March 25th, 2008
05:00 PM ET

American voters all ears?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The sleeping giant may be starting to wake up. All it took was: The illegal invasion of Iraq, which led to a war that's now in its sixth year. The destruction of our civil liberties in the name of the war on terror. The quadrupling of oil prices. And the early signs of a recession that could be as bad as anything we've seen in a long time. And suddenly, the American voter is all ears.

The evidence is in the record turnouts for this year's primaries, especially among Democrats. Young people are suddenly showing up to vote in numbers we've never seen before. And based on information from places like Arizona, it looks like this tidal wave of voters is only going to continue to swell right into November.

Politico reports Arizona says voter turnout could be as high as 80%. In 2004 voter turnout hit 61% nationwide – and that was the highest level since 1968.

It's about time. For the first time in our history, our worldwide reputation is shot and our standard of living is beginning to decline. One reason this has happened is we have allowed it to.

By not being proactive and participating in our democracy, the forces that would exploit it and ultimately destroy it have had a free rein. But these voter registration numbers are very encouraging because when Americans finally get up off their collective butts and decide to do something, it's a force that's simply unstoppable.

Here’s my question to you: What does it say about the importance of this election if voter turnout in November could be as high as 80% in some states?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tom from Boston writes:
Good God, almighty! We finally have something we can praise George Bush for: eliminating voter apathy and creating the largest voter turnout on record. Everyone wins, including poor Georgie, who finally gets something for his "legacy!"

Ifeanyi from Houston writes:
It says that the people have risen to the call for change. Win or lose, Obama has done something that he should be very proud of forever: His clarion call for change was heeded by groups that never considered voting important, and his superb organization has been galvanizing people to register and vote. This is novel and should be a blueprint for motivating Americans in all spheres. Above all, this is an indication that this may be the most important election of all times because it will produce the most supported president. I just hope that the bickering and side shows do not rub off on this innovation.

Keith from Irving, Texas writes:
It says John McBush is "toast."

Pamela from Maryland writes:
As cliché as it sounds, it means that there is the promise of hope lurking within the average voter. The economy is in the dumps, gas is at an all-time high, education is a bitter disappointment and the old fogies in Washington couldn't be more disconnected with the American public if they lived in another country. It's beyond time for change.

Anu writes:
It says that we Americans are finally pulling our heads out of where the sun don't shine and attempting to do something about the mess we've ended up in while we were busy listening to what Simon Cowell has to say.

Michael writes:
Where were all these people in 2004?

Brian from Sugar Land, Texas writes:
I expect some may even rise from the grave to vote in this election.

Filed under: 2008 Election • Voter Turnout
soundoff (399 Responses)
  1. Jean, Arizona

    It tells me that 80% of Americans are gravely concerned over the present condition of this nation and its future. The U.S. is no longer exercising leadership here at home or abroad. I worry for the future generations of Americans - they will never know the country that so many of us have known and loved.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  2. David Natchez,MS

    It says Louisiana voteing has gone national. To get that number to vote means electronic ballots have no safeguards. 80% wouldn't show up to get free money. If it reaches 55% turnout I would be amazed.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  3. annie

    It would say to me that Obama had alot to do with it as he is the person who inspired the young college kids to get out and vote. That's one of the reasons he is going to be President.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  4. Brian


    It says that it takes a really, really bad president to make people care about the future. George W. Bush's greatest success has been only to put partisan politics front and center in the United States, and now the GOP is harvesting the political fallout. I have a hint for you – the high turnout is not going to be for the Republicans.


    March 25, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  5. Brian

    Jack, it says that the American people are finally awake and boy are they mad. Not only are they mad they're not going to take it anymore. We've had an autocratic government for the past 8 years. Its time to put the government back in the hands of the people, not delegates, not super delegates, nor an electoral college. Lets elect leaders based on the people's vote and not the previously mentioned bought and paid for cronies of a two party system that was flawed from the beginning. Brian, in Fairfield Ohio

    March 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  6. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    It says Americans are looking at the past eight years saying enough is enough is enough.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  7. Efren

    A turnout as high as 80% means that the country is fed up with the current administration. And all the bickering between the Democrats will hand the election to John McCain. And the cycle continues....


    March 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  8. mikeytherhino

    It does not speak to the importance of the election. Every election is important. It says Americans are disturbed by the Direction the country is going in and want to help steer the ship of state back in the right direction. It Says Americans want real leadership, not the weak crap we've had for 7+ years. This is the hour of our discontent. High voter turnout says "WE'RE MAD AS HELL AND WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE"

    Mike, From Staten Island, New York

    March 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  9. thelma nashville tn.

    it means we need a new goverment an a new direction an no republicans an we are tired of the same old people doing the same old thing

    March 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  10. Paulette Dallas,PA

    It says the American people have had more than their fill of the selfish,greedy,Republicans and that we want them OUT!!

    March 25, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  11. Patricia

    It means 2 things: 1. We know better than to elect another Republican for President, or: 2. It means that McCain has succeeded in playing the fear card & we will have a "McBush" presidency in our future. I know I am going to vote the Democrat even if it is Hillary because I just can't stand another Republican President.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  12. Joe in DE

    It is good for democracy. When I was young I was gund ho , I went door to door urging evryone to vote whether they agreed with my canidate or not. Then I faced reality – a lot of the people who agreed with me did so for reasons that would have driven me to he other side. A high percentage is really only as good as the undrstanding of an informed electorate..

    March 25, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  13. Josh

    That we the people are tired of being ignored by the current regime in the White House and want change, accountability which is lacking and an end to George W. Bush war of vendetta against the people of Iraq for Saddam Hussian trying to kill Bush's daddy. We are just tired of incompetent Republicans casting their lot with the worst president in American history, tired of them blocking important legislation that could help a lot of people with their constant partisan games. I hope the people wake up and realize if they support John McCain, it's just more of same lies and nonsense we have endured under this "unelected regime". Vote Democrat this year. Sylvania Ohio

    March 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  14. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    It says that the people have risen to the call for change. Win or loose, Obama has done something that he should be very proud of forever. His clarion call for change was heeded by groups that never considered voting important, and his superb organization has been galvanizing people to register and vote. This is novel and should be a blue print for motivating Americans in all spheres. Above all, this is an indication that this may be the most important election of all times because it will produce the most supported president. I just hope that the bikerings and side shows do not rub off on this innovation.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  15. Chris Swansea, MA

    It says people are absolutely sick of the way things been run by the current crop of Bozos in washington in general and in the Whitehouse particularly

    March 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  16. Gene

    It says move over Billary, move over McBush
    A hope for a new direction the voters will push
    The economy is a mess, a hundred year war?
    Obama's, the candidate we've all been waiting for

    Jacksonville, Florida

    March 25, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  17. Dee Montclair New Jersey

    This is a critical election. The country is in bad shape on all fronts.
    We have to give credit to Obama for getting out the youth vote. I am 20 and this is the first time I have a chance to vote. I am so concerned that I will have trouble getting a good job, buying a house etc

    I am very interested in hearing what each candidate has to say but so far I am supporting Obama. I don't like the negative attacks lately and I am starting to tune out but i do plan to vote in Nov.
    For 2 months my room mates and i were glued to cable news to watch Obama and Clinton makes speeches but now all we hear are stupid pointless attacks that have nothing to do with their positions or solutions.
    Ever since the Clintons announced they were desperate and they were going to throw the kitchen sink at Obama this has gone down hill.
    I loved Obama's speech on race and hi speech on the war. I think he is the best person to be our new leader.

    I hope all the candidates can stop all this trash talk and go back to talking about what matters for the people. I think Bill Clinton should get out of the picture ,he is the main instigator here!!
    The media needs to step up here and give us news that matters and stop with the supporters and preachers, they are not running for Pres Hillary , Barrack and McCain are .

    March 25, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  18. Ron Richmond, VA

    It suddenly seems fashionable to be a "Voter"! Well, to say you are one. We'll see in November. But, it is without a doubt, the American people have had enough of Bush. Not enough to march on Washington and demand impeachment for the criminal, but enough for a few keystrokes.

    There will probably be a large turnout in November, and then, maybe not. The News Media just doesn't seem to have a grasp of how bad these gas prices are really affecting people. It was bad enough gas was high but the way it drives up prices of food and everything else, we've only seen the beginning of this nightmare!

    History here and elsewhere does have some insight. People will only take so much! When government stops listening to the people, the people will act. I'm not holding my breath for better days, the total incompetence of the Bush Administration and then Pelosi taking Impeachment off the table has only snowballed the problem.

    Our Government is killing us. How long till we've had enough, Jack? You see, Jack, no matter how big the turnout, we're still voting for the lesser of three evils! extreme Liberal in Obama, or Hillary who is in the Center politically? McCain hasn't got a chance!

    March 25, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  19. April in texas

    Well it means more are getting involved in politics and are hoping our votes make a difference. Most americans are tired of the same old stuff and we are working harder and getting less.

    Austin Texas
    Obama 08

    March 25, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  20. Marilyn, Powell Ohio

    It means Americans are hurting and they want someone to fix the mess we are in. We can't afford gas, our home values are plummeting, groceries are going up, health care costs are out of sight, etc. However, it REALLY says Americans are divided and, Jack, I'll bet you dinner that Clinton supporters won't vote for Obama and vice versa so maybe the GOP gets their way, again. Doesn't matter though because the next four years will be rougher that the last seven. Bush and Company did exactly what they set out to do: line the pockets of their buddies!

    March 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  21. James S. Lenon - TN

    It speaks poorly of us. Many third world countries, including Iraq, have a higher voter turnout. We're too busy watching no-talent celebrities self destruct, betting illegally on college and professional athletes, and ignoring the real heroes of the current generations.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  22. Mia OKLAHOMA

    I have been voting for 50 years and think this is the most important one since the US situation is at its worst. However, I might have a problem-whether to vote for the war monger (McCain) or the hate monger (Obama). He certainly is not a uniter of people.

    Just hope that Senator Hillary Clinton's name is on the ballot.

    With three hundred million citizens here, just wish there was A CANDIDATE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  23. Rosalynd

    You better believe the voters are all ears. A lot is at stake in this election. With an unpopular war, a bad economy, and the fact that the USA's reputation stinks around the world, somethings got to give. We bank roll this government with taxes and want our voice back!


    March 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  24. Jona Falencki

    I think this question is also related to the Beijing Olympics question Jack: Clearly Americans need to feel pain before they will act to change the political system. I believe that it also says that younger voters are sick and tired of being able to give a speech more eloquently than our president, it is just sad.

    Jona Falencki
    Burlington, Vermont

    March 25, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  25. Texas Independent Ft Worth Tx

    That would mean CHANGE....that would mean OBAMA will be president.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  26. Amy in Woodstock, NY

    It would mean that the "sleeping giant" is actually the American voters. It would mean we have finally waken up from the slumber of apathy. It is time to elect a candidate who is not indebted to lobbyists and special interest so that we can take our government back. Politicians are supposed to represent the people.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  27. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    It indicates that America is ready for "change." America is suffering from a dissatisfaction with a self- felt void or need; an urge to change....to fill the void or need and a dedication to the process of growth and change and the willful act of making the change do something other than the status quo..

    March 25, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  28. Nuwan Sam

    It means that a lot of people are suffering and they need relief.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    March 25, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  29. George Wilson

    Not a chance unless Clinton, and Obama have been overthrown, and a new candidate emerges. The way it is now, either way the nomination pans out, the other side will stay home, or put their fortunes into electing more Democrat senators, and representatives, and that might just draw a larger croud then expected.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  30. James in Cape Coral, FL

    It say's that American's are more concerned than at any other time in our countries history about the direction George Bush and the republicans have taken us. The younger generation has woken up and we will settle for nothing less than a complete 180. More importantly it show's how good Obama is at getting people to come together and stand as one rather than be divided by disagreement. No candidate in history has ever pulled in as many people to a campaign rally as Obama and that say it all.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  31. roger dowdle lockhart, tx

    Given the tremendous number of new voters and the participation of independants in the dem. primary, an 80% turnout would mean that Obama would swamp McCain. If Clinton got the nomination, it would mean that a huge number of registered or those who voted dem in the primary would switch to the rep. candidate in protest. Think about it, which candidate should be credited with bringing out first time voters and getting the to register and participate!!! OBAMA!!!

    March 25, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  32. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, I hope that after years, of voter apathy, it means Americans are finally paying attention, to the damage our pandering and feckless congress has done, to our nation and our economy. I hope voters have enough sense, to follow through, by throwing the bums out and refusing, to vote, for any incumbant candidated.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  33. Jed from Chico, CA

    Won't happen. Will not happen. I will eat my hat if it does. We'll be lucky if half of the Americans who are qualified to vote do so. It especially will not happen if Obama, after inspiring a new generation of voters and garnishing a substantial delegate lead is not at the top of a Democratic ticket.

    Either way there are going to be a lot of people: conservatives, liberals and moderates who will stay home on November 4th simply because their candidate isn't on the ticket. It doesn't matter that there are two wars in the Middle East, serious economic woes at home and abroad, a tarnished US image abroad and a very real threat of people who want to hurt us as much as possible. People will care more this year about who isn't there than abou the people who are there and what they stand for. Eighty percent? That's just plain laughable.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  34. John in San Diego

    Jack, all the credit goes to Obama. Isn't it great to finally see a presidential candidate who can kindle the voters' imagination.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  35. Mark - Asheville, NC

    It says that you are in a fantasy world even asking such a question. By November, voters will be so sick of the whole thing (which started a YEAR ago!) that it might be the lowest turnout on record.

    If the choice is indeed between McCain and Obama many millions wil not vote for president at all, myself included (for the first time since I first voted in 1972). Why would anyone want either of them? The economy will likely be THE issue in November, and neither of them has exactly demonstrated any authority in that subject. Hillary as president would have the benefit of advice from her husband, who presided over an outstanding economic recovery in the 90s, but, oh no, we musn't have her – the media have told us to not even think about that!

    March 25, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  36. Melanie, Lake Wales, FL

    It's very simple : it means the other 20% are the ones who agree with George Bush's current administration.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  37. Leah J, Corona CA

    Every election IS important! This election is more important than most because our entire way of life is at stake. Economy faltering, homes being lost, war being waged, porous borders, jobs going overseas, education, and health care costs JUST to name a few. If the next 4 years do not put us "back on the path" it may be time to throw all of D.C. out of office and START OVER!

    March 25, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  38. robert from nc

    Jack, This country is so hungry for change I expect the turn out to set a record which will last for decades. The politics of personal destruction and partisan politics need to end right now...whether you're a Democrat or Republican it does not matter...The American people are going to change things in Nov.08.

    God Bless America...Change you can believe in!

    March 25, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  39. Rocky

    Chicopee, Mass.

    Isn't going to happen. If Obama's NOT the nominee, all those voters who are his fans will stay home. If he IS, they'll be the presumption that he's going to win big anyway, and voters in places like Florida will be upset.

