Who voted for Donald Trump?

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Mike Armstrong and Jeff McArthur break down how Trump won the U.S. election – Nov 9, 2016

Americans were angry and wanted change, according to exit polls. And while they elected Donald Trump as president, they weren’t necessarily enthusiastic about it.

Nearly seven in 10 voters said they were unhappy with the way the government is working, including a quarter who said they were outright angry, according to preliminary results of exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research. Three-fourths of those angry voters backed Trump. Six in 10 voters said the country is on the wrong track.

But after a long, hard-fought campaign, just 4 out of 10 voters strongly favoured their candidate.

And although only about half of Americans showed up to vote according to early turnout estimates, exit poll results reveal demographic divisions within the voting public.

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Who voted for Trump? – Nov 9, 2016

Here’s a look at who voted for whom:

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White people without college degrees voted for Trump

Seven in 10 white men with no college education voted for Donald Trump, according to the exit polls. Similarly, six in 10 non college-educated women voted for Trump.

The advantage Trump had among whites without a college degree compared with whites who graduated from college was the largest seen in exit polls for a Republican since the surveys started in 1972.

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Non college-educated whites form the largest voting bloc in the country, according to an analysis by the New York Times.

Clinton did make some inroads with college-educated white women. Just over half supported her, while four years ago just over half of that group had backed Republican Mitt Romney in 2012.

Men were more likely to vote for Trump than women

Fifty-three per cent of men voted for Trump, according to an analysis of exit poll data from CNN. Only 41 per cent of men voted for Clinton.

Women were more likely to vote for Clinton though: 54 per cent voted for the Democrat, compared to only 42 per cent who voted for Trump.

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Hispanic and black voters voted for Clinton

Trump didn’t do nearly as well among non-white voters. Only about 30 per cent of Hispanic voters backed the Republican, and only about one in 10 black voters voted for him.

But even with his tough talk about Mexican immigrants, Trump held on to roughly the same share of Hispanic voters as Romney had claimed four years ago. Likewise, he was drawing about the same levels of support from black voters as Romney won.

As the Times analysis showed though, the population of black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters put together still doesn’t equal the population of non college-educated whites, who overwhelmingly voted for Trump.

Fifty-eight per cent of white people overall voted for Trump.

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Older people voted for Trump

Fifty-three per cent of voters over 45 years old voted for Trump, according to exit polls. Fifty-two per cent of people under 45 voted for Clinton.

Poorer people voted for Clinton

Slightly more than half of people who make less than $50,000 US per year voted for Clinton: 52 per cent. Only 41 per cent of people in that group voted for Trump.

The division was less pronounced among wealthier voters. Forty-nine per cent of people who make more than $50,000 US voted for Trump, compared to 47 per cent for Clinton.

The median household income in the United States was $56,516 US in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

With files from the Associated Press

The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research with 23,583 voters as they left their polling places at 350 randomly selected sites throughout the United States supplemented by 4,404 telephone interviews with mail, early and absentee voters. The results among all those voting have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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