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NATIONAL EXIT POLL RESULTS
  % of All
GORE
BUSH
BUCHANAN
NADER
Are you:
   Male 48 42 53 0 3
   Female 52 54 43 0 2

Are you:
   White 81 42 54 0 3
   Black 10 90 9 0 1
   Hispanic/Latino 7 62 35 1 2
   Asian 2 55 41 1 3
   Other 1 55 39 0 4

To which age group do you belong?
   18-29 17 48 46 1 5
   30-44 33 48 49 0 2
   45-59 28 48 49 1 2
   60+ 22 51 47 0 2

What was the last grade of school you completed?
   Did not complete high school 5 59 39 1 1
   High school graduate 21 48 49 1 1
   Some college or associate degree 32 45 51 0 3
   College graduate 24 45 51 0 3
   Postgraduate study 18 52 44 0 3

1999 total family income:
   Under $15,000 7 57 37 1 4
   $15,000-$29,999 16 54 41 1 3
   $30,000-$49,999 24 49 48 0 2
   $50,000-$74,999 25 46 51 0 2
   $75,000-$99,999 13 45 52 0 2
   $100,000 or more 15 43 54 0 2

Are you currently married?
   Yes 65 44 53 1 2
   No 35 57 38 0 4

Do you currently have any children under 18 living in your household?
   Yes 39 45 52 0 2
   No 61 50 46 1 3

Do you work full-time for pay?
   Yes 67 49 48 0 2
   No 33 47 48 1 3

No matter how you voted today, do you usually think of yourself as a:
   Democrat 39 86 11 0 2
   Republican 35 8 91 0 1
   Independent 27 45 47 1 6

Do you or does someone in your household belong to a labor union?
   Yes, I do 16 62 34 1 3
   Yes, someone else does 10 54 41 1 3
   No 74 44 52 0 2

Which best describes you?
   Upper class 4 56 39 0 3
   Upper middle class 27 43 54 0 3
   Middle class 46 48 49 0 2
   Working class 18 51 46 0 3
   Lower class 2 0 0 0 0

On most political matters, do you consider yourself:
   Liberal 20 80 13 1 6
   Moderate 50 52 44 0 2
   Conservative 29 17 81 0 1

Is this the first time you have ever voted?
   Yes 9 52 43 1 4
   No 91 48 48 0 2

Are you gay, lesbian or bisexual?
   Yes 4 70 25 0 4
   No 96 47 50 0 3

In the 1996 election for president, did you vote for:
   Clinton (Dem) 46 82 15 1 2
   Dole (Rep) 31 7 91 0 1
   Perot (Ref) 6 27 64 1 7
   Someone else 2 26 52 1 15
   Did not vote 13 44 52 0 3

Do you regularly use the Internet?
   Yes 64 47 49 1 3
   No 36 51 46 1 2

Do you regularly use the Internet to get political news and information?
   Yes 30 47 48 1 3
   No 70 49 47 0 3

Do you or does someone else in your household own a gun?
   Yes 48 36 61 0 2
   No 52 58 39 0 3

When did you finally decide who to vote for in the presidential election?
   In the last three days 11 48 46 0 5
   In the last week 6 48 44 1 5
   In the last month 13 49 45 1 5
   Before that 69 48 50 0 1

Are you:
   Protestant/Christian 54 42 56 0 2
   Catholic 26 50 47 1 2
   Jewish 4 79 19 0 1
   Other 6 62 28 1 7
   None 9 61 30 0 7

How often do you attend religious servces?
   More than once a week 14 36 63 0 1
   Once a week 28 40 57 0 2
   Few times a month 14 51 46 1 2
   Few times a year 28 54 42 0 3
   Never 14 61 32 1 6

Do you consider yourself part of the conservative Christian political movement, also known as the religious right?
   Yes 14 18 80 1 1
   No 83 54 42 0 3

Which comes closest to your position? Abortion should be:
   Legal in all cases 23 70 25 0 4
   Legal in most cases 33 58 38 0 3
   Illegal in most cases 27 29 69 0 1
   Illegal in all cases 13 22 74 2 1

Would Joe Lieberman's religion make him:
   More likely to do a good job as vice president 17 61 36 1 1
   Less likely to do a good job as vice president 8 22 72 0 5
   It makes no difference 72 49 47 0 3

