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Highlights from Oklahoma primaries exit polls

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Associated Press

Some highlights of data from exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks in the Oklahoma presidential primary Tuesday. All numbers preliminary.

AGE AND GENDER FACTORS:

Married women came out strong for Hillary Clinton, with nearly 60 percent casting votes for her. Older voters also favored her, with roughly three-fourths of those 65 or older voting for her. Also, more than three-fourths of voters thought that neither the race nor gender of the candidate was important in deciding their vote.

VOTE SPLIT ON OBAMA, CLINTON AS CHANGE AGENT:

More voters said that a candidate's ability to bring about change was the main factor in how they voted Tuesday, more so than a candidate's experience and the ability to care for people like themselves. Those choosing change as the major factor were split between Clinton and Obama.

CLINTON PICKS UP THE MODERATES:

Roughly 45 percent of voters identified themselves as politically moderate. Of those, about 60 percent cast votes for Clinton. Clinton also ran strongly among liberals while splitting conservative voters with Obama.

SATISFIED WITH CLINTON, ON THE FENCE ABOUT OBAMA:

About two-thirds of voters said they would be satisfied with Hillary Clinton as president, regardless of how they voted Tuesday. Roughly half of respondents said they would be satisfied with Obama as president.

THEY STILL LIKE BILL:

More than three-fourths of voters had a favorable view of former president Bill Clinton, and those voters went strongly for Hillary Clinton.

 

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

 

THE MCCAIN MIDDLE:

John McCain led among moderate voters and Huckabee was strong among conservative voters.

THE VALUES VOTERS:

More voters said that a candidate who shares their values mattered most in deciding how they voted, ahead of experience, saying what the candidate believes and having the best shot to win in November.

THE ECONOMY, AGAIN:

More voters in the Republican primary said that the economy was the most important issue facing the country, ahead of illegal immigration, terrorism and the war in Iraq.

REPORT CARD ON BUSH?:

More than two-thirds of voters had positive views of the Bush administration. About three-quarters of voters approved of the war in Iraq.

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Results were from interviews of 423 Democratic primary voters and 385 Republican primary voters conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International in 15 precincts across Oklahoma on Tuesday. Margin of sampling error plus or minus 7 percentage points for each primary.

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