Friday, July 28, 2017
More People Are Paying Attention To Politics This Year
This chart was made using information in a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. It was done between June 27th and July 9th of a random national sample of 2,505 adults, with a margin of error of 2.2 points.
A significant portion of the population (about 52%) say they are paying more attention to politics since the election of Donald Trump. I'm sure some are doing so to keep up with how their "hero" is doing in the White House. But I suspect that most are paying more attention because Trump scares the hell out of them, and they want to know immediately what kind of crazy thing he is doing or proposing. And then there's a third group -- those of us who enjoy seeing the Trump administration shoot itself in the foot repeatedly and come apart at the seams.
Whatever the reason, my hope is that this translates into a larger than normal turnout in the 2018 off-year election. Turnout is usually low in off-year elections, but Democrats need to have a large turnout to flip Congress.