Enthusiasm among Democrats nationwide and in 12 key battlegrounds has grown considerably since the beginning of the summer, according to a new poll from Gallup released Thursday.
The poll shows that 68 percent of Democratic voters nationwide are now either "extremely" or "very" enthusiastic about participating in this year's election, up from 49 percent in June. Republicans have seen a smaller uptick in enthusiasm levels, going from 52 percent who were enthusiastic in June to 62 percent in Thursday's poll. A poll from Pew Research Center on Wednesday also showed Democrats narrowing the enthusiasm edge claimed by Republicans for much of the campaign.
The story is much the same in a dozen swing states, where 53 percent of Democratic voters were enthusiastic about this year's election in June. Today, 73 percent of Democrats in those states are enthusiastic about voting, according to Gallup. Republican enthusiasm in the swing states ticked up 9 points since June to 64 percent.
Gallup's swing state sample includes registered voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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