It's taken more than a year, but Republicans are finally over their Mitt Romney hangover and political self-doubt and are now more optimistic than Democrats about winning big in the 2014 midterm elections, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

What's more, Republican voters have higher enthusiasm, likely the result of the pummelling President Obama has recently taken over Obamacare and Iran.

Pew’s survey of 2,001, conducted with USA Today, found that 55 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters expect their party to do better in 2014 than in recent elections. Just 43 percent of Democrats think their side will do better.

Pew also reported that “Republicans hold a modest enthusiasm advantage: 53 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters say they are very enthusiastic about voting, compared with 47 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners.”

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