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Key findings from exit polls in Tuesday's Oklahoma election

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The Associated Press



Among the findings of Voter News Service exit polling of Oklahoma voters in Tuesday's election:

_ BUSH SWEEP: Texas Gov. George W. Bush swept Oklahoma from all demographic angles, easily winning among men and women and finding overwhelming support among all but the oldest voters.

_ OLDER VOTERS: The vote was the closest among voters age 60 and older, but Bush still managed a slight lead over Democrat Al Gore there.

_ PARTY AND PHILOSOPHY: Gore led among Democrats, but Bush captured nine out of 10 Republicans and more than half of independent voters. About half of Oklahoma voters described themselves as moderates and split their vote between the candidates. Four out of 10 voters described themselves as conservatives and most of them backed Bush.

_ CLINTON BACKLASH: About half of voters expressed disapproval for President Clinton's handling of the job and nine in 10 of them voted for Bush. Seven in 10 voters said they held an unfavorable opinion of Clinton as a person and most of them supported Bush. Only about one in four voters approved of Clinton on the job and as a person, and most of them backed Gore.

_ FOR RICHER OR POORER: Nine out of 10 voters said their financial situation was the same or had improved since four years ago. But not even a rollicking economy helped Gore. Half of the voters who are better off now gave their support to Bush.

_ RELIGIOUS RIGHT: Three in 10 voters described themselves as members of the conservative political movement known as the religious right, and they gave their overwhelming support to Bush.

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Source: Voter News Service survey of 688 voters as they left 15 randomly selected polling places around Oklahoma. Sampling error margin for each result: plus or minus 5 percentage points for all voters, higher for subgroups.

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