Young Republicans are ready to rock the vote

In another worrisome sign for Democrats, a greater number of young Republicans are prepared to go to the polls in the 2010 election, according to a new survey.

The enthusiasm of young Democratic voters is waning, according to the poll from the Harvard Institute of Politics.

And it could spell trouble for the party.

"These 18-29-year-olds were a critical part of Barack Obama's campaign and they personally believe they were directly responsible for his electoral success," noted Bill Purcell, director of the institute.

More young John McCain supporters than Obama supporters are preparing to go to the polls in November, according to the survey. While 44 percent of Obama supporters said they'd "definitely" be voting, 53 percent of Sen. McCain's (R-Ariz.) supporters said they planned to go to the polls. The poll found 35 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of Republicans intended to vote.

The poll of some 3,000 18- to 29-year-olds was conducted between Jan. 29 and Feb. 22.

The results indicate "young Republicans are showing more enthusiasm than young Democrats for participating in these elections," Purcell said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday.

At this time in 2008, both sets of young voters were expressing the same level of enthusiasm, said John Della Volpe, the institute's polling director. "This is kind of a new trend."