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US National Election Day Exit Polls

National exit polls consist of presidential and/or congressional vote questions in addition to questions on gubernatorial races, important issues affecting the vote decision, presidential approval and a number of current national issues. With the exception of the 1972 CBS News Exit Poll, all include basic demographic variables such as gender, race, education, income, and age, among others. Sample sizes for these studies usually range from 8,000 to 20,000 voters, with the largest samples coming from the 1986 and 1988 ABC News Exit Polls which consist of over 50,000 interviews.

Questions about Exit Polls? Check out our Exit Poll section of the FAQ page or email Data Data Services for additional information.

National Election Pool (NEP) Exit Polls
Data Files Policy effective 1/1/2014

The NEP exit polls are restricted data sets, therefore, in addition to the Center’s standard Terms and Conditions have other limits associated with their use. Access to these data is a privilege, not a right, and will be provided only if the proposed research or teaching objectives and data protection plan are deemed to be adequate. Interested parties should complete and submit the Exit Poll Application. All applications are kept confidential. The data are to be destroyed at the completion of the research project or teaching assignment, and no backup copies of the data are to be made.

Please review the annotated sample application before completing your submission.

Years 2018-1996 Survey Organization Years 1994-1972 Survey Organization
2018 AP VoteCast 1994

Voter News Service

2016   1992

Los Angeles Times

Voter Research and Surveys

2014 National Election Pool 1990 Voter Research and Surveys
2012 National Election Pool 1988 ABC News

CBS News/New York Times

Los Angeles Times
2010 National Election Pool 1986 ABC News

CBS News/New York Times
2008 National Election Pool 1984 ABC News

CBS News/New York Times

Los Angeles Times

NBC News
2006 National Election Pool 1982 ABC News

CBS News/New York Times

NBC News/Associated Press
2004 National Election Pool 1980 ABC News

CBS News/New York Times
2002 Voter News Service 1978 CBS News
2000 Los Angeles Times

Voter News Service
1976 CBS News
1998 Voter News Service 1972 CBS News
1996 Los Angeles Times

Voter News Service