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How often do you think about the presidential election?
August 14th, 2012
01:03 PM ET

How often do you think about the presidential election?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sixty-four percent of Americans say they've given "quite a lot" of thought to the upcoming presidential election.

How can you not think about it? It's impossible to escape it.

According to a USA Today/Gallup Poll, 64% is down from the previous two presidential races, but higher than Americans' engagement in the 2000 election.

These numbers suggest voter turnout will be lower this year than in 2008 or 2004.

Republicans are more revved up than Democrats, with 74% of Republicans saying they think about the election "quite a lot," compared to only 61% of Democrats.

This 13-point GOP advantage is the highest this poll has measured in recent presidential elections.

It's possible that Democrats just haven't tuned in yet and that Republicans are more engaged because of the primaries.

Typically Americans start thinking more about the election as it gets closer - once the conventions, debates, etc. start happening. And interest traditionally really starts to rev up after Labor Day.

If the higher GOP interest keeps up, it could mean higher turnout for the Republicans come November.

It's clear Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan over the weekend has jump-started the party's base.

The crowds at Romney's events have grown larger - perhaps as high as 15,000 at one North Carolina rally - and they've also grown more energetic.

Reminds you a little bit of President Obama's crowds back in 2008. But he's not drawing those kinds of crowds this time around.

Here's my question to you: How often do you think about the presidential election?

Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 4 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.

And we'd love to know where you're writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. jim claus

    its not much i think it sucks jim in mo

    August 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  2. manning

    Jack its every four years!

    August 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  3. Ed in Harrisburg

    Jack, this year America is at the crossroads of deciding what kind of a country we are going to be down the road and the choices are now very clear. I am thinking about this constantly and continually, not for my own sake, but for my kids and grandkid's sake. We have kicked the can down the road long enough and created some mythologies about how we live our lives, but can no longer pay the piper. We need bold radical changes. We need shared sacrtices and revised expectations. Everyone can't have all they want just because they think they need it. The extremists in both parties think that you can have your cake and eat it to. There is no candidate that lives the way I live and thinks the way I think or wants for this country what I want and so I am holding my nose and voting for the candidate I think is closer to what I want for my kids and grandkids knowing they will have to live with the medicine we are dosing out now. Lots to think about this election year....Hard choices to make....

    August 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  4. Russ in PA

    Not much, as the two-party system guarantees that the status quo will never change: more spending, more wars, and further erosion of liberty. With Ron Paul marginalized by everyone, our last chance for true change and a return to freedom are lost. You can spend your time fussing over Rombama, as I don't give a rat's behind.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  5. JoBloW

    The election is a scam. You have 2 choices and they are one and the same. on't vote. It's time to revolt.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  6. Dave, Kissimmee< FL

    As seldom as possible. Unfortunately, with wall-to-wall TV coverage and people constantly running for office, the only opportunity I have to be free of politics and elections are the days before inauguration day. That is the only time I can safely turn on a TV and not hear about this poll showing who is ahead of whom. Sadly, the day after inauguration day, the president and an army of both his supporters and his opponents begin running for president again.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  7. Doug Ericson

    I think I have thought about this election several times daily for the last year, partly because its so surreal. Both candidates have no stomach for the real issues this country needs to face. 1. Mortgage backed securities must go. 2. We have to stop wasting money on dumb wars. ( The industrial complex can easily regear itself towards repairing the infrastructure so loss of jobs is not an issue). 3. Curruption and waste in government. Its never been worse. 4. The 16 trillion dollar debt. They don't talk about it because they have no plan to pay for it. And so on, the list is endless. It doesn't matter who wins because both candidates are going to end up doing the same thing. Odds at Intrade have spiked up to 60% for Obama since Ryans selection as VP. This election is not about big government versus small government. The republicans have proven over the last two decades they are as irresponsible as the Democrats as far as overspending goes. This election is for entertainment purposes only. Anything that is going to happen over the next four years has already been decided. So pull up a chair and some poporn and enjoy the insult contest. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  8. Gary in San Jose, California

    As an undecided I think about it too much. Do I vote for the spend thrift or the tax cheat? Any advice?

