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Gallup: GOP leads in voter enthusiasm (By 8 points and growing)
Hotair ^ | 03/01/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/01/2012 8:40:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Conventional wisdom, and conventional hand-wringing, has this cycle’s tough primary fight eroding Republican enthusiasm for the general election against Barack Obama. Late last year, that seemed to be the case, as Republicans went from a +13 in enthusiasm in October to a +5 in December. However, the latest Gallup survey shows that enthusiasm has begun to rise among Republicans — and remains flat among Democrats:

By 53% to 45%, Republicans, including independents who lean Republican, are slightly more likely than Democrats and Democratic leaners to say they are “more enthusiastic than usual about voting” this year. Republicans have consistently led Democrats in voting enthusiasm since last fall, but to varying degrees.

Not only has enthusiasm rebounded, it’s significantly higher than at this stage of the 2008 cycle:

The 53% of Republicans who feel more enthusiastic about voting today — as Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are engaged in a pitched nomination battle — is greater than the 44% found in February 2008 when John McCain and Mike Huckabee were still dueling in the primaries.

Gallup points out that this is still nowhere near Democratic voter enthusiasm in 2008, which was at an astronomical 79%. That, however, was mainly due to the prospect of ridding themselves of the hated George W. Bush and passion for the historic candidacies of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Four years later, Democratic enthusiasm can’t get above 45% in the last six months to defend Barack Obama, and gets nowhere near the 59% enthusiasm in 2004 when Kerry was sailing to the nomination in an ultimately unsuccessful candidacy.

The primary has not eroded Republican enthusiasm. Voters may not be terribly satisfied with the choices presented in this cycle, but as the general election comes closer, Republicans appear to be gaining enthusiasm for beating Obama.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; gallup; getoutnewt; gop; newtgetout; newtsplittingthevote; voterenthusiasm
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1 posted on 03/01/2012 8:41:07 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

After a couple of days with Romney as the nominee, those numbers would change dramatically.


2 posted on 03/01/2012 8:44:33 AM PST by Rational Thought
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3 posted on 03/01/2012 8:46:51 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: Rational Thought

RE: After a couple of days with Romney as the nominee, those numbers would change dramatically.

He’ll have to choose someone as electrifying as Sarah Palin to be his running mate.

Not sure if Rand Paul will do the job for him. That’ll only attract the libs ( as in libertarians ), who are not that large in terms of numbers.


4 posted on 03/01/2012 8:48:26 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Marco Rubio would work as VP...


5 posted on 03/01/2012 9:02:19 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: SeekAndFind

Look: you can’t maintain enthusiasm as a constant. For one thing, there needs to be a target. Wait until Aug. / Sept. Enthusiasm will be sky high on our side. Even if the unfortunate fate of Romney befalls us. He will choose a Rubio or other conservative who excites the base as running mate. Obama is toast. He will have none of those idiot indy’s who bought the bamboozlin.


6 posted on 03/01/2012 9:03:43 AM PST by LALALAW (one of the asses whose sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: SeekAndFind
He’ll have to choose someone as electrifying as Sarah Palin to be his running mate.

Having Christie Creme would add excitement to the Milt ticket. People would tune into events just to see if that was the time his ticker finally gave out from the sad state of his health.

7 posted on 03/01/2012 9:05:16 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's ice cream was on C-SPAN this morning. He didn't sound enthusiastic about Obama but thought, of course, Obama was the best choice. I was amused by his weak support of BO.
8 posted on 03/01/2012 9:07:03 AM PST by Bronzy (Send a NEWTron to Obama!)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’ll have to choose someone as electrifying as Sarah Palin to be his running mate.
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Not sure Sarah would do it, but, how about Marco Rubio? He would cut, greatly, into Obozo’s Hispanic vote and he would carry Florida for the GOP. Whoever wins Florida, will win the White House; for sure.


9 posted on 03/01/2012 9:08:43 AM PST by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy and no "out of touch" Rev. Rick........Gingrich.... YES!!!)
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To: no dems
how about Marco Rubio?

Cue the "Marco Rubio is not a N*A*T*U*R*A*L B*O*R*N C*I*T*I*Z*E*N!!" clown car in 3...2...1.....

