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Enthusiasm Gap

Enthusiasm Doesn't Always Equal Votes

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: CIRCLE The graph above tracks two measures of youth enthusiasm compared with youth voter turnout over five presidential elections. By:...

Early Voting Status Report

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

If there is one takeaway that I see in the earliest of early vote numbers is that voters are engaged in this election. There is no compelling evidence yet that there will be a dramatic decrease in turnout come November.

Karl Rove's Grand Slam

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The president and Democrats seem befuddled by how to react to the Citizens United decision, while Karl Rove understands with crystal clarity.

Occupy Wall Street: The Enthusiasm Gap

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The latest polls indicate that approximately 75 percent of Americans agree with the goals of Occupy Wall Street. Nonetheless, only 29 percent consider themselves supporters of OWS. What accounts for this enthusiasm gap?

Weekly Audit: Massive Protest In Wisconsin Shows Walker's Overreach

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger About 100,000 people gathered in Madison, Wisconsin to protest Gov. Scott Walker's new anti-collective...

Mark Blumenthal

Wisconsin Poll: Republican Enthusiasm Gap Vanishes

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The poll released this past weekend by a conservative Wisconsin think tank did more than indicate a preference for compromise among Wisconsin adults. ...

What the San Francisco Giants and My Dad Can Teach Progressives About Overcoming Defeat

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Like the San Francisco Giants, the progressive movement will someday win if we believe in all of our players and play as hard as we can.

Amanda Terkel

Early Reports Point To High Voter Turnout In Urban Areas

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Early anecdotal reports of turnout at polling places indicates higher than expected activity in urban areas, which could bode well for D...

A Letter From a Progressive to President Obama

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

Dear President Obama, I'll vote for you in 2012, but you're not making it easy to do so. Your administration's communication skills are, to be honest, horrible. And now we're in for two years of gridlock and hell.

Ed Rendell To Disaffected Democrats, Not Voting Is Like "Biting Your Nose To Spite Your Face"

John Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Morgan

As I travel across Pennsylvania I keep hearing from disaffected Democrats, liberals and progressives upset with President Obama for abandoning them on...

Bridging the Enthusiasm Gap: Let's Be the Change

Larry Ottinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Ottinger

Regardless of one's political views, there's every reason to be intensely motivated in the upcoming election, given the huge problems and needs that we face and the huge impact of current policy decisions.

Shocking Spewman Memo: Professional Misinformant Behind "ObamaCare Kills Unicorns" Campaign Launches "Operation Squash The Vote"

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

While much of the traditional media has been diligently reporting on how Corporate America is doing nothing wrong by using secret donors to fund its m...

Obama Blasts Republican Economic Policies: GOP 'Snake Oil' Could Jeopardize Economy

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the midterm elections just 10 days away, President Barack Obama is blasting Republicans' economic policies at rallies in support of Democratic ca...

Democratic Enthusiasm Gap: Large Number Of Obama Supporters Defecting To GOP

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's winning coalition from 2008 has crumbled and his core backers are dispirited. It's now Republicans who sta...

The Big O's Mojo Has Been Here All Along

Cody Gault | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cody Gault

Somehow, it has become common wisdom that Obama was sent to the White House to change America, and that he failed to do it. That's nonsense.

The Roots of the Enthusiasm Gap Go Back to 1992

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Every time the Democrats are too timid to promote a policy solution that the party's base actually wants, they walk into a trap. We're now seeing with Obama what we saw with Clinton.

Countering the Enthusiasm Gap

David Coates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coates

Political battles require strong armies and clear leadership. Thus far, the Republicans seem to have grasped that fundamental truth but the Democrats have not.

Another Reason to Vote for Democrats

Andrew Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Levine

If we are to keep the forces of untrammeled greed, retrograde religion and vicious nativism at bay, it is important to contrive reasons to vote for otherwise undeserving Democrats.

Yes, We Still Post 'Outliers"

Huffington Post | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Editor's note for those new to Pollster: 'Outliers' is a feature we ordinarily try to post on a near daily basis. Our aim is to point to analysis else...

One Nation March: Sometimes Size Doesn't Matter

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

The One Nation Working Together march did not draw as many people to the Washington Mall as Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally a few weeks prior. A...

I Don't Care About Apathy

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
B. Jeffrey Madoff

How does the media hype stack up to what actually happened? 98 percent of incumbents were nominated, not exactly "anti-incumbency fever."

An Antidote to the 'Enthusiasm Gap': Good Organizing

Jeremy Bird | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Bird

The past week alone has shown clear signs the enthusiasm-gap theory made popular by the chattering class is overblown.

Both Sides Now w/ Huffington & Matalin: On Obama's 'Enthusiasm', Brown-Whitman, Negative Ads & Jobless Over 50

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpgHost Mark Green asks the women about Obama's new political push-back, the contentious Brown-Whitman contest, and when negative ads work. Lots of agreement beyond left and right.

Pixie Dust Blues

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

Who is that masked superhero zoooming across the country on treacherous adventures to save the Democratic damsel? It's President Obama, in a desperate attempt to erase the midterm election enthusiasm gap. Two words: Good luck.

Friday Talking Points [141] -- Rahm's Exit Contest Winner Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I will begin today's column by drying a tear as we all wish Rahm Emanuel a fond farewell. Actually, I am lying. I am drying no tears for Rahm becaus...