    August 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  9. Pat in Michigan

    every day I wake up and realize that either way I vote I am going to lose.So every day I guess.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    This time around more than ever before – and that's after Bush/Cheney nearly destroyed us. We have an obvious choice – the guys who seem to include all of us and the guys who seem to care only for those like them – rich. If tax breaks for wealthy "JOB CREATORS" wasn't a fairy tale, we'd have an abundance of jobs.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  11. BrainTurnedOff

    Never.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  12. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Not much. It's about as much fun as Mothers' Day at the orphanage.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  13. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I don't.. The only time i even listen to the news about it is the few hours of CNN i see each day. What I would give to just once see a politician tell the truth. Instead all you get is politicians saying they can do it better then the other politician and I just have to roll my eyes at that because if they were doing such a swell job all these years we would not be trillions and trillions of dollars in debt.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  14. Bob D Iowa

    Every time I think about what I had to do to recover from after the mess the last one of those GOPer's left the economy in just after I was canned after 38 years of working for the same company so they could build their machines in Korea. I have come back to my investment highs of 2007 but will go to all cash if they get control again.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  15. Ben from Boston

    Whenever I read the paper or listen to the news, my mind focuses on the election. I am tired of the nit picking, bickering, and negativity, though. I wish Hillary was running. She won the Massachusetts primary in a landslide last time.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  16. Ed from California

    Every moment in time.............Psych! Never, is your answer, Jack. I'm worried about our no good, do nothing for the Midddle Class Teapot Congress led by, John Boehner and the next President of the United States........Paul Ryan. That's my worry. And the Hoopleheads that vote for the likes of Ryan, Boehner, Cantor and the rest of the Teanuts, who vote thse morons into office. That's what the nation should worry about, not the next president.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  17. Robert in Florida

    Not a day goes by that I don’t think and worry about the election. I look at the last 4 years of being under employed working for 30% of what I use to earn. I see a President who’s dividing the country and demonizing the very job creators we need to get back on track. A president who has no plan but is quick to criticize others who do. I feel hope and change has turned to hopelessness and despair when I see the media so quick to condescend and marginalize Romney and Ryan. If the media had spent half as much time vetting Obama in 2008 we’d be talking about President McCain and V.P Palin now and we’d be in much better shape

    August 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  18. Gary H. Boyd

    I try NOT to think about the election Jack since both Presidential candidates are opportunistic, opinionated jerks out to feather their own nests. Neither has the interests of the country in mind. Obama's got us on the road to socialism while Romney's claims of conservatism fall short. On election day I'll probably cast my vote for 'NONE OF THE ABOVE'.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  19. David of Alexandria, VA

    Every time I lkook at my 401K portfoilio and every time I look at my tax bill. Every time, jack. Every single time.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  20. Riley ODay

    Very little. After the election for President not much will change. Most of the same Reps and Senators will be back doing nothing . So why think of it ?

    August 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  21. Brad, Portland, OR

    A lot. The US narrowly missed being thrown into Great Depression II because of George W. Bush and Republican policies, and Mitt and Paul not only want to return to those dark days, but they want to double down on the policies that caused them.

    God help us if they get their way...

    August 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  22. Andre R. Newcomb

    Often. And I think about how cowardly and pathetic the American electorate to allow this farce to continue. Aren't there ANY decent people who would be President?

    August 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  23. Susan-NJ

    Not very often. Some of the most intelligent men say some of the stupidest things to get elected. Remember "readmy lips no new taxes?" He knew very well he couldn't keep that promise. This time of year is called lie steal cheat months.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  24. Martha Brooks

    Personally, I'd like to forget it...but you guys won't let me!

    Martha, Rew, PA

    August 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  25. Jim in Denver, CO

    Jack,
    More than I want to because of the constant bombardment by the news & media. It doesn't matter because I've already decided who I'm voting for.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  26. Ann from Charleston SC

    Being a news junkie, I am reminded of the upcoming election so much my brain goes numb. When not paying attention to news, I probably think about the election four or five times a week. I am truly worried about what is going to happen to our country even though I have no children with futures to worry about.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  27. Russ Jones

    I think of it every day because we are at a key crossroads as a country. We have to dispose of this GOP dream to return to the past (?) -I GUESS THEY MEAN THE ROBBER BARONS ERA. It is incomprehensible that we are still talking about a tax break for the rich. The trickle down argument is insulting. It only reaches the pockets of the 1% who's greed has reached unprecedented levels, even at the small business level. Hoard cash, don't hire, and buy that summer home!

