Americans Can't Wait Until The Election Is Over

Two. More. Weeks.
Now please go away.
Now please go away.

No matter whom they support at the polls, Americans can mostly agree on one thing about this presidential campaign ― they’re really, really ready to be finished with it.

An 81 percent majority of Americans say they wish this election were over, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, with just 12 percent saying they’re enjoying watching things play out. More than three-quarters of people in both parties say they’re ready to move on.

An identical 59 percent of Democrats, Republicans and independents say they’ve heard too much discussion of the presidential election. Just 7 percent of all Americans say they wish they’d heard more.

 Use the widget below to further explore the results of HuffPost/YouGov’s survey, using the menu at the top to select survey questions and the buttons at the bottom to filter the data by subgroups:


Just because people are tired of hearing about the campaign, though, doesn’t mean they aren’t worried about the outcome. An overwhelming majority, 78 percent, say that depending on who wins the presidential election, the U.S. could be in serious trouble. Just 8 percent think that the nation will be fine no matter who wins.

More than two-thirds of Americans say they’ve found the election at least somewhat stressful, with 34 percent saying they’ve found it very stressful.

While there’s little division by party, there’s a notable gender gap: This election has been a whole lot less fun for women.

Women are 15 points likelier than men ― 41 percent to 26 percent ― to say they’ve found this election “very stressful.” Just 9 percent of women, compared to 16 percent of men, say they’re enjoying the election.

Overall, Americans give the year 2016 a 44 percent favorability rating, with 47 percent rating it unfavorably, making this year less popular than President Barack Obama but better-liked than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Oct. 23-Oct. 24 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be found here. More details on the polls’ methodology are available here.

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