Ohio Exit Poll: Trump voters want change, Clinton experience




Democrat Hillary Clinton's backing in Ohio's presidential election on Tuesday came from women and minorities while Republican Donald Trump did well with men and white voters, early exit poll results showed.

Trump was the favorite of those looking for someone who would bring change. Clinton was the choice among those who wanted someone in the White House with experience.

Here are some highlights of the exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research:

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CLINTON'S STRENGTHS

Young voters tilted toward Clinton. So did those who give President Barack Obama a passing grade.

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TRUMP'S STRENGTHS

White evangelicals backed Trump by a wide margin along with those who say immigration is the biggest issue facing the country.

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WORRIES ABOUT BOTH

Clinton's handling of classified emails while she was secretary of state was a concern for about two-thirds of the voters in Ohio while slightly more were bothered by Trump's treatment of women.

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NONE OF THE ABOVE

There's been a lot of talk about how voters aren't satisfied with the two candidates, and very few had a favorable opinion of both or thought both were qualified for the office. About 3 in 10 thought neither of them is honest and trustworthy.

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KASICH FACTOR

Republican Gov. John Kasich, who made a run for the White House, was favorably viewed among about half of the voters. Voters who liked the governor titled toward Clinton while those who had a negative opinion leaned toward Trump.

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STILL THE ECONOMY

The economy was again at the top of most voters' thoughts, with half saying it's the most important issue facing the country. Worries about terrorism ranked a distant second. Three out of 5 voters thought the nation's economy was not doing well while more thought their own financial situation was better or the same compared with four years ago.

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MAKE UP YOUR MIND

With a barrage of campaign ads and candidate visits to Ohio, voters couldn't avoid talking and thinking about the election. Three-quarters had their decision made before the final month of the campaign, but about 1 in 10 waited until the final days to settle on their choice.

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The survey of 3,190 Ohio voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 50 precincts statewide Tuesday and 620 who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 28 through Nov. 6. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of 3 percentage points, higher for subgroups.
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