Early Exit Poll Returns: Just Get It Over With

Morning Consult/Politico poll finds widespread election fatigue

WASHINGTON — In an Election Day poll released midday Tuesday (Nov. 8) by Morning Consult and Politico, "just want it to be over" was how 85% of respondents summed up their feelings about the 2016 presidential election.

According to the poll of some 6,785 early voters and early Election Day voters, “happy” came in dead last on the list of election feelings at 25%, with proud second to last at 29%.

Second on the list was anxious (72%), followed by nervous (71%), angry (53%) — obviously respondents got to pick more than one feeling — sad (50%), overwhelmed (48%), and depressed (39%).

The candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, had high negatives and the campaign could be described similarly, arguably led by Trump’s “lying Hillary” approach to campaigning and Clinton's attack ad responses drawing from a virtual library of Trump comments about women and immigrants and journalists and Vladimir Putin.

Adding to the gloom and doom tone, according to the poll, 44% said the country's financial situation is worse off than it was four years ago, with 32% saying it was better. The poll was conducted Oct. 18-Nov. 8. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1%.