With midterms fewer than twelve weeks away, Democrats have engaged in more political activity — including contacting elected officials and attending rallies— than Republicans over the last year, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.
The poll finds that a total of 50 percent of Democratic voters have participated in at least one political activity — defined as attending an event or rally, volunteering for a campaign, contacting an elected official, or contributing money to a group or candidate — in the last year. Just 40 percent of Republicans say the same.
But the starkest differences within the parties come along racial and educational lines.
Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Democrats who are college graduates say they’ve participated in political activism, compared with 45 percent of Republicans who are college grads.
Among those without a college degree, Republicans and Democrats cite similar levels of political activism, at 37 percent and 39 percent respectively.
White Democrats are also more likely to have participated in political activity than either their non-white Democratic counterparts or than white Republicans.
About six-in-ten (57 percent) of white Democrats say they’ve participated in political activity in the last year, compared with just 38 percent of nonwhite Democrats and 39 percent of white Republicans.
Among both parties, registered voters were most likely to have contacted an elected official within the last year as a form of political participation (36 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of Republicans).
The widest gap within the parties was between those who have attended a political rally or event. Just eight percent of Republicans said they have done so in the last year, compared with 22 percent of Democrats.
The poll of a panel of 4,581 respondents was conducted July 30-August 12, 2018.