Exit poll results and analysis from Maine

Data as of Dec. 7 at 10:22 a.m.

Who won each group in Maine

Groups that candidates won by six or more percentage points

Donald Trump
Joe Biden
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One of just two states to split its electoral votes by congressional district, Maine is increasingly divided between a conservative, rural north and a liberal, wealthier south, especially around Portland. Though the rest of the state backed former vice president Joe Biden (and Hillary Clinton in 2016), Maine’s 2nd District went for President Trump, contributing one electoral vote to his total.

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 Maine’s elections for president and U.S. Senate.

Full exit poll results

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

Sex
Trump
Biden
Men41% of voters
trump
52%
biden
42%
Women59%
trump
38%
biden
61%
Age
Trump
Biden
18-2915% of voters
trump
34%
biden
60%
30-4421%
trump
45%
biden
51%
45-6437%
trump
50%
biden
47%
65+28%
trump
40%
biden
59%
Race
Trump
Biden
White95% of voters
trump
44%
biden
53%
Black1%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Hispanic/Latino2%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Asian0%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Other2%
Not enough respondents to break down details
NET Non-White5%
trump
46%
biden
47%
Sex by race
Trump
Biden
White men39% of voters
trump
52%
biden
42%
White women56%
trump
38%
biden
62%
Black men1%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Black women0%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Hispanic/Latino men1%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Hispanic/Latino women1%
Not enough respondents to break down details
All other voters3%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Party self-identification
Trump
Biden
Democrats28% of voters
trump
5%
biden
94%
Republicans31%
trump
89%
biden
9%
Independents/Others41%
trump
35%
biden
59%
Ideology
Trump
Biden
Liberal28% of voters
trump
4%
biden
93%
Moderate42%
trump
37%
biden
61%
Conservative30%
trump
89%
biden
9%
Education
Trump
Biden
College graduates39% of voters
trump
31%
biden
66%
Some college or less61%
trump
52%
biden
44%
Education by race
Trump
Biden
White college graduates38% of voters
trump
30%
biden
68%
White, some college or less57%
trump
53%
biden
43%
Non-White college graduates1%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Non-White, some college or less4%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Education by race by sex
Trump
Biden
White women, college graduates22% of voters
trump
24%
biden
75%
White women, some college or less34%
trump
47%
biden
52%
White men, college graduates16%
trump
38%
biden
58%
White men, some college or less24%
trump
61%
biden
31%
When did you decide?
Trump
Biden
Decided in the last week5% of voters
Not enough respondents to break down details
Decided before last week92%
trump
46%
biden
52%
Most important issue in your vote for president
Trump
Biden
The coronavirus pandemic21% of voters
trump
10%
biden
88%
The economy35%
trump
92%
biden
6%
Crime and safety8%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Health-care policy11%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Racial inequality15%
trump
3%
biden
96%
Which is more important?
Trump
Biden
Containing the coronavirus now, even if it hurts the economy55% of voters
trump
13%
biden
84%
Rebuilding the economy now, even if it hurts efforts to contain the coronavirus41%
trump
89%
biden
9%

Senate exit poll

In the Maine U.S. Senate race, the incumbent, Susan Collins, a Republican, defeated Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, a Democrat. Collins has represented Maine in the Senate since 1997.

Who won each group in Maine

Groups that candidates won by six or more percentage points

Susan Collins
Sara Gideon

Full exit poll results

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

Sex
Gideon
Collins
Savage
Men41% of voters
36%
55%
7%
Women59%
46%
49%
3%
Age
Gideon
Collins
Savage
18-2915% of voters
57%
35%
7%
30-4421%
41%
47%
7%
45-6437%
33%
60%
5%
65+28%
46%
51%
3%
Race
Gideon
Collins
Savage
White95% of voters
43%
52%
4%
Black1%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Hispanic/Latino2%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Asian0%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Other2%
Not enough respondents to break down details
NET Non-White5%
32%
43%
24%
Sex by race
Gideon
Collins
Savage
White men39% of voters
36%
56%
6%
White women56%
47%
48%
3%
Black men1%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Black women0%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Hispanic/Latino men1%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Hispanic/Latino women1%
Not enough respondents to break down details
All other voters3%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Party self-identification
Gideon
Collins
Savage
Democrats28% of voters
84%
13%
3%
Republicans31%
4%
91%
3%
Independents/Others41%
43%
46%
8%
Ideology
Gideon
Collins
Savage
Liberal28% of voters
85%
9%
6%
Moderate43%
43%
50%
5%
Conservative30%
5%
89%
3%
Education
Gideon
Collins
Savage
College graduates39% of voters
53%
42%
4%
Some college or less61%
35%
57%
5%
Education by race
Gideon
Collins
Savage
White college graduates38% of voters
55%
42%
3%
White, some college or less57%
35%
58%
5%
Non-White college graduates2%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Non-White, some college or less4%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Education by race by sex
Gideon
Collins
Savage
White women, college graduates22% of voters
60%
38%
2%
White women, some college or less34%
38%
56%
3%
White men, college graduates16%
47%
49%
3%
White men, some college or less23%
30%
61%
7%
Most important issue in your vote for president
Gideon
Collins
Savage
The coronavirus pandemic21% of voters
71%
17%
12%
The economy35%
8%
86%
3%
Crime and safety8%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Health-care policy11%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Racial inequality15%
78%
17%
4%
Which is more important?
Gideon
Collins
Savage
Containing the coronavirus now, even if it hurts the economy55% of voters
66%
26%
8%
Rebuilding the economy now, even if it hurts efforts to contain the coronavirus41%
8%
86%
2%

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.