Who voted for Donald Trump? Old, white men, according to exit polls. Lots of them.

Who voted for Donald Trump? Old, white men, according to exit polls. Lots of them.

America has a new president, and white people are the ones who chose him.

Comprehensive exit polls from the 2016 election show that the voters who turned up to support Republican President-elect Donald Trump were 53% of men, 58% of white people and 53% of people ages 65 and over, according to the New York Times.

Education level

The polls also showed that 67% of white Americans without college degrees cast their ballots for Trump, while 75% of nonwhite Americans without college degrees cast their ballots for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by comparison.

Religion

Trump's unexpected success at the polls was also assisted by a record-breaking Evangelical voter turnout. According to Time, the religious group comprised 26% of the electorate on Tuesday, casting their votes for Trump at a rate of more than 80%. It's likely that Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, himself an Evangelical, helped mobilize the population.

Gender

And despite Clinton's history-making campaign as the first female nominee of a major political party, female voters were ultimately not galvanized to vote for her in the numbers that pollsters predicted. Trump had support from 53% of white female voters, while only 43% of white women were truly #WithHer.

Although no poll had seemed able to foresee an imminent Trump victory, Matt Oczkowski, a member of Trump's data team, told CBS News that the outcome of the election had come as no surprise to them.

"After the third debate, we really started to see a gradual climb for Mr. Trump towards Election Day," he said. "I think his debate performance coupled with the FBI email investigation was really a big boon for the campaign." 

Oczkowski attributed the media's failure to predict the come-from-behind victory to an unwillingness to acknowledge reality:

"The trends that we saw late, a lot of people didn't want to believe it."