2012 Fox News Exit Polls

Exit polls are interviews of voters as they leave polling places on Election Day. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Interviewing starts when polls open and ends about an hour before they close.

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The percentages in the first column, labeled "Total," show the proportion of the electorate that is in each subgroup -- these columns are always read down vertically.

The percentages in all remaining columns are read across horizontally (those to the right of the "Total" column). These percentages show how the particular subgroup of voters divided their vote among the candidates or vote question.

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National Poll

President2008 Exit Polls

Sample: 26565 respondents

 Barack ObamaMitt Romney 

Are you:

TotalObamaRomney 

Male

47%45%52% 

Female

53%55%44% 

Sample: 26517 respondents

In which age group are you?

TotalObamaRomney 

18-29

19%60%37% 

30-44

27%52%45% 

45-64

38%47%51% 

65 or over

16%44%56% 

Sample: 26413 respondents

In which age group are you?

TotalObamaRomney 

18-24

11%60%36% 

25-29

8%60%38% 

30-39

17%55%42% 

40-49

20%48%50% 

50-64

28%47%52% 

65 or over

16%44%56% 

Sample: 26413 respondents

Are you:

TotalObamaRomney 

White

72%39%59% 

Black

13%93%6% 

Hispanic/Latino

10%71%27% 

Asian

3%73%26% 

Other

2%58%38% 

Sample: 26200 respondents

Age by race

TotalObamaRomney 

White 18-29

11%44%51% 

White 30-44

18%38%59% 

White 45-64

29%38%61% 

White 65+

14%39%61% 

Black 18-29

3%91%8% 

Black 30-44

4%94%5% 

Black 45-64

4%93%7% 

Black 65+

1%93%6% 

Latino 18-29

4%74%23% 

Latino 30-44

3%71%28% 

Latino 45-64

3%68%31% 

Latino 65+

1%65%35% 

All other

5%67%31% 

Sample: 26091 respondents

Sex by race

TotalObamaRomney 

White men

34%35%62% 

White women

38%42%56% 

Black men

5%87%11% 

Black women

8%96%3% 

Latino men

5%65%33% 

Latino women

6%76%23% 

All other races

5%66%31% 

Sample: 26160 respondents

On most political matters, do you consider yourself:

TotalObamaRomney 

Liberal

25%86%11% 

Moderate

41%56%41% 

Conservative

35%17%82% 

Sample: 24910 respondents

No matter how you voted today, do you usually think of yourself as a:

TotalObamaRomney 

Democrat

38%92%7% 

Republican

32%6%93% 

Independent or something else

29%45%50% 

Sample: 25518 respondents

What was the last grade of school you completed?

TotalObamaRomney 

No high school diploma

3%64%35% 

High school graduate

21%51%48% 

Some college/assoc. degree

29%49%48% 

College graduate

29%47%51% 

Postgraduate study

18%55%42% 

Sample: 25466 respondents

What was the last grade of school you completed?

TotalObamaRomney 

College graduate

47%50%48% 

No college degree

53%51%47% 

Sample: 25466 respondents

What was the last grade of school you completed?

TotalObamaRomney 

More than high school graduate

76%50%48% 

High school graduate or less

24%52%46% 

Sample: 25466 respondents

2011 total family income:

TotalObamaRomney 

Under $30,000

20%63%35% 

$30,000 - $49,999

21%57%42% 

$50,000 - $99,999

31%46%52% 

$100,000 - $199,999

21%44%54% 

$200,000 - $249,999

3%47%52% 

$250,000 or more

4%42%55% 

Sample: 24157 respondents

2011 total family income:

TotalObamaRomney 

Under $50,000

41%60%38% 

$50,000-$99,999

31%46%52% 

$100,000 or more

28%44%54% 

Sample: 24157 respondents

2011 total family income:

TotalObamaRomney 

Under $50,000

41%60%38% 

$50,000 or more

59%45%53% 

Sample: 24157 respondents

2011 total family income:

TotalObamaRomney 

Under $100,000

72%54%44% 

$100,000 or more

28%44%54% 

Sample: 24157 respondents

How often do you attend religious services?

