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Monday, October 17, 2011

Enthusiasm Gap Widens In Favor Of Republicans

By Susan Duclos

A quick note on the most recent CNN poll where it headlines with two-thirds of Republicans haven't made up their minds on a candidate as of yet but the meat and potatoes in the polling data, for me, is in the widening enthusiasm gap in favor of the Republican supporters over Democratic supporters.

Two thirds of all registered Republicans say they are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting next year, compared to less than half of all Democrats. In the 2008 election cycle, the Democrats were more enthusiastic that then GOPers, a major advantage that helped elect then Sen. Barack Obama.

With Obama once again coming down on the less popular side of the Occupier issue, which the majority of the public polls as to believing Washington is primarily to blame for the financial crisis and the subsequent recession, not Wall Street, as Obama and Occupiers are attempting to claim, his numbers as well as this large enthusiasm gap are likely to widen even more in favor of Republicans.