Far more Democrats than Republicans express enthusiasm about the 2008 election, especially the primary contests the first of which is being held today in New Hampshire; roughly three-quarters of Democrats (74%) say they are especially looking forward to the primaries compared with only about half of Republicans (49%). This is consistent with previous Pew surveys showing higher levels of political enthusiasm and satisfaction with the presidential candidates among Democrats than among Republicans. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.