Voters sour on their choices in 2012 election

Just 54 percent of voters are “very” or “fairly” satisfied with their options in the rapidly approaching presidential election, down sharply from four years ago, according to a new poll from The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center.

Satisfaction with the presidential choices has slumped across party lines, and is lower than it has been in any contest since 1992.

 The drop-off is particularly acute among political independents, who have tumbled from 63 percent satisfied at this time in 2008, to 45 percent now. The fall-off has also been sharp among Republicans, falling from 74 percent satisfied to 57 percent. Democrats slid 12 percentage points to 66 percent over the same time period.

Whether or not satisfaction serves as a barometer of voter enthusiasm, in each of the past five elections, the side expressing more satisfaction with the choices ended up winning.

 

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Sean Sullivan · September 24, 2012