Excitement about the election grows

In late August, the Elon Poll of likely voters in North Carolina had a decent excitement level in the prospect of the election. Fifty-one percent of Romney supporters said they were “very excited,” and 47% of Obama voters said they were “very excited.”

It’s possible those percentages are going up now.

According to a USA Today/Gallup poll, registered voters in the battleground states, including North Carolina, “are now significantly more enthusiastic about voting this fall than they were in June. Six in 10 (59%) are either “extremely” or “very” enthusiastic, up from 46%.”

And Gallup reports that Democratics excitement level is rising faster. “The rise in Democratic enthusiasm among swing-state voters is notable from the perspective that the party’s supporters are more energized after that party’s convention than before it, and that Democratic enthusiasm for voting now exceeds that of Republicans…. A continued Democratic edge in enthusiasm, especially among those in swing states, could certainly help minimize the typical Republican turnout advantages.”

— John Robinson

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