President Trump’s areas of strength in North Carolina in 2020 appeared to mirror his 2016 performance in the state. Early exit polls suggested he had a similarly commanding lead among White voters, both men and women, although beneath the topline figures he may have lost some ground among White college graduates while gaining some among those without a degree.
Trump strengthened his position among North Carolina’s Republicans and conservatives, while also weakening among moderates and self-described independent voters.
Trump also had a clear lead among suburban voters in North Carolina, even as former vice president Joe Biden saw increased Democratic strength in large cities over 2016 and 2012 margins.
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.
Containing the coronavirus now, even if it hurts the economy52% of voters
Rebuilding the economy now, even if it hurts efforts to contain the coronavirus43%
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.