The Democratic base is significantly less engaged and motivated to vote this year compared with the Republican base. Across several indicators of voter involvement Republicans have a double digit edge while Democratic engagement is remarkably low. From Gallup:

Midterm Voting Indicators by Political Party in Recent Election Years

The only small upside for Democrats is that the enthusiasm gap isn’t quite as bad as 2010, but given that 2010 was a historic wave election for Republicans that is not saying much. Things are shaping up to be merely bad instead of historically bad.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at