    This is the greatest primary contest in my long lifetime, based as much on race and gender considerations as anything else. The general election will be anothe exercise in apathy.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  40. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Isn't it wonderful that his could happen!! 80% would go down in
    It tells me that voters are listening, concerned and scared.
    Our country is in a terrible mess in every aspect. People are
    worried about their childrens, grandchildrens, great
    grandchildrens survival of the burdens that have been placed
    on their shoulders, ie, national debt, the economy, skyrocketing
    costs for health care, education etc and world unrest.
    It tells me voters realize how important their vote is for
    Thank You for giving the viewers the opportunities to comment.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  41. Tracie Andrews

    It says quite clearly that the American voters want change in the way the United States is being goverened. I hope that all of the states will be able to handle the increase by November.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  42. barbara Actisdano

    Jack, If this Country has 80% turn out in Nov. It says, people are wanting CHANGE-–CHANGE– and it would be great and OBAMA will get in HILLERY does not repersent Change at all, she will not bring our TROOPS home! She has never been poor like OBAMA ! McCAIN also has never had to want for material things growing up, I give him get courage for what he went thur, but he was not alone, others survived also, Thank God!
    I think the Dems. are already in dire trouble with not letting Fl. and Michigan vote as when I went to vote in Jan. I was turned away and told "IF YOU ARE VOTEING DEM., YOU CAN VOTE AT THIS TIME!" I was quite angry, but the DEM. made this rule so they are to blame!
    barb from FLORIDA!

    March 25, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  43. Nicki

    It means they want to celebrate W's departure. After being ignored for seven years, they think they finally have a say in their future.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  44. Terry from Calif


    Where are the other 20%? Shame on the 20% for not getting involved, especially inlight of the current issues occuring and facing our nation.

    There is no excuse not to vote this November and there are two many important issues; the war, health care, education, and our global image, which has been tarnished by George Bush.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  45. Gigi in Alabama

    Maybe it means the American people are coming to the realization that if you don't vote you have no right to complain about the outcome.

    It is not just our right or priviledge, it is our obligation as citizens.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  46. Jerry


    Silly you, 100 Million votes won't count because 528 Electoral Voters,
    who nobody knows, will elect a new President.

    Roselle, Illinois

    March 25, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  47. Bruce, Salem Or

    It merely proves that W need not worry further about what his legacy will be..... He has surely driven American voters to re-engage and Barack hasn't hurt that effort either..


    March 25, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  48. Brian - Trinidad

    Does it matter whether you have 1 fool on your side or 5000?Isn't this the same electorate that voted for Bush twice?What makes you think they are any smarter to evaluate the current candidates?

    March 25, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  49. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    Jack the old saying goes you've got no right to***complain if you didn't vote. After eight years of incompetance and dishonesty and arrogance at the hands of George cheney and Dick bush er ah well you know who I mean, The voters in this country are ready to post their complaint at the ballot box and reserve their right to complain about the next administration too. If there is a legacy for this evil bunch to grasp ahold of it's that the citizens of this country are paying attention now and as the rock band "the who" put it so eloquently. WE WON'T BE FOOLED AGAIN!

    March 25, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  50. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    It tells me that, through all the bickering and backstabbing among the candidates, the democratic process is actually working. For the first time in my lifetime, everyone is tuned into the process, good or bad.
    If that's not democracy, then I don't know what is.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  51. Les Young

    Jack it means the Republican have got us into war which there is no end. They have over a period four administration broke the country. It start with deregulation beginning with Regan, Regan said he cut taxes that a joke he revised the tax code and actual raised Taxes. But he was a big spender like Bush under Regan we went from owing no foreign country's to a debt er nation. Next came Herbert Walker Bush he increased the homeless in our nation. Then came George W. Bush he help make all of us homeless.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  52. Will K. San Jose, CA

    It says that 4000 dead, $4 gas, and losing your house in a bad loan still isn't enough to get at least 20% of our population out to vote.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  53. Albert, Los Angeles, CA

    Unfortunately, it wouldn't mean that America is voting for change, because a good half of us will still vote to protect the incumbent party, and only the other half will really want change. So once again we will be at odds against one another, and only because this administration has succeeded in polarizing this country like never before. We'll just have to wait and see the outcome of the election to know what 80% turnout really means.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  54. earl illingsworth

    This election is no more important than those in the past! Still antiquated voting machine dominate most ,or all precincts (Was/Were a problem in 2000,Now/Still a problem in 2008!) in the country? Don't mean to sound cynnical, but 80% voter turnout when "Pig's Fly", and if you bag one ,cut off an ear for me! Sincerly the Neo-Dem?

    March 25, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  55. AndyZ

    To me it means that the great majority of "we the people," are not happy with the machinations of either Bush or the NeoCons. We the people want our country back. We do not want any one borrowing from the Chinese. We the people do not want a national debt that makes us the largest debtor nation in the world. We the people do not want to pay billions to rebuild the worlds finest military and its equipment. Folks, I've learned my lesson! If you do not vote then you get the government you deserve.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  56. Ronnelle, Gregory, TX

    That would be fantastic. It means a lot of young people were motivated to go out and vote. There is no way 80% voter turnout will happen without the young person's vote. God Bless Our Future!!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  57. Phil

    It means, 80% of those states does not agree with Bush and Cheney and want change.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  58. Weldon

    I think it would suggest that the American population is finally fed up with the present Government. Don't you think that is a pretty good indication Jack??

    March 25, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  59. James

    An 80% turnout would mean, people are beginning to pay attention to Politics.
    People also needs to pay attention to AIPAC and JINSA.

    James in North Carolina

    March 25, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  60. Cookie South Dakota

    It means the American people want their country back and we will vote to take it back from the Washington Bozos.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  61. Richard Sternagel

    It tells me that Americans have awaken from their apathy! They are now seeing an exciting candidate in Barack Obama and they want to be part of the action!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  62. Lori from Battle Creek, MI

    Jack I think is says that people don't want 4 more years of a Republican President. It also shows how well Obama's campaign has done to unite people and getting them to register to vote.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  63. Tonya in Atlanta, GA

    I think it points to two factors: First, people realize how much the country has declined and are clamoring for an opportunity to take part in setting things right. Second, there is a single candidate who is bringing out scores of voters who previously had no interest in the process or considered it a case of voting for the lesser of two evils. Give people a bad current president and the opportunity to vote for the type of candidate that only comes along once in a few generations and the result is record voter turnout.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  64. James D (Cary, NC)

    People have seen the price of being apathetic about government. The question remains whether they will throw their support behind the candidate they beleive in, or one who is simply "electable".

    March 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  65. Keith from Irving, Texas

    It says John McBush is "toast."

    March 25, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  66. Howard

    That the American people filly realize that are government is not a democracy but a republic and you need to elect good men to represent not only your district in both the state and federal level but lead the nation.

    Joshua Tree

    March 25, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  67. Tara Texas

    It says a lot of people without jobs have nothing better to do then vote. Look, there is no magic bullet to kill these evil problems hurting the economy nor is there any quick solution to the war. These candidates can claim change and hope and anything else they want to claim. It won't change much and not anytime soon. The government is not the answer to peoples problems. People need to curb bad habits and start thinking smarter. We are a wasteful society and we spend more then we have on the hopes we can pay for it. The high gasoline prices are more then an omen of things to come. As the world population grows the demand for oil grows with it. That drives prices up. If we do not change our habits and modify our behavior ourselves we will continue to get poorer. Anything the government does will be with OUR tax dollars not theirs. There is no quick fix and anyone that thinks there is only needs to look in a mirror to see what a fool looks like.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  68. Cindy

    The energizing of this election was purely Obama's doing. There was once, a zillion Republicans running, and a zillion Democrats running. Obama wasn't even on the radar. Obama really did rise out of the crowd, like a rockstar. Doesn't matter if people see that as good or bad, it is what it is.

    At this point it should be Obama vs McCain, if not for Clinton's stubborness. Obama continues to register new voters. Clinton is doing the same, only because she knows she needs to keep up with Obama. But if it wasn't for him, she wouldn't be doing it.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  69. tim from Ravenna, OH

    It means absolutely nothing if every person in America votes because so many of them are either un- or il- informed. As long as people go to the polls with the intent to vote for someone based on their color, personality, looks, what they heard from some media personality, or any other reason than the issues it won't matter. Only an educated, well-informed electorate that understands the issues and researches candidates solutions will make a difference. Persons can be intelligent, but people are generally sheep and are willing to follow pipers like you and Rush right off the cliff.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  70. lance


    It says that when it the enconomy is this bad and your friends, family and company feel the pain deeply, Americans will wait hours for CHANGE!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  71. Richard, Washington State

    What does it say about the importance of this election if voter turnout in November could be as high as 80% in some states?

    It says that people want to be "the people, in we the people" and not be led by some special interest, but be represented by those we elect.

    Smaller Federal Government!
    More control by states!
    Less interference by Feds and taxation!
    More focus on local projects!
    Think globally vote locally!
    Elect people who represent us!
    Remove from office people that represent special interests!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  72. Terry in Hanover, VA

    It means the registrars everywhere better have enough ballots ready. No excuses. In spite of the fact that the media reported record voter turn out everywhere else, when it came to the Virginia primary, a handful of registrars didn't pay attention and didn't have enough ballots. Many citizens were denied the right to vote or had their votes tossed out because their votes were written on scrap paper. The winds of change are blowing hot and angry this election season. Better to have extra, unused ballots post election than to go backwards to the days when a select few denied many their rights to vote.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  73. Frank

    Unfortunately, it still says that 1-in-5 would be voters aren't paying attention. We see how important an demoracy is when people proudly hold up an ink-stained finger or, as in South Africa, stand in line for days to vote. To the 20% who wouldn't be voting, please quit b*%#(ing about the problem when you aren't willing to be part of the solution.
    Connellsville, PA

    March 25, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  74. Howard Falice from Philly

    It says that Americans are tired of forclosure housing problems, weak economic problems, insane gas prices, and a war that the republicans would like to wage for the next 50 to 100 years in Iraq. Plain and simple Americans want a change in the way our government functions, Americans want their country back, because it seems the only way we are going to correct these problems is to do it ourselves with the people we put in office.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  75. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    I worked for a time taking political surveys over the phone. The girl sitting next to me said: "We shouldn't be asking these people these questions. They don't have a clue!"
    I said: "Right. And these are the same people that are going into that booth to vote."
    Her jaw dropped and she said: "Oh my God! We're in trouble!"
    I just smiled and nodded.
    I see nothing different eight years later.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  76. michelle

    It tells me that Obama has tapped into the psyche of the electorate. But the enthusiasm we see today, could easily shift into malaise and cynicism if the current campaign continues down this path of personal destruction. The scorched earth, kitchen sink strategy may have consequences it never intended!


    March 25, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  77. Terry from North Carolina

    There are so many issues that George Bush has created that need to be resolved the voters are more involved now more than ever before they want to make sure the right person gets the big chair so we can get away from being called a third world nation.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  78. Mike, Dillingham Alaska

    It will take very little for certain tough talking, supposed champions of civil rights and democracy to boycott the Beijing Olympics. Doing so will be much easier for politicians than actually achieving something difficult and positive like standing up to the global corporate fascists, ending America's neo-imperialistic attempts to conquer the Middle East, or stopping Clinton and Obama from destroying the Democratic Party with all of their childish, dirty innuendos and other slime ball Republican tactics.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  79. Linda from Houston, Texas

    If voter turnout in November get as high as 80% in some states, it will speak loud and clear that we have a democracy! That is, if it is not corrupted by the Rush Limbaugh's of the world. I heard that over 14,000 voters are under investigation for voter fraud because they decided to corrupt our election system by voting on both sides, which was suggested by Rush Limbaugh. I hope Rush is thrown in jail for voter fraud himself for his contempt of our country. And he has the nerve to call himself a patriot.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  80. Alice Fried

    Finally there's a candidate who actually understands that our greatest and most valuable natural resource is our young and he's engaged them the way no other has. No one speaks about Barack Obama's young people's grass roots campaign. It's phoenominal. I, for one, would love to see a woman president. It is my hope that she's out there stomping for Obama paving the way for her time. Right now, it's his. I'd hate to see our young people and their energy disposed of because of closed minds, hatefulness, and the mean-spiritedness of women voters unwilling to wait for a female Barack. Give our youth the chance to organize their future. Isn't that our greatest hope?

    March 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  81. Dan in Goodyear, Arizona

    Hey Jack I live in Arizona ! Actually I will be one of the people in the statistics of young voters being that I turn 18 in May. It is good to see that people are actually voting for once and my home state is one of those places people are voting in. It is obvious why people are voting. This is the most interesting election in years. The candidates in the 2008 election are the ones people actually want to see as President. Also I am not suprised that there are more voters coming out of Arizona being that John McCain is our hometown man.

    Goodyear, Arizona

    March 25, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  82. Chris (Jamaica)

    This is what it looks like from the outside. The problem now is that people are listenig, but too many seem to be listening to the wrong things. Now we see have everyone making this electon about race, lies and deception. Name calling and bickering over things that have no relation to the real issues, is now the center of America's attention. What people should be trying to figure out is who will be the best person to repair the seemingly insurmountable damages left by the Bush administration. Are people looking to just change the name of the president and stick to the same old politics, or are they trying to make their votes count in making an absolute change in Washington? Unless people wake up and face reality and leave politics to politicians and start focusing on the issues, then we will be talking about the same things come next election. Remember we are now living in a global community and we have to realize that no nation can stand on its own. America needs a leader who will approach foreign policy with a new perspective rather than the old way of trying to bully everyone else. Obama is that person and its now or never people. WAKE UP!!!!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  83. Don in Buda, TX

    Jack to quote a famous movie line: 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it:" That's what the high voter turn out says.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  84. Major Jerry Saint Clair Shores Michigan

    All ears? The problem is they dont seem to be collectively connected to the "Brain". We seem to be listening...but we do not seem to be learning. That Rev Wright thing is a perfect example. This kind of rhetoric should be sending chills thru the Black community... not endorsements. What type of seminary schools do these pastors attend ? It sure aint Presbyterian! What are those Musilim schools called that preach hate? Tell me whats the difference.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  85. sarah, indiana

    It says that we the people are tired of the do nothing congress that holds silly hearings about baseball while gas prices surge into the realm of unaffordable. We the people are fed up with the bickering and one upmanship that have led to political gridlock. We the people are furious about our lives and liberties being treated with contempt by a bumbling and possibly psychotic president. We the people intend to make sure this ends as soon as possible by reminding the yahoos in D.C. that we the people are the ones who put these people in office and we the people can make them go away.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  86. Sharon, Indiana

    The huge turnouts are indicative of how bad things are for average Americans. We are hurting, and we know things can not keep on going as they are.

    I just wish we had a free and impartial media that wasn't bought and paid for by corporate America, that would give voters the facts without twisting them to suit their own purposes.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  87. Harry

    It is hard to determine the motivation for the huge registration and potential turnout.

    Part of me wishes to say that americans are wanting to take back their country and restore it to it's previous glory.

    But, after reading the comments on this board, it would appear that a lot of people want to have somebody to blame for their financial predicament and/or want someone else to bail them out of a jam they created for themselves.

    I always heard that acknowleding the problem was 50% of getting it fixed. Evidently, we as a nation are NOT half way there, yet, as we still think it is "someone elses fault"!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  88. Angela

    Let the Canadians vote and you would have an even higher turnout!!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  89. Griffin, San Antonio, TX

    Dear Jack,

    What is important is that a high turnout rate means that more people believe in the democratic process and hope to change who is in charge of their government. There is too much bickering in local, state, and federal politics over trivial issues while the major topics that affect EVERYONE aren't spoken of and sidelined until the next election cycle comes around.

    I just hope people will pay attention to their local, state, and federal candidates, and that voters not vote against the person they hate the most, but for the person they think is best suited for the job.

