Mar 8, 2016 10:12 PM

Exit poll: Clinton carries all voter groups in Mississippi

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Donald Trump rode a wave of voter fury at the political establishment and deep fears over jobs and the economy to victory in Michigan's Republican primary election Tuesday, an exit poll showed.

For Mississippi Democrats, the only real question was who liked Hillary Clinton the most, as exit polls showed the former secretary of state carried nearly every voter group in her trouncing of Bernie Sanders.

Voters in both states and parties said they were worried about the economy and shared disdain with the federal government, with Republicans more inclined to describe themselves as angry.

Here are some highlights of the exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research:



Clinton remained hugely popular among black voters. They made up about two-thirds of the Democratic electorate in Mississippi, and nearly nine in 10 supported her. Yet she also drew about two-thirds of the vote among whites. About seven in 10 voters under age 45 supported Clinton, whose margin was even more overwhelming among those who are older. She won among women and men, people with less education as well as postgraduates, every income group and moderates.

Clinton even won groups from which Sanders has drawn much of his support elsewhere, including liberals and those who consider income inequality the nation's biggest problem.



It wasn't that Mississippi Democrats didn't like Sanders; they just liked Clinton more. Seven in 10 described him as honest and trustworthy. Nearly seven in 10 described him as honest and trustworthy. More than four in 10 described his positions on the issues as about right, although nearly three in 10 said he was too liberal. More than four in 10 also approved of his views toward business, while three in 10 said he was too anti-business. They were much more likely to see Clinton's policies than Sanders' policies as realistic, with more than eight in 10 saying that about Clinton and just under half about Sanders.



Democratic voters in Michigan see Sanders as more honest. Nearly six in 10 said Clinton is honest, while about eight in 10 said the same of Sanders. But seven in 10 said Clinton's policies were more realistic, while just over six in 10 described Sanders' policies as such.

About six in 10 said both Sanders and Clinton have the right approach to business, but about one-third think Clinton is too pro-business while about two in 10 said Sanders is too anti-business.

More than eight in 10 called for strengthening public water regulation, while about one in 10 said government rules go too far already.



Trump continued to draw support from less educated voters, those who favor deporting people working illegally in the U.S. and those wanting a nominee from outside the political mainstream.

Ted Cruz was strongest among voters describing themselves as very conservative and those who consider it important to have a candidate with whom they share religious beliefs and values. But Trump battled Cruz to a near-draw among white evangelical Christians.

John Kasich's best showing was among voters with advanced degrees, moderates, voters seeking a candidate with experience and those who oppose keeping Muslims who aren't U.S. citizens out of the country.

Nearly two-thirds of Michigan Republican voters were very worried about the national economy and about four in 10 of them favored Trump, who also carried nearly 40 percent of voters naming the economy and jobs as the top issue.



Concern about how trade with other nations affects employment is widespread in both states. More than half the voters in the Democratic and Republican primaries in Michigan and the Republican primary in Mississippi said trade costs U.S. jobs, while Mississippi Democrats were more closely divided. Trump won both states by large margins among Republicans who said trade takes jobs.



Cruz did best with voters who describe themselves as very conservative, while a majority of moderates and those who consider themselves somewhat conservative backed Trump.

White evangelical Christians were more likely to support Trump than Cruz. More than half of Mississippi Republicans said it was very important that their candidate share their religious beliefs, and just under half of those voters favored Cruz, while four in 10 favored Trump.

Eight in 10 voters said they are very worried about the direction of the national economy and over half of them backed Trump. He also got nearly half of the voters who said the economy and jobs is the most important issue facing the country.

About six in 10 Mississippi Republicans said they wanted a nominee from outside the political establishment, and they mostly supported Trump. Those looking for someone with political experience were more likely to support Cruz.



The economy was a source of bipartisan concern in both states. At least 8 in 10 voters in each primary said they were worried about its direction. About four in 10 Democratic voters and three in 10 Republicans said it was the most important issue. About eight in 10 Democratic voters in both Michigan and Mississippi said the country's economic system benefits the wealthy, rather than being fair to all.



About half the Democrats in both states consider race relations as having deteriorated over the past few years. More than half of black voters in the two states said they've gotten worse.



Another belief that cuts across states and parties: Washington isn't working. Majorities of Democrats and Republicans in Michigan and Mississippi said they were unhappy with the federal government's performance. Republicans felt that way more strongly, with just under nine in 10 saying they were dissatisfied or angry.


The surveys were conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks by Edison Research as voters left their polling places at 30 randomly selected sites in Michigan and in Mississippi. Preliminary results in Michigan include interviews with 1,571 Democratic primary voters, including 165 absentee or early voters who were interviewed by phone before election day, and 1,297 Republican primary voters, including 155 interviewed by phone. The margin of error in Michigan is plus or minus 4 percentage points for both Democratic and Republican primary voters. Preliminary results in Mississippi include interviews with 1,031 Democratic primary voters and 1,270 Republican primary voters, both with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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