- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Hillary Clinton received strong support from women, blacks, voters who put a premium on experience and older residents to win Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary, according to results of exit polls conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks.

Donald Trump won the Republican primary with solid backing from lower-income and less-educated voters, as well as people who want a leader who “tells it like it is” and will be an agent for change, the data showed. The second-place finisher in the five-candidate race, Marco Rubio, was favored by voters who said the most important consideration is choosing a nominee who can win in November.

Democrat Bernie Sanders dominated among voters under 30 and those who said they value honesty, the data indicated.

Here are more details of what the exit polls found in Virginia:

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YOUNG FOLKS LOVE THE OLD GUY

The younger the voters in the Democratic primary, the better the 74-year-old Sanders fared.

Four in 10 voters were under age 45, and Sanders and Clinton roughly split that vote. But among voters under age 25, Sanders got about 7 in 10 votes.

Conversely, Clinton was favored by about 8 in 10 voters 45 and older. She also won the vote of about 8 in 10 blacks.

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FOR SANDERS BACKERS, HONESTY MATTERS

Nearly a quarter of voters listed honesty and trustworthiness as the most important quality, and about 8 in 10 of them supported Sanders.

Another approximately one-fourth of the voters said having a candidate who cares about people like them is the most important quality. Some six in 10 of those voters backed Sanders.

Clinton was the favorite among voters who think the ability to win is most important, gaining almost 9 in 10 votes among that group.

More than a third of voters considered the right experience the most important quality, and better than 9 in 10 of them voted for Clinton.

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RICH MAN, POOR VOTERS

More than half of the voters who earn less than $50,000 a year voted for Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul. Nobody else got more than about 2 in 10 votes among that group.

Only about one in 10 voters have a high school degree or less, but half of them supported Trump. Rubio was the leader among the most-educated voters, getting the support of 4 in 10 of those with post-graduate study.

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THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN VOTE

More than half of the Republican voters considered themselves a born-again or evangelical Christian. Four in 10 of them voted for Trump.

Six in 10 voters it matters somewhat or a great deal that a candidate shares their religious beliefs, and nearly 4 in 10 of that group also supported Trump.

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ESTABLISHMENT OR ANTI-?

About seven in 10 Republican voters who said it’s most important to have a candidate who “tells it like it is” voted for Trump.

Trump also received the support of some 4 in 10 voters who most valued a candidate who can bring needed change. About half said they want a president from outside the political establishment, and some 6 in 10 of those voted for Trump. About 4 in 10 said they want a president with political experience, and approximately half of that group backed Rubio.

Six in 10 voters who said the most important thing is having a candidate who can win in November voted for Rubio.

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KEEPING IT CLEAN - OR NOT

About eight in 10 GOP voters named either Trump or Ted Cruz when asked which candidate ran the most unfair campaign, with that group about evenly divided between the two.

Only one in 10 named Rubio, with John Kasich barely getting a mention.

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STARK DIFFERENCES ON IMMIGRATION, MUSLIMS

About 6 in 10 Republican voters said non-documented immigrants should be allowed an opportunity to apply for legal status, and Rubio was the favorite among that group with roughly 4 in 10 votes.

Among the approximately 4 in 10 voters who said immigrants without legal papers should be deported, about half voted for Trump.

The contrast was similar on the question of temporarily banning Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the country. About 6 in 10 liked the idea, and 4 in 10 of that group were Trump voters.

Among those who opposed the idea, about half voted for Rubio.

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METHODOLOGY

The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research as voters left their polling places at 30 randomly selected sites in Virginia. Results include interviews with 1,413 Democratic primary voters and 1,523 Republican primary voters. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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