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Exit Polls Show Clinton Won Among Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Veterans With AM-ELN-Super

March 11, 1992

Exit Polls Show Clinton Won Among Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Veterans With AM-ELN-Super Tuesday Rdp, Bjt

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Bill Clinton built a Southern coalition that crossed racial and ethnic lines, cutting Paul Tsongas out of most of the black and Hispanic vote, exit polls showed.

Voters polled for four television networks were still clearly dissatisfied. Forty percent of Democratic voters said they had reservations about the candidate they chose, NBC said.

President Bush’s approval rating continued to run low, even among Republican voters in his adopted home state of Texas. Early figures reported by ABC showed 36 percent of Texas Republicans disapprove of the way he’s handling his job.

Clinton overcame concerns about his Vietnam-era draft status, beating Tsongas 64 percent to 23 percent among the military veterans, reservists and active service members in the South, Cable News Network said.

But a quarter of Southern Democrats said they were not satisfied that Clinton has the honesty and integrity to serve effectively as president, ABC reported.

In the five Southern states where Clinton and Tsongas were on the ballot, Clinton won 80 percent of the black vote. Among whites in those states, Clinton took 59 percent to Tsongas’ 27 percent, CNN said.

Neither Tsongas, a former Massachusetts senator, nor former California Gov. Jerry Brown got more than 10 percent of the black vote in the South, CNN said.

Clinton led Tsongas 57 percent to 18 percent among Hispanics in Texas. Hispanics make up about 14 percent of Texas’ Democratic voters, CNN said.

Clinton also did well among the unemployed and low-income groups, CNN said. He won two-thirds of the votes of Southerners who have a union member in their household - an affiliation that will be important next week in the Michigan and Illinois primaries, CNN said.

Clinton voters also tended to say in the exit poll by Voter Research and Surveys that he ″cares about people like me″ and ″best represents what my party stands for,″ ABC reported.

Tsongas continued to do well among high-income and more educated voters, CNN said. Clinton and Tsongas ran about even among Jewish voters in Florida.

While exit polls allowed the networks to declare by shortly after 8 p.m. that Bush was winning handily, there was still evidence of marked dissatisfaction with the president.

In Florida, 41 percent of voters in Bush’s own party said they disapprove of the way he’s handling his job, CNN said.

″Pat Buchanan doesn’t have to campaign. He can just ride on George Bush’s disapproval ratings,″ CNN analyst Bill Schneider said.

About half of Buchanan voters said they won’t vote for Bush if he is the Republican nominee in November, CBS reported. The Bush campaign is portraying such findings as more an expression of current economic distress than a predictor of voting behavior.

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