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Gallup poll: Republicans paying more attention to election news

By
Allen Cone
Republican candidate for president Donald Trump signs autographs as he exits a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday. Republicans and GOP-leaning independents are following the election more closely than Democrats, a Gallup poll shows. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Republican candidate for president Donald Trump signs autographs as he exits a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday. Republicans and GOP-leaning independents are following the election more closely than Democrats, a Gallup poll shows. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

PRINCETON, N.J., May 23 (UPI) -- Republicans are paying more attention to the presidential campaigns than Democrats, according to a Gallup poll.

In its latest survey, 47 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents say they are following national election news "very closely" compared with 39 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners.

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The percentage gap is slightly smaller than in previous months in polling. In January, it was 40 percent among Republicans and 30 percent among Democrats.

The Gallup Daily tracking interviews have been conducted in the middle of each month since January. The latest interviews were conducted May 13-15.

According to Gallup, those most closely following the election are older men.

Overall, 79 percent of respondents were following the election very closely or somewhat closely compared with 69 percent in January.

The survey was a random sample of 1,537 adults, aged 18 and older, with a 3 percentage point margin of error. Gallup interviewed 677 Republicans and those who are Republican-leaning and 699 Democrats overall with a 5 percentage point margin of error.

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