“Enthusiasm Gap” Threatens Dems

The Washington Post notes that 65% of President Bush’s supporters say they are “very enthusiastic” about their candidate, while only 42% of John Kerry’s supporters describe themselves as “very enthusiastic”:

That’s a 23-point difference in relative excitement. Although the polling record is incomplete for earlier elections, the available data suggest that the enthusiasm gap in the 2000 presidential campaign was negligible, at best.
In an election in which turnout is key, keeping the faithful energized is one of the most critical challenges facing Kerry as he approaches the first presidential debate tonight.


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