WARNING: Early exit polls are incomplete, and they should be interpreted with caution. They only include interviews with voters who cast ballots earlier in the day, which could underrepresent certain groups. And the networks don’t release full results before polls have closed statewide; they only tease out certain numbers, some of which will shift significantly in the final survey.
A majority of voters casting their ballots in the Wisconsin Republican primary on Tuesday said the party’s nominee should be the candidate who receives the most delegates, regardless of whether that person clinches the 1,237 majority outright, according to an NBC News exit poll.
While 56 percent said the nomination should go to the candidate with the most votes, 42 percent said the delegates should be able to choose anyone they prefer at July’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. More than eight-in-ten of those who said they supported Donald Trump (83 percent) said they preferred the nomination go to the person with the most votes, while just 42 percent of those backing another candidate said the same.
Republican primary voters were more likely to describe themselves as dissatisfied than angry, 53 percent to 32 percent, according to the same exit poll. In another question, 51 percent said they felt betrayed by the Republican establishment.
In terms of ideology, 31 percent described themselves as very conservative, 43 percent as somewhat conservative, 24 percent moderate and 2 percent liberal. More than six-in-10 (62 percent) said they did not identify as white, evangelical Christians, with 38 responding that they do.
While 65 percent of those voting in the Republican open primary identified as Republican, another 29 percent said they were independent and 6 percent said Democratic.
In terms of education, 46 percent said they had graduated college, while 54 percent said they had not.
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