Politics

Majority Of Americans Just Want The Election To Be Over

| by Robert Fowler

As the 2016 presidential election cycle barrels into the home stretch, the majority of Americans are just ready for the entire saga to be over and done with.

On Oct. 25, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll found that a whopping 81 percent of Americans are ready to move from the current presidential election while only 12 percent admitted to enjoying the race.

In what might be the most unanimously bipartisan sentiment of 2016, 59 percent of Democrats, Republicans and independents are ready to be done discussing the election while only 7 percent of overall respondents want to discuss the race even more.

Americans’ weariness over the presidential race does not mean that they are not invested in its outcome. Over three-quarters believe that the U.S. could head in a dire direction if the wrong candidate wins.

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The poll also found that this election cycle has been one giant headache for most Americans. Over 65 percent of respondents have felt stressed by the election while 34 percent admitted to feeling very stressed.

Women are more likely to be stressed out by the presidential race, with 41 percent of female respondents stating that they have found this cycle very stressful while only 26 percent of male respondents agreed.

As the 2016 presidential election nears its end, the polls have largely favored Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Aggregating the last 10 national polls released since Oct. 17, RealClearPolitics found that Clinton leads a four-way race with an average 45.3 percent support while GOP nominee Donald Trump trails behind with 39.9 percent support.  

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Polling website FiveThirtyEight currently gives Clinton an 83.2 percent chance of victory after factoring in polling, the state of the economy and historical trends. They only give Trump a 16.7 percent chance of victory.

On Oct. 25, a CNN/ORC poll found that 68 percent of likely voters expect Clinton to win the presidency.

The survey found that 66 percent of Americans are confident that their votes will be counted accurately and fairly. Seventy-seven percent of respondents believe that whoever loses should accept the outcome of the election but only 35 percent believe Trump would concede if he is defeated.

Sources: CNNFiveThirtyEightThe Huffington Post, RealClearPolitics / Photo Credit: Andrew Imanaka/Flickr

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