zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Nov 8, 2016 5:47 PM
With minutes left until the first polls official close at 6pm, the first exit polls have started coming in and they confirm that the economy remains the top issue for a majority of voters, according Edison Research exit polls cited by the WSJ, followed by terrorism, foreign policy and immigration.
The WSJ also notes that voters were asked about Supreme Court appointments and around 70% said it was an important factor or the most important factor in their vote for president, including roughly 1 in 5 voters who said it was the most important factor overall. When it came to the quality that mattered most in picking a candidate, a plurality selected someone who “can bring needed change.” Having “the right experience” and having “good judgment” were tied for second, followed by someone who “cares about people like me.”
The publication also notes that according to exit polls “fear leads optimism” – a message that should benefit Trump. The top choice among voters when asked how they would feel about a Hillary Clinton victory was scared, followed closely by optimistic, concerned and excited. In all, 53% said they would be scared or concerned versus 43% who would be excited or optimistic. Asked about a Donald Trump victory, the order was identical: scared, optimistic, concerned and excited. A total of 58% said they’d be scared or concerned by a Trump victory versus 39% who would be excited or optimistic.
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