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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Intensity Gaps

A couple of recent Gallup polls suggest an intensity gap between the parties.

On presidential approval:
Americans are more than twice as likely to say they "strongly disapprove" (39%) of President Barack Obama's job performance as they are to say they "strongly approve" (17%). The percentage of Americans who strongly disapprove of Obama has increased over time, while the percentage who strongly approve has dropped by almost half.
On thought to the midterm election:
One in three Americans (33%) say they have given "quite a lot" or "some" thought to the 2014 midterm election, up from 26% in April. Importantly, Republicans (42%) are much more engaged than Democrats (27%) in the election at this point.