Infographic – Exit Poll Results from the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Infographic of the 2016 Election exit poll results.

Infographic created by author (Jessica Drozd). Data Source: New York Times Exit Poll

 

Some Key Findings

 

A caveat: How should we be looking at exit polls?

Before jumping to conclusions about all the statistics coming out after the election, we must recognize that exit polls are just that – polls. Here’s the Merriam-Webster definition of an exit poll:

“A poll taken (by news media) of voters leaving the voting place”

We all now know how flawed the pre-election polls were, so we must look at the above data with caution. There seems to have been a huge silent majority of people who were scared of being criticized for their Trump vote and did not participate in many polls. In fact, one polling firm called Susquehanna Polling & Research Inc. said Trump performed better when voters were talking to a automated voice instead of a live one.

This skewed the results of many pre-election polls, and probably also skewed the results of exit polls, which feature broad conclusions based on only a fraction of voters.

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