November 4th, 2010
02:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Exit Polls: Republicans set record numbers

Washington (CNN) – The 2010 midterm elections rocked President Obama and the Democrats' majority in the House of Representatives, but they also shook the electorate in a historic way. Exit polls conducted by CNN reveal big changes for traditional Democratic voters that may signal a shift unlike any we've seen before.

This November, less than half of women voters selected Democrats for Congress, 49 percent, and 48 percent broke for Republicans. This ties 2002 as the lowest ever female vote for Democrats. Conversely, the male vote for Republicans was the highest ever. Fifty-six percent of men voted for Republican candidates, setting another record for the GOP. Forty-two percent of men voted for Democrats.

Nationwide, 58 percent of voters 65 and over voted Republican while 40 percent voted Democratic. That's a new high for Republicans, who can now boast about receiving the highest number of votes from seniors, men, and a new demographic-blue collar voters.

Traditionally, blue collar voters are thought to prefer Democrats. In 2010, this changed, with 62 percent of white non-college graduates voting for Republican candidates and 35 percent choosing Democrats. This is the highest ever blue collar vote for the GOP.

Whether this is a trend that will continue or is simply a one hit wonder for Republicans remains to be seen, but if the Democrats want to be competitive for 2012, it is something worthy of attention.

Exit polls are surveys of a small percentage of voters taken after they leave their voting place. Pollsters use this data to project how all voters or segments of voters side on a particular race or ballot measure.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Vigla

    This is all very funny. Midterms typically bring out old people and conservatives. In just 2 years, when Obama is on the ticket, these gains will be reversed significantly. Dems may even take back the House. Enjoy it while it lasts. Old people can take you so far. If young voters have rejected Republicans, it's ony a matter of time when The party of no will permanently be a minority. Sorry conservatives...

    November 4, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Russ

    It is truly amazing that women would vote for the party that wants to impose their religious beliefs into laws that discriminate against women. How niave they must be to think that a Republican has their best interest at heart. I hope they enjoy the pain and agony of raising their daughters baby, or theirs after being impregnated by a rapist, or other incestuous situation. Enjoy that the party of less government is telling them what they can and can't do with their bodies. That's right ladies, let's regress to the more subserviant days of your past. You deserve it.

    November 4, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Clancy

    Since women seem to be so hell bent on voting against their own interests, I think the Dems and Obama should help republicans to roll back pro-choice initiaves, dimantle the department of education and help repeal the Lilly Ledbetter law. What a bunch of idiots.

    November 4, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. gt

    they better get it right this time... lets start being about the people,,,not the party....both sides..

    November 4, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. I Support President Obama

    People over 65-Medicare and Social Security, Blue Collar non college Whites and Women voting republican. Don't start whining and complaining when they throw you under the subway. Republicans want to abolish Medicare and Social Security. They look down on blue collar whites and they don't believe in women having a position of authority. When I was in line to vote I overheard a republican say that big business will hire people in 2011 if republicans control the Congress. He said big business will lay off people again by the thousands in 2012 just so we will have a Republican President in 2012. This is someone that works at a major corporation. He said republicans are big business friendly and are the ones controlling the economy. Be careful what you wish for becase it is going to be very rough going for a long time. Plan on working until you are 70 or older and get ready to take care of grandma and grandpa. John Boehner wants the retirement age raised to 70. Social Security will be privatized. I am glad I have a pension for life, insurance for life. I'm not depending on social security or medicare. People start depending on your selves and be careful who you put your faith in.

    November 4, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Marty

    These bunch of knuckleheads that voted for Republicans are perhaps the most misguided individuals in the history of the world. How can you vote for the same idiots that almost took our country into another great depression. For the life of me, I can't understand. It reminds me of the chant from the movie Remember the Titans " Give Some Mo, Give Some Mo"

    November 4, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Colleen

    I don't get it. Really, I don't. Can someone explain to me that if only 42% of registared voters voted and 48% of that 42% wants to repeal healthcare and 47% doesn't, how that is a mandate to appeal healthcare?? WTH? DOESN'T THAT MEAN THAT ONLY 21% OF AMERICANS WANT TO REAPEAL HEALTHCARE?