    SA, TX

    March 25, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  90. Bob - Denver, CO


    The single cause of the increase in voter turnout is George W. Bush. Finally Bush has managed to deliver on his promise of being the great uniter. He has united the country against him and his policies and that will result in a massive increase in voter turnout this November.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  91. Amnesty is Treason

    it means that people are sick of the corruption and want the "CONSTITUTION" restored as the key stone to the republic!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  92. Erin in Battle Creek

    Jack, it's more than the war or the economy. For the first time in history Americans (other than white males) see themselves in the candidates. Those who led the Women's movement in the 60s and 70s see Hilary as the culmination of their efforts; Obama's presidency would profoundly change our perception of race in this country. And just when you hear the National Anthem being hummed in the background, let us not forget that the most corrupt administration in out collective lifetime has taught us all theimportance of just one vote!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  93. Brian G, Sugar Land, Texas

    I expect some may even rise from the grave to vote in this election.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  94. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Fianally, people are waking up to the reality that if we don't get involved we will enjoy another four years of an ill fated war and more tax cuts to the rich let alone Social Security in the pit. It would be wonderful. It has been my privlege to vote in 9 Presidential elections and this may the most important one of all. I hope all people start taking it seriously.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  95. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    Good God almighty! We finally have something we can praise George Bush for – eliminating voter apathy and creating the largest voter turnout on record. Everyone wins - including poor Georgie, who finally gets something for his "legacy!"

    March 25, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  96. Robert W. Brooks

    Jack, The huge turnout youv'e seen by Democrats, 2 to 1 compared to the Republicans, has been the result of Americans wanting a change from the arrogance and contempt of the Bush Administration. Now that Hilary and Obama are on a collision course that could destroy the Democratic Party, Al Gore may be the country's only hope.

    Forest, Virginia

    March 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  97. Dave in Astoria

    Jack I think it means that the American public will accept an inept leader, a damaged foreign image, an illegal war, and a dis-functional government for eight years BUT, money out of the average citizens' pockets along with the inability to drive their "dream" down to the local Wal-Mart tells John Q. Public that something might be wrong.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  98. Rich from Queens, NY

    I hope that 80% percent of us make the right choice. It was embarrassing enough that half of us in 2004 voted for Bush making us the laughingstock of the world press. You can't fool all of the people all of the time!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  99. BJ Smith

    It would mean an awful lot of people are really sorry they voted for Bush.

    We would finally know where all the outrage is!

    BJ Smith in Seminole

    March 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  100. Bruce St Paul MN

    It means that we are a civilized country and we will use our votes instead of pitchforks and torches. The arrogant self-serving reign of King Louis XVI ended at the guillotine. The arrogant self-serving reign of King George II will end on CNN at about 8 PM on the first Tuesday in November.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  101. Mischelle from Illinois

    It says to me, that citizens are tired of the contest being over before it is really over. It says to me that the record number of voters turning out in the later primaries means that citizens FINALLY feel that their vote will be significant, instead of letting the EARLY primaries make the decission and then the rest of the contests being expected to RUBBER STAMP that decission. It says to me that we despirately need ELECTION reform in our country so that their are not cases of disenfranchisement, like FLORIDA and MICHIGAN. It says to me, Jack, that the media should STOP attempting to influence, control, or determine the results of ANY election before it is COMPLETED.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  102. Ray

    Hey Jack,
    If Rambo steals this nomination from Obama it will be a record turnout in 08! Unfortunately Mr. Bomb Iran will reap the rewards!
    It would be a real shame if the Clinton's ego would cost the dem's the election just so she could try again in 2012.


    March 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  103. sandy in Ohio

    Jack, I hope it means the voters are really listening and will vote for change. I've voted in every election since I was twenty-one and I'm sixty-three now, I've always wondered why people didn't exercise this right. Lack of voter turn-out has given us George Bush and yes even Bill Clinton. It wold be refreshing to see the next President elected by the real will of the people or at least more of them than have voted in the last few elections.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  104. Ralph from NY

    Jack, it means tha th voters want to have their say in booting out our current administration and replacing it with one that listens to us.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  105. Chris C. Benton AR

    It says that this could be the most important election of our lives, and only being 17, I wont get to vote in it...kinda bums me out..

    Obama 08?

    as if I counted...

    March 25, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  106. Chryssa

    If by "all ears" you mean for Obama, then yeah, count me in!

    Boise, Idaho

    March 25, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  107. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    This is just something that you media types have thought up to fill your time. The American people don't think or care about anything except themselves and American Idol.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  108. brenda v. long beach calif

    It shows that we are taking our country back! Everyone is so fed up with the Bush adminiistration that people have decided that enough is enough. This is the only good thing that Bush has accomplished in his 8 sorry years. This will be his big contribution to the history books!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  109. Ralph from NY

    Jack, it means that the voters want to have their say in booting out our current administration which ignores our needs at home while miring us in unnecessary wars overseas, and replacing it with one that listens to and acts on what is truly important right here.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  110. Red Dog from ND but now in Floida

    bush/cheney, made me give up all hope. Barak, has given me hope again. billary and mcush scare me as two who would keep the same old same old. I say that 80% is not unreasonable. 60% percent will want change while the other twenty percent will want the same old same old of billary and mcbush.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  111. Vinnie Vino

    It means the people of this country want a Government of the people and BY THE PEOPLE, NOT A FEW JUDGES...

    C.I., New York

    March 25, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  112. sandra

    dear Jack: it says the american people have had enough and they are in revolutionary mode. better watch out Jack, the media will probably be next. the american press dropped the ball covering the iraq war and the events leading up to it. people haven't forgotten and they feel as betrayed by their so-called free press as they do by their president.


    March 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  113. Al, Lawrence KS

    I will be a great day when voting hits 80%...but we still have 8 months to screw it up.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  114. Marrissa in Burlington, NC

    I SAY ITS ABOUT TIME!!! Think of all we, as a country, could have avoided and accomplished in the last 8 years if the country wasn't a bunch of sleepwalkers and complainers! Its time to make the election process actually be about the collective voices of the people. If enough of us speak now and refuse to sleep on decisions being made without our input, there won't be a Florida (2000) or Ohio (2004) to complain about!

    Burlington, NC

    March 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  115. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    Uncle Sam wants you! That was the slogan in WWI and WWII. Now we are in a war bigger than the big one. This war is our survival as a Nation, a Super Power. Yes the alarm has sounded and Americans are becoming a nation of voters. They are ready to take back their country from those who are doing us harm either out of ignorance, arrogance, or some other form of "ance".

    March 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  116. J W

    It mostly means that people are worried. Who wins the election does not change the fact that we are ten trillion in debt, spend a trillion a year in deficit, have an ongoing war with the wrong enemy, have a weakened defense posture, have a huge number of people about to qualify for entitlements, have a broken economy, no energy policy, a fractured government and a tanking currency destined to inflate to cover upcoming obligations. Who wins may influence the wisdom with which these problems are confronted, but we will confront them one way or the other, no matter who gets bragging rights to the office.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  117. Baby Boomer of Michigan

    It means that people realize what a bad President or a bad Vice President with a "So What" attitude can do. For the first time, people are realizing the importance of their vote. It will take years to overcome the bad effects of the Bush Presidency. The next President will have to be very good at "Change".

    March 25, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  118. Tina

    It means that people are finally waking up and realizing they were hoodwinked with all the things Bush has done and now know they had the wool pulled over their eyes.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  119. Jim - Orland Hills, IL

    It means we finally found something that Bush can do right: motivate Americans to vote and vote carefully.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  120. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Despite what the polls may say right now, it just illustrates how sick this country is of Republicans, especially George Bush and Dick Cheney. They have just about ruined this country and many young lives have been lost or changed forever because of their Iraq War disaster. They stole the Election of 2000 and have lied to and cheated the American people for almost 8 years now. I look forward to the day when they are history. I was especially appalled at Cheney's sarcastic and uncaring comments in his interview with ABC News–he obviously doesn't care what Americans think and doesn't appreciate the sacrifice of our troops.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  121. Greg from Mechanicsburg, PA

    Voter turnout may be much lower than you think, Jack. Florida and Michigan Democrats may boycott the election if there is no resolution of their delegates. If Clinton keeps poisoning the water or Obama has more cooks in the closet many would-be voters will be turned off. There may already be factions that are so against either candidate that they won't vote or may vote for McCain instead. And then there are the McCain supporters who may have "senior moments" and forget about the election all together.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  122. carolyn

    It means Obama is turning out the people who are sick of the Clintons and want a change.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  123. Mark McFann Kansas

    Jack: As a construction worker out of work i decided to apply for an opening as a brain surgeon but on the first schelduled surgery the attending surgeon figured out my resume was inacurate needless to say i lost my higher paying job which icant understand as i told them that i had only misspoke about my credentials they called it a lie. I dont understand misspoke/lied which is it .Americans with 5th grade education know an outright lie vs a mispoken statement especially when it is repeated on several occasions. The only thing the democrats have to do in november is put anyone on the ballot as the republican party doesn"thave any hope at least untill the next generation turns 18 and can vote. The name BUSH will leave a bad taste in in everyone on this planets mouth for years to come.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  124. John; Park City, Utah

    That's a good question Jack. I know I am one of those Americans. I am 44 and have never voted in my entire life, or even registered. I know that is considered ignorant but I grew up in a very political family with congresswomen and lawyers. I chose engineering and a more finite science. Politics has nothing to do with science. But things change as one gets older. For instance, I don't have a job for the first time in my life. My house is in foreclosure. I know people who can't afford groceries because of gas prices. So for the first time in my life I will vote. Not because I am not cozy in my perfect life, but because I think besides this election being historic. There happens to be one candidate who has the ability to inspire and encourage. Although I have never voted I love history and I have read so many things about our countries great presidents. Most of these men died before I was born in 1963 but I have always thought someday there would be another. That time is now. So I choose to vote.


    March 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  125. Matt from Maine

    Jack, of course this is going to be an important election. We're going to vote on if we like how things are or if we want to change for the better. Those who like where we are will come out in droves to defend it, and those who want change will come out in droves to change it. It's an arms race for votes, Jack, and to be honest, this is one I'm going to be glad to be a part of.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  126. LINDA

    It says Obama has done a great job to open the Americans eyes. Also shows The Republicans have did a great job of making our country safe and secure.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  127. Ralph

    Not much. You still do not have anybody who is a leader running. You still have a candidate more poorly qualified than George W. was. You still have George W. the III running. You still have a candidate hated and trashed by the press because of her husband's wrongs (not hers). And you still have a bunch of 9th grade educated people doing the voting who are poorly informed, easily misled, and think their voting for class president. And you still have the Republican Party ready to swift-boat anybody in the name of power and greed. Rick, Yakima, Wa

    March 25, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  128. Dan


    It shows the Republicans days in control are numbered, as long as the Democrats can be organized.

    Wait, can the Democratic party be organized?

    March 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  129. garrick

    this would be great for the Dem,but just wont work because they will lose if Hillary is on top at the end the hispanic and black community would stay home,after the way they have run their camp and after talking bad about Richardson.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  130. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    It means that those who have been sitting out the last few elections regret not voting for Gore in 2000 or Kerry in 2004. It also means that people are finally seeing the importance of political voice.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  131. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    It means that finally enough of us have had our cages rattled loud enough to be afraid of what might happen if we remain as complacent as we have been for the last couple of decades.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  132. Sunae Jacksonville, Fl

    It means that Obama should be proud that he got the young people of age to vote involved. It goes to show that he is ready to lead on day one. That's more than Billary can say!!!!

    March 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  133. Bill in New London, CT

    It obviously means it takes a total collapse in every way shape and form for America to realize that politics aren't simply something that snobby, self-important, self-proclaimed intellectuals - THEY ACTUALLY MATTER. Politics isn't a hobby, it's how the government affects all of our lives. Unfortunately, things had to get this bad before people woke up, and if the next administration does a good job, chances are, sadly, America will stop paying attention again. But for now, one thing it means for certain is that the Republicans are in trouble! We want change!

    March 25, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  134. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    Jack, I would love to say it is the immense amount of interest provoked by you and your colleagues, or maybe the charisma of Barack, the ultra feminine charm of Hillary. Hang on...I know...could it be that people are fed up to the back teeth with good old George? Is it true, as I was told by a wise old man, that Mr Bush junior has the worst rating in popularity of any recent President? And, is it true on the other hand, that there are some people who like him so much that they may vote for somebody who wants to retain some of his failed policies and grind the country deeper into the ground?
    What fun is politics, YUCK! Yours, in confusion.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  135. Doug

    Everyone needs to fully open their eyes and vote for a person with desire and experience to lead our nation. I believe the vast interest in this election is due to the horrible past seven years that we have had under George Bush! It takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush. Hillary Clinton will be a that leader!

    March 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  136. MadPlato

    It says that this election is very damn important.
    We are fed up with egotistic, dictator-like-leaders, and a Congress that licks their boots.
    This election is a virtual revolt against the past 8 years of a creeping (and creepy) fascism.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  137. Doreen Augusta Maine

    It will say that the younger generation is coming into being. Thank goodness - we need some new blood. Plus, hopefully, this generation will actually research the issues and candidates so they don't just vote according to the party line. I fear that we have many voters who just vote whatever party they belong to at the time.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  138. Ron Hood River, Oregon

    We're as mad as hell and we aren't going to take it anymore! I think even McCain can hear that!

    March 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  139. Jim Laurel MD

    It says it is super important and everyone is fed up with current policies both foreign and domestic. Another fine mess you've gotten into Georgy!!!

    March 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  140. John from Carlsbad

    It is simple. People are sick and tired of the Bush/Cheney administration. They are tired of their "SO" mentality when it comes to the people they are supposed to represent.

    It means the people are sick and tired of being ignored so they will be coming out in droves to vote for someone they think will listen to them and represent them instead of their own interests. I also hope people don't forget that other positions will be up as well. They need to let their voices be heard at all levels and get rid of all these fat cats and send everyone a message and that message is "This is our country, we are here to take it back, get ready for the revolution for the people and by the people to take our country back!"

    March 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  141. Seth Shotwell, Bothell, WA


    It confirms what I've thought all along ... that this election is the most important of my adult life. We finally have an opportunity to make right this generation's history of apathy and political laziness. If we get and stay involved, we might actually leave our children a legacy on which they can build the American Dream that we were to lazy and stupid to protect from people like Bush.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  142. O'Connor, Chicago IL

    Jack people are desparately in need for change from the old politics. This is 21st century a lot of things have changed. The years of Clintons are now history because twenty years is a life time people have moved away from that era.

    The only suitable candidate is Sen.Obama. Gore is busy with his globe warming. Sen. Obama can bring this country to where it used to be and has the experience to be the commander in Chief. He has good judgement,smart and young.
    If Obama had forged three times his experience like Sen.Clinton, this was going to be a song which was not going to end. People should see beyond the horizon that Sen. Obama will be the nominee.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  143. Joshua P. North Carolina State University

    It means people are beginning to care about what they're government does again.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  144. mike studders, bay city, mi.

    Jack, I hope the turnout does approach the eighty percent mark for a change. That may cause some problems for local election clerks but that is a good problem. Most Americans are not very patient, this may cause a problem after the election, due to problems caused by the Bush/Cheney team, we expect immediate gratification and it may take longer than one four year term to resolve this mess we find ourself in.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  145. RLD

    It says that people want change,Hillary and McCain as well as the rest that voted for this war should start packing.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  146. Barry, Miami, FL

    As a child of the 60's it saddens me to see so much apathy in the general public these days. People used to stand for causes but now they only stand for cash. Hearing Barack Obama's inspirational speaking and seeing the voting public finally wake up and mobilize gives me some hope. Our apathy allowed this mess to take place. If we're not part of the solution then we are part of the problem. It's time to awaken the American Spirit. VOTE!

