Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters

A new Hill-HarrisX poll finds Republican voters are 9 percentage points more likely than Democratic voters to say their party is more united than usual.

A majority of Republican voters viewed the GOP as more united, at 54 percent, while 16 percent said it's more divided and a third say it's about the same as usual.

By contrast, 45 percent of Democratic voters viewed their party as more united, while 23 percent said more divided and 32 percent said it's the same.

About the same amount of Independent voters in the poll said the Republican Party was more united as the Democratic Party, at 22 percent versus 20 percent, respectively.

"We've seen time and time again that presidential campaigns make the mistake of thinking, 'well we'll unify because we'll all rally around a common enemy'," B.J. Martino, a Republican pollster and Partner at the Tarrance Group, told The Hill.

Martino points to the 2004 election between Democratic candidate John KerryJohn Forbes KerryThe continuous whipsawing of climate change policy Budowsky: United Democrats and Biden's New Deal Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil MORE and Republican incumbent George W. Bush, and the 2012 election between Republican candidate Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocrats broaden probe into firing of State Department watchdog Coronavirus and America's economic miracle Former Romney strategist joins anti-Trump Lincoln Project MORE and Democratic incumbent Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe battle of two Cubas Obama on the death of George Floyd: 'This shouldn't be "normal" in 2020 America' Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA MORE, where, both incumbents won their elections.

"It's never enough just to hate the other side," Martino adds.

A recent ABC News-Washington Post poll found that Trump supporters were 29 percentage points more likely than Biden supporters to say they are "very" enthusiastic to vote for their candidate in November. 

"It's also illuminating the problems that a centrist candidate might have when it comes to voter enthusiasm," Malaika Jabali, writer/attorney/activist, told The Hill.

"Even among Biden supporters, it shows a lack of enthusiasm because even Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Van Jones: A 'white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter' can pose a greater threat to black Americans than the KKK Taylor Swift slams Trump tweet: 'You have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?' MORE who lost in 2016 had more enthusiasm among her supporters," Jabali added.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,001 registered voters between March 14-15. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

— Gabriela Schulte