Gallup: GOP enthusiasm highest ever

posted at 3:36 pm on June 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Some pollsters, including Gallup, suggested that Republican voter enthusiasm in this midterm cycle began to wane after the passage of ObamaCare.  Three months later, Gallup says that GOP enthusiasm remains off the charts — almost literally, in this case.  Republicans have a 35-point advantage over Democrats at the moment:

An average of 59% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have said they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting this year compared with past elections, the highest average Gallup has found in a midterm election year for either party since the question was first asked in 1994.

The prior high for a party group was 50% more enthusiastic for Democrats in 2006, which is the only one of the last five midterm election years in which Democrats have had an enthusiasm advantage. In that election, Democrats won back control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time since 1994.

The current average is based on four measures of this enthusiasm question since February, including the recent June 11-13 USA Today/Gallup poll. In that poll, 53% of Republicans said they were more enthusiastic than usual about voting and 39% were less enthusiastic, while 35% of Democrats said they were more enthusiastic about voting and 56% were less enthusiastic.

Republicans’ net score of +14 more enthusiastic in the latest poll compared with the Democrats’ net score of -21 represents the largest relative party advantage Gallup has measured in a single midterm election-year poll. More generally, Republicans have shown a decided relative advantage in enthusiasm throughout 2010, averaging a net score of +28, compared with Democrats’ net score of 0.

Democratic incumbents looking to tamp down this enthusiasm have decided to skip holding town halls in their districts.  That may keep Republicans and independents from easily rallying in opposition to their policies, but it’s not helping them keep those seats Democratic, either.  They need to excite their own base enough to come out to the polls in November, and so far, they’re failing miserably.  A net score of zero probably overstates Democratic enthusiasm.

Even that +28 for Republicans with the net 0 for Democrats is still a record.  In 1994, when Republicans took back Congress for the first time in over 40 years, that number was only +17, and that was with a -1 for the GOP (Democrats had a -18).  In 2006, when Democrats took back the House, they had an eleven point enthusiasm advantage (+10 for Dems and -1 for the GOP).  It presages a big GOTV success for the Republicans, while Democrats wind up rolling back to pre-Obama levels of motivational futility.


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It’s all about turnout, baby!

Akzed on June 21, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Joe Biden:

“Our enthusiasm has never been higher.”

fogw on June 21, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Factor in ACORN and dead people, it will be a close race.

Daggett on June 21, 2010 at 3:41 PM

NOvember is creeping closer!!!!!

search4truth on June 21, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Factor in ACORN and dead people, it will be a close race.

Daggett on June 21, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Don’t forget the Black Panthers.

Doughboy on June 21, 2010 at 3:42 PM

The attempt to take away everything we hold dear gets people fired up.

I wish the election was tomorrow so we could stop all of this mess NOW!

gophergirl on June 21, 2010 at 3:43 PM

But, but the all important moderates are really turned off!!eleventy! /Frum

Norwegian on June 21, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Throw them all out. Especially McCain.

joshlbetts on June 21, 2010 at 3:43 PM

“All your enthusiasm are belong to us,” -GOP.

Akzed on June 21, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Throw them all out. Especially McCain.
joshlbetts on June 21, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Throw him out twice!

Akzed on June 21, 2010 at 3:45 PM

I am optimistic, however, November is still a long way from today.

VibrioCocci on June 21, 2010 at 3:45 PM

I like that sign…”Fire the Dem-Wits”…

PatriotRider on June 21, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Still a lot of months to go. Don’t peak too early and don’t screw this thing up, GOP.

Edouard on June 21, 2010 at 3:46 PM

that enthusiasm is going to come down like a boot on their neck this NO–vember!

might’ve heard that somewhere before…

ted c on June 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

my only regret is this, that I have but one vote to give to my country this November.

ted c on June 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

But whom will be the cream rising to the top of the GOP? We have the perfect opportunity to defeat the Dem’s huge, but who the heck is going to lead the army? Huck? Romney? Palin? On leadership, we’re sorely lacking.

JetBoy on June 21, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Sure we’re excited now, but when we get a presidential candidate similar to McCain in 2012, expect crushing depression.

Goldenavatar on June 21, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Of course the GOP enthusiasm is higher. Who is really happy under total Democrat control? Even the ultra lefties aren’t happy. As most have experienced—people tend to let you know when they have a problem or hate your product, rather than when they love it.

texabama on June 21, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Democratic incumbents looking to tamp down this enthusiasm have decided to skip holding town halls in their districts.

Of course! Does anyone believe that demorats actually care what their constituents have to say?

UltimateBob on June 21, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Gallup: GOP enthusiasm highest ever

I wouldnt exactly call it enthusiasm. ANGER,disappointment,FEAR maybe…

canditaylor68 on June 21, 2010 at 3:49 PM

my only regret is this, that I have but one vote to give to my country this November.

ted c on June 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

The local ACORN office can fix that for you.

angryed on June 21, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Having the Dems in charge is like living under Sharia law. Just like Muslims are much better off when living in a Christian nation, liberals and leftists are far better off when conservatives are in charge.

