Trump vs Biden Is Most Important Election to Voters in Decades: Poll

This year's presidential election, in which Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden are vying for the White House, is the most important to voters in decades, according to a new poll.

More than three in four (77 percent) of those asked said the outcome of the race mattered more to them than in previous elections, while only two percent said it mattered less. The Gallup poll surveyed 1,023 adults across the U.S. from September 14 to 28.

It is the highest percentage to have said the result matters more than others since Gallup started posing the question in 1996.

The previous peak came in 2008, when 74 percent said the election mattered more than in previous years ahead of former President Barack Obama being voted into office.

Since 2004, the majority of voters have consistently said the election was more important than those in previous years, according to Gallup.

However, in 1996 and 2000 only 41 percent and 47 percent respectively said the upcoming election was more important than earlier contests.

In the most recent poll, Democrats were the most likely to say the 2020 election would be more important than previous years.

Of those polled, 85 percent of Democrats said it was more important, compared to 79 percent of Republicans and 69 percent of Independent voters.

Throughout the years, Gallup's polling has suggested that ahead of each presidential election, the supporters of the challenger have always viewed the vote to have more historical significance than supporters of the incumbent's party.

It has also correlated that in years in which the vote was deemed more important, voter turnout also increased.

This coincides with several states having already broken early voting records ahead of Election Day on November 3.

With 15 days to go to the election, Biden is leading in the majority of polling nationally indicating a popular vote win, as well as being ahead in a number of key swing states. Forecasts have also tipped him for a victory in the Electoral College.

Both candidates have spoken of the importance of the upcoming vote.

Biden, accepting the Democratic nomination as the party's presidential candidate, previously said: "All elections are important. But we know in our bones this one is more consequential.

"America is at an inflection point. A time of real peril, but of extraordinary possibilities.

"We can choose the path of becoming angrier, less hopeful, and more divided.

"A path of shadow and suspicion.

"Or we can choose a different path, and together, take this chance to heal, to be reborn, to unite. A path of hope and light.

"This is a life-changing election that will determine America's future for a very long time."

When Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, he said the vote was the "most important election in the history of our country."

"At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas," he said. (https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/28/politics/donald-trump-speech-transcript/index.html)

Newsweek has contacted the Trump and Biden campaigns for comment on the Gallup polling.

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This combination of pictures created on September 29, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden squaring off during the first presidential debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020. Jim Watson/Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images