It seems that the GOP field (both those formally announced and those assumed to be in it) for the nomination to run against Obama in 2012 is not exciting too many voters, at least not yet. Granted it may be too early to expect too many Americans to be worried about the next election. It’s over a year off, after all. Still Pew finds that the “Republican Candidates Stir Little Enthusiasm .”

It is interesting, however, that Pew has found that, along with Mitt Romney, Herman Cain has a good excitement factor, especially considering his lack of name recognition compared to Romney.

Before we get to Cain, though, let’s look at Pew’s negative assessment of the current field. Pew states that it has found that the word “unimpressed” characterizes those running for the GOP nomination. Further, Pew finds that Obama still leads them all.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research for the People & the Press, conducted May 25-30 among 1,509 adults (including 1,227 registered voters), finds that Barack Obama continues to hold a sizable lead against a generic Republican opponent in next year’s election. Currently, 48% of registered voters say they would like to see Obama reelected while 37% would prefer to see a Republican elected. This is little changed from March (47% to 37%).

Pew finds that Obama still has good favorables.

Now, on to Herman Cain…

The new survey finds that among the Republican candidates, Herman Cain has made a positive impression on the relatively small share of voters – mostly Republicans – who have heard of him. Just 33% of voters have heard of Cain. Among them, 23% say there is a good chance they will vote for the former business executive and another 25% say there is some chance they would vote for him.

Among the 44% of Republican and Republican-leaning voters who have heard of Cain, 39% say there is a good chance they would vote for him, while 35% say there is some chance. Nearly twice as many Republican voters have heard of Romney (85%). Among this group, 32% say there is a good chance they would vote for him and 43% say there is some chance.

This is bad news for Romney. Even though Romney has higher name recognition he lags behind Cain in the “good chance” category even though Cain has far less status. According to Pew Romney, Cain and Pawlenty are the leaders as it stands today.

Still, the major take away from this poll is that none of the Republicans are exciting voters in any great numbers.

I’ve said it before, despite the poor performance of Barack Obama, he’ll be a tough one to beat and will likely get his second term. Americans don’t usually like dumping a president for a second term. It has only happened four times at the ballot box in the last 120 years, after all — Taft, Hoover, Carter, G.H.W.Bush. (Harding and Kennedy died in office and LBJ decided not to run for his second term.)

Oh, one other interesting thing to note about this poll. It wasn’t just about the Republicans. Pew also found that fewer people than ever would vote against a candidate if he was a homosexual. The number dropped from 46% in 2007 who would not vote for a homosexual candidate to 33% today. Looks like the gay propaganda agenda has made headway.