With 123 days until Election Day 2012, many voters are experiencing a level of apathy much higher than four years ago. The 2008 election had drama; a major party African American candidate, the national debut of firebrand conservative Sarah Palin, a resonating theme of change and a near economic collapse that took place mere weeks before Americans went to the polls.
This time around, the big issues (the struggling economy and health care) find voters trying harder to distinguish major differences between the incumbent Barack Obama and his presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that although Americans are sharply divided on the Affordable Care Act that revamps the nation’s health care system, they are also significantly misinformed about exactly how the Supreme Court ruled on the issue last week. A mere 55 percent of the public knows that the Supreme Court upheld most of the provisions of the controversial health care law.
Are you engaged in this year’s presidential election? Or are you fatigued from what may seem like a perpetual election season?
Arnold Steinberg, political strategist and analyst, a libertarian-conservative long associated with Republican campaigns; he was on the Board of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. between 2005 and 2009