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2722d ago / 10:17 PM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Two Unpopular Candidates

One enduring theme of the campaign has been how unpopular both candidates are, and it’s pretty clear that the campaign didn’t change the voters’ minds about that. Majorities of those interviewed in our NBC News Exit poll have an unfavorable view of each candidate.

About six in 10 voters so far today have an unfavorable view of Donald Trump; only four in 10 has a favorable view, according to NBC News exit poll interviews with those who have voted thus far in the election. Fewer voters — but still a majority — have an unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton.

What’s new here is the fact that a lot of voters don’t like both candidates. Take a look at 2012. That year, just 5 percent of voters told us they had an unfavorable opinion of both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. This year, nearly one in five don’t like both of them.

Trump is leading among those who dislike both candidates, but – perhaps not surprisingly – many are opting for someone other than one of the two major party candidates – in fact, these early poll results suggest that one quarter of those who don’t like either candidate are voting for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. 

2723d ago / 3:35 PM UTC

Meet the NBC News Exit Poll Desk Team

Throughout Election Night, a team of survey research analysts will be crunching the numbers on who voted, what issues were on their minds and why they voted the way they did.

The team includes Stephanie Psyllos, manager of exit polling, NBC News; Scott Keeter, senior survey advisor at Pew Research Center; Courtney Kennedy, director of survey research at Pew Research Center; Cary Funk, associate director of research at Pew Research Center; Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute; Maureen Michaels, president of Michaels Opinion Research Inc.; Mara Ostfeld, postdoctoral fellow, Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan; Patrick Egan, associate professor of politics and public policy at New York University; Hannah Hartig, assistant director, University of Pennsylvania's Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies; Jennifer Su, senior project director, Princeton Survey Research Associates International; and Andrew Arenge, assistant producer, NBC News. The NBC News Exit Poll Desk works closely with digital editors David Taintor and Elizabeth Johnstone to curate the stories we produce.