Ark. Voter Profile: Who Voted for Who

Associated Press - November 5, 2008 5:24 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Some final figures Wednesday from the results of exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks in the Arkansas presidential election.


Arkansas' white majority demographic was reflected in Tuesday's general election. About eight out of 10 voters were white. Among them, about seven out of 10 voted for McCain. Obama won the support of nearly all black voters. The number of Hispanic voters was too small to produce reliable poll figures. A majority of voters - about seven out of 10 - said race was not a factor in their decision.


Female voters also made up the majority. McCain was stronger than Obama among this group, receiving almost three out of 5 votes. Male voters also favored McCain, with about three out of 5 votes.


Democrats made up a larger portion of voters, almost four out of 10. But some among them cast votes for McCain - about one out of 5 - while Obama received less than one out of 10 of the votes among Republicans. The large majority who voted for Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor split about evenly between Obama and McCain. Voters who said they were independents or "other" favored McCain. He received about nearly seven out of 10 votes among this group.


Arkansas' conservative voting majority - almost half of the voting population - chose McCain over Obama; its liberal voting minority - more than one in 10 voters_ chose Obama over McCain. Moderates slightly favored Obama, giving him more than half their votes.


Obama received solid support among Democrats who voted for former Arkansas first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in the presidential party primary, but nearly three out of 10 voters in this group cast votes for McCain.


Young voters, 18-29, were evenly split between Obama and McCain, except when broken down by race when McCain was apparently leading among young white voters, who gave him nearly seven out of every 10 votes. The largest age group among Arkansas voters was 45- to 64-year-olds. Almost six out of 10 favored McCain.


Among the majority who said they disapproved of President Bush's job performance, Obama received almost six out of 10 votes; McCain the rest.


A majority of white evangelical/born-again Christians favored McCain, while "all others" favored Obama.


A majority of Arkansas voters said the economy was the most important issue for them. They favored McCain, giving him nearly six out of every 10 votes. McCain also had more support than Obama among the majority who specifically said they were worried about the nation's economy.


A solid majority of Arkansas voters had made up their minds before Tuesday, all the way back before September. Among them, about three out of 5 cast their votes for McCain.


McCain picked up support - nearly seven out of 10 votes - from those who voted for a ban on unmarried couples, living together, from being foster parents or adopting children. Those who voted against the proposed amendment were split between Obama and McCain.

The survey of 1,321 Arkansas voters was conducted for AP by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International. Most were interviewed in a random sample of 20 precincts statewide Tuesday; 276 who voted early or absentee were interviewed by landline telephone over the last week. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4%age points, higher for subgroups.

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