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Poll Shows GOP With Enthusiasm Advantage

Poll Shows GOP With Enthusiasm Advantage

By Kyle Adams - October 1, 2012


Republicans hold a substantial enthusiasm edge over Democrats as President Obama and Mitt Romney prepare to face off in their first head-to-head debate on Wednesday in Denver.

According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 64 percent of Republicans say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting, while 48 percent of Democrats say the same.

Despite this advantage for Romney, the poll reveals several hurdles the former Massachusetts governor faces in the final month before Election Day.

Obama is viewed more favorably by the electorate, with 55 percent saying they have a favorable view of the president, compared to 47 percent for Romney. Both of these numbers lag those of past presidential nominees. Romney has the lowest favorability rating at this point in the race of any candidate in the past two decades while Obama trails six of the past 10 major-party nominees in favorability.

Still, Obama has an edge when it comes to perceptions of who would be best for various groups of Americans.

Americans predict that the rich, investors and men would do better under a Romney presidency. However, they say that poor and middle-income Americans would fare better under Obama.

Americans also predict that women would be better off under Obama. The Republican nominee has consistently trailed the president among female voters.

They say seniors, young people and racial and ethnic minorities would fare better with Obama as president as well.

Americans are split, 47-47, on whether small-business owners would benefit more from an Obama or Romney presidency.

Obama leads Romney by 3.8 points in the RCP Poll Average.

Gallup surveyed 1,446 adults from Sep. 24-27. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. 

Kyle Adams can be reached at kadams@realclearpolitics.com.

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