Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, January 8, 2014
If the lackluster support for Obamacare is a sign of things to come, Republicans will remain far more enthused about the Midterm elections than Democrats, according to a new Pew Research Center for the Press and the People study released Tuesday.
The poll found that 63 percent of adults who consider themselves to be Republicans are looking forward to the November elections, while just 53 percent of Democrats feel the same way. That gap is similar to that leading up to the 2010 Midterm elections, when 60 percent of Republicans looked forward to the election compared to 48 percent of Democrats. Republicans won big that year, winning back 63 House seats, six Senate seats, six governors races and a majority of state legislatures nationwide.
Overall, a small majority of Americans are looking forward to the elections.
The partisan split in enthusiasm was also reflected in a similar poll Pew and USA TODAY conducted last month among likely voters, in which Republicans were slightly more enthused than Democrats about the upcoming races. That study found Republicans are much more optimistic than Democrats about their party’s chances of performing better than in recent elections.
Republicans are hoping to add to their majority in the House and narrow or even eliminate the Democrats’ majority in the Senate in November, with several Democrats in conservative-leaning states either retiring or facing the fight of their lives. Key pickup opportunities for Republicans in the Senate include Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Dakota.
Pew also measured Americans’ enthusiasm toward other key events in 2014, including the Super Bowl and the Sochi Olympics next month. The poll found that Americans are more looking forward to the Olympics than the Super Bowl, 58 to 53 percent.
The Pew Research Center for the Press and the People conducted a nationwide telephone survey of 1,005 adults from January 2-5, 2014. The margin of error for the study is +/- 3 percent.