GOP pollster says Democratic-leaning Independents more enthusiastic ahead of midterms

Republican pollster Jim Hobart on Wednesday said that Democratic-leaning independents have more enthusiasm than Republican-leaning independents heading into November's midterm elections. 

"Democrats already have the enthusiasm advantage. Anger is the best motivator in American politics right now, and it's Democrats who are angry," Hobart, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"I think what you'll see is by around Election Day, base Republicans and base Democrats, they're going to be at similar enthusiasm levels. Where the difference comes is among soft-partisans and independents," he continued. 

"Are soft-Democrats, those voters who don't always vote in the midterm election, are they going to be more motivated to turn out than Republicans? Same thing with independents. Are those independents who lean a little bit more Democrat, are they going to be the ones who are more fired up?" he said. "On the soft partisan side, I think the evidence points to Democrats being more fired up right now." 

Hobart's comments come less than 50 days before crucial midterm elections.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released earlier this month found that 80 percent of self-identified Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said they are absolutely certain they vote, while 74 percent of self-identified Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said the same.

— Julia Manchester