10 posted on 03/01/2012 9:11:11 AM PST by Notary Sojac (A liberal, a conservative, and a moderate walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Hi. Mitt!!".)
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To: Rational Thought

Voters may not be terribly satisfied with the choices presented in this cycle, but as the general election comes closer, Republicans appear to be gaining enthusiasm for beating Obama.
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HALLELUJAH!!! I’ve been worried about that.


11 posted on 03/01/2012 9:13:06 AM PST by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy and no "out of touch" Rev. Rick........Gingrich.... YES!!!)
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To: no dems

The GOP-E is not about to allow another Sarah Palin tea party type on the VP ticket, for two reasons. First, it elevates him or her, and the Tea Party, for 2020. Second, the GOP-E fears a “rogue” VP candidacy.


12 posted on 03/01/2012 9:13:21 AM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Rational Thought
After a couple of days with Romney as the nominee, those numbers would change dramatically.

Most people I know are all about getting obama out. They don't care who ends up being the nominee. The dire consequences of another obama term are not worth expending one's energy on hating Romney.

13 posted on 03/01/2012 9:15:54 AM PST by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: Bronzy

Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream was on C-SPAN this morning. He didn’t sound enthusiastic about Obama....I was amused by his weak support of BO.
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It’s amazing how many Blacks are NOT enthusiastic about Obozo this time around. I talked to a young Black man at the VA Tuesday. I had said nothing about politics; he brought it up. He said he’s voting Republican this time.


14 posted on 03/01/2012 9:26:07 AM PST by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy and no "out of touch" Rev. Rick........Gingrich.... YES!!!)
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To: Notary Sojac

Question from the Clown Car:

All-Knowing Wise Sir, can you please confirm for me that Mr. Rubio’s parents were both U.S. citizens when he was born?


15 posted on 03/01/2012 9:28:47 AM PST by doc11355
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To: SeekAndFind

in 2010, the GOP led in enthusiasm by 8 points.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/09/parties-tied-on-generic-ballot-but-republican-enthusiasm-dominates/63315/


16 posted on 03/01/2012 9:32:38 AM PST by MNDude
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To: SeekAndFind

in 2010, the GOP led in enthusiasm by 19 points.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/09/parties-tied-on-generic-ballot-but-republican-enthusiasm-dominates/63315/


17 posted on 03/01/2012 9:32:38 AM PST by MNDude
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To: MNDude

(ignore my 1st post here)


18 posted on 03/01/2012 9:33:23 AM PST by MNDude
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To: jersey117

I am ABO at all costs.


19 posted on 03/01/2012 9:34:30 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: SeekAndFind

Democrats had a 19 point enthusiasm gap in 2008:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/109966/Republicans-Still-Face-Enthusiasm-Gap-Democrats.aspx


20 posted on 03/01/2012 9:35:39 AM PST by MNDude
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To: jersey117

If you were under the opinion that John McCain was difficult to support as a Conservative, you ain’t seen nothing yet. As such, a Romney nomination will turn much of the enthusiasm to indifference.

If you wonder what a Romney general election campaign would look like, look no further than his last general election in MA.

If Romney is to be the direction of the Republican Party, it’s third party time.


21 posted on 03/01/2012 9:37:48 AM PST by Rational Thought
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To: doc11355

I can not confirm that. Nor do I care.


22 posted on 03/01/2012 9:41:45 AM PST by Notary Sojac (A liberal, a conservative, and a moderate walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Hi. Mitt!!".)
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To: Notary Sojac; doc11355

But, you do care because your post tried to shut up any posters who dared question his qualifications.

Any post that says ‘here come the dumbasses’ attempts to shut people up on the topic.


23 posted on 03/01/2012 10:08:49 AM PST by AlmaKing
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To: jersey117
The dire consequences of another obama term are not worth expending one's energy on hating Romney.

Another four years of Obama and we lose the Supreme Court for the rest of our lives!

Presidents we can vote out every four years....eight years tops!But the judges they pick affect us long after their time in the oval office is over!

I realize that with Romney,judges are AT BEST a 50-50 shot!

With Obama,there's a 100% chance of more Kagans and wide Latinas!

We can take the Senate and keep the House,but if history is any indicator,the GOP will roll over and confirm whatever Barry sends to them,so the ONLY way to stop Obama from getting more Kagans or Sotomayors on the court is to get Obama OUT OF THE WHITEHOUSE!