TotalObamaRomney 

More than once a week

14%36%63% 

Once a week

28%41%58% 

A few times a month

13%55%44% 

A few times a year

27%56%42% 

Never

17%62%34% 

Sample: 5131 respondents

How often do you attend religious services?

TotalObamaRomney 

Weekly

42%39%59% 

Occasionally

40%55%43% 

Never

17%62%34% 

Sample: 5131 respondents

Are you:

TotalObamaRomney 

Protestant

29%37%62% 

Catholic

25%50%48% 

Mormon

2%21%78% 

Other Christian

23%50%49% 

Jewish

2%69%30% 

Muslim

1%-- 

Other

7%73%24% 

None

12%70%26% 

Sample: 9753 respondents

Religion, combined Protestant and other Christian

TotalObamaRomney 

Protestant or other Christian

53%42%57% 

Catholic

25%50%48% 

Jewish

2%69%30% 

Something else

7%74%23% 

None

12%70%26% 

Sample: 9753 respondents

Religion among whites

TotalObamaRomney 

White Protestant/Other Christian

39%30%69% 

White Catholic

18%40%59% 

White Jewish

2%71%29% 

White something else

4%61%35% 

White none

9%63%31% 

Non-white

28%80%18% 

Sample: 9731 respondents

Church attendance by Religion

TotalObamaRomney 

Protestant/Attend weekly

15%29%70% 

Protestant/Do not attend weekly

14%44%55% 

Catholic/Attend weekly

11%42%57% 

Catholic/Do not attend weekly

13%56%42% 

All Others

46%58%39% 

Sample: 5131 respondents

White evangelical or white born-again Christians

TotalObamaRomney 

White evangelical or white born-again Christian

26%21%78% 

All others

74%60%37% 

Sample: 5114 respondents

Which comes closest to your position? Abortion should be:

TotalObamaRomney 

Legal in all cases

29%76%22% 

Legal in most cases

30%58%40% 

Illegal in most cases

23%22%76% 

Illegal in all cases

13%19%79% 

Sample: 5131 respondents

Which comes closest to your position? Abortion should be:

TotalObamaRomney 

Legal

59%67%31% 

Illegal

36%21%77% 

Sample: 5131 respondents

How do you feel about the Tea Party movement?

TotalObamaRomney 

Support

21%11%87% 

Neutral

42%42%57% 

Oppose

30%89%9% 

Sample: 5131 respondents

Which ONE of these four issues is the most important facing the country? (CHECK ONLY ONE)

TotalObamaRomney 

Foreign policy

5%56%33% 

Federal budget deficit

15%32%66% 

The economy

59%47%51% 

Health care

18%75%24% 

Sample: 10798 respondents

Which ONE of these four candidate qualities mattered most in deciding how you voted for president? (CHECK ONLY ONE)

TotalObamaRomney 

Shares my values

27%42%55% 

Is a strong leader

18%38%61% 

Cares about people like me

21%81%18% 

Has a vision for the future

29%45%54% 

Sample: 10798 respondents

Which ONE of these four is the biggest economic problem facing people like you? (CHECK ONLY ONE)

TotalObamaRomney 

The housing market

8%63%32% 

Unemployment

38%54%44% 

Taxes

14%32%66% 

Rising prices

37%49%49% 

Sample: 5359 respondents

What should happen to the 2010 health care law?

TotalObamaRomney 

Expand it

26%92%5% 

Leave it as is

18%80%19% 

Repeal some of it

24%27%72% 

Repeal all of it

25%3%93% 

Sample: 5043 respondents

What should happen to the 2010 health care law?

TotalObamaRomney 

Expand it or leave it as is

44%87%11% 

Repeal some of it or repeal all of it

49%15%83% 

Sample: 5043 respondents

Should income tax rates:

TotalObamaRomney 

Increase for all

13%52%44% 

Increase only on income over $250,000

47%70%29% 

Not increase for anyone

35%23%75% 

Sample: 5179 respondents

Should most illegal immigrants working in the United States be:

TotalObamaRomney 

Offered a chance to apply for legal status

65%61%37% 

Deported to the country they came from

28%24%73% 

Sample: 5131 respondents

Who is more in touch with people like you?

