Exit polls 2012: How the vote has shifted

See how much voter groups have shifted in the 2012 exit polls, compared to 2008. Results for typical characteristics have a margin of error of four percentage points.

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Last updated: Nov. 8, 2012

Voted more for Obama
Voted equally
Voted more for Romney
+100 percentage points +50 +0 +50 +100
For each voter group:
2012 exit polls
2008
Voters became more:
Democratic
Republican

Sex

2012

SOURCE: Final exit poll results from interviews of randomly selected voters as they exited voting places across the country on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin polls included telephone interviews with early voters. The poll was conducted by Edison Media Research for the National Election Pool, The Washington Post and other media organizations. Typical characteristics have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points; POLLING: Scott Clement, Jon Cohen and Peyton M. Craighill | GRAPHIC: Sisi Wei - The Washington Post. Published Nov. 6, 2012.

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