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Obama vs. Romney Campaign: Too Long or Too Important?

A new study from the Pew Research Center says Americans think elections are too long and exhausting. And this year's Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney campaign is sure to be no different.

Republicans and Democrats find little to agree on these days, but they have some similar reactions to the 2012 presidential campaign. Nearly identical percentages of Republicans and Democrats say the election will be exhausting. 

That's according to a new Pew Research Center study released Thursday. 

The study shows most Americans say the campaign has been too long and dull (56 percent each), while 53 percent say it has been too negative. At the same time, an overwhelming majority (79 percent) views the presidential campaign as important.

But this is nothing new, Pew says.

The public has long expressed the view that presidential campaigns are too long. In surveys conducted over the past three campaigns, asked at different stages in race, no fewer than 50% have said campaigns were too long.

What do you think? Are presidential campaigns too long and negative? Or is the POTUS position just too important for it to be short and sweet? 

What about this campaign season? Is it already getting out of hand with attack ads and news articles? Or is the ferocious atmosphere to be expected given the stakes?

Weigh in with a comment below!

Elizabeth O'Fallon July 09, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I'm a politics geek and I think the election cycle is too long. I know if it exhausts me, it really exhausts those who don't care for politics. Smears certainly don't help either!
Earl Higgins July 09, 2012 at 04:10 PM
A little on the long side, yes, especially when you include the primaries! But mostly I agree with Ashley--too negative and too many out and out lies, blatant ones, in the ads.
Sonny Pondrom July 09, 2012 at 04:43 PM
It is too long, but only because of its substance. The attack ads are the worst part. It's like watching two bullies on the school playground yelling false accusations at each other. We don't personally know these bullies, so which one is telling the truth? We need to sit down and have a face-to-face debate, not by the bullies, but by the candidates. And the debate monitor has to ask the questions that the people want to hear. This will shorten the campaign.
Candace Jarrett July 09, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I'm with you. I think the most exhausting part is trying to figure out the truths of each campaign. Have them plugged into lie detector machines at debates. That would help a lot!
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