TotalObamaRomney 

Barack Obama

53%91%7% 

Mitt Romney

43%1%98% 

Sample: 5043 respondents

Who would better handle the economy?

TotalObamaRomney 

Barack Obama

48%98%1% 

Mitt Romney

49%4%94% 

Sample: 5043 respondents

Who would better handle Medicare?

TotalObamaRomney 

Barack Obama

52%92%6% 

Mitt Romney

44%2%96% 

Sample: 5043 respondents

Who would better handle the federal budget deficit?

TotalObamaRomney 

Barack Obama

47%98%1% 

Mitt Romney

49%3%95% 

Sample: 5179 respondents

Which is closer to your view:

TotalObamaRomney 

Government should do more to solve problems

43%81%17% 

Government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals

51%24%74% 

Sample: 5439 respondents

Do you think the condition of the nation's economy is:

TotalObamaRomney 

Excellent

2%-- 

Good

21%90%9% 

Not so good

45%55%42% 

Poor

31%12%85% 

Sample: 5359 respondents

Do you think the condition of the nation's economy is:

TotalObamaRomney 

Excellent or good

23%90%9% 

Not so good or poor

77%38%60% 

Sample: 5359 respondents

Is the U.S. economy:

TotalObamaRomney 

Getting better

39%88%9% 

Getting worse

30%9%90% 

Staying about the same

29%40%57% 

Sample: 5359 respondents

Economic Conditions Are...

TotalObamaRomney 

Getting better

39%88%9% 

Good and staying the same

4%71%27% 

Poor and staying the same

25%35%62% 

Getting worse

30%9%90% 

Sample: 5359 respondents

Compared to four years ago, is your family's financial situation:

TotalObamaRomney 

Better today

25%84%15% 

Worse today

33%18%80% 

About the same

41%58%40% 

Sample: 5439 respondents

Do you think things in this country today are:

TotalObamaRomney 

Generally going in the right direction

46%93%6% 

Seriously off on the wrong track

52%13%84% 

Sample: 4869 respondents

Who is more to blame for current economic problems?

TotalObamaRomney 

Barack Obama

38%5%94% 

George W. Bush

53%85%12% 

Sample: 5359 respondents

Do you think the U.S. economic system generally:

TotalObamaRomney 

Favors the wealthy

55%71%26% 

Is fair to most Americans

39%22%77% 

Sample: 5043 respondents

Should taxes be raised to help cut the budget deficit?

TotalObamaRomney 

Yes

33%73%24% 

No

63%37%61% 

Sample: 5359 respondents

Which comes closest to your feelings about the Obama administration:

TotalObamaRomney 

Enthusiastic

25%98%2% 

Satisfied, but not enthusiastic

24%87%11% 

Dissatisfied, but not angry

30%9%86% 

Angry

19%1%97% 

Sample: 5510 respondents

Which comes closest to your feelings about the Obama administration:

TotalObamaRomney 

Positive

49%93%6% 

Negative

49%6%91% 

Sample: 5510 respondents

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

TotalObamaRomney 

Strongly approve

29%97%2% 

Somewhat approve

24%80%18% 

Somewhat disapprove

13%9%88% 

Strongly disapprove

33%1%96% 

Sample: 5043 respondents

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

TotalObamaRomney 

Approve

54%89%9% 

Disapprove

45%3%94% 

Sample: 5043 respondents

Is your opinion of Barack Obama:

TotalObamaRomney 

Favorable

53%93%6% 

Unfavorable

46%3%94% 

Sample: 4869 respondents

Is your opinion of Mitt Romney:

TotalObamaRomney 

Favorable

47%6%93% 

Unfavorable

50%92%5% 

Sample: 4869 respondents

Do Barack Obama’s policies generally favor:

TotalObamaRomney 

The rich

10%9%89% 

The middle class

44%86%12% 

The poor

31%25%74% 

Sample: 4869 respondents

Would Mitt Romney’s policies generally favor:

TotalObamaRomney 

The rich

53%87%10% 

The middle class

34%6%93% 

The poor

2%-- 

Sample: 4869 respondents

Do you trust Barack Obama to handle an international crisis?

