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U.S. SENATE / SOUTH DAKOTA / EXIT POLL


1,551 Respondents Updated: 2:05 p.m.

VOTE BY GENDER
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Male (50%) 48% 52%
Female (50%) 51% 49%


VOTE BY RACE AND GENDER
TOTAL Daschle Thune
White Men (46%) 46% 54%
White Women (48%) 50% 50%
Non-White Men (3%) 63% 37%
Non-White Women (2%) * *


VOTE BY RACE
TOTAL Daschle Thune
White (95%) 48% 52%
African-American (1%) * *
Latino (0%) * *
Asian (0%) * *
Other (4%) 69% 31%


VOTE BY AGE
TOTAL Daschle Thune
18-29 (19%) 51% 49%
30-44 (28%) 44% 56%
45-59 (28%) 54% 46%
60 and Older (24%) 49% 51%


VOTE BY AGE
TOTAL Daschle Thune
18-64 (83%) 49% 51%
65 and Older (17%) 49% 51%


VOTE BY INCOME
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Under $15,000 (12%) 71% 29%
$15-30,000 (18%) 55% 45%
$30-50,000 (26%) 42% 58%
$50-75,000 (22%) 47% 53%
$75-100,000 (14%) 42% 58%
$100-150,000 (5%) 55% 45%
$150-200,000 (2%) * *
$200,000 or More (2%) * *


VOTE BY INCOME
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Less Than $50,000 (55%) 52% 48%
$50,000 or More (45%) 46% 54%


VOTE BY INCOME
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Less Than $100,000 (91%) 49% 51%
$100,000 or More (9%) 50% 50%


VOTE BY EDUCATION
TOTAL Daschle Thune
No High School (4%) 48% 52%
H.S. Graduate (25%) 50% 50%
Some College (32%) 49% 51%
College Graduate (27%) 45% 55%
Postgrad Study (12%) 58% 42%


VOTE BY EDUCATION
TOTAL Daschle Thune
No College Degree (61%) 49% 51%
College Graduate (39%) 49% 51%


VOTE BY PARTY ID
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Democrat (32%) 90% 10%
Republican (47%) 18% 82%
Independent (21%) 56% 44%


VOTE BY IDEOLOGY
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Liberal (16%) 78% 22%
Moderate (45%) 63% 37%
Conservative (39%) 20% 80%


HAVE YOU EVER VOTED BEFORE?
TOTAL Daschle Thune
No (8%) 53% 47%
Yes (92%) 49% 51%


VOTE BY RELIGION
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Protestant (64%) 44% 56%
Catholic (26%) 51% 49%
Jewish (-) * *
Other (5%) 74% 26%
None (5%) 68% 32%


ARE YOU A WHITE CONSERVATIVE PROTESTANT?
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Yes (23%) 14% 86%
No (77%) 60% 40%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Today (5%) 67% 33%
Last Three Days (3%) 46% 54%
Last Week (4%) 62% 38%
Last Month (12%) 61% 39%
Before That (75%) 46% 54%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Today/Last 3 Days (8%) 58% 42%
Earlier Than That (92%) 48% 52%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Within the Last Week (13%) 60% 40%
Earlier Than That (87%) 48% 52%


YOUR VOTE FOR PRESIDENT WAS MOSTLY...
TOTAL Daschle Thune
For Your Candidate (67%) 41% 59%
Against His Opponent (28%) 68% 32%


STATE ECONOMY
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Excellent (7%) 31% 69%
Good (62%) 44% 56%
Not So Good (24%) 62% 38%
Poor (6%) 80% 20%


HOW BUSH IS HANDLING HIS JOB
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Strongly Approve (34%) 13% 87%
Somewhat Approve (28%) 39% 61%
Somewhat Disapprove (13%) 77% 23%
Strongly Disapprove (24%) 97% 3%


HOW BUSH IS HANDLING HIS JOB
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Approve (62%) 25% 75%
Disapprove (37%) 90% 10%


MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Taxes (5%) 53% 47%
Education (4%) 68% 32%
Iraq (21%) 78% 22%
Terrorism (18%) 26% 74%
Economy/Jobs (15%) 73% 27%
Moral Values (25%) 19% 81%
Health Care (5%) 66% 34%


MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Cares About People (7%) 59% 41%
Religious Faith (10%) 9% 91%
Honest/Trustworthy (14%) 30% 70%
Strong Leader (25%) 39% 61%
Intelligent (7%) 85% 15%
Will Bring Change (20%) 89% 11%
Clear Stand on Issue (12%) 38% 62%


COMPARED TO FOUR YEARS AGO, U.S. IS...
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Safer From Terrorism (65%) 33% 67%
Less Safe (32%) 82% 18%


WOULD DASCHLE GET FUNDS FOR S.D.?
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Yes (70%) 65% 35%
No (25%) 5% 95%


WOULD THUNE GET FUNDS FOR S.D.?
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Yes (59%) 24% 76%
No (35%) 92% 8%


DECISION TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Strongly Approve (30%) 16% 84%
Somewhat Approve (29%) 36% 64%
Somewhat Disapprove (16%) 75% 25%
Strongly Disapprove (24%) 90% 10%


DECISION TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Approve (57%) 26% 74%
Disapprove (38%) 84% 16%


HOW THINGS ARE GOING FOR U.S. IN IRAQ
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Very Well (10%) 12% 88%
Somewhat Well (42%) 26% 74%
Somewhat Badly (25%) 69% 31%
Very Badly (22%) 88% 12%


HOW ARE THINGS GOING FOR U.S. IN IRAQ?
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Well (50%) 23% 77%
Badly (45%) 78% 22%


TRUST KERRY TO HANDLE THE ECONOMY?
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Yes (41%) 80% 20%
No (54%) 25% 75%


TRUST BUSH TO HANDLE THE ECONOMY?
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Yes (61%) 25% 75%
No (39%) 86% 14%


FAMILY'S FINANCIAL SITUATION
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Better (36%) 25% 75%
Worse (21%) 80% 20%
Same (43%) 54% 46%


BUSH POLICIES ON DROUGHT RELIEF
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Helped (29%) 31% 69%
Hurt (35%) 76% 24%
No Effect (26%) 38% 62%


TRUST KERRY TO HANDLE TERRORISM?
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Yes (38%) 83% 17%
No (57%) 27% 73%


TRUST BUSH TO HANDLE TERRORISM?
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Yes (66%) 31% 69%
No (30%) 89% 11%


VOTE BY SIZE OF COMMUNITY
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Big Cities (-) * *
Smaller Cities (26%) 43% 57%
Suburbs (7%) 50% 50%
Small Towns (13%) 53% 47%
Rural (54%) 51% 49%


VOTE BY SIZE OF COMMUNITY
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Urban (26%) 43% 57%
Suburban (7%) 50% 50%
Rural (66%) 51% 49%


VOTE BY REGION
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Southeastern S.D. (42%) 50% 50%
Northeastern S.D. (24%) 54% 46%
Western S.D. (34%) 44% 56%


VOTE FOR PRESIDENT
TOTAL Daschle Thune
Kerry (38%) 92% 8%
Bush (60%) 22% 78%
Nader (1%) * *


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• Key: n/a = not available; * Represents a statistically insignificant number of respondents
• Exit polls are a survey of selected voters taken soon after they leave their voting place. Pollsters use this sample information, collected from a small percentage of voters, to track and project how all voters or specific segments of the voters sided on a particular race or ballot measure.
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