    August 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  28. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Since we watch a lot of "news", that's an oxy-moron these days, we think about it every day. Four days most weeks I respond to these silly questions from you Jack which is one of my joys, right up there with root canals and then the rest of the week we watch something on CNN or SNL, one in the same many days.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  29. Karl in Flint, MI

    Now that I have realized the GOP is a total loss, I think of it often and laugh like crazy. Romney picking Ryan was the frosting on the cake. Everything they touch turns into an embarrassment. My main worry for a while was are there enough people of their mentality to elect them, and I realize no there aren't. Besides, as Bob Hope said once when asked why he never ran for president, his reply was , "Dolores said she couldn't live in a house that small", and neither can Anne Romney.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  30. John from Alabama

    Jack: Leadership is the difference from competing a mission or task, or failure. I think about the election a great deal, because good leadership is hard to find. There are a lot of politics out there, but few statesman who know how to lead. President Obama does run from a problem or fight, but rather finds a solution. President George W. Bush believed in leaving problems for the next fellow. I believe President Obama has done an excellent job, and under his leadership America will prosper. It might be slow growth, but it is growth, and we as a nation are moving forward. In the final analysis, if your not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  31. JONIQUE

    Everytime i think of the horrow of the two RRs running the country.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  32. Miguel Morris, austin, texas

    Like we have a choice. I can not wait for this nightmare to get over with. My candidate, chose a great man to be his VP. Now we need to generate enough interest to get our team elected. But in all honesty, the negative ads with blatant lies from both parties make me sick to my stomach. I wonder why no one talks about the fact that monies were taken from the SS Program and never put back. Is it not time to face up to reality. We have an up hill battle to get this Country back on track after these last 3.5 years. The only way is to increase revenue and reduce spending without giving our Country to the BAD Guys. Maybe it is time to stop giving financial aid to our enemies and our enemies to be.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  33. Phyllis G Williams

    How often do you think about the presidential election?

    We think of it after we have listed in the "elect of God"
    (Colossians 3: 11-12 ; 1st Peter 1: 2).

    August 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  34. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    This election process has been going on for years. Most of it about the GOP Primaries and too much unproductive name calling. I think the media as a whole are influencing the public towards Romney. I think a few wealthy sponsors of Romney with special interests are trying to buy his election with an advertising windfall. Obama/Romney debates are the most important part of the election but are strangely understated this time around. This is an election of two polarizing philosophies for the public to choose from. It seems corrupt to me.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  35. Bob in Ohio

    Every time I see or hear mention of any of our ex-Presidents. Some cause me to think "How did that guy ever get elected?". and others bring the thought "I'm glad he was elected." Both thoughts won't let me forget how important it is to vote.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  36. Pete Skop

    How often ??
    Oh, only eight days a week.
    Nov. 6 can't get here quick enough, to rid this country of it's biggest mistake in 235 years.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  37. Terri from Blountville, TN

    Daily....How can anyone avoid it? I live in an area that is bombarded because Virginia is a swing state so we have ridiculous ads on the radio and tv, it is impossible to avoid.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  38. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Jack, I think about the election at least once every day, but more often than not, I think about it many times a day. I'm an avid reader and I nearly always have CNN on the TV. After seeing deductions disappear for those of us in the middle class since around 1974 and seeing the gap between the wealthy and everyone else, I hope more people think deeply about what kind of future they want for the USA. I think it's high time to reverse these trends to create a more level playing field for all, not just a priveledged few.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  39. Mr. D

    Every time I get sick to my stomach. It's a chicken or egg thing. It's like watching the olympics: Joe is guilty of false race starts, Paul is figuring the best angle to approach the high jump, Mitt refuses to release his past race times, and Barack is singing the National Anthem while dreaming about making the 2016 olympic basketball team.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  40. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    When I am on my Facebook list with political friends or watching the news shows, fairly constantly. When I turn off the TV and computer, not so much. It does tend to enter into many conversations. I expect withdrawals in November.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  41. George in PA

    With all the media hype it's hard not to think about it every day. This sensory overload makes discovery of key points, like looking for the needle in the haystack.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  42. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Since Romney selected Paul Ryan, I think about it a lot more as I look to the future. Just had lunch with five other college graduate women, all registered Independents, and each one is alarmed at the thought of a Romney/Ryan presidency. We fear for Social Security and Medicare. We know they must be revamped and adjusted to survive but with a sharp knife and not a sledge hammer. We have all lost money in our 401K's, IRA's and stock investments thanks to the eight years of Bush and Cheney. The value of our homes have fallen. None of us have ever received unemployment benefits or food stamps. We have invested and saved funds for our retirement years so we could be independent and take care of ourselves. We have all worked long and hard, paid into Medicare and Social Security and expect these programs to be there to help us. We will not support Romney/Ryan. Our candidate – Barack Obama.!!

