New York exit polls: Moderate Republicans, staunch Democrats turn out

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  • Only one in five Republican voters identified as very conservative, according to early exit polls out of New York
  • Eight in 10 Democratic voters said they consider themselves Democrats, a measure of party loyalty

Washington (CNN)Moderate Republicans and staunch Democrats turned out to vote Tuesday in New York's presidential primary, according to early exit poll results, which also found that voters deeply divided on the impact of Wall Street on the American economy and the parties divided over how energized they were by the lengthy primary battles.

About three-quarters of Republican voters (74%) said they identify as Republicans, a little more than the average of 68% who identified that way in other states. And 83% Democratic voters said they consider themselves Democrats, a measure of party loyalty only topped in Nevada, South Carolina and Mississippi.
    Among Republican voters, only 23% identified as very conservative -- far less than the average of 35% in other states polled during their contests. And white evangelical voters only made up about 24% of Republican voters, fewer than in every other state except Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
    Almost half of Republicans said that Wall Street hurts the American economy (48%) and fewer (44%) said it helps it. And 63% of Democratic voters felt, however, that Wall Street does more to hurt the economy than to help it.
    Hillary Clinton won the overwhelming support of women (61%), non-white voters (67%) and Democrats looking for an experienced candidate (90%).
    Donald Trump won 68% of Republicans who wanted someone who could bring a change, 84% of voters looking for an outsider and convinced 56% of voters he had the best shot at beating Clinton.
    The economy topped the list of issues for Democrats in New York, with 48% saying they were "very worried" about it. And slightly more New York Democrats said trade costs the U.S. jobs (43%) than said it creates them (37%).
    Almost 60% of Republicans said the primaries had divided their party (58%), while only 37% felt it energized them. Among Democrats, 67% felt their primaries had energized them and 29% felt they were dividing the party.
    Among Republicans, 61% felt that the next president should be an outsider and 69% said whoever wins the most delegates in the primaries should win the nomination in Cleveland, even if they don't win the necessary majority of delegates.
    More than half of Democrats (52%) wanted the next president to continue Barack Obama's policies, but 32% wanted more liberal policies. More Democrats believed experience mattered most (34%) than believed honesty does (27%) as a quality for president.