Your Responses: Do You Still Care About Politics?

BY Meena Ganesan  July 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM EDT

On the periphery of a recent Pew poll suggesting voters this election cycle are less enthused than they were four years ago, we turned to you for some insight – do you still care about politics?

The question stemmed from a reporting trip in Ohio in which correspondent Gwen Ifill noted a lack of passion among Republican voters for nominee Mitt Romney.

The poll also showed that though there’s less excitement toward Romney as a Republican candidate, 91 percent of Romney supporters have an unfavorable opinion of President Obama.

We were curious to know if the Pew poll and Ifill’s reporting observations reflected your own attitudes toward the presidential election this November. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, you rated your enthusiasm levels. Many of you cited the economy as your reason for turning from one candidate to the other or for not voting at all. Others also mentioned the political “backbiting” and the polarized environment as reasons for turning you off politics for good.

Your responses resonated with reactions the NewsHour has received through our “Listen to Me” series — a campaign in which we collect a rich tapestry of voices across the country as voters weigh in on what issues are important to them this election season, how hopeful they are about the future and whether they think the political system is broken.

Here’s what some of you had to say and a handful of videos from our “Listen to Me” series:

Sarah Troop – Norco, Calif.
Enthusiasm Level: 2

I still hold onto the hope that things will improve.

Benjamin Garrett – Blacksburg, Va.
“Listen to Me”



For more election cycle coverage, visit the NewsHour Politics page.

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