What to take from Michigan exit polls

We’ve talked about what the Romney win in Michigan Tuesday means for his campaign moving forward, but several interesting trends in the exit polls should be noted from the showdown between the former Massachusetts governor and close runner-up Rick Santorum.

Rick Santorum, a Catholic who was portrayed in the media near exclusively for his campaign against social causes pushed by the Obama administration often in conflict with the church, lost the Catholic vote to Romney 44 to 37 percent. Romney also beat Santorum among female voters, 43 to 38 percent.

Footage of Santorum calling the President “a snob” in regards to his remarks on higher education may have given Romney an edge among college graduates, beating the former senator in that demographic by 8 points.

With Romney’s vast wealth likely to be a subject of the general election, it should be noted that Michigan voters with a 2011 total family income of $100,000 or more supported the former Massachusetts governor over his lead rival Santorum 48 to 34 percent. Among voters with a total family income under $100,000, 67 percent of all those who voted in Michigan Tuesday, Santorum beat Romney 40 to 36 percent.

Among voters from a household with at least one family member belonging to a union, 23 percent of the electorate Tuesday, Santorum beat Romney 45 to 30 percent. Among voters not from a union household, Romney defeated Santorum 44 to 36 percent.

When asked if you approve of the government’s aid to U.S. automakers, 44 percent said they approved to 50 percent disapprove, with the majority of those ok with the bailout supporting Romney, who infamously penned an op-ed at the time titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”

Romney beat Santorum quite decisively in voters 65 and over, 49 to 33 percent, but placed third in votes from ages 18-29, behind Paul and Santorum. That demographic was the only in the exit poll to not have Romney or Santorum as the winner.

Only 2 percent of Michigan Republican primary voters identified themselves as Black, 3 percent Hispanic/Latino, 92 percent White.

 

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