Which one issue mattered most in deciding how you voted for president?
   World affairs 12 40 54 1 4
   Medicare 7 60 39 0 1
   Health care 8 64 33 0 3
   Economy/Jobs 18 59 37 0 2
   Taxes 14 17 80 0 2
   Education 15 52 44 0 3
   Social Security 14 58 40 1 1

Which one candidate quality mattered most in deciding how you voted for president?
   He understands complex issues 13 75 19 0 4
   He is honest and trustworthy 24 15 80 1 3
   He cares about people like me 12 63 31 1 5
   He has the right experience 15 82 17 0 1
   He is a likeable person 2 38 59 0 2
   He is a strong leader 14 34 64 0 1
   He would have good judgment in a crisis 13 48 50 0 1

Which was more important in your vote for president today?
   Position on the issues 62 55 40 1 3
   Leadership/personal qualities 35 35 62 0 2

Regardless of how you voted today, which of these candidates do you think would say anything to get elected president?
   Only Gore 33 15 83 0 1
   Only Bush 17 83 16 0 2
   Both would 41 57 38 0 4
   Neither would 7 57 39 0 2

Regardless of how you voted today, which of these candidates has the knowledge to serve effectively as president?
   Only Gore 37 92 5 0 2
   Only Bush 24 4 95 0 0
   Both would 30 27 71 0 2
   Neither would 7 40 45 2 11

Do you think Al Gore's positions on the issues are:
   Too liberal 43 7 91 0 1
   Too conservative 9 45 42 0 10
   About right 44 89 9 0 2

Do you think George W. Bush's positions on the issues are:
   Too liberal 13 81 15 1 3
   Too conservative 34 83 11 0 5
   About right 47 10 89 0 1

Regardless of how you voted today, do you think Al Gore is honest and trustworthy?
   Yes 52 81 16 0 2
   No 45 11 84 1 3

Regardless of how you voted today, do you think George W. Bush is honest and trustworthy?
   Yes 55 25 73 0 1
   No 40 79 14 1 5

Which best describes your vote for president?
   I support my candidate with no reservations 55 46 51 0 2
   I support my candidate, but with reservations 43 50 47 0 2

If Al Gore wins today, what best describes your feelings about what he will do as president?
   Excited 17 94 6 0 1
   Optimistic, but not excited 31 82 14 0 3
   Concerned, but not scared 27 22 74 0 3
   Scared 23 4 94 1 1

If George W. Bush wins today, what best describes your feelings about what he will do as president?
   Excited 21 4 95 0 1
   Optimistic, but not excited 29 11 87 0 1
   Concerned, but not scared 21 82 13 0 4
   Scared 26 94 1 1 3

Regardless of how you voted today, which of these candidates do you think would do a good job handling an international crisis?
   Only Gore 35 92 5 1 2
   Only Bush 27 5 93 0 1
   Both would 29 40 57 0 2
   Neither would 7 35 48 2 12

Regardless of how you voted today, which of these candidates reflects your own personal view of the role of government in society?
   Only Gore 29 95 4 0 1
   Only Bush 33 4 95 0 1
   Both do 17 50 48 0 2
   Neither does 18 52 37 1 8

Which is more important in a president?
   Ability to manage the government 60 61 34 0 3
   Ability to provide moral leadership 34 27 70 1 2

If these were the only two presidential candidates on the ballot today, who would you have voted for?
   Al Gore (Dem) 48 96 1 0 2
   George W. Bush (Rep) 49 2 96 0 1
   Would not have voted for president 2 23 28 9 31

Did either of these candidates for president attack the other unfairly?
   Al Gore did 25 8 91 0 1
   George W. Bush did 14 92 6 0 2
   Both did 35 52 43 0 4
   Neither did 21 54 44 0 2

Suppose you could vote only for vice president. Who would you vote for?
   Joe Lieberman 46 84 12 1 3
   Dick Cheney 48 15 82 0 2

Do you consider yourself a political supporter of John McCain?
   Yes 34 37 59 1 2
   No 58 56 40 1 3

Which comes closer to your view (on government)?
   Should do more to solve problems 43 74 23 0 3
   Doing things better left to businesses and individuals 53 25 71 1 2

Which is more important to you?
   Protecting the environment 46 59 36 1 4
   Encouraging economic growth 48 39 58 0 1

