Despite the traditional parade, parties and general fanfare in Washington, D.C., on Monday, excitement for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama is somewhat cooled down from his first swearing in four years ago.
A CNN/ORC International poll
found that half the country was “thrilled” about Obama taking the oath of office and nearly two-thirds of the country thought the inauguration was a celebration by those who back and agree with Obama.
About 50 percent of those questioned in the poll said they were happy or thrilled with the inauguration of the president, a decrease of about 18 percent from four years ago.
That number is similar to the second inauguration of President George W. Bush in 2005, according to CNN.
"The thrill is gone, along with the hope that the start of a new presidential term of office will bring a divided nation together," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In fact, Obama's second inaugural is shaping up less like his first one and more like the second inauguration of George W. Bush in 2005."
Sixty-two percent told pollsters that they felt the celebration was for Obama’s supporters, while 35 percent said they felt it was the overall celebration of democracy it is generally intended to be - a reversal of poll results from Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.
ORC International and CNN interviewed 814 people for the poll on Jan. 14 and 15. The margin of error is 3.5 percent.
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