"Democrats are more engaged than in September," says Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center and one of the nation's top pollsters. In Pew's latest national survey, 49% of Democratic voters said they had given a lot of thought to the midterm elections, up from 41% in September.
But, Kohut tells All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block, Democrats "still can't match the supra-energized Republicans." Pew's latest reading — that 64% of Republicans have given the election a lot of thought — "is the highest level for Republicans we've seen in all the midterms we've measured since 1994."
This clip from their conversation begins with an introduction from Melissa:
The Pew findings echo those of the latest NPR Battleground Poll.
Much more from Melissa's conversation with Kohut will be on today's edition of ATC. We'll add the as-aired audio later. To find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams the show, click here.