Here’s what Americans actually said in exit polling shared by all of the major news networks and conducted by Edison Research in 26 states.
- 52% of us view the Republican Party negatively, compared to 53% who similarly view the Dems. Of the folks who view the Reps unfavorably, only 75% voted for a Dem, 23% still voted for the Republican.
- On health care, 48% say repeal the legislation, but an almost equal percent say minimally leave it alone (16%) or even expand it (31%).
- On what the priorities should be, an almost equal number (37%) say the focus should be on spending to create jobs as say reducing the deficit (39%) should be the focus.
- When asked if ‘one reason’ for voting was to express support for Barack Obama, to express opposition to Barack Obama, or Barack Obama was not a factor, an equal number (37%) said to express opposition as said he was not a factor.
- It’s almost a dead heat on whether the stimulus helped the economy (32%), hurt the economy (33), or had no impact (32%).
- And on the Bush-era tax cuts, 39% said continue them for everyone, 37% said continue them only for those families earning $250K or less, and 15% said let them expire for everyone.