Love him or loathe him, Donald Trump is not boring.
His brash attitude and Twitter rants fuels his reality TV Presidency. The media cannot get enough of it. The blind faith of his supporters is well documented and adds to the press addiction to the 45th President. The Trump apostles proudly brandish their MAGA hats or anti-Hilary memorabilia as they attend his rallies and hurl abuse at reporters.
This enthusiasm for the President means the New Yorker can do no wrong in the eyes of his fanbase. Trump himself once commented that he could shoot somebody and he would still maintain a lead over his opponents.
The same can’t necessarily be said about Biden. While the Democratic candidate is polling well above Trump, he does little to instil the same level of enthusiasm from his base.
Think about the passion people had for Bernie Sanders – movie stars supported him and world renown musicians held concerts in support. Whatever you think of his politics, there was a movement behind the Vermont senator. There still is.
In comparison, an ABC News and Associated Press poll recently found that strong enthusiasm for Biden among his supporters, at just 24%, is the lowest on record for a Democratic presidential candidate in 20 years. More than twice as many of Trump’s supporters are highly enthusiastic about supporting him, 53%.
Similarly, a Monmouth University showed a warning sign for Democrats: Among the rest of voters, 22 percent of Democrats said they were less enthusiastic than usual, while just 11 percent of Republicans said the same. Those numbers matter. If 1 in 5 Democrats don’t feel a strong urge to get out and vote come November that’s a significant problem.
But enthusiasm alone isn’t what wins people the Presidency. While Biden’s campaign is a whole other world from the passion seen for Obama’s campaign in 2008, the Vice President’s polling numbers right now are solid. But he can’t afford to get complacent.