Thursday, September 13, 2012

New poll: Democrats are more positive about the 2012 campaign

By Richard K. Barry

That's right. Any excuse to post a picture of the New
York Giants with the Super Bowl trophy.

I truly have no idea what to make of polls like this, or what the implications of such findings might be in November, but the Pew Research Center asked the question, so I suppose we should know the answer:

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Sept. 7-9 among 1,012 adults, finds that 66% of Democrats say the presidential campaign is interesting while just 27% say it is dull. Among Republicans 50% say it is interesting while nearly as many (45%) describe it as dull. The gap is about as wide in opinions about whether the presidential campaign is informative – 68% of Democrats say it is informative, compared with 49% of Republicans.

In September 2008, nearly identical percentages of Republicans (75%) and Democrats (74%) said the campaign was interesting. And similar majorities of both groups viewed the campaign as informative (62% of Republicans and 59% of Democrats).

Again, I'm not sure what this means. I will say that, as a football fan, when my team, the New York Giants, is doing well, I'm very interested in the football season, want to know everything that is going on, and find it all very exciting. When they are losing, I find everything about the season dull and don't care to be informed.

Could that be the point? Are Democrats starting to feel that success is within reach with the thought in mind that it's always fun to be engaged when victory is close at hand?

(Cross-posted at Lippmann's Ghost.)

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