Thursday, March 1, 2012

GOP Enthusiasm Gains Ground

8% is only slightly ahead?

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.
The GOP is ahead of the last Presidential cycle, by a large number.
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.
Make no mistake, the base will be all over whoever gets the GOP nomination. For the Republicans this year it will be ABO.

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