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  1. President Barack Obama celebrates with his wife Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill after Obama's victory speech in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The president made history again by transcending a slow economic recovery and the high unemployment that haunted his first term to beat Republican Mitt Romney. (Jason Reed / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. President Obama celebrates on stage as confetti falls after his victory speech in Chicago on Nov. 7. (Kevin Lamarque / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. President Obama, accompanied by (from left) first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia, waves to supporters on stage in Chicago in the early hours of Nov. 7. (Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Supporters cheer as President Obama delivers his victory speech in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 7 at McCormick Place in Chicago after being re-elected for a second term. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Villagers of the hamlet of Kogelo in western Kenya dance in celebration following news of the re-election of President Barack Obama early on Nov. 7. (Tony Karumba / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. President Obama delivers his victory speech at McCormick Place in Chicago after being re-elected for a second term. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. President Obama supporters cheer during his election night rally in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Kevin Lamarque / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Indian university students celebrate after hearing that Barack Obama was predicted to win a second term during a U.S. Embassy election party at a local hotel in Delhi on Nov. 7. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Jessica Clark (center), 18, watches election results in Times Square in New York before the television networks called the election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. She said she voted for the first time in Tuesday's election. (John Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tells his supporters in Boston that he has conceded the election to President Obama in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 7. (Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A woman has a teary reaction to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's concession speech at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Wednesday, Nov. 7. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Ajay Narayan cheers as the race is called for President Obama during the Nevada State Democrats' election night party at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Sam Morris / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Spectators react to the election results displayed on large television screens during Mitt Romney's election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Nov. 6 in Boston. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Supporters of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) listen to the news that Barack Obama was projected to defeat Mitt Romney in Ohio during a rally for Bachmann in Bloomington, Minn., on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Eric Miller / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Republican Sen. candidate Todd Akin speaks to supporters after his loss during his election night rally in Chesterfield, Missouri on Nov. 6. (Sarah Conard / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Sen. Claire McCaskill greets supporters during an election night party Nov. 6, in St. Louis, Missouri. McCaskill defeated Rep. Todd Akin for the Missouri Senate seat. (Whitney Curtis / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Supporters of President Barack Obama cheer during his election night rally in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Kevin Lamarque / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Senate candidate Rep. Tammy Baldwin celebrates her victory over Republican candidate Tommy Thompson as she enters the stage on election night on Nov. 6, in Madison, Wisconsin. Baldwin became Wisconsin's first openly gay senator. (Darren Hauck / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Supporters of President Barack Obama cheer after networks projected that he had been re-elected at an election party at McCormick Place in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Sen. Bill Nelson thanks supporters at a reelection party Nov. 6, in Orlando, Fla. On his left, is wife Grace Nelson. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Rep. Connie Mack IV addresses supporters after losing to incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson during his election night rally in Bonita Springs, Florida, Nov. 6. (Scott Audette / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Supporters of President Barack Obama cheer in McCormick Place in Chicago after it was projected that he had been re-elected. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sits alone on the floor at Romney’s headquarters in Boston on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Republican senate candidate Linda McMahon waves as she thanks supporters in Stamford, Conn., Nov. 6. McMahon conceded the race to Democratic opponent Chris Murphy for the Senate seat held by Joe Lieberman, an independent who's retiring. (Charles Krupa / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Rep. Chris Murphy addresses supporters during his victory rally in Hartford, Conn., Nov. 6, after beating Linda McMahon for a seat in the senate. (Michelle Mcloughlin / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Supporters of President Obama cheer during his election night party at McCormick Place in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Supporters of President Obama react to election returns at a party sponsored by the Democratic Party of Georgia in Atlanta on Tuesady, Nov. 6. (Erik S. Lesser / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Pat McCrory gets a kiss from his wife Ann McCrory at his election night headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 6, after being elected governor of North Carolina. (Chuck Burton / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Supporters of President Obama cheer after it was projected that he had won Ohio, and re-election, on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Chicago. (John Gress / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney react to results on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Boston. (Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Sen. Scott Brown gives his concession speech as his wife Gail Huff, right, listens at an election night watch party in a hotel in Boston, Nov. 6. Brown lost to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in his bid for re-election. (Steven Senne / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Democratic candidate for the Senate seat for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren addresses supporters during her victory rally in Boston, Mass., Nov. 6, (Gretchen Ertl / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Julianne Larson, left, and Belinda McCook react as a state is called for Republican nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during an election night party at The Venetian in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (David Becker / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Sen. Sherrod Brown celebrates with supporters after defeating Republican challenger Josh Mandel during his election night rally in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 6. (Matt Sullivan / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Republican senate candidate Josh Mandel speaks to supporters as he stands with his wife Ilana during his election night rally in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 6. (Aaron Josefczyk / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. JoAnn Hell, of Minneapolis, celebrates an early return from Virginia for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left photo, and then reacts for a early projection for President Obama in Pennsylvania, right photo, at the Minnesota Republican election night headquarters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Bloomington, Minn. (Tom Olmscheid / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand with her husband Jonathan and sons Henry, 4, and Theodore, 8, celebrate on stage at New York State Democratic Headquarters after Gillbrand was predicted to win the senate election Nov. 6, in New York. (Kathy Willens / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Supporters watch voting returns at the election night rally for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during his election night rally in Boston on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Cean Orrett, 45, center, and Gareth Edmondson-Jones, 46, of San Diego, both recently married in New York, react to positive predictions for President Barack Obama as crowds watch election results in Times Square on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in New York. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Sen. Bob Corker is greeted by several of his supporters after speaking at his election night victory rally at the Cabana Restaurant on Nov. 6, in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Zaleski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Nancy French, of Columbia, Tenn,, reacts to the election results displayed on a television during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Nov. 6, in Boston. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Obama supporters cheer as they see poll numbers broadcast on cable news at McCormick Place in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Jim Watson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Supporters watch voting returns at the election night rally for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Boston on Tuesday, Nov.6. (Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. People watch election results displayed on a utility lift suspended from the front of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Craig Ruttle / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. Supporters cheer at an election watch party in Seattle for proponents of Referendum 74, which would uphold the state's new same-sex marriage law on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Elaine Thompson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. Independent Angus King celebrates under a splash of champagne after winning the Senate seat vacated by Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Freeport, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Lauren Snead, right, hugs her partner Katy Jayne, left, as they celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage on Tuesday Nov. 6 in Portland, Maine. Snead and Jayne plan to marry in the near future. (Joel Page / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. People react as a TV presenter announces results of the U.S. elections during a presidential election party, hosted by the U.S. embassy and German Telekom, in Berlin on Wednesday, Nov. 7. (Markus Schreiber / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. An employee of the U.S. embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, moves a life-size figure of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney next to one depicting President Barack Obama at a hotel during preparations for U.S. election night on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Jose Cabezas / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. Guests gather for an election night party at the U.S. Embassy in London, on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Tal Cohen / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. Supporters of US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney watch election returns in Boston on election night on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  52. Bella Thompson, left, reacts as she watches vote returns with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and his wife Gayle at his election watch party in Fairmont, W. Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Thompson is Manchin's niece. Manchin is opposed by Republican challenger John Raese. (Dave Martin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  53. Supporters of President Barack Obama react to early returns at a party sponsored by the Democratic Party of Georgia in Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Erik S. Lesser / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
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Chart: Voter Confidence Index

