It wasn’t just Republicans versus Democrats in the November election.
The reason for Donald Trump’s victory goes far beyond partisan politics and into race, age, gender and education.
The divisions were wide – wider than in almost any other previous election and shows a deep division in the American electorate.
Analysis done by Pew Research backs this up. As far as party goes, it was very similar. Republican preference for Mitt Romney and Donald Trump were about the same, although Democratic preference for Hillary over Barack Obama was down quite a bit – as indicated in this chart.
Clinton fared worse – and Trump better – among blacks and Hispanics than Mitt Romney did, but that’s not the whole story.
Women supported Clinton over Trump by a 54% to 42% margin – also the same as in 2012. But men were much more likely to support President Trump than Mitt Romney, by a 12-point margin versus a seven-point margin.
The advantage for Trump among men is larger than the 7-point advantage Romney had in 2012 and much different than in 2008, when men preferred Obama over McCain by a single point. Trump’s performance among men is similar to that of George W. Bush in the 2004 and 2000 elections, where he won men by 11 points in each election.
The gender gap in presidential vote preference is among the widest in exit polls dating back to 1972. However, it is not dramatically higher than in some other recent elections, including the 2000 contest between Bush and Al Gore.
It was the education gap that proved the decisive difference – especially those with or without a college degree. College graduates backed Clinton by a 9-point margin, while those without one backed Trump by an 8-point margin. This is the widest gap in support among education achievement since the 1980s.
Another decisive demographic: Younger voters. In 2008, voters 18-29 preferred Barack Obama over John McCain by a 66% to 32% margin. But in 2016, that margin was only 55% to 37%, a dramatic shift.
So if you were white, male, older and didn’t have a college education, you were the one who pushed Donald Trump to victory. Your voice was heard in this election. And that hasn’t happened in a very long time.