I have heard so many liberal and conservative commentators and pundits reflect on this supposedly “enthusiasm” gap that showing up in all the polls that they conduct. None have been able to explain it and many have decided it is due to the failing economy and the disappointment felt by many democrats. I, on the other hand, have a different explanation.
It is my opinion that the reason the numbers are so high for Republicans in these polls is that many of us are too busy trying to eek out a living during this ought economic time and are not as focus on this election as we should be. Many are trying to help this administration govern since they are not getting any help from the opposition party at all. We are attempting to do more than point out to this administration where we think that they are wrong but also trying to create solutions to get all Americans back to that “beacon on the hill”. We are busy banning together to try and help fix the things that we feel need fixing and support the things we fell deserves support. Some of us are too busy watching, reading and understanding both sides of an issue before passing judgment and choose to voice our likes and dislikes in a forum where it will actually make a difference.
I feel as time moves quietly along and the elections are upon us, many will soon be surprised at the turn-out and media will then began to question these polls more than ever. They will start to understand that trying to predict what the mood is of the country by a poll or what the American public will do at any stage can not be forecasted by asking a select few particular questions. It will soon be understood that polls only reach those that are convenient to contact and not a real picture of what will happen.
This enthusiasm gap will continually exist because not everyone will take part in any poll nor will they reveal their true beliefs until all of the facts are in. Many polls ask questions of the hottest topics without first getting the whole story and presenting it in a more informed manner. Many of us would rather wait until the race is over before calling the winner.