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Voters Are More Engaged Than in Past Midterm Elections, Pew Finds

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Voters Are More Engaged Than in Past Midterm Elections, Pew Finds

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American voters are expressing more interest in upcoming congressional elections than in previous midterm elections, a Pew study released June 20 reported.

A record number of registered voters (68 percent) responded to the Pew study that which party controls Congress will be a factor in their November vote. In addition, 60 percent of voters said they basically consider their vote this November as a one in support of President Donald Trump (26 percent) or against him (34 percent). These figures were among the highest in the previous three decades.

The Pew study also found that members of both parties had more enthusiastic voters compared to recent midterms. Fifty-one percent of “registered voters say they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual, the largest share expressing increased enthusiasm about voting in a congressional election in at least 20 years,” Pew’s report stated.

The public’s overall favor for either party depended on several issues. More voters (43 percent) say the Republican party would do a better dealing with the economy than the Democratic party, while more voters stated Democrats would do a better job dealing with healthcare (48 percent) and immigration (48 percent) than the GOP.

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