Democrats in name only
A third of West Virginia Democratic primary voters say they identify as independents, and nearly 7 in 10 of those voters supported Sanders. Overall, just 6 in 10 of those voting in that state’s Democratic primary say they’re Democrats. The exit polls also illuminated another bloc of voters: those who voted for Sanders on Tuesday but would abandon him if he faced Trump in November. In a Sanders-Trump general election matchup, 3 in 10 primary voters say they would support Trump. In a Trump-Clinton matchup, one-third of the primary’s voters— again mostly Sanders supporters — say they’d vote for Trump in that matchup.
In West Virginia, voters from both parties in Tuesday’s presidential primary are united on two things: They see the economy as the top issue facing the country, and they think trade is taking American jobs. More than half of voters in both West Virginia primaries say the economy is the top issue facing the country. About 6 in 10 voters in the Democratic primary say they’re very worried about the economy and 3 in 10 say they’re somewhat worried. About two-thirds of the state’s Republican primary voters and more than half of Democratic primary voters say trade with other countries mostly takes jobs from American workers.
In Nebraska, half of Republican primary voters say trade takes jobs, while about a third say it creates them. Still, far fewer than in West Virginia — just 3 in 10 — say the economy is the top issue facing the country. Another 3 in 10 say government spending, 2 in 10 say terrorism and 2 in 10 say immigration.
Most West Virginia Republicans see their party as divided, but few think it will remain that way in November. Only 1 in 10 think their party is united now, but about another 6 in 10 think it will unite by November. Just 3 in 10 think it will remain divided.
In Nebraska, hardly any GOP primary voters think their party is united, and they’re less optimistic than West Virginians about that changing. More than 9 in 10 say their party is divided, and more than 4 in 10 say it will remain that way through the general election. Just under half of the state’s GOP primary voters think their party will unite by November.