WASHINGTON – Ready for the first polls in the 2012 presidential race? 

Neither are we, but the folks at the Marist College Institute of Public Opinion couldn’t resist scaring us anyway. 

 They sent an e-mail on Thursday with the subject line: Marist Poll: Matchups for the 2012 Presidential Election — For Immediate Release. 

 Once opened, however, the message read: “Did you really open this e-mail? Haven’t you had enough? You’ll be hearing from us soon … but not this soon. 

 Best wishes, 

 Your friends at The Marist Poll.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Mitch Dumke. Supporters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama celebrate in front of the White House in Washington, Nov. 5, 2008