Polling News

Political Engagement Among Democrats And Republicans

August 23, 2018

According to the Pew Research Center, voters who support Democratic candidates for Congress are more politically engaged than voters who support Republicans for Congress, but voters from both parties are politically active on social media. 

Seven percent of registered voters (5% for Republicans and 9% for Democrats) said they have worked or volunteered for a campaign.  Fourteen percent of voters said they have attended a political rally or a campaign (8% Republican versus 22% Democrat); 15% of voters said they have attended a local government meeting (14% Republican versus 18% Democrat); 19% said they have contributed money to a campaign (18% Republican versus 23% Democrat); and 30% of voters said they have contacted an elected official (28% Republican versus 36% Democrat). 

Both Republicans and Democrats are engaged on social media, however.  Thirty-one percent of voters said they publicly expressed opposition to a campaign on social media (31% for Republicans and 35% for Democrats.  Thirty-four percent of voters said they publicly expressed support for a campaign on social media (39% for Republicans and 35% for Democrats).

Democrats believe enthusiasm is on their side this election cycle, but time will tell whether #Resist political rallies translate into volunteers and votes.  Republicans must give their voters reasons to engage on more than social media, while also contributing, volunteering, and attending events.

Related PollingNews

Placeholder polling news
April 18, 2019 |
Polling News
The first quarter FEC reports for Democratic presidential candidates are in and offer a good glimpse at which candidates have early strength.   ...
Placeholder polling news
April 11, 2019 |
Polling News
In light of new reports that President Donald Trump may be considering reinstating the family-separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, it is worth revisiting polling on the issue. ...
Placeholder polling news
April 04, 2019 |
Polling News
According to two new analyses from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, 2018 youth voter turnout (voters ages 18-29) increased by a bigger percentage than the overall increase in turnout in 27 of the 34 states for wh...
Placeholder polling news
March 28, 2019 |
Polling News
A new Pew Research Center report says most Americans still get their local news from local TV stations instead of other outlets.  ...
Button karlsbooks
Button readinglist
Button nextapperance