Despite their vast differences, both Trump and Sanders were the overwhelming favorites among voters
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (C) greets supporters after speaking on the night of the Michigan, Mississippi and other primaries at his campaign rally in Miami, Florida March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri,
09 of March 2016 08:20:16
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter discontent with the Washington establishment and deep anxiety over the economy to victory in Michigan's primary election Tuesday, exit polls showed.Despite their vast differences, both Trump and Sanders were the overwhelming favorites among voters who said the next president should be a political outsider.They also benefited from a widespread belief that international trade does more harm than good in a state struggling to overcome a Rust Belt legacy of manufacturing jobs outsourced to low-wage countries. More than half the voters in both parties described trade as a job killer. Of those, six in 10 Democrats supported Sanders. Trump far outpolled the other Republican candidates among voters with the same opinion.In the Mississippi primary, similar resentments fueled another Trump victory. But among Democrats in Mississippi, the only real question was who liked Hillary Clinton the most. Exit polls showed her carrying nearly every voter group as she trounced Sanders.Here are some highlights of the exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research:MICHIGAN DEMOCRATSSanders' populist theme struck a chord, as more than eight in 10 Michigan Democrats said the U.S. economic system generally favors the wealthy, and just over half of those voters backed the Vermont senator. Nearly four in 10 said they were very worried about the direction of the economy in the next few years, and six in 10 of those favored Sanders.Nearly six in 10 Michigan Democrats said Clinton is honest, while about eight in 10 said the same of Sanders. But seven in 10 said Clinton's policies were more realistic, while just over six in 10 described Sanders' policies as such.About six in 10 said both Sanders and Clinton have the right approach to business, with slightly more saying that of Clinton than Sanders. But about one-third think Clinton is too pro-business while about two in 10 said Sanders is too anti-business.MICHIGAN REPUBLICANS[caption id="attachment_4776" align="alignright" width="300"] Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump departs after speaking to supporters about the results of the Michigan, Mississippi and other primary elections during a news conference held at his Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, March 8, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Joe Skipper.[/caption]Trump continued to draw support from less educated voters, those who favor deporting people working illegally in the U.S. and those wanting a nominee from outside the political mainstream.Ted Cruz neared or bested Trump among voters describing themselves as very conservative and those who consider it important to have a candidate with whom they share religious beliefs and values. But Trump held a slight lead over Cruz among white evangelical Christians.John Kasich's best showing was among voters with advanced degrees, voters seeking a candidate with experience and those who oppose keeping Muslims who aren't U.S. citizens out of the country.More than 6 in 10 Michigan Republican voters were very worried about the national economy, and about four in 10 of them favored Trump.Marco Rubio lost the night, and is looking forward to Florida's Primary to keep his campaign alive.
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