Exit poll: Minorities favor Clinton; whites choose Trump

Mariah Hickman, a Dillard University student march in unison with fellow students, to a polling place to vote on election day in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat Hillary Clinton captured Virginia’s 13 electoral college votes on Tuesday thanks to strong support among women and minority voters, but Trump kept the race close with enthusiasm among white voters. Here’s a look at some preliminary results of exit polling conducted for The Associated Press and television networks in Virginia.




Clinton was bolstered by strong support from women and minorities in Virginia, while Trump lead among white voters.

The vast majority of black voters and roughly two-thirds of Hispanic voters cast ballots for Clinton. Clinton won with more than half of women voters while Trump captured more than six in 10 white voters.

Clinton also had the advantage with young voters, winning in age groups 18 to 29 and 30 to 44.



Clinton was the favorite among highly educated voters, capturing nearly six in 10 of those with a post-graduate degree. More than seven in 10 voters white voters without a college degree chose Trump while whites with a college education supported Trump by a narrower margin. Clinton won among both non-white college educated voters and non-white voters without a college degree.



Virginian voters have the economy on their minds. Nearly six in 10 Virginia voters said the economy was the most important issue facing the country, outweighing foreign policy, immigration or terrorism.

Trump won among voters who say that immigration is the most important issue facing the nation while Clinton had the advantage among voters who pointed to foreign policy.

Nearly six in 10 voters said they believe they condition of the nation’s economy is not so good or poor while about two-thirds said they believe the U.S. economy favors the wealthy.



Trump was the favorite among voters who are pessimistic about the future of the country while Clinton carried those who are more optimistic. About six in 10 voters who said they believe life will be better for the next generation voted for Clinton. Roughly seven in 10 voters who said they believe life will be worse for the next generation voted for Trump.



Trump was strongly favored by those seeking a candidate they believe can bring needed change, capturing more than three-quarters of those voters. Meanwhile, nearly 9 in 10 voters who said that experience is the most important quality in their candidate voted for Clinton.



The majority of Virginia voters — about six in 10 — said that Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state bothered them at least some. Nearly three-quarters said the same thing about Trump’s treatment of women.



Clinton won among voters who say that immigrants working in the U.S. after coming to the country illegally should be offered a chance to apply for legal status. Meanwhile, most people who said that those immigrants should be deported voted for Trump. About 8 in 10 people who said that immigration hurts the country voted for Trump while roughly three-fourths of people who said that immigration helps the country voted for Clinton.



Roughly eight out of 10 white voters who say they are evangelicals or born-again Christians voted for Trump. Clinton won among voters who say they never attend religious services.

Meanwhile, about six in 10 voters who said someone in their house owns a gun voted for Trump. Trump also won more than three-quarters of voters who said they oppose stricter gun-control measures.


The exit poll of 2,942 Virginia voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 50 precincts statewide. Preliminary results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups