Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continued their march to their parties’ respective presidential nominations Tuesday. Trump swept five GOP contests, and Hillary Clinton won four of the Democratic primaries.
Here are five charts that illustrate what was on voters’ minds, according to the NBC News Exit Polls in Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
For all the talk of a divisive Democratic primary season, most Democratic voters in Pennsylvania on Tuesday said that the campaign had done more to energize, rather than divide, the party. Just one-quarter said the campaign had been more divisive.
At least four in 10 Pennsylvania voters said they would be either “concerned” or “scared” at the prospect of each of the candidates becoming president. That number was highest – a bit above half – for Ted Cruz, and it was about half for John Kasich. About four in 10 said they would be concerned or scared thinking about a Donald Trump presidency – but of course, the number is much larger among those who didn’t vote for Trump Tuesday.
A big question in the GOP primary has been whether Trump can win over women voters, who tend to support him less than their male counterparts. The GOP front-runner received at least 50 percent of the vote from women in the three states where NBC News conducted exit polls.
Sharing a border with Washington, D.C.—and home to many government agencies and offices—Maryland ranks second in the nation in terms of federal employees per capita. But that didn’t keep the state’s GOP presidential primary voters today from expressing sharply negative attitudes about how the federal government is working
Nearly 70 percent of Pennsylvania Republican voters signaled support for Trump’s call to temporarily ban non-American Muslims from entering the United States. Just 27 percent said they opposed the idea. Of those voters who said they support the ban, a strong majority voted for Trump.