The majority of U.S. voters think the 2016 election matters more than the previous ones.
But in 2012, voters said that election mattered the most.
And in 2008, voters said that election mattered the most.
In nearly every election for the past two decades, Americans have thought that election was one for the ages, according to data from Gallup. In its latest poll released this week, 71 percent said this election was the most important. That number has been at least 70 percent for the last several elections.
Generally, the party that's not in the White House thinks the election is even more important. No surprise this year, 80 percent of Republicans versus 69 percent of Democrats put the 2016 contest at the top of their all-time list.
Gallup also found that this feeling of importance tends to drive turnout. If that's true, we should expect to see a similar turnout number as in the past three presidential elections, around 60 percent.