‘Enthusiasm gap’ may turn nation sharply to the right

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Democrats Face Enthusiam Gap in 2012

A new Gallup poll finds 45% of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual, while nearly as many, 44%, are less enthusiastic.

In contrast, 58% of Republicans and independents who lean Republican describe themselves as more enthusiastic about voting.

Democrats Face Enthusiam Gap in 2012

I saw this earlier today, and it made me think of the 2010 election - Republican blowout b/c of enthusiasm gap. Then I just saw another article that made that very point:



September 29, 2011 10:40 AM
‘Enthusiasm gap’ may turn nation sharply to the right
By Steve Benen


The nation took a sharp turn away from progressive governance in 2010, with far-right candidates excelling in congressional, gubernatorial, and state legislative races. Among the leading factors contributing to the results: enthusiasm among Republican voters easily overwhelming Democratic lethargy.

At this trajectory, it’s likely to happen again.


In thinking about the 2012 presidential election, 45% of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual, while nearly as many, 44%, are less enthusiastic. This is in sharp contrast to 2008 and, to a lesser extent, 2004, when the great majority of Democrats expressed heightened enthusiasm about voting.


Democrats’ muted response to voting in 2012 also contrasts with Republicans’ eagerness. Nearly 6 in 10 Republicans, 58%, describe themselves as more enthusiastic about voting. That is nearly identical to Republicans’ average level of enthusiasm in 2004 (59%) and higher than it was at most points in 2008.


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