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The actual 2012 presidential election is 388 days away. No, really. The public already is nursing a case of campaign weariness, apparently. Almost three-fourths of Americans — 72 percent — say “the presidential campaign runs too long,” according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey. The pollster notes, “As the nation braces itself for another race for the White House, voters say enough is enough.”


“Ronald Reagan always referred to himself as a ‘citizen politician’ because he truly believed in the concept. … Through all his years, he’d gained an insight and honed a philosophy that was based on the most fundamental creed of the Founding Fathers. That power resides with the many and not the few. That elected officials were truly public servants who had a solemn compact with those who put them into power. And that the first obligation of the national government was to secure the peace and freedom for those who allowed them to govern them.”

“Reagan understood the quintessential American because he was the quintessential American.”

— Reagan historian Craig Shirley, recently addressing a four-day Reagan centenary seminar at Hillsdale College.


• 64 percent of U.S. voters disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the economy.

• 93 percent of Republicans and 29 percent of Democrats agree.

• 49 percent of voters overall say Mitt Romney would do a better job on the economy; 91 percent of Republicans and 12 percent of Democrats agree.

• 39 percent overall cite Mr. Obama over Mr. Romney to do a better job; 3 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Democrats agree.

• 45 percent overall say Rick Perry would do a better job on the economy than Mr. Obama; 85 percent of Republicans and 10 percent of Democrats agree.

• 42 percent overall favor Mr. Obama over Mr. Perry on the economy; 5 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Quinnipiac University poll of 2,118 registered U.S. voters conducted Sept. 27 to Oct. 3.

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