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Robert Gibbs: Democratic voters’ lack of enthusiasm puzzling

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(Read caption) White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, Monday.

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he has no ready answer for why Democratic voters seem less enthusiastic than they were in 2008. But he predicts their enthusiasm will return by the November congressional elections.

Mr. Gibbs’ remarks at a morning meeting with reporters came in response to a question about Democratic voter enthusiasm. Ahead of a Jan. 19 special election in Massachusetts to fill Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat, a poll by the Public Policy Polling firm found Republicans in the Bay State are considerably more enthusiastic about turning out to vote than Democrats are.

Who is excited about voting

A memo on the firm’s website says “66 percent of GOP voters say they are 'very excited' about casting their votes, while only 48 percent of Democrats express that sentiment – and that's among the Democrats who are planning to vote in contrast to the many who are apparently not planning to do so at this point."


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