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Republican voters are much more likely to vote in 2018 than Democratic ones, poll finds

Seventy-two percent of people who strongly approve of President Trump, and 65 percent of Republicans overall, say they are "absolutely certain" to vote in the 2018 midterm election, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll has found.

Historically, Democrats have struggled to bring voters to the polls for midterms, with Republican turnout 17 percent higher than Democratic turnout under Democratic presidents and 6 percent higher under Republican presidents, The New York Times reports.

In the poll, 57 percent of Democrats said they were certain to vote in 2018, as did 61 percent of strong Trump critics. Of all adults, 53 percent said they wanted Democrats to take control of Congress in 2018 "to act as a check on Trump." Fifty-eight percent said they were "absolutely certain" to vote in 2018.

The poll reached 1,001 adults between July 10-13 in English and Spanish and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 points. Read more about the findings here.