- The Washington Times - Monday, May 23, 2016

Republican voters continue to follow the presidential election more closely than Democrats, showed a poll released Monday that underscored the enthusiasm gap that has been a hallmark of the 2016 campaigns.

The Gallup poll found 47 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters are “very closely” following election news, compared to 39 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners.

The GOP has enjoyed this advantage in the same poll each month since January, although the current 8-point gap is slightly smaller than in previous months.

The groups paying the closest attention to the election generally are those most likely to identify as Republicans. These include men, those ages 50 and older, and whites, according to the poll.

“Although Republicans have been consistently more likely than Democrats to say they are following election news closely this year, more activity is left in the race for the Democratic nomination than for the GOP nomination, which appears to be settled. How this might affect the attention gap remains to be seen,” the pollsters said.

“More broadly, attention to the election will most likely rise for all Americans in July, as the two parties hold their conventions, and then again in September and October, as the campaign comes down to its final two months,” they said.

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