This is from Gallup, yesterday, concerning the question, “Compared to Previous Elections, Are You More Enthusiastic About Voting Than Usual, or Less Enthusiastic?” An average of 59% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have said they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting this year compared with past elections, the highest average Gallup has found in a midterm election year for either party since the question was first asked in 1994. The prior high for a party group was 50% more enthusiastic for Democrats in 2006, which is the only one of the last five midterm election years in which Democrats have had an enthusiasm advantage. This is the most telling statistic about the mid-term races, moreso than Obama’s approval/disapproval ratings. It’s no coincidence that the best comparison is to 1994, when Republicans swept the Democrats out of control of the U.S. House for the first time in 40 years.
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