    August 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  43. Larry in Houston

    How often do you think about the presidential election?
    Answer : Only when the news media speaks about the election, or who's up, or who's down, according to the polls. My life, my family's lives, my friends lives, and all the people that I've had contact with all my life, their lives will not change, and have not changed, everytime there is a presidential election. Doesn't matter who's In or out – still have to pay taxes, and still have to work for a living.
    Vote – Democrat 2012 ( for the working middle class)

    August 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  44. John from Alabama

    Jack: Leadership is the difference from completing a mission or task, or failure. I think about the election a great deal, because good leadership is hard to find. There are a lot of politics going on in America, but there are few statesman who know how to lead. President Obama does not run from a problem, but rather he finds a solution. President George W. Bush believed in leaving problems for the next fellow. I believe President Obama has done an excellent job, and under his leadership America has prospered. It might be slow growth, but it is growth, and our nation is moving forward. In the final analysis, if your not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  45. Paul Austin Texas

    To much this time it is so radical from the right is is kinda scary Jack. If the if Richie Romney and Slash and run Ryan get in they will only cause more problems then we have now.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  46. Paul in NC

    I think about it every day and probably will even more now that Romney's personna du jour has become radical conservative. His choice of Ryan as a running mate may have energized the extreme right but it terrifies the rest of us. This election truly will be a referendum on our country's future. Do we want the country to continue to grow and prosper, to provide opportunity for all and to lead the free world? Or do we want to return to the 19th century? Romney has chosen the latter. Let's hope the American public is smarter than that.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  47. Linda from Kentucky

    I don't have to think about it at all, Jack. Nothing will stop me from voting Democrat across the board come election day. I imagine it's the same for most other Democrats, it's like a "quiet calm" of knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt who needs to win this election, so why waste your time thinking about it? Don't let the numbers fool you.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  48. bobz fr. pa

    with obama agenda of killing jobs through the epa and pres. orders we are losing our country so i watch the news every day to see what lies he has told today

    August 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  49. Gail, Plano TX.

    Jack: I think about the presidential election every day. We talk about it in our family each & every day. We are despondent about the possibility of a GOP win. We will vote for the President, and hope that the machinatiions of the GOP to suppress the vote will be foiled. The Republic has ceased to be a democracy. It is well on the road to an Oligarchy!

    August 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  50. Mark in Minnesota

    Jack - it’s not like I'm intentionally trying to think about the election - it’s more like a recurring nightmare that just won't go away. No matter how much I try to ignore it or avoid, it keeps creeping back into my sub consciousness. Where ever you turn, one is continually assaulted with pathetic lies, despicably misleading commercials, snarky ads, and stupid accusations. It’s enough to bring on bouts of nausea, convulsions, and shortness of breath. And all this from the people that we are counting on to lead our country. I'm sure this is instilling a lot of confidence in our allies throughout the world.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  51. Paulette, Dallas, PA

    I try hard Not to think about it Jack. I hang up on every political phone call, walk away during commericials and throw any of the mail propaganda away. I don't think it matters whoever is going to get in office. All of these politicans have made a total mess of Our Country and one that we may Not be able to correct.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  52. Ray in Knoxville

    I think about it a lot, Jack. I think about it every time I hear a Republican attack women's basic reproductive rights. I think about it every time I hear a Republican attack basic voting rights. I think about it every time I hear a Republican attack basic rights for gay and lesbians. Basically, I think about every time I hear a Republican open his or her mouth.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  53. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    I don't care how many polls you sight or what any of them mean Polling is a political tool that is being used to influence folks such as yourself and media outlets to waste time and fill airtime. The boots on the ground come election day will be in the voting booth and I can't say with certainty how many of those people were asked to respond to the polls you mention. I wish to co-opt a term for what I think is going on with all these polls and the biased reporting about results. Call it "dog whistle poll result reporting." How far have we come as a nation from "yellow journalism?"

    August 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  54. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    I don’t give it as much thought as I used to. I’ve voted since Truman and seen every President and Congress, Republican and Democrat, maintain our welfare state. It has provided for the very rich and for most of us, in the wealthiest socialist country on Earth.
    I wonder who can even think they can get elected and change our government financed society without a detailed plan that can replace what we repeatedly call, the greatest country in the world.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  55. Ethan in North Carolina

    I give the presidential election constant thought because this election is either going to make or break America ( if you can break it anymore).

    August 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  56. Gary

    Well Jack there are so many negative ads from both candidates that it looks for me that the one with the least negative ads gets my vote, so looks like Obama for sure to be the winner.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  57. PiedType

    I think about it as seldom as possible, Jack.. The entire process should have and could have been over 6 months ago.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  58. Mark in Washington, DC

    Every moment I'm not looking for a job.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  59. Adam

    Whenever I am filling up my gas tank and the pump won't let me put in more than $100. What fraud!?

