Republicans are far more optimistic about their prospects this election year than Democrats.
A new Pew Research Center survey, conducted with USA Today, found that “Republican voters are widening the ‘expectations gap’ with the Democrats.”
Sixty-one percent of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters said their party will fare better than it has recently, while only 32 percent of Democrats thought that way about their party.
The survey, conducted August 20-24 among 1,501 adults (including 1,171 registered voters), said that 49 percent of voters have given “quite a lot” of thought to the November election. That’s about the same as in the past.
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Pew noted, “those who plan to vote Republican this fall have given more thought than Democratic voters to the midterm elections.”