Poll: GOP more enthused than Dems
September 29th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: GOP more enthused than Dems

(CNN) - What a difference three years makes. A new poll released Thursday reveals Democrats seem to be suffering from a presidential election malaise.

Less than half say they're more enthusiastic than usual about voting in 2012, compared with Republicans, who are more enthused about voting than they were for most of 2008.

According to the new Gallup poll, Democrats are split on how excited they are about voting in 2012. Forty-five percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual, and 44 percent are less enthusiastic.

But in 2008, almost eight in 10 said they were more enthusiastic about voting. The change represents a stark decline in excitement from the months preceding the election of President Barack Obama to those in the midst of his re-election campaign.

In a reversal of fortunes, almost six in 10 Republicans –58 percent– say they're more enthusiastic than usual about voting and 30 percent are less enthusiastic.

GOP excitement in 2011 is five percentage points higher than 2004, when then-President George W. Bush was elected to a second term, and greater than it was at most points in 2008, a factor that may bode well for the eventual Republican nominee for president if the trend continues.

The Gallup poll was conducted by telephone from September 15-18, 2011 among 1,004 adults nationwide. It has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Ed DFWTX

    I am amazed at how quick the Republicans are to blame the democrats when the mess the country is in now is a direct result of their own party's mishandling of the country and its finances. Republican policy got the country so far in debt in the first place. Bush and the republicans who imposed all of the tax cuts on the rich and pushed for the war in Iraq which has cost over a trillion dollars. It was Bush and the republicans who deregulated the banks to the point where we had the lending melt down that led to the worst recession since the Great Depression.

    September 29, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Average Americans have been battered by the GOBP/Teacult propaganda and insanity spreading fear and darkness across our nation. It is up to each and everyone of us to find the energy and the light to fight back. This is the same battle that light and darkness have been fighting since the dawn of time, and reflected in our myths, legends and ancient history. Wake up and get a clue. They're baaaaaack. Are we gonna let darkness and selfishness win? Or will we stand up for truth, compassion and humanity?

    September 29, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Little Jimmy Truth

    Cool buttons!!!

    September 29, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. gt

    most american will pull there nose and voter gop no matter who gets the nomination...there sick of obama ..

    September 29, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Sandy

    Dems will get behind Obama when the time comes.

    September 29, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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