Exit Polls: NBC News’ Analysis of 2016 Votes and Voters – analysis and videos
What are the early exit polls saying about why Americans voted the way they voted?
Broad Dissatisfaction Leaves Winners With Little Direction
The exit polling data are throwing up a real puzzle for elected officials and political analysts alike — voters are pretty clear they’re unhappy with government, but they don’t know how they want to change it.
More than half of voters, 53 percent, approve of how Barack Obama is handling his job as president. But at the same time, 62 percent say the country is on the wrong track — indicating a deep dissatisfaction with government institutions in general. Those voters went for Donald Trump by more than 2-to-1.
And asked whether Obama’s policies should continue in the next administration, voters split almost evenly: 45 percent say they should continue or become more liberal; 47 percent say they should swing right. [Read more]