Democrats lose enthusiasm edge over Republicans in 2020 election: Poll

May 6, 2019

The Democratic Party has lost its enthusiasm advantage over Republicans in the lead up to the 2020 election, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The survey found that 75 percent of Republican registered voters answered they had a high interest depicted as a 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale in the upcoming presidential election, compared to Democratic voters polling at 73 percent on the same scale.

Democrats were able to attribute much of their success in the 2018 midterm elections to increased Democratic excitement, which held up double-digits against Republican votersuntil two months prior to the election. Conservative voters closed the gap but still trailed behind Democrats.

Overall, enthusiasm is high for the upcoming2020 presidential election on both sides.

Despite being a year and a half away from the 2020 election, the survey showed 69 percent of all voters expressed high interest in the race. Comparatively, 72 percent of voters answered the same in the month leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

The poll interviewed 785 registered voters from April 28 to May 1 with a margin of error of 3.54 percent.