Poll: Republicans win enthusiasm contest
March 1st, 2012
08:30 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Republicans win enthusiasm contest

(CNN) - Republicans are more excited to vote in the 2012 election than Democrats, according to a new survey.

The Gallup poll released Thursday showed 53% of registered Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP are enthusiastic about casting ballots in November, compared with 45% of Democrats who said the same.

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The new figures indicated a slight increase among Republican voters since a similar questionnaire in December.

Enthusiasm among the GOP has also grown since February 2008, when Sen. John McCain and former Gov. Mike Huckabee were competing for the presidential nomination. At that time fervor among Republican voters stood at 44% and at 79% for Democrats.

Gallup questioned 1,014 adults by telephone between February 16 and February 19 with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.


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  1. Concerned Mom

    Not sure if this is an accrate reflection. It depends a lot on what is going on in the individual states. Wisconsin Democrats are definitely very fired up to vote. Here in my state the extreme right-wing legislature (new in 2010) has overreached to a great extent, putting divisive amendments to the state constitution on the ballot that turn out Democratic voters and students who are very much against those amendments. They have also angered many left-leaning independents who are eager to see them out. So much for jobs and the economy. In our state the GOP legislature has brought nothing but divisive and unnecessary legislation that has nothing to do with jobs. They need to go.

    March 1, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    45% among dems, huh? Gooood.... Gooooooood.... I feel your disappointment.... makes you strong.... gives you focus...

    March 1, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. GI Joe.

    That's a joke. Just like the republican candidates.

    March 1, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Charlie from the North

    Wait until we see which ones of the whiny, immature, stark raving lunatics they choose t challenge one the best Presidents of my lifetime and then you will see some enthusiasm.

    It is not worth getting too worked up over any of them until we know who they will have. to face. I an concerned that not enough people will vote. If we get decent voter turnout we should be able to send him an actual Congress to work with too that would be nice.

    March 1, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  5. Thomas Merton

    Gee Republicans are enthusiastic ain't that news. They gonna wear cheerleading skirts at the convention? What are they going to do with thw Nazi uniforms they wear now? CNN is a joke. Hey news flash.......my dog took a dump on my USA today!!!!! Dogs prefer to dump on USA Today more than any other newspaper and leave the room when I surf to CNN News, it hurts their ears.

    March 1, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They are enthusiastic about voting? More like they are enthusiastic about getting the voting OVER WITH. It's like when you're scheduled for an invasive,painful, yet necessary medical procedure. You can't wait to get it over with. Same thing here.
    Obama 2012.

    March 1, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Gallup (March 6, 2008) stated the following:

    The Democratic race has remained constant among Democrats with Hillary Clinton currently leading the field (49 – 42%)followed by Barack Obama, Al Gore (who is not running at this point) and John Edwards, although Mr. Edwards has gained a bit more support recently.

    Mr. Thompson appears to have gained support from those who previously said they would vote for Mr. Giuliani. Yet, Mr. Giuliani remains the standout Republican candidate with regard to popularity among Republicans with 74 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of him.

    So much for the accuracy of Gallup polling 8 months out...

    March 1, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Joseph

    The Gallup Polls are full of it. I had a Robo call from them, they ask you if you are Indy-Dem-Rep. If you say Dem, the call is terminated.

    March 1, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  9. Seattle Sue

    Well, You sure can't tell that from the turnouts for the Republican primaries/caucuses.

    March 1, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Since the GOP is having it's "our choices are not good and we like none of them" contest, it's natural that there would be more enthusiasm although that number is low. Once they crown their sacrificial lamb, Democratic enthusiasm will go up.

    March 1, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. Florida Voter

    I'm an independent and super motivated to vote in November. Obama 2012!

    March 1, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. Seattle Sue

    I just read where a little more than 2000 Republican voters caucused in Wyoming yesterday. I see Wyoming has 136,000 registered Republicans in the state, looks to me like about .016 % showed up for the caucus. Do you really think this is a lot of enthusiasm? Maybe the rest of the Republicans in the country are fired up but apparently Wyoming is not.

    March 1, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. gt

    thats a surprise... i thought the democrats were really fire up... they have lower home values... drop in there 401 k.... 9 % unemployment....a stupid war in afganistan... high health insurance health care cost...

    March 1, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. sonny chapman

    Hate is a powerful emotion.

    March 1, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There are many "red meat" issues that are being talked about right now. That will wane when there is more about the candidates being sloppy with numbers and not having great new ideas that won't do much if enacted.

    March 1, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. sonny chapman

    P.S.- Hate, driven by irrational, inflamed fear, is a powerful emotion. We're only human, but Jesus called us to be "Perfect as the Father is Perfect." Matthew 5,48. Right after he said , "Love your Enemies".

    March 1, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. realitybites

    Their biggest problem. Actually getting excited w/ the flacid choces they have to vote for.

    March 1, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Skitownrefugee

    As a registered Democrat all I can says is – We haven't yet begun to fight.

    March 1, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Oh yeah we're motivated! ABO baby!! ABO!! Four more years of Obama and we'll all be unemployed and on food stamps.

    March 1, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. GL

    Republicans are more excited to vote in the 2012 election than Democrats, according to a new survey.

    The Gallup poll released Thursday showed 53% of registered Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP are enthusiastic about casting ballots in November, compared with 45% of Democrats who said the same.

    I did even have to read this polling to know it was a Gallup poll. This is just a lie, but every primary had very low turn out. We should all by now know that Gallup polling is working for the GOP.

    March 1, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Galllup released polling results over the past 24-48 hours that should have conservatives doing cartwheels. Woo-Hoo.

    March 1, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. GL

    THIS IS SUCH A BIG LIE. I did not even have to read it to know this was a Gallup polling who have been polling bad polling for the Dems every since Obama took office.

    March 1, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. GL

    If this was so true, why the low turn off in the primary?

    March 1, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. GL

    Gallup questioned 1,014 adults by telephone between February 16 and February 19 with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

    So all red neck old people. Go Figure. Not one of my kids have a land line phone. Old stupid white voters is not saying much.

    March 1, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. GL

    A recent CNN/ORC International poll released two weeks ago indicated a decrease in Republican enthusiasm, which tumbled 13 points since October to 51%. Forty-nine percent of Democratic voters expressed excitement.

    Gallu polling is fake.

    March 1, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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