Six in 10 Democratic voters in New Hampshire prioritize a nominee who can beat Trump. But Democrats appear break up over what qualities a candidate should have.
Simply over a 3rd say that they sought a candidate who might deliver wanted change, whereas about the identical quantity stated they have been looking for one who might unite the nation. Far fewer prioritized discovering a candidate who cares about individuals like them, and the share who stated they have been in search of a fighter landed in single digits.
Nonetheless, greater than eight in 10 who voted right this moment say they plan to vote for the Democratic nominee in November no matter who it’s, whereas simply 1 in eight say they will not.
Eight in 10 New Hampshire Democratic main voters are offended on the Trump administration, the very best share of voters from the non-incumbent social gathering who’re offended stretching again to 2000, in keeping with CNN exit polls. Six in 10 Republican main voters have been offended on the Obama administration in 2016, and 40% have been offended in 2012. In the meantime, 62% of Democratic main voters have been offended on the Bush administration in 2008, and 46% have been offended in 2004.
Virtually 6 in 10 of Tuesday’s voters say that impeachment hasn’t made any distinction to Trump’s reelection possibilities, whereas one in 5 say it has harm him and fewer say it has helped.
About 6 in 10 who turned out to vote in Tuesday’s main say they made up their minds for the reason that starting of February, together with practically half who say they selected their candidate simply in the previous few days. That is double the 25% who determined within the closing few days in 2016, and, in early knowledge, the very best in exit polling again to 2000.
About half total say the latest debate — held in New Hampshire on Friday night time — was an necessary think about deciding their vote for president.
And early exits point out that solely about 1 in eight are first-time Democratic main voters, down barely from 16% in 2016 and 19% in 2008.
Turnout was anticipated to be excessive heading into the first. In keeping with the latest CNN monitoring ballot carried out by College of New Hampshire, 74% of adults in New Hampshire stated they have been extraordinarily or very within the 2020 main election and an identical three-quarters stated they’d undoubtedly vote.
The eventual Democratic nominee for president has taken first or second place within the New Hampshire main in each race since 1968.
About four in 10 Democratic voters going to the polls in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation main stated well being care was crucial concern in figuring out their vote. Local weather change adopted, with about three in 10 naming it their high concern. About 2 in 10 rated revenue inequality as tops and 1 in 10 named international coverage.
The early exit polls additionally point out majorities of Democratic main voters turning out right this moment assist extra liberal coverage positions designed to handle each well being care and revenue inequality.
Assist for a Medicare-for-All-style well being care plan, the place a single authorities plan supplies protection for all Individuals and replaces the present system of personal medical insurance, has divided the highest candidates within the race for a lot of the marketing campaign. However virtually 6 in 10 New Hampshire Democratic main voters right this moment stated they’d assist such a authorities plan, four in 10 have been opposed.
About two-thirds stated they’d be in favor of constructing tuition free at public schools and universities, a plan that has likewise divided the highest candidates.
A number of residents who voted in Manchester instructed CNN that well being care was their high precedence and influenced their vote.
Moe Abdel, a 24-year-old pharmacist, stated he helps “Medicare for All.”
“I see firsthand lots of people who battle to pay for his or her prescribed drugs, particularly older individuals on mounted incomes,’ stated Abdel, who declined to specify whom he voted for.
Well being care additionally emerged as crucial concern for selecting a nominee amongst Iowa Democratic caucusgoers earlier this month, in keeping with the doorway polls carried out there. Two in 5 Iowa caucus individuals selected well being care, and about 1 in 5 stated local weather change, whereas fewer selected international coverage or revenue inequality.
Well being care has been on the forefront of the marketing campaign for the reason that starting, however the social gathering is break up between radically overhauling the nation’s medical insurance system or taking smaller steps.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an unbiased, has led the struggle to create Medicare for All. It might primarily substitute personal insurance coverage, offering sweeping advantages for gratis to sufferers.
However its price ticket — estimated at round $32 trillion over 10 years — has spooked many individuals, offering a line of assault by rivals former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Whereas Sanders has acknowledged he’d have to boost taxes on the center class, he hasn’t laid out particularly how he would cowl the tab.
Offering an in depth financing plan for Medicare for All might have contributed to the decline of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s reputation. Her ballot numbers took a nostril dive after she laid out a proposal in November that referred to as for states, employers, firms and the rich to pay for the single-payer system, which she additionally helps.
In the meantime, moderates corresponding to Biden, Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar favor constructing on the Inexpensive Care Act. They’d add to the Obamacare exchanges a government-backed public possibility, which might presumably have decrease premiums and would compete with the personal insurers. They’d additionally enhance federal subsidies so extra individuals might afford protection.
The CNN Exit Ballot was carried out by Edison Analysis for the Nationwide Election Pool. Outcomes are based mostly on interviews carried out all through the day with 1,947 randomly chosen Democratic main voters at 45 wards in New Hampshire. Outcomes for the complete pattern have a margin of error of plus or minus four proportion factors.
CNN’s Tami Luhby, Athena Jones and Laura Dolan contributed to this report.