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Nov 8, 2016

CNBC 2016 Elections: Here's What We Know so Far about 2016 Voters - 37 Minutes ago Aprox.

NBC News exit poll desk
One enduring theme of the campaign has been how unpopular both candidates are, and it's pretty clear that the campaign didn't change the voters' minds about that. Majorities of those interviewed in our NBC News Exit poll have an unfavorable view of each candidate.
About six in 10 voters so far today have an unfavorable view of Donald Trump; only four in 10 has a favorable view, according to NBC News exit poll interviews with those who have voted thus far in the election. Fewer voters — but still a majority — have an unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton.
What's new here is the fact that a lot of voters don't like both candidates. Take a look at 2012. That year, just 5 percent of voters told us they had an unfavorable opinion of both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. This year, nearly one in five don't like both of them.
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Trump is leading among those who dislike both candidates, but - perhaps not surprisingly - many are opting for someone other than one of the two major party candidates - in fact, these early poll results suggest that one quarter of those who don't like either candidate are voting for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein.

NBC News Exit Poll: Honesty Vs. Temperament

This election has been marked by intense focus on character, with each campaign trying to paint the other candidate as unfit to serve as president due to a fundamental character flaw.
For the Trump campaign, the drumbeat has focused on whether Clinton is honest and trustworthy. His message stems in part from her long history as a lightning rod for conservative ire and is fueled by the on-again, off-again FBI inquiry into Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, which roiled the final two weeks of the campaign.
Indeed, nearly six in 10 voters interviewed in NBC Exit Polls so far today say that Clinton is not honest and trustworthy. Slightly more than one-third say she is.
But views of Donald Trump's honesty are equally negative. Roughly a third of voters nationwide say Trump is honest and trustworthy; nearly two-thirds say that he is not.
Even among each candidate's own voters, about one-quarter say they don't think their candidate is honest.
Clinton and her surrogates on the campaign trail have spent much of the campaign raising questions about whether Trump has the right temperament to serve as president of the United States, particularly in times of crisis. If elected, Trump would be the first modern-era president with no prior experience in either elected office or military command. Trump's unfiltered and inflammatory remarks on the campaign trail have fueled questions about his judgment and temperament to handle the difficult crises that a president could face.
Clinton clearly comes out ahead with voters when it comes to questions of temperament. NBC News Exit Poll results show that a majority of voters so far today say Clinton has the right temperament to serve effectively as president.
But most voters have negative views of Trump's temperament - more than six in 10 among those interviewed thus far. Just 34 percent say he has the temperament to serve effectively as president.
Even among Trump's voters, about one-fourth question his temperament.

NBC News Exit Poll: 'Economy Voters' Tilt to Clinton; Immigration a Strong Issue for Trump

Early results from the NBC News Exit Poll show that about half of voters picked the economy as the top issue. Terrorism trailed, followed by foreign policy and immigration.
Among those who said the economy is most important, Clinton holds a solid lead.
Trump is leading among those who chose terrorism and immigration. Among the approximately one-fifth of voters who said that terrorism is the most important issue, Trump is trouncing Clinton by a margin of nearly 20 percentage points.
Clinton is leading among the relatively small number of voters who say foreign policy is most important.