As election night smothers the local and cable news on Tuesday, there are more than just candidates on the ballot in many states.
Some have propositions, such as the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, which seems likely to pass in at least Maryland.
In other states, voters will find themselves able to participate in exit polls on a range of subjects that could give us a better insight as to just what is motivating Americans to vote.
Voters in this year’s midterm elections are broadly unhappy with the state of the nation and hold largely negative views of President Joe Biden, according to the preliminary national results of the exit poll conducted for CNN and other news networks by Edison Research.
More than 7 in 10 said they were less than satisfied with the way things are going in the country, with about one-third saying they were not just dissatisfied but angry with the state of the nation.
And on the issue of the President…
Biden’s approval rating stands at about 45% among voters in this year’s election – nearly identical to then-Donald Trump’s 45% approval rating four years ago among 2018 midterm voters. And voters in this election were more than twice as likely to strongly disapprove of Biden as they were to strongly approve of him.
Just shy of half of voters this year said that Biden’s policies are mostly hurting the country, with about 36% saying his policies are mostly helping, and the rest that they’re making no difference.
Now we’ll just have to wait and see how these feelings will play out in the myriad of races yet to be decided on Tuesday night.
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