TotalObamaRomney 

Yes

57%85%13% 

No

42%2%96% 

Sample: 5043 respondents

Do you trust Mitt Romney to handle an international crisis?

TotalObamaRomney 

Yes

50%13%86% 

No

46%90%7% 

Sample: 5043 respondents

Do you trust _____ to handle an international crisis?

TotalObamaRomney 

Only Barack Obama

42%97%1% 

Only Mitt Romney

36%1%98% 

Both of them

13%46%51% 

Neither of them

4%13%72% 

Sample: 5043 respondents

Which best describes your vote for president today?

TotalObamaRomney 

I strongly favor my candidate

65%54%45% 

I like my candidate but with reservations

23%42%57% 

I dislike the other candidates

10%41%51% 

Sample: 5273 respondents

When did you finally decide for whom to vote in the presidential election?

TotalObamaRomney 

Just today

3%51%44% 

In the last few days

6%50%45% 

In October

11%49%48% 

In September

9%45%53% 

Before that

69%53%46% 

Sample: 5439 respondents

When did you finally decide for whom to vote in the presidential election?

TotalObamaRomney 

Just today or in the last few days

9%50%44% 

In October or in September or before that

89%51%47% 

Sample: 5439 respondents

When did you finally decide for whom to vote in the presidential election?

TotalObamaRomney 

Just today or in the last few days or in October

21%50%46% 

Before that

78%52%47% 

Sample: 5439 respondents

Are you currently married?

TotalObamaRomney 

Yes

60%42%56% 

No

40%62%35% 

Sample: 20714 respondents

Gender by marital status

TotalObamaRomney 

Married men

29%38%60% 

Married women

31%46%53% 

Non-married men

18%56%40% 

Non-married women

23%67%31% 

Sample: 20681 respondents

Do you have any children under 18 living in your home?

TotalObamaRomney 

Yes

36%51%47% 

No

64%50%47% 

Sample: 15079 respondents

Married with children:

TotalObamaRomney 

Married with children

27%45%54% 

All others

73%53%45% 

Sample: 15106 respondents

Parents

TotalObamaRomney 

Men with children

16%45%53% 

Women with children

20%56%43% 

Men without children

30%47%50% 

Women without children

34%54%45% 

Sample: 15053 respondents

Does anyone in your household belong to a labor union?

TotalObamaRomney 

Yes

18%58%40% 

No

82%49%48% 

Sample: 4798 respondents

Do you work full-time for pay?

TotalObamaRomney 

Yes

60%49%49% 

No

40%53%45% 

Sample: 4923 respondents

Should your state legally recognize same-sex marriage?

TotalObamaRomney 

Yes

49%73%25% 

No

46%25%74% 

Sample: 5273 respondents

Are you gay, lesbian or bisexual?

TotalObamaRomney 

Yes

5%76%22% 

No

95%49%49% 

Sample: 9319 respondents

In your vote for president, how would you rate the importance of Obama's hurricane response?

TotalObamaRomney 

The most important factor

15%73%26% 

An important factor

27%65%33% 

A minor factor

22%51%46% 

Not a factor at all

31%28%70% 

Sample: 4745 respondents

In your vote for president, how would you rate the importance of Obama's hurricane response?

TotalObamaRomney 

Important

42%68%31% 

Not important

54%37%60% 

Sample: 4745 respondents

In your vote for president, how would you rate the importance of Obama's hurricane response?

TotalObamaRomney 

Factor

64%62%36% 

Not a factor

31%28%70% 

Sample: 4745 respondents

Population of area, five categories

TotalObamaRomney 

Over 500,000

11%69%29% 

50,000 - 500,000

21%58%40% 

Suburbs

47%48%50% 

10,000 - 50,000

8%42%56% 

Rural

14%37%61% 

Sample: 26565 respondents

Population of area, three categories

TotalObamaRomney 

City over 50,000

32%62%36% 

Suburbs

47%48%50% 

Small city and Rural

21%39%59% 

Sample: 26565 respondents

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