Nation: Gallup Poll Shows New High for Republican Enthusiasm

Posted June 21, 2010 at 5:42pm

More Republicans tell Gallup pollsters that they’re more eager to vote this year than for any of the other recent midterm elections.

An average of 59 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents describe themselves as more enthusiastic than usual about voting this year compared with past elections, the latest USA Today/Gallup survey reported Monday.

The previous high mark on that question was among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents in 2006, when 50 percent described themselves as more enthusiastic than usual.

Gallup has asked about voter enthusiasm since 1994.

The survey of 1,014 adults was conducted June 11-13. The results have a 4-point margin of error.

Pollster Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling advised against reading too much into the numbers.

“Clearly there is a significant enthusiasm gap that is playing to Republicans’ advantage,” Jensen wrote in an essay on PPP’s website. But there’s been no sign yet that less enthusiasm translates into fewer Democrats voting.

“An unexcited vote counts just the same as a very excited one,” he wrote.