Ouch! Mitt Romney is generating less enthusiasm among GOP voters than did John McCain in 2008.
A Gallup survey finds that about 1/3 of Republicans would vote "enthusiastically" for Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum should they win the GOP nomination. Compare that number with 47% who said the same thing about John McCain in 2008.
A plurality of GOP voters say they would vote for Romney, Santorum or even Newt Gingrich because they want to vote against Barack Obama.
On the other side, 54% of Democrats say they would vote "enthusiastically" for Barack Obama in November, while only 20% would cast their vote against a Republican.
It is possible that Republicans will become more enthusiastic about their nominee once he is determined, and as the focus turns fully to the November general election. This is made more probable by the finding that Republicans are in general more enthusiastic about voting this year than are Democrats. Still, at the moment, the available data show that Republicans are suffering from a deficit in candidate enthusiasm, and don't appear to have an active candidate in sight whom they are excited to get behind.