! Mitt Romney says his polices are JUST LIKE BUSH!
    This fact alone should get Democrats to the polls in droves!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm |