How white, 'working class' men gave Donald Trump the keys to the White House

Wednesday 09 November 2016 11:00
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Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States.

The second question on many people's lips, after "can I migrate to Canada?", was:

How did this happen?

While many precincts and counties are still yet to declare results, the exit polls can give us a snap look at the demographics that voted for him over Hillary Clinton.

Here's a few charts of the voting preferences, as discovered by a New York Times exit poll.

1. Men were more likely to vote Trump, Women were more likely to vote Clinton

Trump's narrative early on that Hillary was playing the 'woman card', combined with his misogynistic comments and allegations of sexual assault are likely to have alienated female voters.

However, this appeared to play well with men, 53 per cent of whom voted for him.

Harvard Business Review recently posited that gender equality was making men feel discriminated against and reported that it was influencing their politics.

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If the Presidential election isn't confirmation of this, we don't know what is.

2. White people were more likely to vote Trump, minorities were more likely to vote Clinton

3. Older people were more likely to vote Trump, younger people were more likely to vote Clinton

4. Less educated people were more likely to vote Trump, more educated people were more likely to vote Clinton

5. Rich people were more likely to vote Trump, poorer people were more likely to vote Clinton

6. Rural people were more likely to vote Trump, urban people were more likely to vote Clinton

7. People who thought the country was off the rails were more likely to vote Trump, people who thought it was on track were more likely to vote Clinton

8. By getting white people without a college degree to turnout in crucial states...

...Trump secured a high turnout among a key demographic which, as has been noted, was not a major factor in previous elections.

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