Who’s winning each group

Percentage point lead on demographics where candidate leads.

Full results

Key
1st
2nd
3rd

Sex

Men 51%
36
22
22
7
7
7
Women 49%
29
22
23
9
9
8

Age

Age 17-29 10%
26
28
22
9
4
11
Age 30-44 17%
26
25
26
8
4
10
Age 45-64 46%
36
23
19
7
8
7
Age 65+ 27%
33
17
25
8
12
4

Education

High school or less 16%
45
27
16
2
6
5
Some college/Associates 30%
40
24
17
6
7
6
College graduate 33%
29
21
24
9
9
9
Postgraduate study 21%
20
18
32
13
10
7

Born-again or evangelical Christian

Born-again Christian 72%
33
27
22
5
7
7
Not born-again Christian 28%
30
13
22
19
9
5

Party self-identification

Republican 76%
32
24
23
6
8
6
Independent/Other 22%
33
17
19
13
7
10
Democrat 2%
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Ideology

Very conservative 38%
29
35
19
3
5
8
Somewhat conservative 43%
35
17
25
6
9
7
Moderate 17%
34
7
23
21
9
5
Liberal 1%
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Ever served in the military?

Military or veteran 17%
35
21
23
7
8
4
Not veteran 83%
31
24
21
9
8
7

When did you decide who to support?

Within last week 46%
17
26
28
12
10
7
Earlier than last week 54%
45
20
16
6
6
7

Most important candidate quality

Top quality: Can bring change 31%
45
19
16
7
8
6
Top quality: Can win in November 15%
21
17
47
7
6
2
Top quality: Shares my values 37%
8
34
27
10
10
11
Top quality: Tells it like it is 16%
78
8
3
4
4
4

Nation's top issue

Top issue: Economy/Jobs 29%
36
15
24
13
7
6
Top issue: Government spending 26%
25
25
25
8
9
8
Top issue: Immigration 10%
51
25
11
3
3
7
Top issue: Terrorism 32%
31
25
23
5
9
7

Experience vs. outsider

Prioritize experience in politics 47%
4
29
38
11
14
4
Want president from outside establishment 48%
63
13
9
3
2
11

Feelings on how federal government works

Angry w/government 40%
44
24
16
6
3
7
Dissatisfied, not angry 52%
25
23
26
9
10
7
Satisfied, not enthusiastic 7%
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Enthusiastic 0%
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Importance of Haley endorsing Rubio

Haley endorsement important 25%
17
20
45
7
7
4
Haley endorsement not important 72%
36
24
14
9
8
8

How worried about economy's direction

Very worried about economy 72%
36
22
23
5
6
8
Somewhat worried about economy 25%
24
18
24
11
14
8
Not too worried about economy 2%
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Not at all worried about economy 0%
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Most illegal immigrants working in U.S. should be

Deported 44%
47
24
15
2
5
6
Offered a chance to apply for legal status 53%
22
18
31
10
11
9

Temporary ban on Muslims entering U.S.

Oppose ban on Muslims entering U.S. 24%
13
16
33
18
13
8
Support ban on Muslims entering U.S. 74%
41
23
20
3
6
7

Source: These are final results from a survey of voters as they exited randomly selected Republican primary voting places in South Carolina on Feb. 20, 2016, including 2,043 interviews with Republican primary voters. The poll was conducted by Edison Media Research for National Election Pool, The Washington Post and other media organizations. The results for typical characteristics have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.