Exit poll results and analysis from South Carolina

Data as of Nov. 12 at 12:11 p.m.

Who’s winning each group in South Carolina

Groups that candidates are winning by six or more percentage points

Donald Trump
Joe Biden
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South Carolina backed President Trump, contributing nine electoral votes to his total. Republican strength in the upstate and along much of the Atlantic coast has kept the state safely Republican for decades. Democrats, who win Black voters by a landslide in the state, have made some inroads around the suburbs of Charleston and Columbia.

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 South Carolina’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 South Carolina here.

Sex
Trump
Biden
Men45% of voters
trump
57%
biden
41%
Women55%
trump
53%
biden
45%
Age
Trump
Biden
18-2915% of voters
trump
53%
biden
43%
30-4420%
trump
48%
biden
50%
45-6437%
trump
57%
biden
42%
65+27%
trump
60%
biden
40%
Race
Trump
Biden
White66% of voters
trump
73%
biden
26%
Black26%
trump
7%
biden
90%
Hispanic/Latino5%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Asian0%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Other3%
Not enough respondents to break down details
NET Non-White34%
trump
21%
biden
78%
Sex by race
Trump
Biden
White men28% of voters
trump
75%
biden
23%
White women38%
trump
71%
biden
28%
Black men12%
trump
12%
biden
85%
Black women14%
trump
3%
biden
96%
Hispanic/Latino men2%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Hispanic/Latino women2%
Not enough respondents to break down details
All other voters3%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Party self-identification
Trump
Biden
Democrats30% of voters
trump
4%
biden
96%
Republicans41%
trump
95%
biden
4%
Independents/Others29%
trump
50%
biden
46%
Ideology
Trump
Biden
Liberal15% of voters
trump
7%
biden
92%
Moderate38%
trump
42%
biden
56%
Conservative47%
trump
85%
biden
14%
Education
Trump
Biden
College graduates37% of voters
trump
55%
biden
43%
Some college or less63%
trump
55%
biden
43%
Education by race
Trump
Biden
White college graduates29% of voters
trump
63%
biden
36%
White, some college or less37%
trump
80%
biden
19%
Non-White college graduates7%
trump
25%
biden
72%
Non-White, some college or less26%
trump
20%
biden
79%
Education by race by sex
Trump
Biden
White women, college graduates15% of voters
trump
62%
biden
36%
White women, some college or less22%
trump
77%
biden
23%
White men, college graduates14%
trump
64%
biden
35%
White men, some college or less15%
trump
86%
biden
12%
Family income
Trump
Biden
Under $50,00041% of voters
trump
46%
biden
53%
$50,000-$99,99931%
trump
51%
biden
47%
$100,000 or more27%
trump
64%
biden
34%
White evangelical Christians
Trump
Biden
White evangelical Christians39% of voters
trump
85%
biden
13%
All other voters61%
trump
38%
biden
60%
When did you decide?
Trump
Biden
Decided in the last week7% of voters
Not enough respondents to break down details
Decided before last week90%
trump
56%
biden
43%
Most important issue in your vote for president
Trump
Biden
The coronavirus pandemic16% of voters
trump
10%
biden
89%
The economy36%
trump
87%
biden
11%
Crime and safety14%
trump
84%
biden
16%
Health-care policy11%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Racial inequality15%
trump
10%
biden
88%
Which is more important?
Trump
Biden
Containing the coronavirus now, even if it hurts the economy48% of voters
trump
21%
biden
78%
Rebuilding the economy now, even if it hurts efforts to contain the coronavirus48%
trump
86%
biden
13%

Senate exit poll

In the South Carolina U.S. Senate race, the incumbent, Lindsey O. Graham, a Republican, defeated former state Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison. Graham has represented South Carolina in the Senate since 2003.

Who’s winning each group in South Carolina

Groups that candidates are winning by six or more percentage points

Lindsey Graham
Jaime Harrison

Full exit poll results

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

Sex
Harrison
Graham
Men45% of voters
43%
56%
Women55%
46%
53%
Age
Harrison
Graham
18-2915% of voters
41%
56%
30-4421%
53%
47%
45-6437%
43%
56%
65+28%
41%
58%
Race
Harrison
Graham
White66% of voters
27%
72%
Black26%
93%
6%
Hispanic/Latino5%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Asian0%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Other3%
Not enough respondents to break down details
NET Non-White34%
78%
21%
Sex by race
Harrison
Graham
White men28% of voters
24%
75%
White women38%
29%
69%
Black men13%
89%
9%
Black women14%
96%
4%
Hispanic/Latino men2%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Hispanic/Latino women2%
Not enough respondents to break down details
All other voters3%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Party self-identification
Harrison
Graham
Democrats30% of voters
95%
4%
Republicans41%
4%
94%
Independents/Others29%
49%
49%
Ideology
Harrison
Graham
Liberal15% of voters
91%
9%
Moderate38%
57%
41%
Conservative46%
15%
84%
Education
Harrison
Graham
College graduates36% of voters
44%
54%
Some college or less64%
44%
55%
Education by race
Harrison
Graham
White college graduates29% of voters
37%
61%
White, some college or less37%
19%
79%
Non-White college graduates7%
75%
25%
Non-White, some college or less27%
79%
20%
Education by race by sex
Harrison
Graham
White women, college graduates16% of voters
38%
60%
White women, some college or less23%
24%
75%
White men, college graduates14%
36%
63%
White men, some college or less15%
13%
85%
Family income
Harrison
Graham
Under $50,00041% of voters
57%
41%
$50,000-$99,99932%
46%
52%
$100,000 or more27%
35%
64%
White evangelical Christians
Harrison
Graham
White evangelical Christians39% of voters
13%
85%
All other voters61%
61%
39%
Most important issue in your vote for president
Harrison
Graham
The coronavirus pandemic16% of voters
91%
7%
The economy36%
14%
85%
Crime and safety14%
16%
83%
Health-care policy12%
Not enough respondents to break down details
Racial inequality14%
86%
10%
Which is more important?
Harrison
Graham
Containing the coronavirus now, even if it hurts the economy47% of voters
78%
20%
Rebuilding the economy now, even if it hurts efforts to contain the coronavirus47%
15%
83%

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.