PIN­ING FOR THE POLL BOOTH

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Amer­i­cans are look­ing for­ward to the 2014 midterm elec­tions more than ei­ther the Academy Awards or the World Cup soc­cer tour­na­ment, of­fer­ing some proof that the na­tion is po­lit­i­cally en­gaged in­deed. A Pew Re­search Center poll re­leased Tues­day re­veals that 51 per­cent of the cit­i­zenry is “es­pe­cially look­ing for­ward” to the elec­tion, com­pared to 24 per­cent who an­tic­i­pate the Os­cars and 22 per­cent who will fol­low the tour­na­ment.

Only the Su­per Bowl and Win­ter Olympics eclipse the midterms in the sur­vey, win­ning 55 per­cent and 58 per­cent, re­spec­tively of the pub­lic at­ten­tion.

And a small note to po­lit­i­cal strate­gists: the Grand Old Party is pin­ing for the poll booth more than Democrats and in­de­pen­dents. The sur­vey found that 63 per­cent of Repub­li­cans are look­ing for­ward to Nov. 4, com­pared to 53 per­cent of Democras and 48 per­cent of the in­de­pen­dents. The poll of 1,005 adults was con­ducted Jan 2-5.

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