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GOP Widens Advantage on 'Enthusiasm Gap' in Midterm Elections

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While voters are about evenly split about whether they support the Democrat or Republican in this year's congressional elections, the Republicans have opened up a 20 point "enthusiasm gap" when it comes to how eager they are to go to the polls, according to Gallup's daily tracking polls conducted between April 1-25.

Forty-six percent say they will support a Republican while 45 percent choose the Democrat on Gallup's generic ballot. Independents prefer the Republicans by a 43 percent to 35 percent margin.

But 57 percent of Republicans describe themselves "very enthusiastic" about voting compared to 37 percent of Democrats, a significant figure since the poll involves registered rather than likely voters.

The gap had ranged from 15 to 18 points in Gallup samplings dating back to early March.

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