In the run-up to the midterm elections which will determine the fate of which party controls the Senate, a new poll has found that Republicans believe this year's election is more important than Democrats do.
According to a Wall Street Journal/ NBC News/ Annenberg survey
of 815 registered voters conducted Sept. 14-18, 75 percent of Republican voters say this year's congressional elections are much more important or somewhat more important than other elections. By contrast, 57 percent of Democrats say the midterms are more important than other elections.
"The polling is consistent with signs that Republicans are more enthusiastic than Democrats about voting this year. Democratic leaders, including President Barack Obama, have warned their party that its supporters aren't excited enough about going to the polls," the Journal said.
In the survey, 54 percent of Republicans said they are highly interested in the election compared to 44 percent of Democrats.
The poll also found that younger voters who tend to support the Democrats are less likely than other groups to go to the polls and are among those least engaged in the election. Just 20 percent of voters under 35 said they had a strong interest in the election.
Sixty-two percent of older voters, or those age 65 and older, say they are highly interested in the election.
"The figures may portend bad news for Democrats in tight races, among them senators running for re-election in conservative-leaning states. At the same time, more people in the survey said they would rather have Democrats control Congress than Republicans, 46 percent to 42 percent," the Journal said.
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