EXIT POLLS: Who voted for Trump, Cruz?

Posted at 9:06 AM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 10:13:28-04

Now that Donald Trump has all but secured the Republican nomination for president by beating Ted Cruz, let's take a look back at what demographics helped him win Indiana. Since Trump dominated so much of the votes in Indiana, there are fewer things to take from the exit polls, but there are still some interesting demographics to look at.

All exit poll data can be found via CNN here.


Despite advertisements attacking Trump's comments about women, Trump gained 47 percent of the female vote. There was a disparity in gender, though. Trump gained 59 percent of the male vote.


Trump's opponents have criticized him for not being a true conservative, and that seemed to show up in the polls on May 3. Of the voters who considered themselves very conservative, Cruz took the majority of the votes, albeit on 51 percent. Of the people who considered themselves moderate, Trump took the majority with 61 percent. And in between, the people who say they're somewhat conservative, Trump won with 55 percent. 


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Indiana Election Results

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Democratic exit poll analysis


Cruz was running for president on a religion-focused campaign, frequently invoking his faith in the discussions. It seems people of faith also listened to him. Of those who say they attend religious services more than once a week, 61 percent voted for Cruz. The fewer times people said they attended a religious service, the better Trump did with those people. Of those who said they went a few times a year, Trump won 69 percent of the vote. 


Among Republican voters, there was a large split in people who believed the next president should have political experience, or be from outside the establishment. From the people who said the president should be experienced, Cruz won 68 percent of the vote. Cruz's political career began when he was a policy advisor for George W. Bush in 2000. He was elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas in 2012. From those who wanted somebody outside the establishment, Trump -- who has never held public office -- won 78 percent of the vote. 

Important issues:

Trump's campaign promises of building a wall, bringing back manufacturing jobs and destroying ISIS seemed to resonate with Indiana voters. Of the voters who said immigration was the most important issue to them, 65 percent of people voted for Trump. He also won over voters who said the economy or terrorism was the most important issue, each with 55 percent. Cruz did win a certain portion of the voters -- those who said government spending was the most important issue to them.