New data from a USA Today/Gallup survey combining numbers from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin show President Barack Obama down five to former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney (48-43) and three to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (48-45). In both cases, USA Today’s analysis said that a growing enthusiasm gap was to blame for the President’s woes in the purple states.
From USA Today:
Sixty-one percent of Republicans say they are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting for president next year, compared with 47% of Democrats. Among the most enthusiastic are some of the GOP's core voters: conservatives, middle-aged men and those 50 to 64 years old. Those who are least enthused include core Democratic groups that were critical to Obama's election in 2008, including minorities and younger voters.