Paul Bedard, writer of the column “Washington Secrets” for the Washington Examiner, says Republicans are much more eager to vote than Democrats this year. Bedard cites Ed Goeas, a pollster and GOP strategist, as his source. Goeas said that Republicans are motivated by one thing and one thing only: getting President Barack Obama out of the White House.
Goeas told Bedard, “We had in 2010 a nine-point advantage on intensity. Going into 2014 we had a seven-point advantage on intensity, meaning our voters are more intense about voting. Right now we have an 11-point advantage … I’ve never seen a double-digit advantage in terms of intensity to vote.”
Goeas also told Bedard that Republican female voters are more intent than ever to get out and vote, claiming that they are as eager as men to vote this year. And that hasn’t been noticed in the past.
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Goeas said, “Not only is there no gender gap, there’s no intensity gap with Republicans wanting to vote Republican this year, all driven by the president.”
Goeas also claimed that the intensity to vote is driven by the perception of many Americans that the American Dream is nearly out of reach. And he said that Latino and African American voters are taking more of an interest in the Republican candidates.
According to Bedard, “Among African-Americans, for example, (Goens) found that 22 percent were voting Republican or undecided. Among Hispanics, 45 percent are already backing the GOP or are undecided.”
Goeas concluded, “In the current economic and political environment, there are a significant number of middle-class voters whose first test of a policy will be its economic impact on them. This mindset provides a valuable opportunity for Republicans to increase their support among minorities.”
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