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US National Election Day Exit Polls

National exit polls consist of presidential and/or congressional vote questions in addition to questions on gubernatorial races, important issues affecting the vote decision, presidential approval and a number of current national issues. With the exception of the 1972 CBS News Exit Poll, all include basic demographic variables such as gender, race, education, income, and age, among others. Sample sizes for these studies usually range from 8,000 to 20,000 voters, with the largest samples coming from the 1986 and 1988 ABC News Exit Polls which consist of over 50,000 interviews.

Access to the NEP Exit Polls no longer requires an application.

Questions about Exit Polls? Check out our Exit Poll section of the FAQ page, our overview of Exit Polls in a short rack card, or email Data Data Services for additional information.

Year Survey Organization
2018

AP VoteCast

National Election Pool

2016 National Election Pool
2014 National Election Pool
2012 National Election Pool
2010 National Election Pool
2008 National Election Pool
2006 National Election Pool
2004 National Election Pool
2002 Voter News Service
2000 Los Angeles Times

Voter News Service
1998 Voter News Service
1996 Los Angeles Times

Voter News Service
1994 Voter News Service
1992

Los Angeles Times

Voter Research and Surveys

1990

Voter Research and Surveys
1988 ABC News

CBS News/New York Times

Los Angeles Times
1986 ABC News

CBS News/New York Times
1984 ABC News

CBS News/New York Times

Los Angeles Times

NBC News
1982 ABC News

CBS News/New York Times

NBC News/Associated Press
1980 ABC News

CBS News/New York Times
1978 CBS News
1976 CBS News
1972 CBS News