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Voters feeling election fatigue

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About half of the people in this country want President Barack Obama to be re-elected, the other half wants Governor Mitt Romney to win, but this race has been going on for about a year and lots of people say they're sick and tired of politics.

"I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message."

"I'm Mitt Romney and I approve this message."

If you're sick of hearing those eight words, you're certainly not alone. Many people in swing states like Florida are coming down with a case of "election fatigue."

"I would definitely say that I have fatigue, yes," said Jon Beake.

"I am so glad it's about to come to an end, yes I am," said Marilyn Spruell.

From those pesky robo-calls to the flurry of friending and de-friending happening on Facebook.

"No, I just avoided it altogether," said Spruell.

People may be passionate in their beliefs, but it's wearing others out with their relentless postings.

"The Facebook and the online wars are very tiring," said Beake.

"Did the Facebook stuff drive you nuts?," we asked Felix Rios. "Yes!," he said enthusiastically. "Every time something goes up on Facebook, my phone goes bananas."

Jeff Lindsey is not on Facebook, but says he's turned-off by the tone and content of most of the television ads.

"It's kind of all annoying because it's so hard to tell, I feel like most of the time whenever they talk, they're lying," said Lindsey.

"The ads are definitely driving me nuts," said Beake.

"The ads, the ads are just getting ridiculous," said Rios, who added that the ads have clouded his view to the point neither candidate is appealing.

"I'm still undecided," he said incredulously. "Last minute things, I just wanna hear what they really have to say at the last minute. Politicians tell you what you want to hear, you got to do your own little research as well."

"Politics, there's nobody telling the truth," laughed Jason Foley.

"You never know what to understand, what is truth separated from fiction?," said Robin Vosler of Adonai Communications. "Also, it's just really difficult to see what ways things have been spun and so you're not sure what the message really is."

Vosler said clarity issues abound with all the negativity, the attacks, and the spin.

"So much redundancy," she said. "So many ads."

"Are you just worn out from the whole thing?," we asked Foley. "I'm over it already," he said.

"Has it influenced you at all in the way you voted?." we asked Beake. "No!," he said. "It doesn't matter. I decided four years ago who I was going to vote for."

"A little bit, it did affect how I did vote and I just prayed that I voted for the right thing," Spruell said.

How much influence does Facebook have when it comes to election? A University of California study found that peer pressure on Facebook does encourage more people to go to the polls.

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