    March 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  147. Earlene

    It would say that Americans are tired of being screwed.

    Pilot Point, TX

    March 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  148. Zena

    . . . .Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush , , , ,tired old politics. . . .scandals.
    . . . .negativity. . . .NAFTA , , , Bad economy . . . .. . .free ourselves. . ..CHANGE.

    Obama 08.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  149. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    I hate to say it, but thanks to Obama, looks like the younger voters will be going to the polls this time. This election should be very interesting.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  150. Joe

    The country has been slowly moving to the left. Over the last few years Bush and the Republicans have screwed up just about everything. It would be nice to see the Democratic Primary Debacle end so we can start talking about the exit of George W. Bush. That is why and when the people will come out in droves.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  151. Greg in Leavenworth Kansas

    Jack, you already answered the question: high voter turnout in November will indicate that Americans are sick and tired of the politicians who have become way too "comfortable" (read "out of control") in our Nation's capitol. I think it also shows that America is ready for "change".

    March 25, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  152. Yasir

    The relatively higher percentage in turnout is indicatively nigher agiotage in burnout. The importance of the elections is unrepresentative of the supportance of the sections. Elections importance usually has an unfluctuating significance. The current conditions and awareness levels are among the top direct contributors to the increase in turnout.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  153. onenibble

    Jack, Doesn't say much If they vote for Obama. If Obama wins the Hillary supporters will vote for McCain or not vote at all. The voters in Florida & Michigan might also vote for McCain or not vote because thier vote didn't count in the primary election.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  154. Johnny 5 from Oak Lawn, IL

    It says volumns about how scared the American voters are about a third term for the Republicans. And don't forget Obama Mania. The American voter wants to be inspired and impressed with our leaders, instead of the constant stream of lies and failings of Bush/Cheney, which causes most people to turn off the TV when one of them speaks. Make no mistake about it. If Obama wasn't in this race, we would never have had the record turn out.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  155. Betty, Pineville Louisiana

    Jack your question is one that I'm sure many Americans can answer quickly! WE NEED NEW LEADERS IN OUR GOVERNMENT! Not just a new President and Vice-President we need to literally clean house!
    Americans are sick to death of elected officials that no one can trust. You can tell that most of them do not represent the very people that elected them.

    I pray for 90% turn out for voting in this coming Presidential Election! Perhaps if we had better choices in this election this country could be turned around.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  156. Dion Gibson

    It means that the truth may start to matter again. It means Clinton's use of the Rove playbook and republican political strategy will eventually be her undoing. People are sick and tired of the idea that saying something enough times gives it merit. Unless of course all of those new voters are coming to support four more years of the current administration because they are doing such a great job. I somehow doubt that is the case.
    Dion Gibson
    Waynesville N.C.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  157. Brian from Berea, KY

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, namely votin'. Th record turnout is partly due to Obama's mobilizing and exciting message, and partly because people are fed up with the policies and incompetency of the Bush administration. One would think that would allow the democrats to win by a landslide, but somehow McCain seems to be splitting votes evenly with Obama and Hillary.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  158. Robert (from Houston)

    The importance of or interest in the upcoming presidential election reflects the dire straits our country's leadership (since Carter administration) has gotten us into.

    Some examples are:

    Gas shortages and lines during the Carter admin – Carter stressed the importance of getting off dependence on foreign oil. Result – Detroit started building SUVs, huge pickup trucks, and Hummers. Wonder what the records would show regarding personal automobile purchases by members of Congress (or their family members). Bet every family has or had a large SUV. Guess they never expected China and India to start driving to work.

    Bad trade agreements/business deals – Donald Trump says he has people who can make better deals (per interview at PGA Tour Puerto Rican Open). Wonder what import requirements a US auto manufacturer has to follow to sell cars in Japan (or China)?

    Legacy of Vietnam – current admin lived through it but didn't learn the lesson? Bad intelligence, exit strategy, etc.. When will the United States learn that sometimes people need to fight (and some may die) for their democracy instead of waiting for U.S. soldiers to obtain and hold it for them. What's basic training in the military – 8 weeks? For such a violent land, they sure take a long time getting up to speed.

    It goes on and on.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  159. Danny from Gardner Kansas

    This is THE most important election I can remember since I started to vote. Bush has left this country is such bad shape we as a people can not afford to make a blunder likie we have over the last eight years. Our future of the country hangs in the balance. There could very well be a gobal depression followed by war. The need for energy and our lack of good leadership will be our undoing. We as a nation can't make another mistake!

    March 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  160. J from Ohio


    It means like media like youself have a greater responsibility than ever to focus on the ISSUES that affect Americans instead of what makes a great story or sells advertising.

    Start with the the continued debacle in Iraq, the loss of middle class wealth because of the housing crises, $4 a gallon gas...........

    J from Ohio

    March 25, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  161. Ruby Coria, LA. CA.

    Jack, it says that just now American are realizing that we took things for granted, and we are a little to late. Now we are just playing the game of voting and debates like "she said this.." "he said that.." lets vote for ?? It's important but to late. The fire will be out by Oct.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  162. Ted, OR

    It means exactly what you said the other day Jack, Democrat turnout has exceeded GOP turnout by multiples. They are mostly younger voters who are going to be demanding change in how our nation conducts business. Only one candidate truly stands for the kind of change needed to rebuild our Nation. It will be done through unity. That remarkable special force from deep within each of us. That's what Bill Ruichardson felt the other day when he endorsed Sen Obama...it was written all over his face.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  163. Kristi from Indiana

    It tells me that people are finally desperate enough to do their civic duty & vote! We have buried our heads over the last 7 years to deny the awful truth that we no longer have a democracy but something that seems more like a dictatorship! It's shocking that the American people have let it go this far without some kind of revolt. Maybe we were just too busy spending money we didn't have & watching reality tv. Well, reality has been nipping at our heels for years now & we have to finally wake up from our collective stupor & do something about it!

    March 25, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  164. CB

    Jack, it says just one thing. The natives have been roused and they want a change!

    March 25, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  165. jeff kahn,Calabasas,Ca.

    If there is a voter turnout of anywhere near 80% or even 70% for a presidential election,I will believe in god.Fyi I have voted in EVERY election,state,local & natl.since 1968,I consider it an honor and my duty as an American to do so.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  166. Jim, Texas

    Jack…as a kid, remember how happy you were when recess time came around – you couldn’t wait to go out and play. Well, welcome to recess(ion) time in your adult life — our jobs, homes, and economy are in chaos and Americans have nothing else to do but play in the election process — just like when we were kids and aren’t we having so much fun.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  167. Deb from Lancaster, PA

    Jack, it says that the American people finally realize that we get the government we ask for, that we are going to ask for more, and that we realize that we have essentially disenfranchised ourselves by decades of systemic voter apathy.
    It would say that this president could really have a mandate, and his or her feet would be put to the fire.
    It would also say that "we're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore."
    If I have to crawl to the polls on bloody knees, I WILL VOTE! And I am now working hard for my candidate. Fighting to make our nation the best it can be is the truest form of patriotism.
    To all you non-voters out there, put up, or shut up.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  168. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I think it's the candidates that are causing record turnout. It'll be interesting to see if the "new guy" can beat the long-time presumptive nominee so we can break this legacy stuff. I'm rootin' for the new guy, and I have a feeling a record number of voters feel the same way.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  169. Don

    If the Democratic candidates continue to "self-destruct," I think we will see an nation-wide voter turn out of around 85-90%. And it is my belief that many Democrats will cross-over to the Republican side. After all, Jack, who wants to see the Clinton-clan in the Oval Office? And who wants to see Obama at the helm of a ship he knows nothing about. Absolutely nothing!

    March 25, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  170. Darrin, Houston

    The people want to have a voice.......but aren't we forcasting too early. These primaries have heated up so much. The tension has risen so high. Be feel so strongly for and against certain candidates. If their prospective candidate doesn't receive the nomination, do you think they will even take the time the vote? This Obama/Hillary scuffle has gone on long enough, and yes the Republicans will gain if we don't stop and think. Ultimately we have dreams and sometimes in chasing those dreams we loose track of what we really are trying to do. Its not your time Hillary, sit down and let someone else have a try at it. Sit back and you could get it in at least 4 more years.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  171. thagoodsport/ Veteran of Sun City Arizona

    Some people actually found out you can have a ballot mailed to your home. The main reason is pretty soon all we will have is a VOTE.
    The price of not Voting has gone up. Send a message to Dick Cheney and vote...he thinks your all to stupid and lazy..

    March 25, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  172. Kevin- Webster, MA

    It means Obama will win

    March 25, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  173. Christian Chicago, IL

    I don't know that it says much Jack. A high voter turnout doesn't necessarily mean that these voters are knowledgeable of what's going on. Many people just vote on looks, vote based on who their friends are voting for or vote based on party affiliation without knowing where the candidates stand. Then there are the people who will be vote based on who the media likes, which in this cycle, is Obama. Just as you have proposed Florida should lose their right to vote, so should many other people. There should be a test to gain the privilege of voting, just like a citizenship test, the maybe we'd avoid some of the voting debacles we've gone through lately.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  174. deb in az

    voting is one of the few things in life that we do have left ........i go to the polls and vote every time in the hope that arizona will help elect a democrat for president.... since politco said it was based on arizona voters that could be this time.......

    March 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  175. Don Blue Springs, Missouri

    Doesn't say too much. If it were 100% that would be a lot better. To have a democracy everyone needs to vote their own conscience. These primaries where only a small % of voters actually vote and in some states they don't, is not the will of the people no matter what you say Jack.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  176. Shirley

    It says that people are tire of the Bush's and Clinton's. If it is Clinton/McCain, McCain will win, if it is Obama/McCain, Obama will win. You see no matter the out come no more Bush and no more Clinton, out with the old in with the new.

    Shirley Ohio

    March 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  177. Caesar

    Jack, a larger voter turn-out is simply a larger representation of a smaller sample size. In other words, the same results would be rendered either way. What we are seeing is a competition from both Democratic candidates to out do the other, but what we do not know, is whether all Republican voters have voted in the Republican primaries or not. This is the so-called sleeping giant. If all Democratic voters are giving it their all now, whose to say that the sleeping Republican giant is going to come out in Novemeber to perpetuate the war? This is what we do not know, and I don't think any polls have addressed this yet.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  178. mike

    it means two things..the woking people want change and the rich want mcbush...but,because of the democrats stupidity and fighting each other,thousands of independents and some democrats will go the the republican side..maybe hillary is the republicans secret weapon..mike in missouri

    March 25, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  179. Pat

    Gee Jack, just in my family alone, the voters has increased by 50%. My children who never voted before are now registerd for the first time in their lives (they are both over 30). It is very important – they both seek UNIVERSAL health care that is TRUE Universal Health Care (Clinton's). One of them works where there is NO health care available and has pre-existing surgeries and can't afford the existing rates. That alone makes this American families voting increase by 50%.

    Pat in Columbus MS

    March 25, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  180. Patricia Robledo

    For the first time in a long time there is hope for change. Personally, I have never been this energized about a presidential election in my life. (I’m 54) It’s changed my lifestyle. Now I’m watching CNN 24/7 instead of Oprah and Dr. Phil.
    P.S. I don’t like that Lou Dobbs
    Watsonville, Ca

    March 25, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  181. MARK, Chicago, IL

    The internet, cell-phone, wi-fi, digital age is finally hitting home. More people, young people especially, are tuning in and voicing their opinion. The 80% turnout has as much to do with current political issues as it has to do with our citizen's access to information and the ability to voice their opions much like what I am doing here. Thanks for the ongoing dialogue Jack, you are a part of this revolution.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  182. Matt Cleckler - Auburn, Al

    It means we want change, REAL change. Change that comes in the form of oooo say, OBAMA!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  183. Trish, Michigan

    I think it shows how tired the Country is of the current administration. There is also buyers remorse for many who either voted for President Bush or did not vote against him. The Economy, and the War are affecting a wider range of Americans than ever before which in itself is motivation for people to excersise there right to vote and change things.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  184. Eva

    So, what's your question? You want to know why Americans are taking interest in their own future? Some people give credit to the sad state of our economy, some give credit to Obama, but I think record voter interest is the result of the (now over) writer's strike. There's not much else on tv, and the media covers standard politics the same way they cover hollywood gossip. They fly their helicopters over anna nicole smith's funeral the same way they hover over John Edward's house when he met with Obama. It's obvious to viewers, but we watch anyway.
    Eugene, OR

    March 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  185. Stephannie Minneapolis, MN

    It means that the American people are "mad as hell and won't take it anymore."

    March 25, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  186. Charles Liken, Lansing, MI

    It means that the largest number of Americans in history are very upset with the situation in the United States, whether it be the Iraq war, the economy, or illegal employment of illegal aliens. Unfortunately none of the candidates have all the answers.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  187. greg

    face it Jack,the reason is simple, for the first time in America"s history a visible minority has a real chance of winning, given enough visible minority support.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  188. James

    Yea! Americans being Americans! About time voters took an interest.
    jim Prescott MI

    March 25, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  189. Pamela

    As cliche as it sounds, it means that there is the promise of hope lurking within the average voter. The economy is in the dumps, gas is at an all time high, education is a bitter disappointment and the old fogeys in Washington couldn't be more disconnected with the American public if they lived in another country. It's beyond time for change.


    March 25, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  190. doug gengler

    it is very important. all the republicans i talk to think bush is the greatest and all pitfalls the nation is facing is bill clintons fault. my fear is mccain could win the election and we continue with more bush that will end the middle class period.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  191. Goose, N. Richland Hills, Texas

    Jack, it means that in November, McCain goes home crying.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  192. Kujo from Orlando

    It means that civics professors around the country can finally join hands with Puff Daddy and Sean Penn and yell "VOTE OR DIE!"

    March 25, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  193. Michael

    Where were all these people in 2004?

    March 25, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  194. Taylor P. from Vermillion SD

    it means the other 20% are increadibly lazy. 80% and the last 20 can't join the rest of the population and vote? Iraqi's risk their lives to vote, and up until this year a partly cloudy day was enough to keep the masses from the polls

    March 25, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  195. B. Gibson, Batavia IL

    Not sure what it says about the election but I know what it says about the current administration, worthless. I, for the first time in my adult life am proud to be an American. Can you say Regime change without WAR?

