EXIT POLLS: Who voted for Sanders, Clinton?

Posted at 9:06 AM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 10:14:32-04

With the Indiana primary now firmly in the rearview mirror, let's take a look back at who voted for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side.

All exit poll data can be found via CNN here.


True to form, Bernie Sanders won the youth vote in Indiana. His popularity with younger voters showed in the exit polls, with 81 percent of voters aged 17-24 voting for him. His percentages drop the older the voters get, to 64 percent for ages 25-29, then 70 percent for ages 30-39. 

Sanders lost the majority once voters crossed the 40-year-old mark. Hillary Clinton won voters aged 40-49 with 54 percent of their vote. Her percentages increased as the ages rose, peaking at 66 percent for voters aged 65 and older.


Also true to this election season, Sanders had trouble gaining a foothold in the African-American vote in the state. Just 26 percent of black voters chose him, while 58 percent of white voters chose him. 


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Indiana Election Results


Income level:

As voters' income levels rose, so did their propensity to vote for Sanders in Indiana. Clinton took voters making less than $30,000 per year, but Sanders took all higher income levels. Of voters making between $100,000 and $200,000, Sanders won 58 percent of their votes.

Political identification:

Of political identification, more people who identified as democrats voted for Clinton -- 53 percent, but Sanders overwhelmingly took the Independents' vote with 72 percent. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as Sanders is technically an Independent running as a Democrat in the election.

Wall Street:

An Indiana voter's opinion of Wall Street was also a good identifier of whether they would vote for Clinton or Sanders on May 3. Of those who believe Wall Street does more help the economy, 64 percent voted for Clinton. For those who believe Wall Street hurts the economy, 62 percent voted for Sanders, who's been running on a platform of reforming Wall Street.

Important qualities:

The top concerns for both Democratic candidates also showed themselves in the exit polls from the primary. Of the following options: electability, caring, honesty and experience, people who said the most important quality was honesty voted for Sanders on a 80-20 margin. Of those who said experience, Clinton took 85 percent of their vote. Voters continue to be concerned with Sanders' experience and Clinton's honesty.