Mojave Mark on June 21, 2010 at 3:51 PM

my only regret is this, that I have but one vote to give to my country this November.

ted c on June 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM
The local ACORN office can fix that for you.

angryed on June 21, 2010 at 3:50 PM

I thought they just helped pimps, ho’s, and child sex ring managers. I’m just an ordinary, average guy with a record of obeying the law and paying taxes—probably persona non grata in that office.

ted c on June 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Democratic incumbents looking to tamp down this enthusiasm have decided to skip holding town halls in their districts.

Are you kidding? Do you have any idea how much it costs to hire a pack of union thugs to beat people at each one of these things? This is purely a cost cutting move.

See ya in NO-vember.

GnuBreed on June 21, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Democratic incumbents looking to tamp down this enthusiasm have decided to skip holding town halls in their districts.

cowards—each and every one of them–COWARDS! They’re so damn courageous up there casting votes and throwing the rest of us into poverty, yet can’t face us and tell us why. You congress critters are poor excuses for representatives and you’ll each deserve what you’re going to get.

ted c on June 21, 2010 at 4:00 PM

But but but… hope and change.

Seriously though, I thought, according to Gordon Brown, that the world was suppose to have ended by now due to climate change/global warming/global cooling. We shouldn’t even be around to vote.

txag92 on June 21, 2010 at 4:00 PM

OT (but don’t know where to put it): Gorelick had a heavy hand along with Rahm Emanuel in “crafting” that BP shakedown. Surprise, surprise. There are plenty of Dems who were lobbied by BP. They make up the majority of recipients by the influence peddlers.

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YzZmMjkxNDgwODgxMmE3NTE1ZTIwYjliNDg4MWEyNTQ=

onlineanalyst on June 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM

I’m not sure the mood is pro-GOP as much as it is anti-Dim. The GOP still needs to get it’s house in order. Still, this is good news. I hope it lasts through November.

joejm65 on June 21, 2010 at 4:08 PM

This enthusiasm is great news.

Republicans still need to understand that their brand is badly damaged and the next two elections are their last chances to reclaim their ideals.

RJL on June 21, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Barry: You Republicans want to talk about enthusiams? When a man becomes pre-eminent he’s expected to have enthusiasms, enthusiams, enthuisiams. What are my enthusiams? Baseball!

Ted Torgerson on June 21, 2010 at 4:16 PM

oh, and don’t worry…..plenty of time for Steele to open his yap and mess it up.

search4truth on June 21, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Stock up on barrels of tar & feathers.

kurtzz3 on June 21, 2010 at 4:27 PM

BRING IT!

I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK! I WANT MY CONSTITUTION BACK!

Yakko77 on June 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

It’s much easier to be enthusiastic about voting when you have some chance of winning. California’s primary wasn’t very satisfying in that regard, but I guess by living in CA I ought to be used to that. :)

Bob's Kid on June 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Hand Frum the smelling salts!

Blake on June 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

What is funny about this, is that all this republican entusiasm isn’t because of anything republicans have accomplished. It is becuase democrats suck so bad, that the do nothing republicans just suck less. Who ever knew just sucking less could generate enthusiasm?

paulsur on June 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Sharks smell the blood…

right2bright on June 21, 2010 at 5:12 PM

HMMM—I can smell November from here—and it smells like victory.

dirtseller on June 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

If I can just pry the bible and gun from my hands I will be able to pull the lever in November. /

CWforFreedom on June 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Who ever knew just sucking less could generate enthusiasm?

paulsur on June 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

New GOP slogan “We Suck Less”

CWforFreedom on June 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Hey,

that picture can’t be from a Republican event, there’s a black person enjoying himself????

patch on June 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM

that picture can’t be from a Republican event, there’s a black person enjoying himself????

patch on June 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Just a guy with a dark tan. That is about the only good explanation./

CWforFreedom on June 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM

JetBoy on June 21, 2010 at 3:48 PM

2010 first then we can have the debate/fight over who will be he best executive for the WH run.

chemman on June 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

CWforFreedom on June 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Think outside of the box there are a few other parts of your anatomy that could pull the lever. :)

chemman on June 21, 2010 at 6:01 PM

the net 0 for Democrats is still a record.

And we all know what the zero symbolizes!

chickasaw42 on June 21, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Also, don’t forget to factor in the liberal news media — 99% of them vote democrat — and the big push by MSNBC and CNN (Blitzer and gang) who constantly protect Obama..
We need a HUGE turnout to combat them…

Travis1 on June 21, 2010 at 7:58 PM

We’re here. We’re normal. We’re p!ssed.

Slowburn on June 22, 2010 at 7:05 AM