    August 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  60. Bent Frederiksen

    I think more about the election, than sex. But then again, I ran out of Viagra as my health insurance will no longer cover it and has classified it as a preexisting condition

    August 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  61. Jackie. Henderson, NV

    Why, every time I turn on CNN, Jack.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  62. Stu

    Often, but as a single male, not as often as sex! Therefore, I think about the Presidential election less than every seven seconds.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  63. Jim

    I try not to think of it, what w/ the choices we have but Wolf keeps talking about it

    August 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  64. Louie

    As soon as an election ends its on to the next one. I guess my answer would be... often.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  65. Cliff in California

    Every time I hear an empty GOP talking point.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  66. Ron WPAFB

    Not nearly as much as you guys do, take a break, Jack!

    August 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  67. Peter C

    I think about the election everyday, sometimes more if people start talking about the state of the country. If you look at where we are headed, in the economy and unemployment, it's hard not to have the election on your mind.

    I just hope people take themselves to the polls. Our future and our children's depends on it.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  68. Steve

    What election?

    August 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  69. Gabriela Billini

    I don't know that more than an 90 minutes pass by and I'm not worried about something a candidate says, promised, shouted or argued more than 100 times. I've allowed politics to become embedded in my blood since around this time last year thanks to the debt ceiling. The slightest remark can bring me back to the elections, social issues and how worried I am about delivering the message to people so they could become aware. This fashion student has made a deal with the political devil. (Obama 2012!)

    August 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  70. D. Moffat

    Almost all the time... I worry about how the rights of women will change if R&R get in... I worry about the elderly... health care.... the middle class.... the children.... I WORRY ABOUT OUR COUNTRY!!! I am not a particularly religious person but I do believe in God, and every morning I look up to the heavens and pray for Him to Bless the President of United States of America and for the people of this country to wake-up!!! I can say this, if R&R get in, I'm getting out – getting out of this country.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  71. Gigi Oregon

    I check the the news daily, check out the Cafferty file for the attitude of the people and usually have a thought or two on the subjects. I'm a conservative born again Democrat since the Republican party choose Capitalism as their god.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  72. Mark R from New Paltz, NY

    Only whenever I turn on the TV, open up a newspaper, listen to the radio, check my Facebook, talk to my friends, see a bumper sticker, or do just about anything else. But only then.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  73. Caroline

    I think about the election a lot. I have never been scared to be an american, but right now im terrified. I am scared that the people of america will lose their voice in the government if romney is elected. I am scared as a woman, a voter, and a citizen.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  74. Bill Watson

    Lake Suzy, FL

    I think about the election every time I see an attack ad. I think about how much better it was when I didn't have TV.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  75. Patty C.

    I think about it every day , but I am not too worried. Looks like the President is in a good position .Democrats are not going to "turn out", we are going to mail our ballots in- it's easier.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  76. Jim

    Unfortunately every time I turn on the TV, I am forced by either one of the news shows or by a negative ad. Both sides need to get their act together and quite bashing the other side and give the voters something of substance.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  77. Paul Adams

    Dear Jack, I think about the presidential election about as often as Romney "flip-flops," and that's a lot. First he was against coal energy, now he's for it; first he was for gay rights, now he's against them. First he was ... Oh well, you get the idea. Romney will say anything to get elected.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  78. Tom in Scottsdale

    Jack;
    I think about this election all the time. We are at a crossroads in this country and the next 4 years will be critical for the future of our country. We cannot continue down the path of trillion dollar deficits and high unemployment. History has shown the democratic civilizations don't last much long than 200 years; they always disintergrate from within. Let's hope we are smart enough now to make the changes we need to stay the strong America that most of us love and want.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  79. JB Hill in Pleasanton, California

    It's unfortunate that our society is so consumed with the presidential position. We should be worrying about the guys in the house and senate seeing as they are the ones who determine where our country goes. We need to be thinking about how we are going to fix the corruption and replace those people with others who are going to help us move forward.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  80. Danny Nasr

    I am Obssessed with it Jack, I think about every hour almost. I am in the construction Business and we are dieing slowely. another 4 years like this I will be on wellfare.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  81. Grace Johansen

    I am 83 years old and I think of the Presidential Race every day! I can't imagine anyone taking Romney/Ryan seriously! I was a Republican most of my life, but after the party of "NO" prevented
    Obama's attempts at every turn I am now an Independent!

