Explore the newly acquired 2014 National Election Pool Election Day Exit Polls & 2016 National Election Poll State Primary Exit Polls, available at the Roper Center.
We would like to thank ABC News, the Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News, as well as Edison Research, for contributing this important collection to the Roper Center so that our scholarly research community may access these data now and into the future.
The exit polls give key insights into the decisions made by voters in the presidential, senatorial, and gubernatorial elections. When did voters make their final decisions on whom to vote for? What qualities about the candidates were most important in deciding their vote? Which presidential candidate could better handle Supreme Court nominations?
The polls also give glimpses into the current state of social and economic issues in the United States. What is the most important issue facing the country? Does the US economic system favor the wealthy or is it fair to most Americans? Should most illegal immigrants working in the United States be offered a chance to apply for legal status or deported to the country they came from? Does trade with other countries create or take away U.S. jobs? Several questions are state-specific, either about ballot initiatives or regionally relevant issues.