Enthusiasm Gap Update

| Tue Sep. 28, 2010 11:42 PM EDT

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll reports that the enthusiasm gap is tightening as the election nears:

Among likely voters — identified by their past voting history and their high level of interest in the November midterms — 46 percent prefer a Republican-controlled Congress, versus 43 percent who want a Democratic-led one.

That’s a decline (though within the margin of error) from the 49-to-40 percent lead Republicans held in late August. The NBC/WSJ pollsters attribute the tightening to increased enthusiasm for the upcoming midterms by African Americans (who saw a six-point gain in high interest) and Hispanics (who saw an 11-point gain).

Perhaps the reality of a tea party-controlled Congress is finally sinking in.