An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reveals 65% of respondents surveyed say they have a high interest in the 2018 midterm election. This is the highest figure to indicate voter enthusiasm since 2006. The poll has a margin of error of 3.27 percentage points and was taken from October 14 -17, 2018. A link to the complete poll can be found by clicking "Links" on the back of this CueCard.
2018 Midterm Voter Enthusiasm Reaches Historic Levels
CHUCK TODD, reporting:
Welcome back, data download time. We are nine days out from election day and there is no question voters are tuned in. Between voter enthusiasm and early voting it's quickly becoming clear this is going to be a blockbuster midterm in terms of voter turnout. Our latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed 65% of respondents telling us that they were highly interested in this election. It's the highest number in our poll since 2006 for a midterm election cycle. But we have more than just polling to help us understand just how engaged this electorate is. We have actual voters. According to data from TargetSmart, as of two weeks out from election day over 8.1 million Americans had already voted early. Believe it or not, that outpaces 2016, a presidential election year, at 7.9 million two weeks out. But how does this stack up to the last midterm election in 2014? Well, it blows the doors off in some battleground states. In Nevada, early voting is up 134,000 votes compared to this point in 2014. In Arizona it's up 308,000 votes. Texas up nearly a million. Tennessee, Georgia and Florida also up significantly. Of course it's true that more people participate in early voting every election cycle just out of convenience. But the rate at which some of these battleground states are outpacing 2014 is notable. And while it's too early to know which party definitely benefits from this surge that we've seen so far, for what it's worth, in the past high turnouts usually are better for the party out of power. At a minimum, this is what an engaged electorate looks like. No more apathy talk. When we come back, end game and what voters told me these last two weeks as we head towards election day.
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