(CNN) – What a difference three years makes. A new poll released Thursday reveals Democrats seem to be suffering from a presidential election malaise.
Less than half say they're more enthusiastic than usual about voting in 2012, compared with Republicans, who are more enthused about voting than they were for most of 2008.
According to the new Gallup poll, Democrats are split on how excited they are about voting in 2012. Forty-five percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual, and 44 percent are less enthusiastic.
But in 2008, almost eight in 10 said they were more enthusiastic about voting. The change represents a stark decline in excitement from the months preceding the election of President Barack Obama to those in the midst of his re-election campaign.
In a reversal of fortunes, almost six in 10 Republicans –58 percent– say they're more enthusiastic than usual about voting and 30 percent are less enthusiastic.
GOP excitement in 2011 is five percentage points higher than 2004, when then-President George W. Bush was elected to a second term, and greater than it was at most points in 2008, a factor that may bode well for the eventual Republican nominee for president if the trend continues.
The Gallup poll was conducted by telephone from September 15-18, 2011 among 1,004 adults nationwide. It has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.