ATLANTA (AP) – Republican Donald Trump won Georgia much as he won over large parts of the country en route to a presidential upset, commanding solid support from whites, older voters and those wanting change and dissatisfied with the federal government, exit polls showed.
Here’s a look at some voters’ views on the election, according to the results of exit polling conducted in Georgia for The Associated Press and the television networks:
WHAT DO VOTERS WANT IN A PRESIDENT?
A desire for change was on voters’ minds in Georgia, far outweighing experience, good judgment and a president who “cares.” Four in 10 voters in Georgia said a candidate’s ability to bring about needed change was the top quality they sought in a president. Of that group, more than 8 in 10 looked to Trump in Georgia.
For the roughly 2 in 10 who said the most important quality was the right experience, nine in 10 sided with Clinton, but in the end, voters dashed her efforts to persuade Georgia to go for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in more than two decades.
WHO VOTED FOR WHO?
Of the 6 in 10 voters who said they were white, three-quarters sided with Trump. Of the third of voters identifying as black, 9 in 10 cast ballots for Clinton. Youth heavily favored Clinton, with more than 6 in 10 of the 18-to-29 year olds voting for the Democrat. But that was countered by voters 45 and older who sought out Trump, including nearly 7 in 10 voters ages 65 and older.
Men voted 6 in 10 for Trump while only about 4 in 10 women in Georgia chose the Republican.
Among college graduates, about half voted for Clinton, while about half of those who said they had no college degree went for Trump.
WHAT MATTERED: THE ECONOMY, FAMILY FINANCES
More than five in 10 voters – split evenly between Clinton and Trump supporters – said the economy was the most pressing issue. Terrorism, immigration and foreign policy took a backseat in many voters’ minds.
Yet for those who saw immigration as the top issue, three-quarters chose Trump. As for those who identified foreign policy as the key issue, more than 6 in 10 cast ballots for Clinton. Those who saw terrorism as the biggest worry roughly split between the two top contenders.
Of voters who thought the national economy was not so good or in poor shape, three-quarters voted for Trump. Of those who consider the economy excellent or good, 8 in 10 went with Clinton.
As for those who thought their family’s finances were worse off compared to four years ago, nearly 9 in 10 voted for Trump. For those who felt their family finances were now in better shape, 7 in 10 favored Clinton.
IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WORKING?
About two-thirds of Georgia voters said they had a ‘negative’ view when asked their feelings about whether the federal government is working. Of those who said they were down on the federal government, 6 in 10 voted for Trump.
U.S. SENATE RACE
Incumbent Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Republican, was re-elected, defeating Democrat Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckley. Results showed Isakson captured roughly 7 in 10 of the white voters casting ballots while about 7 in 10 of the non-white voters sided with Barksdale. The Libertarian’s support fell far behind.
The survey of 2,767 voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 35 precincts statewide Tuesday, as well as 669 voters who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 28 through Nov. 4. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.