Poll: Romney's Need To Boost Enthusiasm Among Swing State Voters

Right now Mitt Romney's White House bid is getting a boost from a delapidated domestic economy. If Romney is to indeed to capture the White House in November, he will likely need to boost enthusiasm, particularly among moderate and liberal Republicans in the swing states. USA Today's Susan Page reports:

The president and the former Massachusetts governor start their head-to-head contest essentially even among registered voters — Obama 47%, Romney 45% — in the dozen battleground states likely to determine the election's outcome. That's closer than the lead of 9 percentage points for Obama in the Swing States survey in late March.

But the poll also finds a reversal in what has been a key GOP asset in the five previous battleground surveys taken since last fall: an edge in enthusiasm among voters. For the first time, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say they are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting — a shift from a 14-percentage-point GOP advantage at the end of last year to an 11-point deficit now.

That drop is driven by Republicans who describe themselves as moderate or liberal, about a third of the party, even though the candidate widely viewed as the most moderate in the GOP primary field is poised to be nominated. Just 7% of moderate and liberal Republicans now say they are extremely enthusiastic, down from 24% in January and compared with 34% of conservative Republicans who feel that way.

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published this page in In The News 2012-05-07 09:54:00 -0400
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