    March 25, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  196. brent

    This election is like grandma's dinner at Thanksgiving...you know it will be great and you wouldn't miss it for the world. We have a chance as Americans to prove to ourselves and the world that we haven't completely forgotten what being in the greatest democracy is all about.
    Every person that is apathetic about this election should be horsewhipped....democratically, of course.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  197. Jon from Tempe, Az

    It means that Americans are hungry for Change. We are finally starting to realize that our opinion does matter. I do though think that the reason Arizona is expected to have such a high voter turnout is because of the presence of native son John McCain on the ticket. Arizonans will come in droves for him although this Arizonan that lives in the congressional district that John McCain used to represent in the 1980's plans on voting for the Democratic candidate.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  198. Frank La May

    if you want 80% of the voters to turn out you better get yourself some different people running. none of three three clowns will draw that many people. i know I am a republican and no way am I voting for mccain nor the other two clowns. we need someone else. someone worth looking at

    frank la may summerfield florida

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  199. fred from oklahoma

    were mad as hell and were not going to take it anymore.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  200. John Traver

    Jack, it means that we have candidates that are not devisive. That leaves Ms. Clinton out.
    John from Maplewood MN

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  201. Donna

    It means tBarrack has done well to rekindle hope in the American voter!
    If you think Hillary or any of the other candidates would have generated this much excitement, you are mistaken.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  202. Mike from Miami, Florida

    Voters have realized that we absolutely cannot stand another day of the REPUBLICAN mess. Young voters are awakend finally and intend to have a voice in the future direction of this country. HOPE is once again alive. This is due to the inspiration provided by the OBAMA campaign.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  203. theresa

    Jack it says the people have had enough of self serving igo manics what the real question should be , is what does it say about a government that refuses to listen.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  204. Dennis in Spokane

    It means the 'just go shopping and stay asleep" meme of the Bush/Clinton era is over. Unfortunately the politicians are always the last to connect with the people.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  205. Darrell Pardy

    In this current political climate it means that even more voters will feel that the elected elite are not listening to them. What happens in 2010?

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  206. Gene

    Jack, If we hit 80% voter turn-out in November it is simply due to George Bush and his legacy as the worst president and administration that we've ever had in United States history. It is not that voters are just starting to listen either. The people that are really starting to listen is Bush, the Republicans, and the few people left that actually believe the war on terror has been worth the lose of 4,000 of our best and brightest. It appears to me the only person left in the US that thinks the war is worth it is John McCain, but then again he probably isn't listening to the voters the way Bush has been doing for eight long years now – yes, we are definitely due for a change to a government the listens to the voters and works to implement what the voters desire. At least things here in Appleton. WI are fairly good, we are just waiting on Spring to get going – fast I hope.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  207. Sherri

    It means that we are in desperate need of a change. We are tired of politics as usual, and are tired of the lies that are being fed to us by those in charge. It is time that the land of the free and the home of the brave become the home of those brave enough to speak up and do what is needed to change what is wrong with this country.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  208. lorenzo in sf

    It's not about how important this election is, because ALL elections are important.

    It's about an American public who has had to suffer through eight years of the WORST administration in living memory, INCLUDING the Nixon years.

    The American people are FINALLY waking up to the fact that if they don't take the time to vote, they get what they deserve!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  209. Jeff in Arizona

    Jack......Who's coming up with these numbers? The same people who said we would find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? If we get above 60% of the population voting, that would be a miracle.....80%....impossible.....But, If it happens, then their might be hope for the Cardinals to win the Superbowl because that's an impossible dream too.......

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  210. Lundy Makohin

    That is easy; Obama will win!!!!!


    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  211. Sam St. Paul, MN

    That the politicians of both parties have fooled the voters that casting a ballot for either party will change anything.

    I'm not fooled.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  212. Gwen

    What is says is that people are sick and tired of the status quo. Senator Obama, in my opinion has inspired the young people to take a stand in this country which is what is long over due. Although the back and forth bickering and the snipes being thrown by Senator Clintons, at Senator Obama and vice versa, does turn the people off. What I want to know, since Senator Clinton has stated that she would have left Pastor Wrights church, why is she still seeking advice On her marriage or otherwise) from a minister that called for the assassination of "heads of state", The Reverend Billy Grahm?

    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  213. Vince

    It means the country is just flat ticked off and demanding a change of course away from the insanity of Bush's policies.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  214. teddy


    Young voters have had enough of the bush administration and yes of the Bill Clinton debacle of years past. They see their futures slipping away by the day. Obama has gotten them to reengage in the process of American Politics.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  215. Suzanne

    It means that 20% of the population still doesn't have a clue. Wake up, people!

    Washington, DC

    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  216. Ralph

    I live in AZ and have not heard the 81%, where does this come from. Anyway, the American citizens are feed up with King Bush and his administration. I would think that everyone civil will be voting for a Democrat, whomever that may be.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  217. Mitch Silver


    80% voter turnout would be nothing but good news for the country. It would say that maybe there is some hope for our battered country. Democracy can only work when people vote. If more people were engaged, I can't believe we would be in the global mess we're in now.


    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  218. Bruce Marshall

    Jack importance of this election is the people have had it, and everything you said is true. Our right is the big one. If they play games with the general election this time look out for the riots as I don't think the people will sit by this time.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  219. Gary Miller

    What does it mean? It's simple......People are just overwhelmed with excitement that the Bush regime will be out and done with!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  220. Anu

    It says that we Americans are finally pulling our heads out of where the sun don't shine and attemptimg to do something about the mess we've ended up in while we were busy listening to what Simon Cowell has to say.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  221. Michael Vallejo,CA

    The turn out is in resopnse to the voice of Change. The Hope of an America void of that Backwards Mindset of the Washington we've had for far too long.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  222. Irene Gale


    From where I sit in Canada, voter turnout will be high because finally you have someone worth listening to and voting for. Barak Obama is getting everyone off their collective butts to change the nation.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  223. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Its easy.... everyone wants change. The president has no clue what he is doing(to bad the fools that voted for him did not realize that 7+yrs ago). Everything he has done is finish that policies that his fahter wanted and the blunk of the GOP allowed this to happen. These fools still don't believe that this country is in a resson( I quess it is hard to when you live off the country making $200,000 per year).

    March 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  224. Susan

    The high voting turn-out is simply because of three reasons:
    Obama, Obama, Obama


    March 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  225. Patricia, Grass Valley, CA

    At 72 years of age I'm heartened by the projected voter turnout. I've not missed a single election since my first in 1956. We want change, my husband and I are sick about what the Bush/Cheney administration has done to this country. Hope is not enough! We need action.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  226. Randolph

    Two words, Jack: Vox Populi.

    Americans know how important this election is and the people who did not vote for anyone in 2000 or 2004 are now ashamed at what their apathy has created.

    Lexington, Kentucky

    March 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  227. Rick in Ohio


    Interest in this campaign was initiated by Obama’s sense of optimism and hope. He is bringing new voters into the fold. However, they both are beginning to drive them away.
    Hillary Clinton once again engages in innocent-hypocrisy when she is critical of Barack Obama staying in his church for years. Maybe Americans need to read the very reliable writer Barbara Ehrenreich’s recent article in The Nation: “Hillary’s Nasty Pastorate” to see what she has been up to when she was ducking sniper-fire and acting as co-president in the White House. She started this horrendous and damaging mud-slinging campaigning and can’t seem to stand virtuous through the process. Senator Obama has been upfront with his information and has tried to lead a campaign based on hope, promise, and trust. Gotta go Jack— I think sniper fire is coming at me in my family room!
    Rick in Ohio

    March 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  228. Wolfgang Miller

    It says several things. In no order of importance it shows how much more the younger generation cares. It shows that Bush has done nothing but drive this country into a hole and that the nation as a whole has recognized this fact. I think it's not just coincidence that this is also the year a female AND a minority both have a chance of becoming president when neither before had even come close.

    - Wolfgang in Milwaukee, WI

    March 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  229. Jeanne Rhea

    I get to say to my husband "See hubby, everyone is not comatose and many people have come to their senses." I will be so happy to see many people participating in the process-but now if they elect the same old thing, my hubby is going to say, "See, I told you so. Americans are just a bunch of people who do not care, who do not learn from their mistakes and we deserve what we get-once again,"

    March 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  230. Stephen

    Well I know that I am tired of it. I voted for nothing but Republicans for the whole 15 years that I have been able but now I am going to surport Clinton or Obama. No more Bush like Republicans.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  231. Joe Perrysburg,OH

    Jack, this simply says that the American people are ready to clean the house and take out the "trash!" Good riddence!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  232. Ken Esch


    Huge voter turnout means we know we have slept too long.

    While we were sleeping an oligarchy took our country.

    Ken Pittsburgh

    March 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  233. Roy

    We are sick of dirty politics, lies, wars, our young people dieing, recession, outscorcing, and rederic. We want out country back!
    Who ever wins the most big States gets my vote! We have to get that White House!


    March 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  234. Kevin Partridge

    I think it is simply amazing that the election this year has gotten so much attention. It's about time we Americans do something about this failing democracy.


    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  235. Kelly

    Americans are taking a stand. Instead of citizens not going to the polls due to apathy, many people are flocking to their local polls to speak out against the present administration. The people are looking for a change and want a fresh new beginning. And it's about high time we got that beginning. I think we deserve it after 8 years of Bush.

    Westerville, OH

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  236. Jeff - South Dakota

    Your question hits the nail on the head in my opinion; people are waking up, finally, myself included. We trusted these idiots over the last several years to do their jobs and we didn't pay attention. This election is the first step for Change. Next, vote out any incumbent for the House or Senate. By doing this we will begin to fix the problems at the base and work our way up; all the way to the top. I would like to add that I am very proud of the young Amercians getting involved, they're smarter than we were, they know that in order to take control of their future they need to get started NOW.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  237. splashy

    It means that people are fed up with the Repubs way of doing things. They run everything into the ground to make money for them and their cronies, regardless of who they hurt, maim and kill to do it.

    Harrison, Arkansas

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  238. James Samuel

    It says that the American Voter has finally seen the effects of rampant greed, political influence peddling, and bought and paid for politicians selling us down the river. It means that in November, voters will leave ideological propagandizing as a leading force, and show some gut desire to affect their future. It means a Political renaissance is going to take place.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  239. Tim Walters

    It say's that the American people have partially woke up and are trying to have their voices heard by Washington, the only problem is they are not doing their research when they elect Obama we will have anothe Jimmy Carter and don't get me wrong President Carter is a great American and a great person but was a sorry President like Obama he was a great speaker but we have seen that that is not enough to be President. Carter was unfit to serve as President as is Obama and the out come of an Obama Presidency will be the rise of the Republican party once again as when Regan took over and Republicans will hold the White House and the Congress and Senate.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  240. Frannie

    It means we would rather fix things with our vote than with a Revolution.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  241. Rich Bryan

    The importance lies in the middle – the swing voters. They're the ones who will swell the turnout, not the diehard right or left. They will FIANLLY show the candidates that doctrinaire approaches not only got us where we are but can no longer be tolerated. The losing party must have the wisdom and honor to become the "loyal opposition" while the winners must have the wisdom and honor to welcome their participation in governing the nation. Finally – a chance for democracy to work the magic once again. C'mon middle – rise up and cast your votes.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  242. Randy Johnson

    The better question is who amongst us wouldn't recognize this for exactly what it is? Americans clearly ready for and embracing change.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  243. cindy, miami, fl

    It means that 20% are still in another world. However, the 80% are saying we are 'mad as hell and are not going to it anymore". Perhaps the media will also get the message and this time around let the voters decide based on the issues which are still at the bottom of the media's attention and considered boring to discuss and cover as opposed to "obama girl' which has had more airtime than all 3 candidates combined.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  244. Tony

    Hey, they may as well go out and vote because they probably won't have a job to take up their time, so they may as well stand in line to vote. If Bush had an extra year or so the voting rate could hit 90%.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  245. Mel of Michigan

    Jack, Americans are fed up and hungry for change! Enough of Bush-McCain policies that are diminishing & aborting American dreams to afford a better life for our families and the next generation. IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE! If not now, when? That's why Sen. Obama's message of hope and government by the people couldn't be more timely, because it's time to do away with politics as usual and special interest groups running the White House.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  246. kim

    Will be shocked if we achieve an 80% turnout in November. Based on the stats from the Obama camp, it appears that he has a large following of college students. As a mom of two college students, I can assure you that their passions don't run particularly deep, and their attention span is short. My fear is that Obama gets the nomination and then college football season rolls around. The Democrats will then find that the passion of the demographic that propelled him to the nomination will be tuned to College Game Day rather than Election Day.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  247. Bud Pratt in Punta Gorda Florida

    I remember Franklin Roosevelt, very well.

    Never since WWII, has the country faced as many difficulties as the last seven years have made for us.

    That makes this the most important election in my lifetime.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  248. Kapri

    The majority of the new votes will be from the young voters.We will turn out in large numbers because we are concerned about working like dogs for the current senior citizens, while our own social security funds might just become a dream.If Mccain and company win and continue with the meaningless "100 yr long" war ,we can expect to read about social security in the history books very soon.

    New York,NY

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  249. burick from florda

    two words operation chaos. Rush and most of the conservative talk show host are all trying to make republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton so they can interfere and create chaos within the democratic racks. thats in part why your seeing the huge turnout thats happening.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  250. Virginia

    It says that we all know how "at risk" our democracy and our very lives are now. We cannot be apathetic.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  251. tlobe

    Like you am gladdened by the interest in this year's election. Young people have finally awakened to the fact that they need to participate in the process; they realize that their futures are at stake. Obama's candidacy has excited hundreds of thousand to participate. He is not speechifying the SOS (same old ____). Many are motivated to ensure that the Clinton's not win and others are hopeful that the idiot right-wing will lose control of the Republican party. If Clinton appears to steel the Democrat nomination and the right wing pouts after the GOP convention, then the numbers of likely voters will undoubtedly plummet to below 50%.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  252. chester smith

    I have never heard such a complete rant of Democratic party talking
    points. I don't think you missed a one. Probably have of what you said is entirely NOT TRUE. Cnn should be called the Democratic party network. That would at least be honest to the people who watch your station.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  253. Karee- Wyoming

    I just wonder how all these young obama supporters are so savey about what went on in the Clinton years, most of them were either just born or in grade school – Did they listen to thier parents (It would be a
    first) or are they just listening to the Clinton hating media – Or they are
    old enough to make up thier own minds on the 8 year Bush mess – Well I guess we will all have to let the rest of the primary play out and if comes down to super-delegates, they can always vote for McBush or stay home. Nobody seems to care about who can beat McCain, only who is ahead in a very close race. Oh how different it would have been if Fla & Mich would have counted

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  254. Brian (Charleston, SC)

    I don't think it says anything about the "importance" of the election. Every election is important. It does say something about the interest level. This is primarily because of the first female candidate and the first African-American candidate. I think it also is an indication of a population that believes the "government" should take care of everyone and have ultimate control. Be careful what you wish for. Do you really want the same entity that runs the DMV and FDA to have ultimate control of your healthcare? Think about that as you wait in the endless line for your driver's license and eat your tainted spinach. Americans need to demand less government involvement and take responsibilty for themselves. Vote, but make an educated vote, and then write your congressmen and senators regularly.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  255. Jason

    It means us Americans have finally awaken to realize that the government has been doing what it wants despite our concerns. When you hear the Vice President say, "So" about the American public, it's clear that we're on a dangerous ledge.

    But lawmakers are partly to blame. It's amazing we can try to impeach a president over messing around in the oval office, but can't take a president to task for stomping on our civil rights and freedoms we have enjoyed for so many years.