    August 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  82. Cathy from Anderson,SC

    Jack,, wouldn't it be nice if people with more credentials could run for president? After the press is finish with anyone, every deep dark secret has been revealed. As a result most people with integrity are no longer interested in running. We all have secrets and I for one do not want the WORLD knowing them. I am a political junkie so yes I keep up with it and have to pick between two opposites when I am in the middle. Oh well.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  83. Rodney Greene

    Rodney, Memphis, TN
    I think about it every day. A Republican takeover of the government will be an unmitigated disaster for the middle class which is already under siege.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  84. Russell S

    Both parties are spending mega – dollars to capture the 10% – 15% of independent voters that have purportedly not made up their mind yet. If you think about what that costs per vote, then thinking about the political process very much will make you nauseated. I play swing music from the 40s and turn the sound down on the TV, while I imagine they are talking about laundry detergent or deodorant.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  85. Joe Faber

    Everyday! Unfortunately, thanks to our TV media, we will probably be stuck with either a Corporate Excussionist or a racist wellfare queen. CNN and others absolutely WILL NOT cover anyone other than the Republican-Democratic party.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  86. Cee, La.

    A lot, but I also think about the comment Mitch Mcconnell made.........there primary objective was to make this president a one term.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  87. Yves, Potomac, MD

    Too much. The economy might be better if we could get back the time we spent listening to campaign ads and talking about the election. And, there are three more months of this.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  88. Mac from Florida

    I think about this election every time I turn on the TV, every time I see two children fighting, every time someone lies to me and every time I see a wall. At least I like "The Wall" by Pink Floyd.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  89. Susan - Laguna Hills

    I think about it all the time since we discovered what George W. Bush paired wth Dick Cheney lied to America about MDW in Iraq for the unfunded war, I realized how important it is to eliminating BAD POLITICIANS to DC. I have since then left Republican Party and joned Democrate..

    I also keep reminding people around me about paying attention to election and focus on Leadership Qualities of the candidates.

    Obama is the one I would vote for again.

    Susan – Laguna Hills

    August 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  90. Stephanie

    Most days..I keep hoping to see Romney has accepted the invitation to Freeport, Iowa and that Ryan has been left alone in a roomful of seniors in Florida.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  91. Kevin from Pennsylvania

    I think most people who watch CNN or any other cable news, thinks about the election a lot. The problem is the millions of Americans, who can't even name their own representative in congress, or know where they stand on most issues. These are the folks who complain about taxes, congress or the President but don't have a clue that the election happens on the first Tuesday of November. I just tell them it's in December, because they don't have any business voting anyway.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  92. Phil B

    I think about the election every day ... November can't get here soon enough! Obama has brought our country to the edge of a cliff and if re-elected will push us over said cliff.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  93. gizmo1125

    83 days to go Jack. Marking the days off my calender. Can't wait to get to the polls to help vote out BHO & his sidekick Biden!! They blew their chance. No budget in three years, added 5 trillion to the debt, millions unemployed, people still losing their homes, more people than ever on food stamps & welfare, gas & groceries sky high & climbing everyday. The B & the H & the O has to go!! We can't afford four more years of this nonsense!!

    August 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  94. Jim Mydlach

    One can't help but think about it all the time, but it is time to really think about the sniveling congress that has done absolutely NOTHING.Isn't it time to get rid of them all both Dems and Repubs, Let's get some real Americans that Love this country in there. This current crew thinks that they will squeak by as long as the other two are fighting it out.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  95. Charlie in Las Vegas, Nevada

    Being out of work i think about it alot. There are over 1100 electricians out of work at our union hall . Obama can't seem to get it done and yet Mitt is out right attacking orginized labor. I didn't spend years learning my craft and risk my life for $15.00 an hour. Who do i vote for even if i don't like Obama ?

    August 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  96. Gail in Atlanta

    I think about it several times a day and especially on Sunday at Mass where I pray for our country and for the election of Romney.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  97. Sandstone

    "Well being an Englishman living in Canada, all I can say is 'More often than I do about what happens here, or in England. Though I do take great interests in all elections throughout the world, my favorite being Kenya!"

    August 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  98. Larry

    As a teacher in an impoverished rural school in the Black Belt, I think about it every day. The bureaucracy created by No Child Left Behind has created chaotic classroom in which the average, hard working student will always be the last to have her needs met, in which paperwork, not educating, is job one, in which administrators are afraid to deal with the students who only attend school because that is where their 'customers' are. Now, as if the Republicans have not done enough to impede the poor and working classes, they want to cut Pell Grants and Head Start. Well, here is one eleventh generation American, middle-class, middle-aged, white, Christian man with a graduate degree who has had enough! I'm doing something that I haven't done in well over a decade; voting Democrat!

