According to a new Gallup survey, Americans appear to be less enthusiastic about the upcoming midterm elections in comparison to the elections four years ago.
In the poll, around 49% of Americans stated that they had thought a lot about the congressional elections. In 2018, a similar question found that 54% of Americans were interested in the congressional elections.
However, while this percentage is lower than in 2018, which was a historic record, it is in line with the percentage that most previous midterm elections had yielded. For example, in 1994 a similar poll found that 48% had given “quite a lot” of thought to the election.
The latest poll also shows that around 2% have given the election “some” thought. Around 44% had given the midterms “only a little thought.”
In terms of partisan lines, 57% of both Republicans and Democrats have said that they gave this election “quite a lot” of thought. Among independents, the rate dropped significantly to around 37%.
According to research conducted by Gallup, the level of thought given to an election could be used as an important indicator of the level of turnout for an election.
In the poll, around 46% of Americans said they were enthusiastic about the midterm. That rate had been 18 points higher in 2018. Around 42% said that they were less enthusiastic about the upcoming election than they have been about the previous one.