Thursday, October 20, 2022

Voter Enthusiasm Comparable To 2018 Dem Wave


It's too early to predict how the high turnout so far this year will affect the election results, but voter enthusiasm and early voting patterns are similar to those in 2018 when Dems captured the House and sent the Malignant Loser a rejection slip. Polling by CNN, NBC and ABC suggest that voters see this election as very important compared to others:

"Last week, the CNN/SSRS poll found that 28% of registered voters said they were extremely enthusiastic about voting in this year’s midterm election. That may not seem like a lot, but it’s on the high side.

Four years ago at this point, 30% of registered voters said they were extremely enthusiastic about their voting. By comparison, only 23% and 15% said that in 2010 and 2014 respectively. [snip]

Voters told NBC News pollsters last month they were even more excited to vote than at the same point in 2018. A record 64% of voters said their interest in the election was a '9' or a '10' on a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 indicating the highest level of interest.

This year’s level of interest exceeds the 58% in 2018, which was the previous record holder. It is 13 points higher than 51% in September 2014, which was the lowest since 2006.

The fact that enthusiasm and interest levels are so close to 2018 may be somewhat surprising. After all, Donald Trump, who had very strong supporters and detractors, is no longer president. [snip]

An ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 66% of Americans believe voting this midterm is more important than past midterms. That’s the same percentage who said the 2018 midterm was more important to vote in than past midterms."  (our emphasis)

The maxim that "the greater the turnout, the better it is for Dems" will have to be proven at the ballot box as always. The Malignant Loser may not literally be on the ballot, but he's still out there with the Big Lie and has sycophantic candidates that he endorsed on the ballot and stand ready to do his bidding. The Beltway media is also stressing the Republican line on the economy and inflation, despite excellent employment numbers and legislative successes that will bring good paying jobs, investments in infrastructure, and lower drug costs (Inflation Reduction Act, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act). They rarely note that public opinion is overwhelmingly with the Dems on gun safety, women's reproductive rights and social issues. Perhaps they'll start reporting on that after November 8.

BONUS:  Meanwhile, we're with Balloon Juice's John Cole --

I simply can not and will not read, link, or share any of these fucking clickbait articles predicting doom and gloom for the Democrats.

I fucking refuse. Go out and vote. The fucking end.

1 comment:

bluzdude said...

I have more faith in the voting than in the counting. Who knows what kind of malfeasance the Republicans will execute, with their recently recruited and trained Election "Watchers" and GOP legislatures who have given themselves the power to overturn election results they don't like.