The “voter enthusiasm gap” has been a constant concern around the Hillary Clinton campaign. Bernie Sanders’ supporters were enthusiastic, as are Donald Trump’s. A candidate who can rally voters to get excited and get involved in the election process is a necessity if one wants to win the big election.
Hillary Clinton didn’t seem to have that edge. As the Omaha World-Herald explained:
‘The enthusiasm gap between Clinton supporters and Trump supporters has been apparent in numerous polls for months and was underscored in a poll conducted this month by the Washington Post-ABC News. The survey found that 46 percent of Trump supporters described themselves as “very” enthusiastic about him, compared with 33 percent for Clinton.’
A newly released ABC/Wall Street Journal poll, however, shows that the gap has closed and that Hillary Clinton has a seven-point lead over the GOP nominee. Two very important discoveries were made when analyzing the poll’s results.
‘Seventy-eight percent of Trump’s voters say they are highly interested in November’s general election – registering either a “9” or “10” on a 10-point scale – versus 75 percent of Clinton voters who say that.
‘What’s more, 68 percent of Clinton voters respond that they will “definitely” vote for her, compared with 66 percent of Trump supporters who say that about the New York businessman.’
The drastic change in poll numbers around voter enthusiasm at this point in the campaign is extremely hopeful for the Democratic presidential nominee. Clinton is surging in voter enthusiasm just days before the first presidential debate and just over a month before election day.
In a two-way matchup, Clinton leads Trump by a full seven points.
In a four-way matchup that includes Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Clinton still has a six point lead.
While that number is down from August, it is a solid lead and a good indication that Clinton can win in November. Among certain demographic groups, Clinton still has a significant lead over Donald Trump.
‘Clinton has the advantage with African American voters (81 percent to 7 percent), women (51 percent to 37 percent) and those ages 18-34 (50 percent to 34 percent), while Trump is ahead among men (46 percent to 44 percent) and whites (49 percent to 41 percent).
‘But the poll reveals a familiar pattern among white registered voters: Those without a college degree break for Trump, 53 percent to 35 percent, while those with college degrees tilt in Clinton’s favor, 49 percent to 43 percent.
Even more encouraging, the polls indicated that 48 percent of voters want Democrats in Congress, while 45 percent stated that they wanted Republicans in control.
For more on the recent poll, see video below:
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