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Poll: Fewer Watch Obama’s 2nd Inauguration

PRINCETON, N.J., (UPI) –  Fewer Americans watched the inauguration ceremonies for Barack Obama’s second presidency than did his first swearing-in four years ago, Gallup said.

Thirty-eight percent of Americans said they watched or listened to the inauguration ceremonies live while 27 percent said saw, read or heard news coverage of the events, results of a Gallup poll released Tuesday indicated.

This year’s percentage of viewers was down considerably from a combined 80 percent who watched the ceremonies live or saw news coverage of them in 2009, Gallup said.

Reported viewership of Monday’s ceremonies was similar to George W. Bush’s second inauguration, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.

Sixty-five percent of Americans who watched or saw news coverage of this year’s ceremonies rated Obama’s inaugural address as excellent or good, Gallup said.

Results indicated fewer Americans said the 2013 inauguration made them more hopeful about the next four years than those who expressed such sentiments in 2009. Thirty-seven percent said they were more hopeful about the next four years, compared with 62 percent after Obama’s first inauguration.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 513 adults conducted Monday. The margin of error is 6 percentage points.

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  • Harold Olsen

    I think the thrill is gone, even with Obama’s traitorous supporters. He is the most divisive person ever to occupy the White House. He has gone out of his way to divide the nation racially and economically. Yet, I saw an ad for a show about Obama that said he “united the nation.” What a load of crap! He’s a worse racist than Sharpton, Jackson and Farrakhan combined.

    • Warrior

      From 62% hopeful down to 37% hopeful? Please explain again how in the world this dude won the election? Hmmm, sounds like a “blue” thing.

    • Kinetic1

      Really, that’s what you read into this? In 2009 we were witnessing the inauguration of our nations first black President. A young president to boot. This year we it’s the continuation, the second term. The second term rarely generates the excitement of the first. Look at history if you don’t believe me.
      G.W. Bush 20.8/11.8
      Clinton 24.5/17.1
      Reagan 37.4/22.3
      Nixon 33.5/28.5

      Clearly, despite the nation’s condition fewer people tune in the second time around. I understand your bitterness, but the numbers speak for themselves.

  • jopa

    Warrior;He won because the American public is much wiser today with the ability to find the truth and see how much the GOP lies and there war on minorities and women.He won because of the rebound in the economy from going into a depression to a slow recovery.He won because of foreign policy and scaling back the unnecessary wars and getting Usama Bin Laden that Bush could not do.He won because he took us out of Iraq where we should never have been.He won because he is for 100% of the American people not just 51%.He won because he was the better candidate and more in tune to the average person.He won because he would never put his dog on the roof of the car and decided to drive thousands of miles with the dog in sheer terror.There are so many more reasons but there is only so much room in cyberspace.

  • jopa

    The Nielsen poll came in with 20.5 million watching Obamas second inauguration and Bush’s number was at 15.5 million.Gallup called it at being close however they are not very good with their polls like the landslide victory they came up with for what’s his name.Gallup polling has become obsolete in that they only poll landlines.


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