That’s the percentage of people who have given a lot of thought to the Nov. 6 election, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted Sept. 12-16.
Overall interest in the race is down from a similar point in 2008, when 78 percent of people surveyed said they had given the election a lot of thought. Interest in the election has fallen to 72 percent from 81 percent four years ago among Republicans, to 71 percent from 79 percent among Democrats, and to 66 percent from 77 percent among independents.
Among age groups, interest has declined from 2008 most precipitously, to 48 percent from 65 percent, among voters between the ages of 18 and 29, a demographic that strongly favored President Barack Obama’s election four years ago.
In a good sign for the president, black voters are as interested in this election as they were four years ago, with 76 percent saying they’ve given a lot of thought to the Nov. 6 vote. Interest among white voters has fallen to 70 percent from 80 percent.