- The Washington Times - Monday, May 12, 2014

More than half of registered American voters say they are less enthusiastic about voting this year than in previous elections, Gallup said.

The pollsters found only 35 percent are more enthusiastic than in the past, a 18-percent enthusiasm gap that is larger than what Gallup measured ahead of prior midterm contests — especially in 2010, when the tea party wave produced record enthusiasm.

Among Republicans, 42 percent of party members and right-leaning independents say they are more enthusiastic than usual, while half are less eager to vote.

But Democrats may be worse off, with a 23-point deficit (32 percent more keen to vote versus 55 percent less so).

“Typically, the party whose supporters have an advantage in enthusiasm has done better in midterm elections,” Gallup said. “Republicans had decided advantages in enthusiasm in 1994, 2002, and especially 2010 — years in which they won control of the House of Representatives or expanded on their existing majority. Democrats had the advantage in 2006, the year they won control of the House.”