Poll: Americans already tired of campaign
By Ashley Killough, CNN
(CNN) – Exhausting, but informative. That’s how Republican and Democrats view the 2012 presidential campaign, according to a new Pew Research Center poll released Thursday.
With almost four months left until Election Day, 67 percent of American adults say they expect the remainder of this year’s White House race to be “exhausting.”
However, tiring as they may find it, 60% of Americans also say they anticipate the race to be informative, with majorities of both Republicans and Democrats in agreement.
A majority of Americans-56%–say the race has been too long and too dull, more than a year after the Republican presidential race got under way. Meanwhile, 53% say it has been too negative, according to the survey’s results.
A breakdown of the poll by party lines, however, shows some differing trends.
Since the same poll was conducted in March, more Republicans now say that campaign is dull than they did four months ago, when Romney was still battling opponent Rick Santorum. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul were also still in the race at the time.
In March, 52% of Republicans said the race was interesting, whereas 33% now feel the same way. In the last few months, however, all of Romney’s opponents, with the exception of Paul, have officially suspended their campaigns.
Conversely, more Democrats–45%–find the contest interesting than four months ago, when 36% said the same thing. The uptick comes during a time in which President Barack Obama officially began to hold campaign rallies, with Vice President Joe Biden also making more appearances and taking particular aim at rival Mitt Romney.
The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted the survey June 7-17, interviewing 2,013 adults by telephone, with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.