    August 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  99. Naima from New Jersey

    Mr. Cafferty, even though I am only 12 years old, I think about the election pretty much everyday now. It seems really scary for me knowing that voters pretty much choose their president based on who they assume will cause less damage to the economy. In contrast, my parents barely know anything about the election but I know they will vote for Obama by default assuming that all republicans side with bush.
    PS say hi to fareed zakaria for me PLEASE!!!!!

    August 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  100. Steve

    Jack, I think about the Presidential election every waking minute because I can not get away from it. Everytime I turn on the TV there is an attack ad by the Obama Campaign, everytime I turn on my computer there is an ad or unwanted e-mail from the Obama Campaign, and everytime I look at my IRA and see what has happened over the past 2-3 years . I am eagerly looking for November so I can vote for "Change in the Right Direction". I hope the American voters wake up and stop the give away programs and stop the spending before we are bankrupt too.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  101. DJ from Chicago, IL

    Everytime I turn on the T.V, or read a newspaper, or fill out a job application, or have to go to the VA Hospital, or have to feed my son, or have to pay for gas, or have to argue with the bank over my mothers mortgage!

    August 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  102. Jesse in Boston

    I think about it literally every hour. I think about how we in MA CAN AND SHOULD weaken Mitch McConnell's power in the Senate by NOT sending (R) Scott Brown back to the Senate. I like Scott Brown, I voted for him in the special election, but the right-wing Republicans in the Senate DOES NOT DESERVE, and WILL NOT get another Northeastern Moderate in the Legislature. Elizabeth Warren will win the Senate race in November!!!

    August 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  103. Denise in Florida

    I've thought about it so much that I am now out volunteering registering voters in Florida, new and updated registrations like address changes. I am finding that the closer we get to election day more folks are registering and updating their information. Interesting enough, I am also finding that most are already registered Democrats or Independents and many Independents changing to Democrat but no one switching to Republican. Says something about what is happening in my district in this swing state of Florida.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  104. Tracy in Atlanta

    I think about it every day thanks to TV, family and friends. This is a very importantelection but haven't all of them been? I am not sure what the definition of Rich is but I am thankful for the small and large business owners that take the chance to start a business, I have been fortunate to work for them!. 2 of my 3 children started a new business within the year and boy, I have learned a lot. You talk about hard, that is an understatement. I love this country but realize that change is inevitable to sustain.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  105. abdi

    Since Romney pick Paul Ryan

    August 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  106. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I don't think about the candidates as much as I think about the money that's being poured into the election at a time when the economy is suffering. I don't see how a candidate can talk about getting the economy back on track and yet millions are thrown at them. There's got to be some changes in campaign funding.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  107. Harry

    I think about this election every single day. I'm fearful about what may happen regarding the issues that are important to me, if Romney wins. I believe that while he is not perfect, President Obama has accomplished many incredible things during his first term. I have been active in following politics since I was 12yrs old in 1980 when I held a Carter/Mondale sign on the side of the street where I lived. I have never seen such anger and hatred towards a sitting President in my life.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  108. Yovanny Peña

    I think about it all the time. The republican philosophy of having the wealthiest Amaricans not pay their fair share and cutting the safety net for the less fortunate, it's not right and morally wrong. On the other hand, Obama stood for what many Amarina wanted, change, and it looks like Washington has changed him instead and onece again, we are here looking at a broken government. Politics and taxes will be the end of the USA.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  109. Joan in FL

    I think about it several times a day. I can't remember being so concerned about the future of our country. If Romney & Ryan win the middle class & those of us who hope to retire someday are in real trouble. The Bush policies got us in this mess & Romney will only take the middle class down further!

    August 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  110. Jacy Needles

    Far too much. It's in your face 24/7 . I worry that I'm loosing my cognitive thinking process, as there seems to be less and less interesting dialogue. I'd favor a few good debates.
    JC, CT.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  111. Name*Brandon, NC

    Every 4 years like the olymipics. Now policies, and quality of life under a certain administration is whats thought about through out until the next election.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  112. John in COS

    To often

    August 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  113. Kris in Michigan

    Everytime I see my Grandson I think about the election. Everytime I see my grandson I think of ignorant and selfish voters as well as disingenuous politicians. Will voters come to their senses and vote for officials who will address our national debt and out of control government spending. Truthfully, I think not. All I can do is hope and pray that there are enough other like minded voters that will keep fighting to elect those who will not pass our mess on to our grandchildren.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  114. Robert Krebs

    I have thought and am still waiting for Nov 6,ever since the health care reform act was passed,REMEMBER how they passed it in direct anti wishes of the public opinion–thats how much this election means to me–in case you are in doubt rommney gets my registered independant vote

    August 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  115. Alberta Wales (Alberta, Modesto, CA)

    I think the reason that more Republicans than Democrats are thinking about the election is that most Democrats already know they're voting for President Obama in November!

