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Democratic Voters Can't Match 'Supra-Energized Republicans'

Oct 21, 2010 (All Things Considered)

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"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.

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