    It's unfortunate it took Bush supporters four years to realize the country was going in the wrong direction.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  256. David

    Jack, the greatest thing about America is that when we do wake up we as a society usually do the right thing! What were Germany and Japan most concerned with about America? America waking up! We may not like where we are right now but our foundation is strong and when we as a people get together, watch out world! That's why I'm for Obama, he is the uniter this country needs now more than ever in our history.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  257. Eric Roberts

    I hope that it says that people are starting to pay attention to politics. If they had been paying attention in 2000 and 2004 George Bush would not be President and we wouldn't be mired in a war in Iraq, and the domestic economy would be much better than it is. These are just a few of the reasons why I hope that the American people are finally paying attention and that they will use their brains and come to the conclusion that we must have a Democrat in the White House next year or we are going to continue to spiral downward as a nation and a culture.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  258. Renee

    What it means is that people are energized for the two historical candidates in the race on the Democratic side and that the people who are Republican are worried that their dominance of the White House is going to be over. With everyone saying that anything is better than a third term Bush, the two parties are rallying the horses in attempts to win. Young people are finding their power in the process for the first time in years. No one wants the election stolen from them like it was with Gore and some don't want the stagnant system to continue under a Republican president. Record turn out is good but hopefully it is not to mess up the race by voting for candidates they really want to lose in the general.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  259. John Clark


    Record voter turnout means that the American people are fed up with the wealthy, well-conected special interests buying public officials with fat campaign checks. Our democratic republic has been underseige by these lobbyists and they've managed to turn our republic into a constitutional plutocracy, where the wealthy and powerful control the political power. This massive voter turnout is exactly what it should be: the Americna our taking back what is rightfully theirs–the government.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  260. linda J

    Jack, it says that as Americans, we are tried as hell, and we are not going to take it anymore. We want and need a change. A government that will respect and listen to us. One that believes that charity begins at home and not in Iraq or other countries. A government that will put the best interest of Americans... Americans first.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  261. alice creech

    We're all vested in our candidates and want them to win!

    Alice (Oregon)

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  262. hal bradshaw

    As a famous American once said, "I've had all I can stand, I can't stands no more!"

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  263. Bob Broadwater

    Jack it means we have had enough of the Christian Right Wing trying to push their agendas down our throats. We have stood by and let them elect idiots with only one thing in mind. Abortion. Their nasty tactics have produced the likes of Bush, Rove ,and Chaney. I hope the message gets sent that freedom includes all Americans not just the richeous few. Cowboy politics got us into this mess. I hope 100% of Americans votes and kicks the present crop of jerks out.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  264. John Peterson


    A point about the high voter turnout expected for this November. Maybe the voters are more enthusiatic about voting "against" a certain candidate as oppossed to voting "for" a particular candidate. I think that my theory has already materialized during this maddening primary season.

    Manassas, VA

    March 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  265. Thomas Bloom

    a high voter turnout in the general election will result in a democratic president. The demographics that have the greatest statistical tendency to vote democratic are also statistically the least likely to vote: minorities, women, working class, youth. demographics that have a greater likelyhood of voting republican, white, male, upper class, are also more likely to vote. The republican party is primarily composed of regular voters, new voters will most likely be democrats. On the other hand, low voter turnout will result in a republican. It took record lows in voter turnout to create the "reagan revolution"

    March 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  266. RJ In PA

    Jack, all it is saying is people are sick of Republicans. I mean how could you not be?

    RJ In PA

    March 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  267. Dennis Gregory

    George Bush finally has a legacy. His administration has screwed up so badly, he can take credit for the largest voter turnout in history.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  268. AverageMan (WILL)

    Our approach to the enemy is a problem. Actually I have put substantial thought into this and you should do the same. Look at Israel and their problems with this kind of enemy. There is nothing to attack.

    "Reagan had an additional advantage that no other politician had," he could bring together the various factions in the Republican party, "he spoke in a language of the Universal Culture that he grew up in that appealed to everybody." He had a gift to appeal across party lines, "None of our politicians is gifted enough to do that." "The only one that comes to mind is Barack Obama." –Micheal Barone, American Enterprise Institute, Resident Fellow

    A role model for Barack, Ronald Reagan's Rhetoric was his biggest asset. "Mr. Gorbachev tear down that Wall." And they did. great speakers give Americans Optimism, and Self beleif. Reagan found Non-Militaristic means to take on the enemy despite the fact that he was known as a Hawk, and used force twice losing 19 lives in Grenada, and Libya. Reagan called for a March to freedom as well.

    Our best Presidents had larger visions. That makes Senator Barack Obama the best candidate. Barracks ecumenical presence will bring all factions in America together.

    or we could just leave Iraq and the Hawks would say look at what is going to happen after we leave and we could say, "So!"

    March 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  269. Judy A

    It says that Americans are taking back America. We are tired of the staus quo. It is our version of the American Revolution!
    The real question is- will they let us!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  270. JD

    It'll come down to the electoral college votes. The popular vote has historically been ignored.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  271. Steven

    American are tired of the Bush and Clinton's dynasty. Young voter and independent voters are ready for change. I think Senater Obama can bring this change if personal politics don't destroy his momenum. I would encourage voters to read the whole sermon by Rev Wright, as a white man I see it as a historical sermon on how we as Americans have treated Indians, women and blacks. Hillary wants the race card to go on. I am glad that Obama took a pit stop.


    March 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  272. Michael Rosen

    It means nothing until the citizens of this nation start becoming involved at "grass root" levels. Just voting is a start but by no means is it the end. Community involvement, getting to know your representatives at the local, state and federal level are all ways to engage the "system". Change is possible only when there is a catalyst strong enough to effect the change this country needs to succeed. The people of this nation must take responsibility for being this catalyst.

    Michael Rosen
    Old Bethpage, NY

    March 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  273. Jim

    This is a convergence of at least 2 fears.

    One is the fear that unless we make our wishes known to our elected officials, they will continue to assume that we want them to serve the interest of those who do make their wishes known... the lobbys and special interests.

    Second is the fear that if we continue to take the democratic process for granted, we will lose it. Once it is gone, it will be next to impossible to get back.

    Its NOW or never...

    March 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  274. Trish, Michigan

    It's Simple...There is more of everything in America than ever before, more debt, more unemployed citizens, more troops overseas...The list goes on and on so it is obvious why more Americans are excersising their right to vote. We can thank George Bush for putting us in the current position we are in, I guess he can take partial credit for the surge of voters in America. Unfortunatley people are'nt as motivated when the headlines are posistive.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  275. Kareen/Puyallup/WA

    It shows that we pre-baby boomers and boomers are finally waking up and realizing that maybe, just maybe, we can make a difference. We knew so much back in the "60's" and then we got discouraged and felt that "government and corporate" America would always win, so why bother. But now we have to look our kids and grandkids in the eye and answer why we didn't DO something..like vote the abusers out! Maybe it took the horrors of 9/11, the Iraq mess, and the Bush/Cheney abuses to make us realize that we HAVE to act!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  276. jeff in Tampa

    I don't know what to make of it Jack. First of all it is only fitting that the voters would come out in droves to vote for one of these idiots..and I am talking about all three of them. This is the most important election in my lifetime and there is not any candidate worth voting for. I cannot remember when an election of this magnitude has is producing so little as far as candidates. We cannot trust Clinton...If Obama was facing a crisis he would just say "present", and McCain looks as if he is just plain lost! The only hope is for someone worth while to be drafted at the democratic convention in Denver.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  277. diana jackson

    From Iowa ,Well the young are standing up and saying enough of the old politics.The baby bommers screwed up and we should let the young have the changed. We sure have not done so good with the same old people in the White House. The smart thing to do is let the young have there way and DONT STAND IN THERE WAY.Bush,Cliton,Bush,Cliton is the old stuff. McCain is the same old stuffy thing also.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  278. Anita, VT

    If up to 80% of some states voters go to the polls, it may mean that all the people who usually don't vote have finally realized that they have gotten the government they deserve. I am a 57 year old military veteran. I have voted in every national election since I was eligible to vote – mostly for the loser but that doesn't matter. Participation in the process of selecting our government is the very core of what it means to live in a democracy and just showing up are the dues we should be eager to pay for the privilege of doing so.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  279. Mark Heutmaker

    Projected voter turn out show how significant this election is.

    The global economy, global warming, US heath-care, high education, and international relations are among the many issues. I think the November elections are going to make or break the current generation and those thereafter.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  280. Doug Campbell

    High voter turnout means "We're mad as hell and we're not gonna take it any more!" We slept through 2000 and allowed the idiot (W) and the devil (Trickier Dick) to steal the White House. And then in 2004 we slept again and gave them their so-called mandate to flush this great country into a toilet swirling with Iraq, oil company extortion, and tax giveaways to the ultra wealthy. For 2008? Let's hope the Dems get their act together and flush the bums down the toilet - not our nation.
    Los Angeles

    March 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  281. R. Karlsson, California

    It is about time that the American people starts to participate in the democratic process. Being an European, I have been flabbergasted by the idea that the U.S. claims to be the world largest democracy and only approxmately 50% of the potential voters participate in selecting their government. In my home country (Sweden), any national election with less than 90% of the voters casting their vote would be seen as a democratic failure and a crisis. It is too sad that a national crisis is needed to fuel he people's interest in casting their votes.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  282. Mike

    It"s simple Jack!! it means that it's time for CHANGE from the Old way to a New way and Barack Obama will lead us into the 21st century. Mark my words that when the dust settles Obama will be standing tall because we the American people are serving notice to the Hatred of the past that we the younger American's are calling an end to those things that separate us as a Nation. Our country is broken and we are calling Barack Obama to lead us in fixing it.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  283. Thomas Bloom, IA

    a high voter turnout in the general election will result in a democratic president. The demographics that have the greatest statistical tendency to vote democratic are also statistically the least likely to vote: minorities, women, working class, youth. demographics that have a greater likelyhood of voting republican, white, male, upper class, are also more likely to vote. The republican party is primarily composed of regular voters, new voters will most likely be democrats. On the other hand, low voter turnout will result in a republican. It took record lows in voter turnout to create the “reagan revolution”

    March 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  284. Carol, Orlando, FL

    it means that the old media crowning of a canidate will not fly this election. it means that the American people will rise and let there voices be heard. It also means that there is a trouble brewing for the DNC if those delegates from Florida do not count this primary season. Florida will make there voices know November

    March 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  285. James W. Blevins

    Hopefully, most Americans really are paying attention to this election. Democracy works surprisingly well, but only if people are paying attention. In the last two elections, extremest were mobilized, but the average citizen was not. The results were, indeed, extreme. If Americans don't pay attention this time, a book title "Rise and Fall of the American Empire" will be most appropriate.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    March 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  286. dale

    Jack, Its all about WE THE PEOPLE,, we don't need any more of this washington experience,,its time for a good old fashion house cleaning,,nation wide,,.. Iowa..

    March 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  287. AverageMan (WILL)

    Iraq need a Ronald Reagan or Barack Obama. They can bring factions together and have them suppress their differences. Go BO!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  288. Grace J.

    This is a giant, waving red flag that the status quo in Washington has finally reached a point where everyone is being personally touched. Either fuel costs, mortgage problems, home value decline, Iraq War impasse, environmental change and massive budget/trade deficits have caused the average American to stand up and say "I am mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore".

    March 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  289. Helen

    Jack, What good does it do to vote if our vote is not going to be counted. The people of Florida voted on the day we were supposed to vote. No one ask the general public if our primaries should be moved up. The republican governor and legislature decided this. I, like many other Floridians would like our vote to be cast as we voted not divided as has been suggested.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  290. Matthew T Watkins

    It means that people like doing what is popular. Voting is the "in" thing right now. I just wish that more people voted based on real facts about real issues. But don't get me wrong, I'm glad to see more people casting votes. Voting does make you more personally vested in the policy decisions being made.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  291. Jermaine, Sugarland, Texas

    Coming from a part of the world where a soldier can shoot his way into national leadership, I have spent 22 years in this country wondering when Americans would take charge of their own destiny by simply voting. I hope the renewed interest politicsdoes not fade when good times roll around again.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  292. Vincent Franco

    Jack, It simply means that change is what the rise to 80% is showing. People want to switch parties for several reasons, but the most important one is to expect that people decide and people want respect of their leader to listen to their wishes. All good leaders need to take the pulse of the people they represent, which is something critically missing from the present "leadership."

    March 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  293. Thomas Gardinier


    It means America is scared of it's leadership. Perhaps America's leadership should finally be scared and beholden to the people of America. That is, in fact, the way a true democracy is supposed to work. Right Jack?

    Tom Gardinier
    Goshen, NY

    March 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  294. Sonny


    Didn’t you take American History in school? When you have a small turnout at the poles during a general election you get a Republican. When you have a large turn out at the poles during a general election you get a Democrat. The problem is, with this election you have three candidates who are liberal. Know what do you do?


    March 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  295. Greg

    It will be bad for Republicans. Many young voters are registering to participate in the Democratic primaries so there will be a huge young democratic voting bloc in traditionally red states so that even states like Texas may not be easy for McCain. States like Ohio and Pennsylvania will be tough for McCain to win with all of the new democratic voters out there. The only good that is coming out of a prolonged between Obama and Clinton is that many young voters are registering.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  296. John

    Jack I am one of those "new" Arizona voters you spoke about. I registered as an independent, so I have not had my opportunity to let the pundits know how I feel. I will say that the high voter turn out in this General Election would accurately reflect George Bushes low approval rating. Americans are tired of the Left hand not knowing what the Right hand is doing, want proof? Look at our Economy, the Housing Crisis and the Illegal and mis-managed war in Iraq. It would mean George "w" Bush's legacy would be the worst presidency in U.S. history. I cant wait for the Election in November, really no matter who wins, it will be better than the last seven years! John in Scottsdale, AZ

    March 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  297. Wayne

    Jack,certainly you jest regarding the electorates' having some new found input or impact...I and many of my old,I'm old, acquaintances can't remember in our lifetimes a worse group of candidates...With all the nuiances and differences among the many state primary selection processes, most folks are lucky if their vote is even counted...You're kidding, right???

    Summerfield, Florida

    March 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  298. Gary (Houston)

    Geesh, could it mean that the American voter has decided to become less appathic and needs to take control of their country? We can only hope so as we are tired of those that speak one way and act another. It is time that those WE elect know that we are tired of the same old same old and that change is just around the corner. Is it time for another Boston Tea Party? Maybe so.


    March 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  299. tom in Pa.

    The reason so many Americans are turning out this year is because the economy has hit everyone. In times before the thought was, if it doesn't affect me, why should I worry ? I'm glad to see America rally to the polls for whatever reason they have. It's time to take back OUR government.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  300. Paula, Overland Park, Kansas

    HI Jack – I think a high voter turnout simply means people want their voices heard. I also wonder if the Rev. Wright controversy had come out earlier before the primarys that have already voted, if the outcome would have been the same. If Obama would have won them or Clinton. Sure changed my mind

    March 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  301. roger

    Jack, it says that the american people are tired of what wev'e had, just to bad the best candidates to make a change have been already past by.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  302. Paul G.

    Yes, the sleeping giant is beginning to wake. But thanks to the ineptitude of the Democratic Party he may as well return to his comatose state for November will bring nothing else but the status quo.

    Long Island, NY

    March 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  303. L.M.,Arizona

    You're saying 80% in some states well I think maybe 65% in some red states because of two things race and gender. Don't give Bush's america to much credit to worry about a war that doesn't really affect them and worrying about gas prices when they are still driving big SUVs and hummers. Let's wait another four years when the SUVs are sitting in the driveways and the war demands a draft.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  304. Grant R

    With 80% of registered voters turning out to the polls, the only thing we'll learn is which political puppet more lazy Americans were duped into following. That won't matter anyway; the man behind the curtain decided McCain would win years ago. Democracy has never been more corrupt.
    Chicago, IL

    March 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  305. Peggy Rush

    It's a sad statement on the American people, that unless it affects our pocketbook or life style, that we don't care enough to get involved. Now that it has, watch all the people go out and vote. It's all about "me". Where was all the outrage on the run up to war?

