How Americans feel about the election

An interesting indication of what Americans think of the presidential election result from Gallup, (via post by Thomas Lumley at Stats Chat).

  • Trump’s win surprises both Republicans and Democrats
  • 42% describe one of their reactions as “afraid”
  • Reactions are far different from those eight years ago
  • Sixty-six percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they are “afraid,” compared with 11% of Republicans and leaners.
  • Sixty-three percent of Republicans and leaners are “excited,” compared with 13% of Democrats and leaners.
  • More than half of Americans aged 40 and younger (54%) say they are “afraid,” compared with only a fourth of those 60 and older (25%).
  • The situation reverses for those who say they are “relieved”: More than half of those aged 60 or older (57%) say they are “relieved,” while less than a fourth of those 40 or younger (22%) feel the same way.


While indicative this wasn’t from a very big sample size:

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Nov. 9, 2016, on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey, with a random sample of 511 U.S. adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±5 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

Lumley comments on this in What polls aren’t good for.


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  1. Corky

     /  13th November 2016

    Polls! Trump has made them obsolete.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  13th November 2016

    He wishes.

  3. Corky

     /  13th November 2016

    He did!

  4. Conspiratoor

     /  13th November 2016

    One of the most astute observers of the human condition is the Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams, at least in my book. Curiously he is the only pundit since 1984 to call every election.. Folks here should study his simple Q&A technique. And by the way, he is not a Trump supporter

    unless Trump actually does shoot someone on 5th Avenue, he’s running unopposed

    Scott Adams, 11 September 2016

    • So 84% of US voters agree that Trump has won the Presidential Election – according to a poll that has a 5% error possibility. Seeing as 50 percent plus 1 vote is a legal winner, I think Trump has got a mandate. It still is too early to call te results of the total number of voters for Clinton and Trump as there are 3 states awaiting final returns that average 4 to 6% of votes to be accounted for. Also, the “informal” votes (i.e. the non-complying votes) have yet to be deducted. So, it is premature to state that Clinton won the popular vote. She has formally conceded in a antiFBI hate speech that does her no merit. But she has conceded that Trump won. MSM please give her the courtesy of acknowledging her appeal for unity ratherthan drum up more hate speech!

    • Gezza

       /  13th November 2016

      Scott Adams’ Blog: I Answer Your Questions About Predicting President Trump:

  5. patupaiarehe

     /  13th November 2016


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