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67% of non-college whites backed Trump for president, while just 28% supported Clinton.
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November 10, 2016

A Divided and Pessimistic Electorate

Voters who supported President-elect Donald Trump considered immigration, job opportunities and crime among the serious problems facing the nation. Among Hillary Clinton backers, climate change ranked as the most serious problem, along with gun violence and the gap between the rich and poor.


Behind Trump’s victory: Divisions by race, gender, education

Trump won white voters by a margin almost identical to that of Mitt Romney in 2012, and he did particularly well among those without a college degree. While Hillary Clinton did not run as strongly among blacks and Hispanics as Barack Obama did in 2012, women supported her over Trump by 54% to 42%.


Why 2016 election polls missed their mark

There is a great deal of speculation but no clear answers for the disconnect between the 2016 election polls and the election results, but there is one point of agreement: Across the board, polls underestimated Trump's level of support.


Trump’s victory another example of how Electoral College wins are bigger than popular vote ones

Donald Trump won at least 279 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 228, but the popular vote is a near-tie. This mismatch reflects how the U.S. electoral process can – and frequently does – result in differences between the outcome in the Electoral College and the popular vote.


How the faithful voted: A preliminary 2016 analysis

Eight-in-ten self-identified white, born-again/evangelical Christians say they voted for Trump, our analysis found. While white Catholics supported Trump, Hispanic Catholics backed Clinton over Trump by a 41-point margin. Religious “nones” and Jews were strong Clinton supporters.


Hillary Clinton wins Latino vote, but falls below 2012 support for Obama

Hillary Clinton won 65% of Latino voters on Tuesday, a level of Democratic support similar to 2008 but lower than in 2012. Donald Trump won 29% of the Latino vote, a similar share to 2012.


On Election Day, most voters used electronic or optical-scan ballots

Nearly half of registered voters (47%) live in jurisdictions that use only optical-scan ballots, in which voters fill in bubbles. About 28% live in jurisdictions that only offer direct-recording electronic (DRE) devices, such as touch screens.


The most and least educated U.S. religious groups

Attainment of a four-year college degree in the United States, often regarded as a key asset for economic success, varies by race and gender. But the share of people completing a college education also differs by religion, with members of some faith groups much more educated, on average, than others.


America’s political divisions in 5 charts


Majorities of women, men say Trump has no respect for women


A gender gap in views of Hillary Clinton, even among her supporters


In nine countries, 20% or more born there have migrated or sought refuge abroad


Social media causes some users to rethink their views on an issue


Media Mentions

1 in 5 people say they change their political views due to social media

VOX

Your political posts on social media are actually changing minds — sometimes

THE WASHINGTON POST

Talking About Politics on Social Media Actually Does Make a Difference

NEW YORK MAGAZINE

Hindus Are the Best Educated Religious Group in the U.S.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

White evangelicals back Donald Trump over previous three Republican candidates

NEwSWEEK

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