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U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES / SOUTH DAKOTA 01 / EXIT POLL


1,543 Respondents Updated: 2:05 p.m.

VOTE BY GENDER
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Male (49%) 51% 49%
Female (51%) 55% 45%


VOTE BY RACE AND GENDER
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
White Men (46%) 50% 50%
White Women (49%) 55% 45%
Non-White Men (3%) 58% 42%
Non-White Women (2%) * *


VOTE BY RACE
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
White (95%) 52% 48%
African-American (1%) * *
Latino (0%) * *
Asian (0%) * *
Other (4%) 67% 33%


VOTE BY AGE
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
18-29 (19%) 61% 39%
30-44 (28%) 47% 53%
45-59 (28%) 55% 45%
60 and Older (25%) 52% 48%


VOTE BY AGE
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
18-64 (83%) 54% 46%
65 and Older (17%) 50% 50%


VOTE BY INCOME
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Under $15,000 (12%) 69% 31%
$15-30,000 (18%) 61% 39%
$30-50,000 (26%) 49% 51%
$50-75,000 (22%) 51% 49%
$75-100,000 (14%) 50% 50%
$100-150,000 (5%) 52% 48%
$150-200,000 (2%) * *
$200,000 or More (2%) * *


VOTE BY INCOME
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Less Than $50,000 (55%) 57% 43%
$50,000 or More (45%) 50% 50%


VOTE BY INCOME
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Less Than $100,000 (91%) 54% 46%
$100,000 or More (9%) 47% 53%


VOTE BY EDUCATION
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
No High School (4%) 59% 41%
H.S. Graduate (25%) 56% 44%
Some College (32%) 51% 49%
College Graduate (27%) 47% 53%
Postgrad Study (12%) 62% 38%


VOTE BY EDUCATION
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
No College Degree (61%) 53% 47%
College Graduate (39%) 52% 48%


VOTE BY PARTY ID
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Democrat (33%) 92% 8%
Republican (47%) 23% 77%
Independent (20%) 60% 40%


VOTE BY IDEOLOGY
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Liberal (16%) 83% 17%
Moderate (45%) 65% 35%
Conservative (39%) 26% 74%


HAVE YOU EVER VOTED BEFORE?
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
No (8%) 66% 34%
Yes (92%) 52% 48%


VOTE BY RELIGION
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Protestant (64%) 50% 50%
Catholic (26%) 52% 48%
Jewish (-) * *
Other (5%) 73% 27%
None (5%) 73% 27%


ARE YOU A WHITE CONSERVATIVE PROTESTANT?
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Yes (24%) 20% 80%
No (76%) 64% 36%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Today (5%) 66% 34%
Last Three Days (4%) 73% 27%
Last Week (4%) 76% 24%
Last Month (12%) 68% 32%
Before That (75%) 48% 52%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Today/Last 3 Days (9%) 69% 31%
Earlier Than That (91%) 52% 48%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Within the Last Week (13%) 71% 29%
Earlier Than That (87%) 50% 50%


YOUR VOTE FOR PRESIDENT WAS MOSTLY...
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
For Your Candidate (68%) 46% 54%
Against His Opponent (28%) 70% 30%


STATE ECONOMY
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Excellent (7%) 31% 69%
Good (62%) 48% 52%
Not So Good (24%) 67% 33%
Poor (6%) 76% 24%


HOW BUSH IS HANDLING HIS JOB
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Strongly Approve (34%) 21% 79%
Somewhat Approve (28%) 44% 56%
Somewhat Disapprove (13%) 83% 17%
Strongly Disapprove (24%) 94% 6%


HOW BUSH IS HANDLING HIS JOB
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Approve (62%) 31% 69%
Disapprove (37%) 90% 10%


MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Taxes (5%) 50% 50%
Education (4%) 78% 22%
Iraq (21%) 78% 22%
Terrorism (18%) 34% 66%
Economy/Jobs (15%) 78% 22%
Moral Values (25%) 22% 78%
Health Care (6%) 72% 28%


MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Cares About People (7%) 59% 41%
Religious Faith (10%) 13% 87%
Honest/Trustworthy (14%) 35% 65%
Strong Leader (24%) 45% 55%
Intelligent (7%) 88% 12%
Will Bring Change (20%) 90% 10%
Clear Stand on Issue (12%) 42% 58%


COMPARED TO FOUR YEARS AGO, U.S. IS...
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Safer From Terrorism (66%) 38% 62%
Less Safe (32%) 82% 18%


WOULD DASCHLE GET FUNDS FOR S.D.?
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Yes (69%) 65% 35%
No (25%) 19% 81%


WOULD THUNE GET FUNDS FOR S.D.?
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Yes (59%) 34% 66%
No (35%) 86% 14%


DECISION TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Strongly Approve (30%) 24% 76%
Somewhat Approve (29%) 40% 60%
Somewhat Disapprove (16%) 75% 25%
Strongly Disapprove (23%) 90% 10%


DECISION TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Approve (57%) 32% 68%
Disapprove (39%) 84% 16%


HOW THINGS ARE GOING FOR U.S. IN IRAQ
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Very Well (10%) 21% 79%
Somewhat Well (42%) 32% 68%
Somewhat Badly (25%) 70% 30%
Very Badly (22%) 88% 12%


HOW ARE THINGS GOING FOR U.S. IN IRAQ?
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Well (50%) 30% 70%
Badly (46%) 78% 22%


TRUST KERRY TO HANDLE THE ECONOMY?
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Yes (41%) 80% 20%
No (54%) 32% 68%


TRUST BUSH TO HANDLE THE ECONOMY?
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Yes (61%) 31% 69%
No (39%) 87% 13%


FAMILY'S FINANCIAL SITUATION
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Better (36%) 32% 68%
Worse (20%) 79% 21%
Same (43%) 58% 42%


BUSH POLICIES ON DROUGHT RELIEF
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Helped (29%) 34% 66%
Hurt (35%) 79% 21%
No Effect (26%) 44% 56%


TRUST KERRY TO HANDLE TERRORISM?
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Yes (38%) 83% 17%
No (58%) 33% 67%


TRUST BUSH TO HANDLE TERRORISM?
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Yes (66%) 37% 63%
No (30%) 88% 12%


VOTE BY SIZE OF COMMUNITY
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Big Cities (-) * *
Smaller Cities (27%) 49% 51%
Suburbs (7%) 53% 47%
Small Towns (13%) 58% 42%
Rural (53%) 54% 46%


VOTE BY SIZE OF COMMUNITY
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Urban (27%) 49% 51%
Suburban (7%) 53% 47%
Rural (66%) 55% 45%


VOTE BY REGION
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Southeastern S.D. (42%) 55% 45%
Northeastern S.D. (24%) 56% 44%
Western S.D. (34%) 50% 50%


VOTE FOR PRESIDENT
TOTAL Herseth Diedrich
Kerry (38%) 93% 7%
Bush (60%) 28% 72%
Nader (1%) * *


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• Key: n/a = not available; * Represents a statistically insignificant number of respondents
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