Barack Obama

Democrat

With an impressive electoral victory and a nation eager to turn the page in Washington, President Obama started his term with high expectations, and a high VCI. Charged political debates over federal stimulus spending and health care reform coupled with big Republican wins in the midterm elections and a stalled economic recovery have led to an erosion of voter confidence.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2009 34 34 23 28 41 30 5 -6 6 11 -1 -9
2010 -14 -23 -18 -16 -22 -24 -35 -33 -39 -36 -28 -42
2011 -21 -22 -38 -38 -2 -27 -36 -49 -63 -54 -55 -45
2012 -33 -26 -21 -27 -22 -29 -27 -29 -15 -11 -10
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PRESIDENTIAL VCIs

Shown below is each President's last VCI prior to the presidential election. Hover over items for more information.

Ford '76
25
Gerald Ford
Carter '80
-72
Jimmy Carter
Reagan '84
62
Ronald Reagan
Reagan '88
15
Ronald Reagan
Bush '92
-84
George H.W. Bush
Clinton '96
18
Bill Clinton
Clinton '00
45
Bill Clinton
Bush '04
-11
George W. Bush
Bush '08
-116
George W. Bush

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Social: A look at the candidates through social media

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How did we arrive at these numbers?
NBCNews.com is tracking social media commentary on the major presidential candidates using a natural-language tool called ForSight, developed by Crimson-Hexagon Inc. Results are culled from all Twitter messages and a sampling of Facebook posts each day.

The left panel shows how many posts that expressed a clear intention to vote for a candidate or urged others to vote for that candidate the previous day. The middle panel breaks down whether the opinions were positive or negative and shows the issue that was the biggest topic in each category. The right panel shows the total volume of posts for each candidate over the last three months, and what percentage of those posts came from Facebook versus Twitter.

Numbers may not add to 100 percent because of rounding. The margin of sampling error is reported at plus or minus 3 percentage points.

SOURCE: Crimson Hexagon
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