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Exit Polls Show Why Trump Campaign Nervous Tonight

November 8, 2016

Voters are expressing unease about both major-party presidential candidates – but greater anxiety about Donald Trump – according to the Morning Consult/POLITICO Exit Poll.

Nearly 14,000 early and Election-Day voters were asked whether around 40 different characteristics applied to Trump and Hillary Clinton. And while the results are preliminary through Tuesday afternoon, they suggest more negative attributes stick to Trump than Clinton.

The top-scoring attributes for Trump are “stubborn” (81 percent), “arrogant” (78 percent), “he says what he believes” (68 percent), “reckless” (60 percent), “sexist” (59 percent) and “changes his mind” (59 percent).

Meanwhile, the most frequently cited attributes for Clinton were “knowledgeable” (68 percent), “stubborn” (60 percent), “changes her mind” (59 percent), “has the right experience” (57 percent), “not willing to admit mistakes” (56 percent) and “flip-flops” (56 percent).

The head-to-head comparisons were most kind to Clinton: 57 percent say she “has the right experience,” compared to only 31 percent for Trump. Only 29 percent say Clinton “does not know enough about the issues,” but half of voters say Trump doesn’t know enough about the issues.

 

 

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