Of the many negative terms that have been applied to Donald Trump this election year, no one has made the claim of him being weak or fragile.
That’s why the latest exit polls are looking good for him, as voters are saying they want a “strong leader” to take the reigns of our government this year.
According to a Morning Consult/Politico exit poll, voters are twice as likely to say they want a strong leader than they were in 2012, indicating they realize this nation needs a serious change in direction to prosper.
Hillary Clinton has often been accused multiple times of appearing weak or frail this year, the most severe event being when she collapsed after having to leave the 9/11 memorial due to severe health issues. She has also been criticized for needing help up stairs, relying on support from her assistance when standing and breaking out into very long coughing fits during her speeches. None of these incidents portray the image of a strong and fit leader for our country.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, has been complimented even by his opponents for holding multiple rallies across the country at a breakneck speed. He portrays the image of a strong, almost military type, leader who is ready for the challenge of cleaning out corruption from our political systems.
We will find out tonight if enough Americans want a strong leader as their president to elect Donald Trump, and let Hillary Clinton retire peacefully so that she can take her daily naps.
Morning Consult reports:
Voters heading to the polls Tuesday are twice as likely to say they want a president who is a “strong leader” than in 2012, according to Morning Consult/POLITICO exit data.
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.”
The electorate is also in low spirits: More than half of voters described their feeling about the election as angry (53 percent) and sad (50 percent), and 39 percent said they were depressed.