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Average Enthusiasm for Voting in 2024

April 11, 2024

Gallup finds that the enthusiasm for voting in the 2024 presidential election is slightly higher compared to this point in most of the last six presidential elections. An average of 50% of Americans were more enthusiastic to vote over the last six presidential elections, while an average of 37% were less enthusiastic.

By The Numbers:

  • Fifty-four percent of Americans are more enthusiastic about voting in the upcoming presidential election. That number was 56% at this time in 2020; 46% in 2016; 47% in 2012; 62% in 2008; 51% in 2004; and 37% in 2000. 

  • Forty-one percent of Americans are less enthusiastic about voting in the 2024 election. That number was 28% in 2020; 48% in 2016; 42% in 2012; 30% in 2008; 32% in 2004; and 40% in 2000. 

  • More Republicans are more enthusiastic today (59%) than Democrats (55%). More Republicans were enthusiastic at this point in every other election year as well except in 2008, when Democrats had a 35-point advantage (79%-44%). 

The Bottom Line: What does this mean for November? Voters view both Donald Trump and Joe Biden as lackluster candidates, but Republicans do have a small advantage as their base is slightly more energized than the Democrats’ base right now. GOP campaigns engaging and exciting undecided and swing voters, as well as apathetic Republicans, and getting them to turn out in early vote, mail vote, and on Election Day, will mean the difference between narrow victory and defeat in a number of races this November.  

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