- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Missouri went for Donald Trump although most voters believe the billionaire lacks the temperament for the presidency and is dishonest, according to exit poll results conducted for The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Here’s a look at other attitudes among Missouri voters and breakdowns on how they made their choices on Election Day:



An economy that more than half described as “not so good” or “poor” was on the minds of most Missouri voters. Terrorism, immigration and foreign policy were all lagging far behind as key issues.

Those anxieties could be seen in the roughly one-third of voters who said the next generation will be worse off than today, with those more pessimistic voters overwhelmingly backing Trump.



Clinton couldn’t convince most Missouri voters she was trustworthy. Nearly 7 in 10 saw her as dishonest, and nearly 6 in 10 said Clinton wasn’t qualified for the White House.

As for Trump, the majority of voters didn’t see him as having the temperament to be commander-in-chief. But nearly a quarter of voters who felt that way still picked the billionaire over Clinton.

Voters didn’t seem impressed with either candidate. Slightly more than half held an unfavorable view of Trump and 2 in 3 had a similarly dim view of Clinton.



Trump was holding a clear edge among white voters, including women, and 6 in 10 voters who never attended college were also on his side. Trump was also running stronger with middle-class and wealthy voters. He attracted more than half of those making more than $50,000 a year and performed even better among voters with six-figure incomes.

Trump also carried all but the youngest voters and those 45 and older were breaking for the Republican nearly 3-2.



Being able to deliver change was seen as the most important attribute in the next president among more than half of voters - and they were backing Trump nearly 4-1.



Two years after the violent unrest in Ferguson over the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer, a slight majority of voters in the state believe that the criminal justice system treats everyone fairly, including blacks.

But voters were split about whether whites or blacks have an upper hand in day-to-day life. Those who felt that blacks are at a disadvantage strongly sided with Clinton.


The preliminary exit poll of 1,941 Missouri voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 35 precincts statewide. Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

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