Post Election Political Article: Men are more optimistic than women about the country's direction
Compared to our last poll, in October, the number of voters who think the country is headed in the right direction has increased (42%), while the number who think things are off on the wrong track has decreased (48%). With the election of president elect Joe Biden, more voters might be more optimistic at the start of a new administration.
Time will tell if "Scranton Joe" can unite the country or will he continue with the usual party bickering and divide we have become accustomed to in Washington D.C?
Interestingly, it was Trump's base who were most likely to think things in the U.S. were headed in the right direction in our post-election survey. Men (50% right direction/42% wrong track) were much happier with the direction of the country compared to women (34% right direction/54% wrong track).
Generation Xers (47% right direction/43% wrong track) and voters aged 30-49 (53% right direction/39% wrong track) were much happier with the direction of the country compared with Baby Boomers (30% right direction/60% wrong track) and voters aged 65+ (27% right direction/63% wrong track). When it came to party identification, Republicans (60% right direction/32% wrong track) were much happier with the direction of the country compared with Democrats (35% right direction/57% wrong track) and Independents (29% right direction/57% wrong track).
Are Trump voters happy he is leaving office or are they being defiant and still holding steadfast in their support for the president by saying they like the direction Trump was taking the country. It's hard to say definitively, but one thing is for sure, Biden will have a tough time being the President of all voters and states in the union.
Zogby Analytics Poll Methodology
US Nov 3rd Election Voters
11/4/20 - 11/12/20
Zogby Analytics conducted an online survey of 5180 adults who voted in the November 3rd Presidential Election.
Using internal and trusted interactive partner resources, thousands of adults were randomly invited to participate in this interactive survey. Each invitation is password coded and secure so that one respondent can only access the survey one time.
Using information based on census data, voter registration figures, CIA fact books and exit polls, we use complex weighting techniques to best represent the demographics of the population being surveyed. Weighted variables may include age, race, gender, region, party, education, and religion. The party breakdown for this survey is as follows: 37% Democrat, 35% Republican and 28% Independent/unaffiliated.
Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 5180 is +/- 1.4 percentage points. This means that all other things being equal, the identical survey repeated will have results within the margin of error 95 times out of 100.
Subsets of the data have a larger margin of error than the whole data set. As a rule we do not rely on the validity of very small subsets of the data especially sets smaller than 50-75 respondents. At that subset we can make estimations based on the data, but in these cases the data is more qualitative than quantitative.
Additional factors can create error, such as question wording and question order.
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