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    Over 70% of US Citizens Consider Upcoming Election More Important Than Previous

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    71 percent of US citizens consider that the outcome of the upcoming presidential election is more important than the previous one, according to the poll.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The outcome of the upcoming presidential election in the United States, is more important than the previous one to 71 percent of US citizens, a recent poll by Gallup revealed on Monday.

    "Seven in 10 U.S. voters say the outcome of the presidential election matters more to them this year than it did in prior election years — in line with what Gallup recorded at this stage of the past three presidential campaigns," the research organization said in a statement.

    The poll showed that only three percent of the voters believe that the outcome of the upcoming presidential election was less important than the previous one, which might translate in a more voters casting their votes on election day this year, as past numbers show that the more importance that voters associate with the outcome of the election, the higher the number of voters who would show up on Election Day.

    Voters who oppose the party of the current president's party typically are more likely to believe that the election is more important than those who support the Democratic Party. According to the poll, 80 percent of Republicans say that the election matters to them more, as compared to the 69 percent of Democrats.

    However, that report noted that the 11-percentage-point difference did not necessarily mean that the outcome of the election would result in the Republican nominee Donald Trump winning the election.

    During the 2012 US presidential elections, Republicans scored even a greater 19-percentage-point advantage, however, the Republican nominee still failed to reach the White House.

    A similar scenario happened with the Democrats in 2004, when more Democrats believed that the outcome of elections is more important, but still their nominee lost the election in that year.

    Gallup has been asking this question for the past 20 years, and the last update was done on October 25-26.

    This year's US presidential race will take place on November 8.


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