    March 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  306. sandy in new mexico

    ..."if I only had a brain"....we have been buried in deadwood for the Bush-Clinton-Bush years. Why the projected high turnout? Voters have found their brains.....and put on their thinking caps!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  307. Dave

    I Live in the Bible belt of Pennsylvania.
    Gov. Rendell says he has the vote in Pa. wrapped up.
    Hold on just a minute.
    We want CHANGE.
    I am a registered Republican and have been for decades. I have told my kids, you need to vote this year. And you know what? They are.
    And it will not stop with the White House.
    April 22nd in PA will see a lot of Republicans not voting. But come November, watch out.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  308. Alan Warner Buxton Maine

    It says that the American people have finally realized that when the wrong people are in charge total devistation follows. This administration has destroyed our economy, our moral standing in the world, our industrial/manufacturing base and allowed our infrastructure to deteriorate to a very dangerous level. The war and the failure to stop the illegal invasion from the south is bankrupting this country and the trade deficit will be with us for several generations. The severity of the situation has finally sunk in and people are scrambling to change it. I only hope we are sucessful.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  309. Ike

    The november turnout in high percentage may only demonstrate the frustration of the citizens due to lies and politics in washington which have left the economy close to recession and have left some families hungry.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  310. Zacaria

    As a 26 year old from Brooklyn, i believe it is one of the most important election of our lifetime. We are starting to realize that the most important battle is being fought here at home. And if we get this wrong and just let our voices be silent and not take up the challenge of this changing, volatile world, there will be graver consequences for our country than that of which we already experienced.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  311. Joe Patil,

    This will prove that democracy is at work in a big way in the USA. However the day after the elections, the elected president is likely to be influenced more by the lobbyist rather than by his or her constituents. This has been the American way in the past. I hope and this will change after this November elections.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  312. Dan Shiets

    An 80% turn out in the voting booths confirms that George Bush and Dick Cheney, along with their administration, are the most incompetent elected officials of our the United States government in the in the memories of the majority of living people in the world. Enough is enough!!!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  313. Morris Rodenstein


    When I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica during their 1982 presidential elections, I remember on election night the country's four past presidents lamenting on television "What is happening to our democracy; only 77% of the people voted?"

    They have a deserved pride in their participatory democracy. Wouldn't it be great if we could say the same thing in November and in the future?

    Silver Spring, MD

    March 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  314. Kris Koliwad


    It means that the Americans have finally decided to take charge of their destiny instead of leaving it in the hands of the special interest groups. They feel that that their future is being threatened in a way not seen before. Democracy beckons their return to governing. In some perverse sense, this may be one of the "good things" Bush-Cheney may have done to help the country!


    March 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  315. Mike

    Lets see. When the republicans entered office gas was like around 2 dollars a gallon now its almost 4. A war of choice that has left 4000 american troops, not quite to the 4324 dead in the Philippine insurgency, where many young americans know people who where killed or wounded in this war. I think this has awaken the "sleeping giant" of the american voter.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  316. John Clark from Nampa, Idaho


    Record voter turnout means that the American people are fed up with the wealthy, well-conected special interests buying public officials with fat campaign checks. Our democratic republic has been underseige by these lobbyists and they’ve managed to turn our republic into a constitutional plutocracy, where the wealthy and powerful control the political power. This massive voter turnout is exactly what it should be: Americans are taking back what is rightfully theirs–a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  317. CM Turner

    With an electronic voting system that has proven to be vulnerable to the highest bidder (eg. 2000 and 2004 elections), even a 100% voter turnout in 2008 is unlikely to reflect the true will of the people. Quite sadly, we've lost our democracy. "We the people" need to stage an election in which we can vote to clean house on our government and to reform the entire election system.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  318. Susan, Dublin CA

    For me, it is not necessarily because the economy is in the tank so much as there is finally a real choice in the candidates.

    I haven't voted for 20 years not because I was not concerned for the country as much as I could not see a difference between the old rich white guys who were the candidates.

    Barack and Hillary are the reason.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  319. Frank Weinberg


    March 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  320. jeannette(USA via Canada)

    Only one thing – The Voices of the People from all sides of the Political Table, in as far as the Young, Adults, Seniors, and all Races and Faith are taking their country back – They are seeing and hearing a new theme only with Senator Obama. And, witnessing the Old Boys Tactics with Clinton!
    Someone better take the shovel out of her hands, before she goes deeper than six feet!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  321. Daniel

    Bush truly has had a major role in making the US greatly more democratic. The evidence is in the number of people entering in to the electoral process to wish him farewell.
    History will judge him as one of the greatest influences on democracy. 🙂

    March 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  322. Ken Stevenson

    This election is means whether or not our vote actually DOES make a difference. People really want to know if we are only just being used to help get another politician richer and more powerful or are we voting to help ourselves. For many of us, this is do or die for our own lives as we continuously struggle to simply live. We don't all want to get rich, we just want to know whether we can continue to pay our bills. That is the American Dream, just to pay our bills.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  323. Benny Pa

    Yes, voters are all ears Jack, but what r we hearing ....
    and yes some of us will get to the polls on our knees if we have too...
    and yes we can be lazy and have them mailed to us...
    and yes we want our voice to be heard...
    and yes we want our vote to count... unless you`re from Florida and Michigan you don`t count `couse of some party rules Democratic candidates don`t want to put their name on the ballot i wander what they gonna do about "us" once they`re in that warm and cozy office.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  324. Eric, Michigan

    It's a great thing to know that the American people are finally doing the bare minimum that our democracy requires, participation in the form of voting is encouraging, as you say. However; it is going to take much more than that to change what the man behind the curtain has been doing for so long. I just hope the American people are ready and willing, because it is going to require more action to take back our government and our Country.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  325. Jennifer

    It means that America and her people are sick of how things have been going lately. If things are going good or not so bad then people don't tend to want to change things. But now, a person's everyday life is being affected. Gas, taxes, the war, and almost every aspect of our lives are being affected by this election and by its outcome. This is my first opportunity to vote and I am definitely not going to let it slip me by. The future is here and I do not like the outlook. Why would I or my fellow American not vote?

    March 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  326. Andy L. DOMINECK

    It tells me that Obama wins!!!

    Yes we can!!!!

    Andy in Jacksonville, Florida.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  327. Donna (Princeton, New Jersey)


    It means that 80% of the American people acknowledge that we sat on our hands for the last seven years, while "allowing" GW and Dickie to destroy our country, our constitution, and our leadership in the world. It's time to say NEVER AGAIN and the best way to do that is to get out and vote.

    It will take the next three Presidents to clean up this mess, as so much damage has been done. Obama has been and will be a good start . I guarantee you that he will never ask us to "go shopping" but will require that we make sacrifices to get this country back on the right track. And, we are ready, willing and able to do so!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  328. joan

    Jack: Barack Obama has inspired so many people for change. Young and old are coming out to vote for Barack .Joan

    March 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  329. Cory in Pennsylvania


    The GOP is in free fall, and young voters like myself want to defeat the Republican machine, and not let them back up. We saw for the first time in the fall of 2006 how vulnerable they are, and Obama is energizing people like me every day. The GOP is using the same old argument that he is not patriotic. They used this on Clinton, Gore, Kerry, etc. and we are sick of the same old baseless attacks. An Obama presidency will produce far more youths enlisting in the military, which this country desparately needs. I will fight for a country in which my President actually talks TO me and not down AT me. Hope and conviction, that is patriotism by definition. Barack Obama is the reason so many of us under the age of 30 will decide this election, and the yammerings of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter will be silenced to a whimper as their candidates will be washed away by a sea of blue. The GOP is in free fall, and I want my chance to make sure the "splat" is heard loud and clear. That is why I am voting for Obama. Nothing his pastor has said will stop me.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  330. Joan

    Jack...The people are tired at the direction of this country. People are fed-up and this time they want to do something about it. We are tired of our government officials not caring about the people and their problems. Like John McCain here in Arizona. He has been in Washington for 25 years and he is still preaching war. The immigration problem is still out of control here. We need help! Thanks Jack for giving the Hillary bashing a break to-day. Keep it up. By the way Lou Dobbs is the greatest. He tells it like it is.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  331. stephen

    I am not responding to any question in particular. I just want to commend you about your show. I enjoy watching your show. I love your show, keep up the good work


    March 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  332. David Chaffin

    Being a Native Arizonan, I witnessed the the dramatic increase in voter turnout during the Democratic vote. I have also said if you dont vote then you have nothing to say about what happens in government. It should be 100% voter turnout and you can request an absentee ballot so you dont even need to stand in line on election day for hours.

    Also, I thoroughly enjoy your commentaries.

    Thank you for your time

    March 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  333. rick

    come on jack we all know the next president will be either a rep or dem.yes in this great democracy you have one more choice then a communist.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  334. Jens from Michigan

    Jack, Eighty percent! It must mean we're fed up. But I can't help but wonder, if we couldn't handle the turnout in 2004. What are we in for in 2008? Maybe Florida will forget the date, and make it easier on us all!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  335. Russell

    It says that Americans have finally figured out they have a voice when they participate. Unfortunatlly we only seem to show up when we are passionate about something. The economy, the war, oil prices, the week dollar the list goes on. My Dad would always say "don't complain about our elected officials when you didn't take the time to get envolved. Your voice is your vote." Arizona

    March 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  336. Joan

    It means people are beginning to notice that George Bush has ruined this country. If I may quote Winston Churchill ' The Americans can always be depended on to do the right thing, after they have tried everything else.
    Joan North C arolina

    March 25, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  337. George Vetnar

    It is very simple- the greater American public is finally realizing ( by daily reading the severity of today's economic and political headlines) that the future of America as we have known it is i GREAT peril! The American public finally realizes, also, that our politicians can no longer hide the bad news from us and politics and politicians as usual won't fly anymore.

    Prescott Valley, AZ

    March 25, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  338. Diane Scholz

    Jack, I live in Florida, the state that notoriously/historically disenfranchises many voters and especially democrats. I am thrilled to see that the polls countrywide have had record turnouts so far but I am also saddened that our primary in this state will not count. I am only hoping that this November's general election in this state will NOT BE SCREWED UP!! We have the worst voting system in the country.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  339. Rosemary, California

    It says to me that this much enthusiasm never would have been generated without someone like Barack Obama in the contest. If it had just been Hillary left, most Democrats would not have that much interest in the Primaries. They would be ho hum she's got it. Now that she has to work hard and Bill is campaigning like he was the one actually running they also have caused more people to come out just to vote for Barack Obama.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  340. Tasha Hightower

    What it means is that we are tired and absolutely disgusted with the countries current state of affairs. We are disappointment with this President and his unmeasurable level of hubris. It means that we as a country are ready to reevaluate ourselves and and do what is necessary for this nation to be what it was intended to be!


    March 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  341. dan

    Jack am not American, and the reason the whole world is watching the U.S election is not because of Clinton or john McCain, but because of Obama. And I think the younger people in America are also watching it that way, that why they are all coming out to vote for change. His young and is not in the politics of old like Clinton and McCain

    March 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  342. JIM

    The large voter registration and turn out proves that Americans have had ENOUGH ! of the twenty years Bush and Clinton dynasty.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  343. Brian

    This particular election has taken more focus simply because Americans are tired of Kleenex moment after Kleenex moment provided by our elected leaders, especially George W. Bush. Through his presidency, American has gone from being amongst the most respected countries on our planet, to the absolute least respected country on this planet. Though his leadership America continues towards becoming everything that many of us as youngsters would never have thought of, it is becoming as totalitarian as Russia. And if anyone questions our country's current direction, under this government, they are then framed up with local crimes to keep them quiet or simply labeled as conspiracy theorist nuts. Just thinking about this subject makes me wanna sneeze again, and pick up another Kleenex.

    Then again the quality of the candidates that are in the running wants me to pick up one more.

    America is demanding change for the better!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  344. arthur luggya

    turn out ! thats not what it is, its that frastration after a shocking lay off, its that mid-night wake up worry after nightmares of becoming homeless and seing a loved ones hassle life with out healthcare.
    Jack it's those its teenagers dieing in deserts for no good reason, it's the american spirit

    March 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  345. John

    Jack I am one of those “new” Arizona voters you spoke about. I registered as an independent, so I have not had my opportunity to let the pundits know how I feel. I will say that the high voter turn out in this General Election would accurately reflect George Bushes low approval rating. Americans are tired of the Left hand not knowing what the Right hand is doing, want proof? Look at our Economy, the Housing Crisis and the Illegal and mis-managed war in Iraq. It would mean George “w” Bush’s legacy would be the worst presidency in U.S. history. I cant wait for the Election in November, really no matter who wins, it will be better than the last seven years! John in Scottsdale, AZ

    March 25, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  346. LaLa, Lakewood WA

    It's the "Movement To Stop Hillary" Crowd!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  347. Frank of Ohio

    Jack, it simply says that the tax paying public is sick to death of the same old political in-fighting between elected officials who would rather stand by and fiddle while america burns.. The elected elite had better pay attention or they will be the ones without a job soon.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  348. Rudy

    The voter turnout is just a signal. we are tired of old horses dragging our carts into the same old places. We are tired of more of the same. Give me liberty or give death- that was then. Now we want jobs, cheaper education, better economy, keep us out of other people's country- at least send us where we understand the language.
    Rudy-Augusta GA.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  349. Elaine Williamson

    It just goes to show the dissatisfation of the majority of Americans to the leadership (or rather lack of real leadership) that most people have wittnessed since this administration came to power in 2000. We are waiting to get a chance to get rid of this whole rotten bunch of Liars!!!! That will be a breath of fesh air to one and all.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  350. Brian

    It's a sad commentary on the U.S. electorate. Grim political, environmental, and economic outlooks are all converging to make this one of the most important elections in our history and, by most accounts, things will only get worse before they get better. And still, only SOME states are PROJECTING a POSSIBLE turnout rate of 80%?!? If this stuff doesn't get voters involved for one hour every four years, nothing will.

    Brian – Minneapolis, MN

    March 25, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  351. pat mitts

    Hi Jack
    I would like to see 80% vote, but would much rather see an amount of at least 95%. At least then if the wrong people got elected we would have only our selves to blame. although most politions just want enough people voting so they can be relected.
    Thanks: Pat Prineville,OR

    March 25, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  352. Gerardo

    Its says we're desperate...and to little to late.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  353. Nick Panasik

    It means two things: 1. We have suffered under one of the worst Presidencies in all of U.S. history. and 2. There are consequences for ineptitude. The American people have seen the unethical, self-serving behavior of the people in this administration and those connected to it and they are ready to make their displeasure known at the voting booth. From the grand fiscal failure of destroying the 2000 surplus, to failures to protect their own people during Katrina this President and the interests he has served have raped our country. The greatest failure however has been in the morality of this Administration. Its attacks on freedom of information, civil liberties, RE the patriot act and wire tapping, go against the grain of what America stands for and who we are as a people. The people also know the difference between going to war because there is a threat and going for a reason that has never been clearly explained to the public. Considering his administration knew of concerns in the CIA data before the President gave the state of the union, one is left to wonder – if they knew there was no, real, imminent threat of WMD, then why did we go to war?

