With only 26 days until Election Day, evidence continues to mount that Republicans enjoy a massive enthusiasm advantage over Democrats, as a new survey of likely voters by Democrat pollster Mark Penn shows GOP voter are more “passionate” about voting than Democrats. The Hill’s Shane D’Aprile reports:
Democrats have a serious intensity problem heading into the final month of campaigning, according to a new poll of a dozen key House races. The Hill/ANGA 2010 Midterm Election Poll confirms a strong trend this election season of Democrats being less enthusiastic about voting than are Republicans and dissatisfied independents. Across those districts won by Democrats during President Obama’s wave election two years ago, 83 percent of Republicans said they are “very passionate” about voting this fall, while 68 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of independents say the same… The poll also measured a sizable intensity gap among likely voters aged 18 to 34, a key voting bloc that came out for Obama in 2008. Just 56 percent of young voters said they are “very passionate” about casting a ballot this fall. Another 38 percent described themselves as “somewhat passionate.” That’s the lowest level of intensity across any demographic group in The Hill/ANGA poll. “The bottom line is that GOP voter intensity is high and the impact it has on turnout could be the determining factor in many of these races,” said Penn.