    November 4, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Reality`

    The problem was that blue-collar folks and the middle class saw increasing unemployment and millions more lose their jobs. Why on earth would they vote Democrat? Although the liberals will never accept the results, the fact is that Americans proved that we won't follow radical ideologies, accept the rhetoric that describes increasing unemployment and deficits as a "recovery', we will hold elected officials accountable for not putting their constituents first, nor will we put up with an administration that continuously views its citizens in a condescending manner or even calls them "enemies" just because we disagree. The Accountability Train's next stop, 2012. By the way, did anyone watch Ed Schultz on MSNBC on election night and talk about the numerous unions that were involved in helping Reid getting elected? That's who the Democrats work with, not small businesses but large unions.

    November 4, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Monster Zero

    Reading the posts on here it is readily apparent that the Demobamabots still do not understand or connect the deleterious effect that Obama's agenda of social justice and wealth redistribution has had on our economy. His healthcare plan effects 16% of our economy and does nothing to curb premium costs to individuals while costing trillions to future citizens, his stimulus plan is a total bust costing about 1M/job created so far, it is destroying our Nation's currency through devaluation with inflation snapping at our heals. This has been an orchestrated onslaught of far left tactics to destroy our Nation as we know it and restructure what is left to favor and reward the unproductive and mediocre among us. I am 100% behind the Republicans attempt to get Obama and crew out of the Whitehouse and put an end to the madness of spend till the end.

    November 4, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. GL

    These polls never report about minority voters. Racist is alive in well in this country.

    November 4, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. vic nashville tn

    All the exit polls doesn’t consider Eligible voters turn out was less than 45 % out that some candidates who won the election got less than 50% many got less than 55% that mean many candidates won the election by 25% to 30% of eligible votes

    November 4, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. keepstufingthis

    Somehow, somewhere, I also hope Obama looks at the exit polls and realizes that it was about him mainly, the economy and healthcare were major issues. Based on his performance at the press conference yesterday, I still don't think he has gotten the meassage himself. Whether his advisers have and are afraid to tell him, or they know he just doesn't care what regular people say or think (just the corrupt union bosses),

    November 4, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. PA Moderate

    So now the Democratic Party is dead...seems they said the same thing about the Republican party 2 years ago.... Seriously, only 49% of registered voters came out this mid-term... take that back to the 70% + level of the last presidential elecition cycle and the game completely changes.... Libs were sleeping this mid-term....we'll see if they wake up for 2012...if so, sure will be a lot of fun to watch no matter your political leaning

    November 4, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. terry, va

    These numbers are mild compared to what they will be when the repubs swarm the polls to kick Obummie to the curb in 2012.

    November 4, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. November 2, 2010 - The Day Progressive Socialism was STOPPED! Rollback to continue in 2012!!

    Barack Hussein Obama, Harry reid and Nancy Pelosi.... All hail the the SAVIORS of the Republican Party!!

    This is what happens when you defy the American people and screw up their healthcare system.

    This is what happens when you WASTE a trillion dollars on a stimulus bill that has NOTHING to do with creating jobs.

    This is what happens when you waste two years and trillions of dollars while unemployment climbs to 10% (more like 18%).

    This is what happens when you try and turn the USA into another bankrupt European style socialist state with massive deficit spending and debt explosion.

    November 4, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. db

    I doubt that the Democrats requested this wake up call, but they'd better not just roll over and go back to sleep.

    November 4, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    And who do we trust when the Republicans fail? We rejected the democrats because they failed. They failed because they went it alone. The republicans will need to know this as well, if they go it alone they will fail as well. The two parties need to work together, the nation needs to come together, no more my party or the highway thinking.
    The time is now to be American again and unite for the common good of our Freedom

    November 4, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. willard bullock

    Presdient obama is mocked out of word his mouth so why acdorn was cheat vote for presdient obama

    November 4, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. ken

    It's gonna be fun watching the Republicans ideas to create jobs, like watching a magic show, you know it's fake, but you believe it anyway.

    November 4, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |