President Donald Trump has increased his share of the minority vote four years after defeating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, according to exit polls.
According to Edison Research polls published by the New York Times, Trump has increased his share of black votes by 4 percentage points since 2016, when only 8 percent of black voters supported him.
The commander-in-chief has also seen his support among Hispanic and Latin American voters rise 4 points during his first term in office, with 32 percent of respondents saying they support Trump on Tuesday compared to the 28 percent who said they did in 2016.
Asian voters saw the president similarly better in yesterday’s polls. Thirty-one percent said they voted for Trump in his race against Biden, a two point improvement over the incumbent’s demographic performance in 2016.
Among the races and ethnic groups categorized as “others,” Trump increased his share of the vote by 3 percentage points – from 37 percent in 2016 to 40 percent this year.
Among one demographic group, the white voters, however, the number of presidents declined.
When pollsters were asked whether they supported Trump or the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, 57 percent of white voters said they had voted for the president. But in 2016, 58 percent of white voters said they supported Trump in the election, while only 37 percent voted for Clinton.
Biden’s campaign has built on Clinton’s share of white voters by 5 points, with the Edison exit poll showing that 42 percent supported the former vice president on Tuesday.
The Democratic candidate also scored significantly better among male voters, with 48 percent backing the former vice president as he played his trump card – a 7-point increase from Clinton’s share of the male vote four years ago.
Biden’s share of votes among women in the 2016 election cycle is 2 points higher than that of his predecessor (54 percent). Trump has also increased his share of female votes by a single percentage point.
Edison Research pollsters surveyed 15,590 voters outside polling stations, early voting venues and over the telephone for their 2020 exit poll. The results of the exit poll are subject to sampling errors.
The results of the polling day survey were released when the counting of ballots began on Tuesday evening in the states across the country. Election day counts are still ongoing in a handful of key states that are on the battlefield.