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A Tale of Two Polls

It was the best of times for Republicans (if you believe CNN’s poll):

Washington (CNN) – It seems the passage of health care reforms into law has united the country in one way: It’s sparked enthusiasm by both Democrats and Republicans to vote in this year’s midterm elections, according to a new national poll.

But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey also indicates that the passage of health care reform has not changed the political landscape in the battle for Congress. The poll’s Tuesday release comes as President Obama signed into law a companion bill of “fixes” to the main health care legislation that he signed last week.

Full results (PDF)

Fifty-five percent of Republicans questioned in the survey say they are now extremely or very enthusiastic about voting this November, up six points from January. Democrats are also up five points from January, with 36 percent of those questioned saying they are extremely or very enthusiastic about casting ballots in the midterms.

And it was the worst of times for Republicans (if you believe the Washington Post/ABC poll):

The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows 76% of registered Democrats are enthusiastic to vote this November while 75% of registered Republicans are enthusiastic.

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