The working class whites, especially those without any college degree are firmly behind Republican Presidential candidate Donald trump by more than a two to one margin, as the world’s oldest democracy is voting to elect their next president currently.
In contrast, college-educated whites are divided evenly between Trump and his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in the early data, which is a departure from nearly four years back when Republican Mitt Romney won the college-educated white vote by a full 14 points, an NBC News Poll data has said..
NBC News exit poll: Trump leads among non-college white voters, Clinton has edge among college-educated white women https://t.co/YVk9D622IV pic.twitter.com/hYtglgiiAD
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 8, 2016
These college educated White women had voted for Barack Obama in 2008, but switched sides to Mitt Romney in 2012. As per early exit poll data, Hillary Clinton has lead of over 8 points among white women college graduates tonight. This group particularly reacted negatively to revelations of Donald Trumps treatment of women. Not less than 58 percent of college-educated white women pointed out that Trump’s treatment of women bothered them a lot.
The early results from the poll also show that about half of voters selected economy as the top issue. Followed by terrorism, foreign policy and immigration. Hillary Clinton holds solid lead among those who said economy is most important.
On the other hand, Donald Trump is leading among those who chose terrorism and immigration. Among nearly one-fifth of voters who considered terrorism as most important issue, Trump is leading Clinton by nearly 20 percent votes. She is also leading among small number of voters who considers foreign policy as most important.
However, voters are divided on whether the criminal system treats all people equally, the exit poll suggested further. While nearly half of voters believe that blacks are not treated fairly, at least four out of 10 believe that the criminal justice system is fair to all.