    August 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  116. the truth

    elections in the US? there like hitting your groin with a hammer.

    if they actually had substance it whould be different.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  117. Renee, Illinois

    You might as well ask how often do I think about this country going down the tubes, which is the likely outcome no matter who wins the election. The president doesn't run the country, the lobbyists and those with money took over a long time ago. America is finally starting to wake up to that fact. I think about it every day.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  118. Tasif from Vancouver Canada

    Every time I tuned to CNN I guess; you guys make me to. Don't wanna think much though: Election is not gonna change America. What do you think?

    Besides, there is no "Sarah" or "Palines", that means, I think, NO excitement?

    Anyway, Americans should elect Mr. Obama to stop Romney from repealing all 4 years back. Moving forward is better than the other. Can see what's ahead.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  119. Chagres Girl

    I think about the election most of the time. I feel strongly that President Obama should be reelected. Mitt Romney is very hypocritcal – he changes his positions for the moment – and tells outrageous lies about the POTUS. If elected, he and his cohorts will treat the U.S. like a Bain company, slashing and burning and not caring who gets hurt. The American people will find out the hard way if they elect him. Wait until he flip flops on Paul Ryan. Just a matter of time. Already denouncing his budget, Medicare, etc.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  120. Donaldo in ATL

    Too much for my own good. I must be a glutton for punishment....

    August 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  121. Jim

    Jack,

    As little as possible. I'm certain Obama will win so I'm not feeling much anxiety about the election. It occurs to me, though, that if I get a trick-or-treater this Halloween dressed as President Romney, that will likely win the prize for the scariest costume.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    August 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  122. Christian R

    All the time ...... the current president is the reason why I am losing my job. 31 August is my last day in the Navy and I still don't know the reason why I am being dismissed .... This is Unfair to me and 3000 sailors that are being dismissed for no reason . so yes I think about it all the time.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  123. Hillcrester

    I think about it several times a day–mostly wondering how large Obama's margin of victory will be and. When the rabid GOPhers will realize their ill-suited nominee whom most of them didn't want is going to lose.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  124. Larry in Houston

    How often do you think about the presidential election?
    To be perfectly honest – between the wars / the debt / corruption in government – I think about the election a lot.
    I think about the "what ifs" and "what if " the "other one" gets elected, instead ? Until our government does something about all the goods that is coming in from other countries, we're going to be headed to a 3rd world country. Unless we tax them, or put tariffs on the goods that are coming in, to the point that they will be forced to move back, and start producing goods here in this country, we will be in debt forever, because even when I hear that 400,000 jobs was "created" this month, or 300,000 was "created" last month, all that is irrelevant, compared to all the Jobs that has been lost (and went overseas) in the last 30 + years. we would need to have 400,000 or 300,000 Jobs month after month after month , for years and years.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  125. Dale N.M.

    Every election year I get this sick feeling in my stomach

    August 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  126. Mike in Chicago

    While I think about iit, will it matter?
    We still have the artifacts of both parties in Congress (the likes of Reid, Pelosi, McConnel, Boehner) who spew their rhetoric on how to move our nation forward yet have been mismanaging the government and our money for 30 plus years. The forefront of all their thinking is to maintain the lucrative career they have created by holding their congressional seat. Without term limits, whomever leads the executive branch gets to deal with our country's middle management that is tied to special interest, lobbyist influenced, and a short-term vision that ensures their next election cycle and lines their pockets.
    James Madison and Alexander Hamilton had it right: “The security intended to the general liberty consists in the frequent election and in the rotation of the members of Congress.”

    August 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  127. Brian D.

    I think people are not thinking about the election enough. We take the right to change the outcome of our nation's future for granted while citizens of other countries have no power in their governments at all.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  128. Mary in Alabama

    Only when I want to here people insult each

    August 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  129. Karen, Idaho

    I had 2 weeks of peace watching the Olympic Games–a group of spectacular young people striving to achieve. I wish it could go on until after the election, but, sadly, we are back to hours and hours of selfish, spiteful politicians. I try not to think about them at all, but will vote in November for the candidate who best represents the 99%–President Obama.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm |