Gallup has released its final enthusiasm gap poll which is even more bad news for Democrats. The poll shows the GOP leading by a whopping 19 point margin, 63% to 44%. This margin breaks a new record for a mid-term election. The 63% mark is also 19 points higher than the enthusiasm number for the GOP in 1994, when Republicans took 52 seats. Everyone already knows that Republicans are set to achieve historic gains in the House and possible the Senate. But, will this enormous enthusiasm gap propel them to even more gains?
From the poll:
Americans’ enthusiasm about voting exceeds the recent midterm election high set four years ago, with 50% of Americans and 53% of registered voters saying they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting in 2010. …
The record level of overall enthusiasm is primarily the result of Republicans’ heightened excitement — 63% of Republicans (including Republican-leaning independents) say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting. That not only greatly exceeds Democrats’ expressed enthusiasm this year, but also is substantially higher than what Gallup has measured for either party’s supporters on the eve of a midterm election.
The high level of Republican enthusiasm has led to the largest gap in enthusiasm by party of any recent midterm elections, 19 percentage points. The prior highs were nine points in favor of the Democrats in 2006, and nine points in favor of the Republicans in 1994.
Read Hot Air’s take on this poll here.