24 posted on 03/01/2012 10:09:26 AM PST by massmike (Massachusetts:Stopped hanging witches;started electing Kennedys.Coincidence?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Many here seem to represent the far Right “my way or the highway” crowd who will probably NOT vote at all if they don't get their “dream” candidate. It is almost as if they are not aware of the real disaster this president is and will be, given another 4 years.

Wake up people, we have ONE chance to right this thing or at the very least stop the death spiral we are in. Vote Republican even if that Rep is a broken lamp. Anyone or anything will be better for America then what we have now. Plus with a Republican wine ANY Rep win we will more then likely take the Senate due to the customary coat tail effect.

By all means support your primary favorite but if you lose, please do not do something as stupid and destructive as staying home. It would make you look like the kid who took is ball and went home because he didn't get the position he wanted on the team.

25 posted on 03/01/2012 10:19:36 AM PST by GIANTSBEATPATS
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To: LALALAW
He will have none of those idiot indy’s who bought the bamboozlin.

This has always been the key to winning.

26 posted on 03/01/2012 10:19:47 AM PST by GIANTSBEATPATS
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To: Rational Thought
Why third Party? Why not just stay home or better yet vote for Obama. Your idea will have the same affect no matter which of the ones I mentioned you choose.

You sound like a Liberal who only talks to others on his block and thinks everyone thinks as do you.

Trust me they don't. I personally know Gingrich, Romney, Cain and Santorum supporters and to a one they will vote for whomever is the nominee. They will do so because, unlike folks like you, they seem to SEE the danger of this president remaining in office another 4 years.

27 posted on 03/01/2012 10:20:19 AM PST by GIANTSBEATPATS
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To: jersey117
Most people I know are all about getting obama out.

I'd vote for a dead dog over that halfrican, mooselimb, communist prick, but I promised my wife that I'd tone down my comments about barack huessein obama, mmm, mmm mmm.

28 posted on 03/01/2012 10:28:29 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gonna need at least 20% to overcome the fraud.


29 posted on 03/01/2012 10:28:33 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Rational Thought
If Romney is to be the direction of the Republican Party

I think of it more as avoiding a disaster than a change in direction. Hey if he doesn't keep his promises, we can primary him 4. Nothing..... I repeat nothing is as bad as obama with a nothing-to-lose second term.

30 posted on 03/01/2012 10:28:33 AM PST by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: SeekAndFind

Notice how Gallup seems to try to downplay the GOP voters’ eight point enthusiasm margin by calling it a “slight” lead.


31 posted on 03/01/2012 10:33:33 AM PST by DestroyLiberalism
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To: USS Alaska; jersey117

32 posted on 03/01/2012 10:33:41 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: doc11355
All-Knowing Wise Sir, can you please confirm for me that Mr. Rubio’s parents were both U.S. citizens when he was born?

Rubio was born in 1971. His father was naturalized in 1975.

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33 posted on 03/01/2012 10:39:37 AM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Notary Sojac
Cue the "Marco Rubio is not a N*A*T*U*R*A*L B*O*R*N C*I*T*I*Z*E*N!!" clown car in 3...2...1.....
LOL!
34 posted on 03/01/2012 10:42:05 AM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Notary Sojac
Cue the "Marco Rubio is not a N*A*T*U*R*A*L B*O*R*N C*I*T*I*Z*E*N!!" clown car in 3...2...1.....
LOL!
35 posted on 03/01/2012 10:42:20 AM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Bronzy

How on Earth can a successful businessman named Cohen thing that Barack Hussein Obama is the best available president? It is like chickens voting for the red fox because he is so handsome.


36 posted on 03/01/2012 10:52:22 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t trust polls.

I’ll see if this remains true in November. That’s the only poll that counts!! Everything else is just BS passing for news.


37 posted on 03/01/2012 10:54:08 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Thunder90
The GOP-E is not about to allow another Sarah Palin tea party type on the VP ticket, for two reasons. First, it elevates him or her, and the Tea Party, for 2020. Second, the GOP-E fears a “rogue” VP candidacy.

