11/07/2014 04:06 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Americans Are Surprisingly Ready To Bring On The 2016 Elections


The 2014 midterms are barely over, yet most Americans are apparently ready to do it again, a HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.

Fifty-four percent of Americans said they're looking forward to the next presidential election, and just 30 percent said they're not.

Republicans -- perhaps anticipating the chance to replace President Barack Obama -- were particularly excited, with 71 percent saying they were looking forward to the 2016 contest. Fifty-nine percent of Democrats said they were as well. Independents, at 43 percent, were somewhat less enthusiastic.

Forty-one percent of Americans said they're already paying close attention to coverage of the next presidential election. Another 17 percent said they'll start tuning in sometime next year, 20 percent said sometime in 2016, and the remaining 22 percent were unsure or planning to pre-emptively ignore the whole campaign.

Few seem to mind the already ubiquitous news coverage the race has garnered. Just 31 percent of Americans think news organizations are giving too much attention to the presidential race, down slightly from the 37 percent who said the same back in June. Thirty-six percent now think the race receives about the right amount of coverage, and 11 percent think that it receives too little. (Those in the latter camp can get their fix of 2016 primary election polls here and here.)

Interest in the election isn't necessarily translating into widespread enthusiasm for many potential candidates. While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the runaway winner in most Democratic primary polls, exit polling conducted Tuesday found that just 42 percent of Americans think she would make a good president. Fewer than 30 percent said the same of GOP contenders like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

And the public's tolerance for political rhetoric still doesn't cross some lines. Almost no one likes watching campaign ads, the HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.

Given the choice between the political commercials that blanket battleground states before elections and the business ads always on the air, Americans went overwhelmingly for the latter. They were nearly three times as likely to say they'd prefer watching a commercial for a car dealership than one for a political candidate.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted Nov. 3-6 among 1,000 U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.

The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov's nationally representative opinion polling. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be found here.