What should the new president do first?
   Cut taxes 26 27 71 0 1
   Curb prescription drug prices 11 56 39 1 3
   Improve education 30 58 37 0 4
   Strengthen Social Security 23 58 40 0 1

In general, which is better for the country?
   President and Congress of the same party 53 48 50 0 1
   President of one party; Congress of the other 40 49 45 1 4

In the past eight years, do you think the U.S. military has:
   Become stronger 17 68 26 1 5
   Become weaker 47 25 72 1 2
   Stayed about the same 34 71 25 1 2

Which of these would be the best way for the federal government to help senior citizens pay for prescription drugs?
   Increase funds for Medicare 57 60 37 0 3
   Provide funds for private insurance plans 36 30 67 0 2

Which of these should be the top priority for the federal budget surplus:
   Cut federal income taxes 28 29 69 0 1
   Reduce the national debt 24 50 47 0 2
   Strengthen Social Security 35 57 41 0 2
   Fund other domestic programs 5 64 25 0 10

Do you support or oppose a plan in which individuals could invest some of their Social Security taxes in the stock market?
   Support 57 32 66 0 2
   Oppose 39 69 27 0 3

Which tax cut plan do you prefer?
   A larger plan, providing an across-the-board tax cut to most people 51 29 68 0 2
   A smaller plan, targeting tax cuts mainly to lower and middle income people 44 67 29 0 3

When a public school is failing, the federal government's priority should be to:
   Fix that school's problems 78 55 42 0 2
   Help parents pay for private school 16 20 76 0 2

Do you support or oppose stricter gun control legislation
   Support 60 62 34 0 3
   Oppose 36 23 74 0 2

Compared to four years ago, is your family's financial situation:
   Better today 50 61 36 0 2
   Worse today 11 33 63 0 4
   About the same 38 35 60 1 3

Do you think the condition of the nation's economy is:
   Excellent 19 70 26 0 2
   Good 66 45 52 1 2
   Not so good 12 33 62 1 3
   Poor 2 33 58 1 6

During the next year, do you think the nation's economy will:
   Get better 28 53 46 0 1
   Get worse 12 38 53 2 6
   Stay about the same 57 47 49 0 3

Do you or your spouse have any investments in the stock market, including mutual funds or retirement plans?
   Yes 70 46 51 0 2
   No 30 52 44 0 3

How worried are you about the future performance of the stock market?
   Very worried 7 54 39 1 4
   Somewhat worried 36 50 47 0 2
   Not too worried 40 44 54 0 2
   Not worried 14 45 52 0 3

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as president?
   Approve 57 77 20 1 2
   Disapprove 41 9 88 0 2

Is your opinion of Bill Clinton as a person:
   Favorable 36 83 13 1 2
   Unfavorable 60 26 70 0 3

Do you think history will remember Bill Clinton:
   More for his leadership 29 83 14 1 2
   More for his scandals 68 33 63 1 3

How important to your vote for president today were Clinton administration scandals?
   Very important 24 18 80 1 1
   Somewhat important 20 28 70 0 1
   Not too important 17 59 37 1 2
   Not at all important 37 75 19 1 4

Was one reason for your vote for president today:
   To express support for Bill Clinton 10 94 4 1 1
   To express opposition to Bill Clinton 18 5 92 1 2
   Bill Clinton was not a factor 70 53 43 0 3

Would you rather see the next president:
   Continue Clinton's policies 40 87 11 0 2
   Change to conservative policies 46 13 85 0 1
   Change to liberal policies 10 56 36 0 7

How responsible is the Clinton administration for the condition of the economy?
   Very 28 79 18 1 1
   Somewhat 40 52 43 0 4
   Not too responsible 19 15 82 0 2
   Not at all 10 5 91 0 2

Do you think things in this country today are:
   Generally going in the right direction 65 61 36 0 2
   Seriously off on the wrong track 31 20 74 1 4

Considering just the moral climate of the country, do you think things are:
   Generally going in the right direction 39 70 27 0 2
   Seriously off on the wrong track 57 33 62 1 3

Do you expect life for the next generation of Americans to be:
   Better than life today 48 53 45 0 2
   Worse than life today 21 37 58 0 4
   About the same 29 50 46 1 3

Which do you agree with more?
   The country needs a fresh start 41 24 71 1 4
   The country needs to stay on course 56 68 29 1 2

Would you like your child to grow up to be president?
   Yes 31 51 45 1 2
   No 66 47 49 1 3


 



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