The first exit polls from New Hampshire are out, and they have some interesting nuggets
Networks among the exit-poll consortium just released preliminary data from daylong interviews with New Hampshire primary voters, who headed to the polls to cast their ballots Tuesday.
The early results indicated, among other things, a large turnout of self-identified independent voters, many late-deciding voters, and broad concerns about the economy.
- Half of Republican voters interviewed said they did not make a final decision about whom to support until the last few days.
- On the Democratic side, only about one-quarter said they decided whom to support within the last few days.
- About two-thirds said "recent debates" were an "important factor" in their vote.
- Three-quarters of Republican voters said they were "very worried" about the state of the US economy.
- About 30% of GOP voters described themselves as "very conservative," a noticeable jump from both 2012 and 2008, according to CNN.
- According to NBC, about 42% of Republican voters and 39% of Democratic voters identified themselves as independents. Those results were more comparable to the 2000 open New Hampshire primary than 2008.
- According to ABC, nearly half of Republican voters said they preferred a candidate from "outside the political establishment." That could bode well for real-estate mogul Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, as well as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has a large grassroots following.
- A huge number, about 90% of Democrats, said they thought the nation's economy "favors the wealthy."
- Nearly seven-in-10 Democratic voters identified themslves as "liberal," up from 56% in 2008.
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