Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Early exits: Twice as many want “strong leadership” as in 2012

At Hot Air by Ed Morrissey  -- 

Early exit polls: can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Politico gives a flavor of what we can expect with an early look at the exit polls’ first iteration, which by its nature is incomplete and non-predictive. In this case, the meaning of the data may be even more ambiguous than usual:

More voters this year are looking for a strong leader than in previous presidential elections, according to an early morning exit poll, whose results could shift significantly over the course of Election Day.

Asked what characteristic is most important for the next president, 36 percent of voters say they want a “strong leader,” 29 percent want “a vision for the future,” 16 percent want someone who “cares about people like me” and another 16 percent said they want someone who “shares my values.”
The percentage of voters thus far who say they want a strong leader – a characterization Donald Trump’s team made central to his campaign – is twice the percentage who said they were looking for a strong leader in the 2012 National Election Pool exit poll.

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