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National Exit Poll Results: Presidential Election


Nov. 2, 2004

Highlights of an exit poll in the NATIONAL election Tuesday for president. Survey conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Media Research/Mitofsky International among 13,660 voters statewide. Sampling error margin plus or minus 1 percentage points for overall sample, larger for subgroups. Data as of 1:24 p.m. Numbers may not add to 100 due to rounding or because some respondents skipped a question; dashes indicate insufficient data for statistical reliability. Percentages are final.

Candidate list:
Kery = John F. Kerry (Dem)
Bush = George W. Bush (Rep)
Nadr = Ralph Nader (Ind)

ALL Kery Bush Nadr
Are you:
Male4644550
Female5451480
Are you:
White7741580
Black1188110
Hispanic/Latino853442
Asian25644-
Other254402
AGE (60 and over)
18-291754450
30-442946531
45-593048510
60 or over2446540
2003 total family income:
Under $15,000863360
$15,000-$29,9991557420
$30,000-$49,9992250490
$50,000-$74,9992343560
$75,000-$99,9991445550
$100,000-$149,9991142571
$150,000-$199,99944258-
$200,000 or more335631
Voter is union member:
Yes1461381
No8645540
What was the last grade of school you completed?
Did not complete high school450490
High school graduate2247520
Some college or associate degree3246540
College graduate2646521
Postgraduate study1655441
No matter how you voted today, do you usually think of yourself as a:
Democrat3789110
Republican376930
Independent or something else2649481
On most political matters, do you consider yourself:
Liberal2185131
Moderate4554450
Conservative3415840
Is this the first time you have ever voted?
Yes1153460
No8948510
Religion, combined Protestant and other Christian.
Protestant/Other Christian5440590
Catholic2747520
Jewish37425-
Something else774231
None1067311
How often do you attend religious services?
More than once a week1635641
Once a week2641580
A few times a month144950-
A few times a year2854450
Never1562361
Have you ever served in the U.S. military?
Yes1841570
No8250490
Are you currently married?
Yes6342570
No3758400
Do you or does someone else in your household own a gun?
Yes4136631
No5957430
When did you finally decide for whom to vote in the presidential election?
Just today552451
In the last three days455421
Sometime last week248510
During the last month1054441
Before that7846530
Which ONE issue mattered most in deciding how you voted for president? (Check only one)
Taxes543570
Education47326-
Iraq1573260
Terrorism1914860
Economy/Jobs2080180
Moral values2218801
Health care87723-
Which ONE candidate quality mattered most in deciding how you voted for president? (Check only one)
He cares about people like me975241
He has strong religious faith8891-
He is honest and trustworthy1129701
He is a strong leader1712870
He is intelligent79190
He will bring about needed change249550
He has clear stands on the issues1720790
Compared to four years ago, is the country:
Safer from terrorism5420790
Less safe from terrorism4185140
How do you feel about the U.S. decision to go to war with Iraq?
Strongly approve296940
Somewhat approve2324751
Somewhat disapprove1573251
Strongly disapprove319450
Compared to four years ago, is your family's financial situation:
Better today3219800
Worse today2879200
About the same3950491
Was your vote for president mainly:
For your candidate6940590
Against his opponent2570300
Which comes closest to your position? Abortion should be:
Legal in all cases2173251
Legal in most cases3461380
Illegal in most cases2626730
Illegal in all cases1622770
How confident are you that votes in your state will be counted accurately?
Very confident5038610
Somewhat confident4056431
Not very confident767302
Not at all confident27129-
Which comes closest to your view of gay and lesbian couples:
They should be allowed to legally marry2577221
They should be allowed to legally form civil unions, but not marry3547520
There should be no legal recognition of their relationships3729700


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