    No, turnout in this next election speaks volumes.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  354. Virgie

    It means that most Americans are too lazy to get involved in politics until things start effecting their own little worlds so they start looking for a saviour. That's why they show up in droves at Obama's rallies just waiting for a chance to touch the hem of his garment. Once they get him elected they will go back to their lives and expect him to fix everything that is wrong with their world and will end up angry and disappointed that he can't deliver on any of the promises he's making now.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  355. Steve, San Diego CA

    It says that we do NOT want a one party system! Because of Democratic incompetence such as an inability in 2004 to defeat a President with a 43% approval rating, as well as what we've experienced in this campaign, we are in danger of becoming a one party nation. Presidential politics was slanted enough with 7 of the past 10 presidential elections going the Republican way. Those of us in the middle see failed primaries, proportional and super delegates, nasty campaigns, weak front-runners and continued scandals and it's no wonder we vote for the "R."

    Hopefully things will turn around. I'd love to see 3 or 4 parties but the continued reliance on one party will ruin us.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  356. Sandy

    As an older American, this makes me feel that there is hope for our country. I feel so proud of our young people today that they are trying to make our country better. I just wish that this Demo thing would be over. I am sick of this as I am sure that many are of this going back and forth. Let the superdelegates step in and determine this, for this country's sake and our young people.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  357. Melody

    I was born & raised and live in AZ ....58 years.
    The importance of this election reflects the need for "change" one of which hopefully be in looking at a better system for voting versus the electoral college, As for AZ, well it may be that that 80% increase are snow birds who never left.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  358. dennis north carolina

    very important

    March 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  359. Ron Feuer

    To say that 80% expected turnout in the next general election means something is about as reliable as the recent airmarshall shooting a hole in the airplane he was on in Charlotte, NC yesterday. The real concern of the same 80% expected to vote for the next president is that they were not concerned enough to have the present one romoved from office if that same 80% had complained enough. 80% of the populace could have meant impeachment for GW Bush, if had balked enough!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  360. Karen, Des Moines IA

    This is too easy, Jack. Not to overshadow the last several months of clear debate on Why is Election 2008 so popular, but let's think about just how people get motivated anymore.

    Does reality tv come to mind? Now more than any other time do we see the cusp of urgency with a 360 view. Media marries technology, what a wonderful concept. Factor in the underlying possibility that either a woman or an African American very well could take office, and there you have it: "American Icon" unscripted for all to view. Now let's get down to business – rhetoric aside, it is clear only one Democratic candidate can walk the talk, her every step is an executive statement.....

    March 25, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  361. Tim from Toledo, OH

    That's an easy one, Jack.
    Our reputation in the world is terrible. We can't afford to buy gas. Our houses are dropping in value. We're losing our jobs.
    Simply put – we know that we need a change – and we recognize how important this election is to our future.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  362. C.N. , West Fargo, N.D..

    It shows that the citizens of this country are tired of what has been happening to them for the last 7 years and want a change, however, at this time, I'm not sure if any of the three candidates in the race right now are the right ones for the job. I definitely don't think Obama is even though he uses the slogan, "a time for a change," as his mantra, he is just telling the people what he knows they want to hear, he doesn't have a clue what it's like to hope to live paycheck to paycheck. He is a true politician.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  363. Mr LaVerne Walers

    If more of the public was aware of the retoric that Bush is putting out his "Troop withdraw" coming up. He is not really cutting the force. The withdraw is because the 15 month tours are ending and we have no replacements for them. Harly anyone in my neighborhood knew that until I explained it to them, since I have a son in Iraq and his tour ends the end of May or 1st of June. You and other news people need to get this info out and make it clear to the public about the Bush rehtoric on this issue.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  364. MaryAnn

    Jack As a seventy four year old American who has witnessed many elections, my thoughts are that the Democratic party, of which I have always been proud to be a member of, better unite behind Senator O bama whom I feel has much to offer our country. I would sincerely love to see the mud slinging come to an end. It is discouraging.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  365. Katharine

    What it says, Jack, is that we've all been "Bush-whacked" for 7 years now, and war-whacked for 5. It says that we'll vote for change, yes, that's anyone who ISN'T a republican and more of the same.
    Margate, FL

    March 25, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  366. Jim in Los Alamos

    We will have a lot of people trying to determine which is the lesser of two evils,

    March 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  367. Nikola

    It says that American people are getting sick and tired of corrupt politicians and unresponsive and unaccountable government. People are hungry for real change and that change can only come from the bottom up, that is from the people themselves. It seems that current administration wants us to forget the real meaning of the idea of democracy (the rule of people). So, let's get off our couches and show them that we still believe in our power to replace a bad government with good government.
    Carol Stream, IL

    March 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  368. chester


    The Democrats have been telling us how bad our country
    is ever since Bush was elected. If you Yell this stuff loud enough and
    long enough some people will believe it and may get out and vote.
    In your Democratic party rant before you asked the question about the vote I don't think you missed a single democratic party talking point.
    We can't afford either Hilliary or Obamas goofy plans. I think that may get the republicans out to vote.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  369. Nicole Martin

    Jack, I think an anticipated 80% voter participation means we are finally paying attention. Let's not forget, however, who helped to wake us up out of this apathetic political slumber. Barack Obama has been the first candidate to offer us a chance to stand behing someone who has devoted their life to lifting up the people. He has given us a reason to believe the sun might be coming out. If the only option I had for the future was the Machiavellian Clinton machine, I might be tempted to roll over and sleep through another winter.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  370. kenneth r. gooch

    i say a lot of things...millions of words a day....so if i misspoke that was just a misstatement. woman! you could have just said "so".

    March 25, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  371. Ken Stevenson, Sugar Land, TX

    As we all know, it has been years since this type of turnout has been recorded. People are desparate for someone to lead this country in this day and age of diversity and youth. The reason for this overwhelming turnout and forseeable larger turnout is because of the desparation of this country to be just simply the way it should be. We all really want the same thing, to be able to simply pay our bills and not worry about whether or not we will have a job AFTER spending years and money on college.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  372. Rick

    The Primaries in the United States are generating a lot of stir because there have been so many choices and so many high profile politicians involved. This could account for the high turnout in certain areas.

    When it comes down to the general election we shouldn't see a very high turnout because of either, voter fatigue or disenfranchised voters that did not get the nomination they wished for. I wouldn't expect a much higher turn-out in relation to past elections, because the three candidates are so ideologically similar.

    St. Catherines, Ont, Canada

    March 25, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  373. Jerry

    Would it mean we Americans came to the conclusion that what trumps all is that we remove the use of our military from the hands of the Neocons?

    Roanoke, VA

    March 25, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  374. Kenny Illinois

    It tells me that America is finally beginning to realize that we have been misled into a war and we have seen all of our jobs exported. Now we are wondering what to do about the housing mess, Seems to me that we are starting to wake up and going to send a message that it is time for all candidates to address the root cause of our national problem job loss.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  375. Taylor Thompson

    That the American people are sick and tired of the lies and betrayal that has been our government in recent times. Unfortunately, the majority of those people are sheeple and believe that McCain, Clinton, and Obama will turn this thing around. They won't. Only Ron Paul would have a brought a true Constitutional, Jeffersonian revolution to our great nation. However, the mainstream media and fairweather voters ignored him and wrote him off. We still haven't woke up yet and time is running out.

    Hartland, WI

    March 25, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  376. DJ Burn @ www.myspace.com/floppy77, OAK, CA

    Is call the take over by the people

    March 25, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  377. James Jacobs

    I hope Jack, It means the American people are waking up to the fact that political parties doesn't care about anything except getting their party re-elected. I hope people will forget about belonging to a particular party and start voting for the person and what he stands for. We have voted in the same bunch of idiots for so long, they think we work for them instead of the other way around. They call themselves public servants. Only in America could the servants all be millionaires and the masters paupers.
    God help us if we don't do something different this election.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  378. Don from Milw. WI

    It means that 80% of the people are sick of politics as usual.

    19% continue to enjoy their freedom in this great country without getting off their fat _ _ _ to do their simple duty to vote.

    I can excuse the 1% that may be mentally or physically unable to.
    The rest of you, get off that couch!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  379. dennis north carolina

    very important and for change

    March 25, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  380. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Simply put, watch out, American is awake. They are tired of the ol politics as usual, and they want some serious change. It is a same the Democratic party is imploding. All this bickering and inhouse fighting is messed up.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  381. Marlene Arnold

    Yes, this presidential election is very important and voters know it. Of course every presidential election is critically important, but since the majority of Americans were asleep at the wheel in recent elections, we now find ourselves in a desperate do-or-die state of affairs - depised abroad and in an economic shambles at home. I believe that Americans realize that this may be our last chance to chart a new course toward peace internationally and sound economic policies at home.
    I will vote. I am a white 55-year-old woman, and I will vote for Barack Obama. Words matter. They express not only our thoughts and intentions, but our dreams. Humans communicate through language. What the world needs now (besides love) are words - sincere, honest, clear, and accurate from Americans to Americans and to the world....
    Marlene in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    March 25, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  382. cindy

    I would say that everyone is tired of Bush , Clinton, Bush,and the thought of another Clinton is driving them out like ants .The thought of an honest and transparent president like Obama is also bringing out the voters.For the Second time in my 49 years there is excitement in the campaign . First Al Gore and now Obama.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  383. Jennifer from Plano, Texas

    It means that America and her people are sick of how things have been going lately. If things are going good or not so bad then people don’t tend to want to change things. But now, a person’s everyday life is being affected. Gas, taxes, the war, and almost every aspect of our lives are being affected by this election and by its outcome. This is my first opportunity to vote and I am definitely not going to let it slip me by. The future is here and I do not like the outlook. Why would I or my fellow American not vote?

    March 25, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  384. Christian Zarate

    Jack, I say its about time. The lack of public interest on domestic and foreign affairs is one that unveils the true ignorance of a 21st century world. The voter turnout hopefully will spark the much needed awakening of the political process involving everyone and not just a few. It is time again for America to lead in displaying what is meant by freedom and democracy and to accomplish this by showing the world through its own much needed "self help" . America must realize also that we all hold a responsibility for the situation that our country is in. Although we might not have voted for Bush, it is our involvement in government whether we get what we want or not that is the underlying change that is needed in the political process.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  385. Sheldon

    In my opinion, the record turn out that we are currently experiencing in today's polling numbers is not truly indicative of anything significant. The fact of the matter is, there has always been a large part of the American population that has been oppose to the abuse of America’s military and political power and there has always been an equally opposing group of Americans, in support of such abuse. If polling numbers proves anything at all, its that the great division still exist today: people are still open to John Mc Cain’s insane ideas of a hundred year war and economic ignorance; and a similar group of people are still open to Hillary Clinton’s victory by all means necessary attitude, even at the detriment of the democratic party.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  386. Deborah-Bourbonnais, Il

    Hi Jack, love your show. Here are a few answers to your question: 1. this country has had enough of the republicans. 2. First black man and first woman. 3. Bush,,,,Clinton,,,,Bush,,,,,not this time Clintons. Americans are ready for change and Sen. Obama will deliver just that.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  387. Karen

    What this tsunami says is that the American people are tired of the politics of the Republicans being handled as "business as usual." The Republicans have taken for granted the American voter for the past 7 years. They have ignored our concerns over and pleas for help with health care, gas prices, detereorating schools, city buildings, energy and transportation infra-structures, the desire to end this destructive war mentality, the raiding of peoples' pension coffers, the constant shipping of jobs and identity information overseas, corporate corruption, and now corporate welfare to the detriment of the individual home buyers, and I could go on forever. Until the Republicans grow a heart and show they can and will care for the people of this country and not just about war, oil, and corporations to our detriment, they will see this sea of voter registration. Hopefully the voters will elect someone "for the people, by the people, and of the people."

    March 25, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  388. patti dilley

    One answer: Barack Obama. I am from Arizona and for the first time my husband who was a republican and my mother who has been a republican since Goldwater is voting for Barack Obama. His message of hope and his strong presence is bringing people to the polls. My hope is that CNN and other news organizations does not feed into The Hillary Clinton spinmasters. Her latest "Misspoke" was actually a bold-face lie and you guys seem to be letting her get away with it! I hope the voters in Penn. can see through that! She will try and win at all costs! I did not believe the republican spin masters re: the Clintons for all this time until now.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  389. Gabe

    80% – I'd call that a revolution not an election.

    Storm the bastille and off with their heads!! No, not their heads stupid, the other heads!! Whoops!! Oh well!!

    Anyway, I'm sure the media will cover every last sneeze of it. FYI, Hillary lied when she said she never picks her nose and proof has surfaced from an anonymous source. Should we really be electing someone who lies about things like that??

    March 25, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  390. Chuck

    I think the lesson is that "coat tails" and young Vice Presidents have really been hurting American democracy. Half the debate is killed each election. This year, the soul of both parties has been redefined. The Parties are finally being forced to listen to the People. The People like that.

    Too bad we'll never see this in Congress.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  391. Stephanie

    I've had it up to my eyebrows with the Clinton camp and their grade-school tactics. I decided just today if Hillary Clinton is on any ticket, with anyone, Gore or otherwise, I will not vote in November. Period.
    Hillary, get a life.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  392. paul from Atlanta

    It tells the world that AMERICAN GOVERNMENT SUCKS!!

    It is time for new leadership. We need a POTUS (Obama) to fix these things:

    1. Iraq War: Move out within 24 months
    2. Al Queda: Revert the War here and be done within 24 months
    3. Renegotiate NAFTA with Canada & Mexico
    4. Release Oil Reserves for 3 months to reduce gas prices by 20%
    5. Foreclosure Relief Act (everyone pay original mortgage)
    6. Reduce H1B2 Visa's by 16,000
    7. Incentives for Corporations that hire over 75% of USA employees
    8. Increase funding in Education
    9. Increase funding for Armed Forces Budget/VA


    March 25, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  393. Jason Anderson

    It shows that issues in this country, unlike in previous years ,actually are affecting Young People as well as the Mature. Gas prices are sky high, college tuition rising, our housing market is in shambles, and we have a failed and unecessary war disillusioning the country. As a young person in this country "21" "We cannot afford not to vote in this election." We need real change not mispeaks or straight talk about old policys that keep our country stagnant.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  394. AverageMan (WILL)

    The Clintons are giving me my dream. I hope they tear the Democratic Party down with their selfish politics. Tear it up Bill. Tear down Obama, rip the party to shreds for not bowing down to you and Hilary.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  395. jerry g.

    I recall when I was 11 years old that there was something special going on when bobby K was running for the dem. nomination. My parents were registered republicans but felt that there was something special about this man. I am fifty yrs old now and I feel the same way I and my parents felt that year. To all young and young at heart, vote!!

    March 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  396. Denny Reynolds

    It means the citizens have finally woke up. It's unfortunate that it has taken this long. It will take years, if at all possible, to recoup our losses under Bush. Where were these people in 2004?

    March 25, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  397. AverageMan (WILL)

    It looks like the Democrats have learned how to fight with loves on and the Republicans better get ready. McCain will suffer from to much time off. No one is going to come together, they are going to kick some tail and take names. hahahahah

    March 25, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  398. Iowa Hacksaw

    Obama has given us new hope. Like in '68 I will leave the Demos if Hillary is nominated!

    March 25, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  399. Sarah from Or

    It means People are fed up with dyneisties. It means the Clinton-Bush Era is OVER. It means Republican or Independents and the young people that have been inspired by Obama won't vote for Hillary. Get it. Hillary Get a Life and stop your lies – YOU ARE NOT READY and you will never be.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:31 pm |