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Few Americans enthusiastic about their candidate, survey suggests

Americans begrudgingly stood by their chosen candidates as they went to the ballot box following a bitterly fought election haunted by scandal and controversy, polls suggest.

Just four in 10 said they "strongly favoured" the candidate they voted for in the end, according to an exit poll by CNN.

Meanwhile, in a separate poll for the Associated Press, around 60% of voters said they do not view Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as honest, with a similar proportion feeling the same way about Republican hopeful Donald Trump.

The same analysis showed around three in 10 voters believe neither candidate is honest, while less than one in 10 think both nominees are honest.

Dubbed "crooked Hillary" by her rival, Mrs Clinton's campaign was dealt a blow 11 days before polling day when the FBI announced it had reopened a probe into her use of a private email server. She was then cleared just days before election day.

Meanwhile Mr Trump faced repeated calls to publish his tax returns, as every presidential hopeful has done in recent history.

The billionaire tycoon's refusal to do so led to claims that he was hiding the true amount of federal tax he had paid over the years and some questioned the real size of his wealth.

More recently his campaign was nearly derailed when footage emerged of him making lewd comments about women.

However the weeks of embarrassments and denials appear to have had less sway than could be expected on voters. Only 12% decided which candidate they would choose in the last week, according to CNN.


From Belfast Telegraph