What Are Americans Looking Forward to in 2014?
Pew recently polled 1,005 Americans about several events coming up in 2014. In addition to asking if they were awaiting a particular event, Pew broke down responses by political ideology — fitting for an election year. Respondents were asked if they were “especially looking forward” to five events: the midterm elections, the Winter Olympics, the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards, and the soccer World Cup. See which events piqued the interest of Americans and how partisan divides come into play.
1. Election Day
When asked about the upcoming midterm elections, 51 percent of respondents said they are looking forward to November, while 49 percent said they are not. A greater share of Republicans (63 percent) are eagerly anticipating Election Day than are Democrats (53 percent).
A 60/48 percent split between Republicans and Democrats occurred when Pew asked the same question leading into the 2010 midterm elections. Republicans saw congressional election victory in 2010 and are hoping to post strong results this year. The midterm elections will take place on November 4.