A nation surprised

How Americans are reacting to the presidential election

Americans are reacting strongly to Donald Trump becoming the next president of the United States, according to a national Gallup poll conducted on Nov. 9, the day after the election. About 80 percent of Trump supporters said that they’re “excited,” while 76 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters said that they’re “afraid.” The negative reaction is stronger among young people. More than half (54 percent) of people ages 40 and younger said they’re “afraid,” compared with just 25 percent of people 60 and older. The majority of respondents did have one thing in common, however: three-quarters said that they’re “surprised” by the result.