No, You're Not Imagining It: The Presidential Contest Really Is That Uninspiring

Democrats are even less enthusiastic about voting for Obama than Republicans were about reelecting Bush in 2004.

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Gallup data out today confirms what everyone feels: Even if it's The Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes (TM), campaign 2012 is just not all that. Not only do Democrats say they are considerably less enthusiastic about going to the polls this fall than were Democrats last cycle, they're only about as enthusiastic as voters anticipating voting for John McCain. That has Gallup warning direly, "if Democrats do not close the enthusiasm gap between now and Election Day, it would put Obama's re-election chances in serious jeopardy." But enthusiasm is not fantastically high on either side, and the gap so far between Obama and Romney is less than the one between Bush and Kerry, who energized Democrats, according to Gallup. Bush still won, though.

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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