Compared with past measures at similar points in time, these data indicate that 2020 may be a high turnout year. The Gallup “thought” question has been asked in the year before a presidential election on only a few occasions, including 1979, 1999 and 2007. However, the 60% of all U.S. adults engaged in the presidential campaign at this time exceeds the percentages measured in any of those years, with the late 2007 measure (55%) the closest.

The current level of voter engagement also surpasses many historical election-year measures, particularly those before 2004.