With today being election day, and a bit of apprehension hanging in the air about who our next president might be — let’s pray it isn’t Hillary — we could all use every bit of good news we can get, including Donald Trump.
Well, that might just be what we’re getting if exit polling is any indication of the kind of leader Americans are starving for right now.
Voters are stating they want a “strong leader,” indicating that was the most important quality they were looking for in their candidate of choice.
The good news portion of this is that Hillary can hardly be described as a “strong leader.”
According to The Morning Consult, More than one-third (36 percent) of 2016 voters said being a strong leader was the most important quality when picking a president, compared with 18 percent of voters who said the same during 2012 election. It’s an opinion held regardless of partisan leanings: 35 percent of Democrats, 34 percent of independents and 39 percent of Republicans said that was most important.
After being a strong leader, voters said having a vision for the future, at 29 percent, was most important. Sixteen percent picked having a candidate share their values and care about people like them, respectively.
Democrats were more likely than Republicans to place more value in whether the candidate cares about them (20 percent to 12 percent), while GOP voters said it was more important that the candidate shares their values (19 percent to 14 percent).
The 2016 election does seem to have brought voters together in one sense: Nearly everyone agrees it’s been terrible, regardless of political affiliation.
Republicans and Democrats more or less agree it’s been a rattling experience, as seven in 10 said it’s made them feel anxious and nervous. More than eight in 10 (85 percent) said they “just want it to be over.”
One thing’s for sure, it’s definitely been an utterly brutal election cycle, and while that aspect of things is rapidly drawing to a close, the battle for the future of our nation will not end with a victory for either candidate tonight.
That being said, it seems the results from this poll are encouraging for Trump and the folks supporting him, as he definitely has more of a spine than Hillary could ever muster, so if people are looking for strong leadership, that’s likely the direction they’re voting.
Of course, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings — sorry, someone is likely triggered by that phrase — but we should maintain a positive outlook until all is said and done.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]