Most voters around the nation say they are bothered some or a lot by Trump's treatment of women, according to NBC Exit Poll results so far today.
About six in 10 women nationwide say they are bothered a lot by Trump's treatment of women, compared to less than half of men who say the same.
Clinton is the first woman nominee to lead one of the two major parties, and she clearly benefits from doubts about Trump, particularly when it comes to this issue. Trump sparred early on with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, saying she had "blood coming out her wherever" in an interview after a primary debate in which she questioned him about offensive statements he had made about women in the past.
Later, after the second general election debate, Trump came under fire for his behavior toward Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe who Trump called "Miss Eating Machine" and "Miss Housekeeping." The release of a videotape from 2005 capturing Trump's lewd comments about women in an unscripted moment raised new questions in the last weeks of the campaign about Trump's behavior. Several women came forward in the following days — some repeating allegations made years ago, before Trump entered politics — to accuse the Republican nominee of unwanted sexual contact. Trump has repeatedly denied all accusations against him.
The gender difference in feelings about Trump's treatment of women is critical because it occurs especially among independents. Fifty-six percent of independent women are bothered a lot by Trump's treatment of women, compared with 38 percent of independent men.
NBC News Exit Poll in Florida: Favorability Ratings of the Candidates Vary by Race
According to the NBC News Exit Poll in Florida, more than half of voters today hold unfavorable opinions of each of the major party candidates, though attitudes differ by race.
Overall, half of voters say they have an unfavorable opinion of Clinton and nearly six in 10 have an unfavorable opinion of Trump.
Blacks are the most likely to view Clinton favorably — nearly nine in 10 do — followed by just over half of Hispanics.
More than half of whites hold a favorable opinion of Trump, as do one-quarter of Hispanics. Just one in 10 blacks views Trump favorably.
NBC News Exit Poll: Large Majority of White Evangelical Voters Support Trump
One reason the election seems so close at this hour is that Donald Trump has been able to assemble key groups that Republican candidates depend on. One in particular are white evangelical voters, who are solidly in the Republican camp this year, despite a campaign focusing little on the social issues that have long cemented this group's loyalty to the G.O.P.
The NBC News Exit Poll shows Donald Trump winning about 80 percent of the votes of white evangelicals, about the same as Mitt Romney in 2012.
NBC News Exit Poll: Election Reveals a Sharp Divide Between White, Latino Catholics
America's Catholic voters are sharply divided along the lines of ethnicity, results from today's NBC News Exit Poll show.
White Catholics appear to have broken heavily for Republican Donald Trump, who currently holds about a 20-point lead over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton with these voters. But exit polls show an even bigger gap among Latino Catholics, who are favoring Clinton by roughly 40 percentage points over Trump.
The split between white and Latino Catholics comes in the wake of a campaign in which Trump promised mass deportations of unauthorized immigrants and claimed a Mexican-American federal judge was biased against him because of his heritage. Still, Clinton's advantage among Hispanic Catholics is very similar to Obama's four years ago.
Exit polls indicate that Latinos are accounting for about one in five Catholics voting in the 2016 presidential election.
NBC News Exit Poll: Third Party Candidates Prove a Draw for Some Younger Voters
Third-party candidates have proven attractive to voters under age 30 this year, according to results from the NBC News Exit Poll. About half of those who voted for a third party went to Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson; the remainder went to Green Party candidate Jill Stein and scattered others.
Third-party votes appear to have slightly narrowed the advantage the Democrats have enjoyed in previous elections among 18-to-29-year-olds. Democrat Hillary Clinton's lead over Republican Donald Trump is substantial among these voters, but it is currently smaller than the impressive margins racked up by Barack Obama with young people in his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
By contrast, it appears that the nation's older voters—those aged 65 or over—are remaining loyal to the major parties this year. Support for other candidates among this group is limited to just a few percentage points. In line with previous trends in seniors' support in presidential elections, Trump leads Clinton among these voters.
NBC News Exit Poll: Trump Winning Among Some Groups of Women
Nationally, Clinton is winning the women vote by more than a 10-point margin, but the woman vote is far from monolithic. A number of female voting groups are breaking for Donald Trump tonight and have helped propel him to victory in a number of battleground states.
White women overall are going for Trump by about 10 points, and white women who are middle age are going from Trump by nearly 20 points. We also see white Protestant women favoring Trump by a sizable 32-point margin. And women who describe themselves as conservative are going overwhelmingly for Trump, 78 percent to 18 percent.