Then they are even bigger dumbasses than I thought.
38 posted on 03/01/2012 11:25:48 AM PST by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy and no "out of touch" Rev. Rick........Gingrich.... YES!!!)
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To: Rational Thought; All

a Romney nomination will turn much of the enthusiasm to indifference.
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I do NOT like RINO-Rom, but I’d crawl over broken glass to vote for a sh** eating, one-eyed dog to get Obozo out of the White House.


39 posted on 03/01/2012 11:33:44 AM PST by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy and no "out of touch" Rev. Rick........Gingrich.... YES!!!)
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To: LALALAW

Thank you for your Post #6. It is so refreshing to see someone post something on here that is edifying and encouraging.


40 posted on 03/01/2012 11:35:41 AM PST by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy and no "out of touch" Rev. Rick........Gingrich.... YES!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

more previous enthusiasm polls:

“In 2002, 42 percent of Republicans said they were more enthusiastic than usual about the election. Thirty-eight percent of Democrats said the same. In 2006, the numbers have flipped. Republican enthusiasm has dipped to 39 percent and Democratic enthusiasm has jumped to 48 percent. Enthusiasm affects turnout. Gloomy voters are less inclined to vote.”

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/012/817vxgub.asp


41 posted on 03/01/2012 11:45:37 AM PST by MNDude
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To: GIANTSBEATPATS

RE: Many here seem to represent the far Right “my way or the highway” crowd who will probably NOT vote at all if they don’t get their “dream” candidate

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You just described the attitude of many FReepers who, if Romney were the nominee, have threatened to either stay home on election day or simply NOTE VOTE for President but just vote for other candidates for Congress or Senate.


42 posted on 03/01/2012 11:59:36 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: doc11355

RE: can you please confirm for me that Mr. Rubio’s parents were both U.S. citizens when he was born?

Rubio was born in Miami, 1971. His parents were Cuban immigrants who were naturalized in 1975.


43 posted on 03/01/2012 12:02:37 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I will enthusiastically vote against Barack Hussein Obama (mmm mmm mmm) even if the opposition on the Republican side is a box of gravel.


44 posted on 03/01/2012 12:37:00 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: LALALAW
Wait until Aug. / Sept. Enthusiasm will be sky high on our side. Even if the unfortunate fate of Romney befalls us. He will choose a Rubio or other conservative who excites the base as running mate. Obama is toast. He will have none of those idiot indy’s who bought the bamboozlin.

What is this? Clear headed, rational thinking about the election? I'm hitting "abuse" on this, and don't let it happen again.

45 posted on 03/01/2012 12:48:33 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: South Hawthorne

Just wait until Mittens is the nominee. Voter enthusiasm will sink faster than the titanic.


46 posted on 03/01/2012 1:27:02 PM PST by bigdirty
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To: Bronzy

How on Earth can a successful businessman named Cohen thing that Barack Hussein Obama is the best available president? It is like chickens voting for the red fox because he is so handsome.


47 posted on 03/01/2012 4:42:56 PM PST by RipSawyer
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To: RipSawyer
For all who replied to Ben Cohen being on C-SPAN, he is sponsoring OWS. Ben & Jerry's Ben is supporting OWS. I guess that was part of his purpose for the interview. Just another millionaire lib willing to pay more taxes.
48 posted on 03/01/2012 5:19:24 PM PST by Bronzy (Send a NEWTron to Obama!)
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s no such thing as bad publicity. The extended primary is free marketing (or marketing at the expense of Wall Street bailout beneficiaries and groupie billionaires). It only stands to reason the primary would increase GOP enthusiasm. The same thing happened with Hillabama 2008. The RNC and elites are just showing more cluelessness in poo-pooing the primary process. Once again they’re showing they’re willing to throw all logic and evidence and desires of the base out the window in their unnatural, unwavering obsession to land the dial on a loser, moderate candidate.


49 posted on 03/01/2012 5:23:30 PM PST by JediJones (Watch "Gingrich to Michigan: Change or Die" on YouTube. Best Speech Ever!)
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To: no dems

The young 30 year olds that work for my husband are all liberal but would vote for Romney over BO, but would never vote for Santorum. I guess they think Romney is dem enough to satisfy them. I agree that most will be greatly enthusiastic about getting BO and the Mooch, Valerie Jarrett and all the commies out of there. I think it’s going to be wipeout!


50 posted on 03/01/2012 8:12:29 PM PST by dandiegirl
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