Nightly News   |  November 02, 2010

Vox populi: Voters vent in exit polls

After casting their ballots, a majority of voters said they're angry or dissatisfied with the Obama administration. NBC's Lester Holt reports.

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>> all night long we'll listen to the voice of the voters, what they are telling the exit polls as they vote today and tonight. my colleague, lester holt , is keeping an eye on all of that tonight. lester, good evening.

>> brian, good evening. a lot of interesting nuggets we'll be pulling out but none more defining of what this election is about than the numbers and the economy. nine out of ten say the economy is not in good shape and they are pessimistic. about the same number are worried about the future and for good reason. it hits close to home for a lot of people. 29% have had a job layoff in the family. 42% say their finances are worse than they were last time, though last time they went to the polls two years ago. all that translating into anger. we've been hearing about it throughout the campaign. 26% of voters said they are angry at the government. nearly half are dissatisfied. less than a quarter told us that they are satisfied or enthusiastic. so when you consider all the negative feelings towards government it's probably not a big surprise that a solid majority think the government is doing too much. 56% say that. 39% want the government to do more. so where is all the anger and unhappiness being channelled? the same number of people said they have an unfavorable view of the democrats as have an unfavorable view of the republicans. 53% each. president obama 's pretty much in the same boat with 54% of those who went to the voting booth saying they disapprove of the job he's doing as president. brian, we'll keep you posted throughout the evening as we cannot to listen to the voice of the voters.

>> lester holt who appears to be presiding over a city