Exit poll results and analysis from California

Data as of Dec. 7 at 10:20 a.m.

Who won each group in California

Groups that candidates won by six or more percentage points

Joe Biden
Donald Trump

President Trump began his presidency by accusing Californians of casting millions of illegal votes against him, and relations have gone downhill from there. As expected, California went for former vice president Joe Biden by a significant margin. Republicans didn’t really compete for the state’s 55 electoral college votes and are focused on winning back the seats lost in the 2018 midterms.

The Post is publishing preliminary results from national and state exit polls that allow readers to explore demographic trends in the 2020 vote. These surveys randomly sample voters in three ways: in-person, as they exited voting places on or before Election Day, and by telephone, through a survey of more than 25,000 early voters, to help account for the huge increase of votes cast early.

Below, see how various groups voted in California’s election for president.

Full exit poll results

Candidates who won a demographic group by six or more percentage points are highlighted. Follow live election results from California here.

Sex
Trump
Biden
Men47% of voters
trump
34%
biden
63%
Women53%
trump
35%
biden
63%
Age
Trump
Biden
18-2914% of voters
trump
24%
biden
74%
30-4428%
trump
33%
biden
62%
45-6439%
trump
38%
biden
61%
65+19%
trump
37%
biden
61%
Race
Trump
Biden
White49% of voters
trump
47%
biden
51%
Black9%
trump
15%
biden
82%
Hispanic/Latino31%
trump
23%
biden
75%
Asian6%
trump
22%
biden
76%
Other5%
trump
35%
biden
59%
NET Non-White51%
trump
23%
biden
75%
Sex by race
Trump
Biden
White men22% of voters
trump
47%
biden
51%
White women27%
trump
47%
biden
51%
Black men5%
trump
21%
biden
75%
Black women5%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Hispanic/Latino men14%
trump
24%
biden
73%
Hispanic/Latino women17%
trump
22%
biden
77%
All other voters11%
trump
28%
biden
68%
Party self-identification
Trump
Biden
Democrats50% of voters
trump
2%
biden
97%
Republicans30%
trump
89%
biden
10%
Independents/Others20%
trump
35%
biden
57%
Ideology
Trump
Biden
Liberal29% of voters
trump
9%
biden
90%
Moderate41%
trump
28%
biden
70%
Conservative30%
trump
70%
biden
28%
Education
Trump
Biden
College graduates44% of voters
trump
30%
biden
68%
Some college or less56%
trump
39%
biden
59%
Education by race
Trump
Biden
White college graduates26% of voters
trump
36%
biden
62%
White, some college or less24%
trump
59%
biden
39%
Non-White college graduates18%
trump
21%
biden
78%
Non-White, some college or less32%
trump
24%
biden
73%
Education by race by sex
Trump
Biden
White women, college graduates14% of voters
trump
38%
biden
60%
White women, some college or less13%
trump
58%
biden
41%
White men, college graduates11%
trump
34%
biden
65%
White men, some college or less11%
trump
60%
biden
37%
Family income
Trump
Biden
Under $50,00035% of voters
trump
36%
biden
63%
$50,000-$99,99936%
trump
37%
biden
61%
$100,000 or more29%
trump
34%
biden
65%
When did you decide?
Trump
Biden
Decided in the last week3% of voters
Not enough respondents to break down details
Decided before last week94%
trump
36%
biden
61%
Most important issue in your vote for president
Trump
Biden
The coronavirus pandemic23% of voters
trump
9%
biden
90%
The economy21%
trump
72%
biden
27%
Crime and safety17%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Health-care policy17%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Racial inequality18%
trump
6%
biden
93%
Which is more important?
Trump
Biden
Containing the coronavirus now, even if it hurts the economy60% of voters
trump
17%
biden
82%
Rebuilding the economy now, even if it hurts efforts to contain the coronavirus33%
trump
59%
biden
37%

Methodology

Preliminary national and state exit poll results from interviews of randomly selected voters as they exited voting places across the country on Nov. 3, as well as from voters exiting early voting locations. Early voters were also reached through a telephone survey. The polls were conducted by Edison Research for the National Election Pool, The Washington Post and other media organizations. Results are weighted to match vote tallies by region and to correct for differential participation by subgroup.

Graphics by Brittany Mayes, Leslie Shapiro and Chris Alcantara. Text by David Weigel, Scott Clement, Emily Guskin, Kevin Uhrmacher, Ann Gerhart, Claudia Deane, Alauna Safarpour and Jocelyn Kiley.