Exit polls: Slightly more Republican, more optimistic

The Fix reports on the early exit polls

The first wave of exit polling paints a picture of an electorate that is slightly more Republican than the one that helped elect President Obama in 2008.

And, unlike 2008, more voters oppose an active federal government than support it. But, the mood of the country has improved from four years ago — with much of those gains coming among Democrats.

Here's some guidance on how exit polls work and how to watch them. The main thing: early exits can often be misleading, as the data is preliminary. So take everything with a big grain of salt. 

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