Tracking the Exit Polls in Pennsylvania
Here are some of the findings of the exit polls in Pennsylvania.
– One out of 7 primary voters were not registered as a Democrat at the beginning of the year and 60 percent of them went for Obama.
– Fifty-eight percent of voters who made up their minds in the last week voted for Clinton.
– Ninety-two percent of black voters chose Obama. Several pollsters put the black vote in Pennsylvania at about 15 percent of the total.
– Seniors backed Clinton 60 percent to 39 percent, while Obama led in the 18-to-29 age group 62 percent to 38 percent.
– Eleven percent of Pennsylvania Democrats said they would vote for John McCain over Clinton if she became the nominee and another 6 percent said they’d stay home. Fifteen percent would vote for McCain over Obama and 10 percent said they woduldn’t vote at all if Obama was the standardbearer.
– Sixty-four percent of Hillary Clinton supporters said they would not be satisfied with Obama as the nominee, and 54 percent of Barack Obama supporters. But overall, 70 percent of Pennsylvania Democrats would be satisfied with Clinton as nominee and 64 percent with Obama.
– Fifty-four percent said the economy is the top issue of the campaign.
– Clinton won 55 percent of men voters, and in specific, 64 percent of blue collar white men.
– Ninety percent of voters said the U.S. was in a recession.
– Nearly half of voters said they were looking for a candidate who would bring change.
– About a quarter of voters said experience was the most important quality for a candidate.
– A majority of voters said campaign ads were very or somewhat important in making their choice. About 40 percent said that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had engaged in unfair attacks.
– Three-quarters said they made their decision a week ago.
– Eight out of 10 voters made up their minds at least a week ago, and 6 in 10 did so a month ago, which would be a wake-up call to pollsters and pundits who said the negative tone of the race was resulting in a significant undecided pool.
– Two thirds of voters say Clinton attacked Obama unfairly during the campaign, while about half said the same of Obama’s treatment of Clinton.
– More than half of voters in the early exit polls expect Obama to be the nominee
– Fifty-eight percent of those who live in union households voted for Clinton versus 42 percent for Obama.
– Voters making less than $50,000 a year voted 55 percent to 45 percent for Clinton.
– Fifty-four percent of college grads backed Obama compared to 46 percent for Clinton.
– Obama is out-polling Clinton among urban voters 69 percent to 31 percent.
– Gun owners favored Clinton by 58 percent to 42 percent.
– Voters who attend religious services every week backed Clinton 59 percent to 41 percent.