How The Nation Feels Post-Election in 6 Charts

By Kenrya Rankin Nov 21, 2016

As reports roll in about racist appointees and emboldened White supremacists, it’s easy to see that things are changing in the country that elected Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States. A new poll from Pew Research Center breaks down exactly how the nation feels about the shift.

Released today (November 21), the report catalogs responses from 1,254 voters—each of whom was previously interviewed before the election—on November 10 through 14. Here, some key takeaways from the survey, titled “Low Marks for Major Players in 2016 Election—Including the Winner.”

On race relations:
Almost half of voters are pessimistic about how Trump’s win will impact race relations in this country. From the report:

Nearly half of voters (46 percent) say Trump’s election will lead to worse race relations, while only about half as many (25 percent) expect race relations to improve; 26 percent say his election won’t make a difference. Among Clinton voters, 84 percent expect race relations to worsen under Trump. Among Trump supporters, half expect improvement, while 38 percent say his election won’t make a difference.


On conduct:
The nation is not pleased with the way Trump handled himself during the election cycle.

Voters give Trump worse grades than they have for any winning candidate in recent decades

On how the election made them feel:
The respondents provided one word that best described their response to Trump’s win. For those who voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, “shocked” led the way, followed by “”disappointed” and “disgusted.” For Trump supporters, “happy” and “surprised” topped the list.

Trump’s victory in a word

On how they feel right now:
More than half (51 percent) say they feel “hopeful.” Meanwhile, 53 percent are “uneasy.”

Top reactions to Trump’s victory – ‘uneasy,’ ‘hopeful’

On the idea of “giving Trump a chance”:
More than half want to give him a chance to prove himself in office. Fully 39 percent are choosing to believe that he is the “person he has shown himself to be.”

How Clinton voters feel about ‘giving Trump a chance’

On fighting back against Trump:
Among Democratic voters, 65 percent want their party leadership to “stand up to Trump.” That number drops to 14 percent for Republicans.

Most Clinton voters want Democratic leaders to stand up to Trump

Read the full poll results here.