The 2016 presidential election, many hoped, would be a historic occasion where Hillary Clinton would be declared the first female president of the United States. Instead, we're now gearing up for the impending inauguration of Donald Trump.
While white women may have ultimately handed Trump the election, with 53% voting for the controversial candidate, the fact remains: a lot of men voted for Donald Trump — 53%, to be precise.
Here's how the male vote breaks down, based on exit polls:
Trump's win relied heavily on his base of white voters, with 63% of white men pulling for Trump, 31% for Clinton and 6% for a different option or declining to answer.
Among nonwhite populations, the results, as expected, were much more in Clinton's favor — 74% of nonwhites overall voted for Clinton, while 80% of black men and 62% of Latino men voted in her favor. Just 13% of black men and 33% of Hispanic men, by contrast, went for Trump.
Despite having two candidates who were both perceived to be unlikable by some members of their own party, the 2016 election ultimately ended up with voters staying close to their own alliances. 87% of male Democrats stayed loyal to Clinton (with 10% going for Trump), while 90% of Republican men voted for Trump and just 6% switched to vote for Clinton. Women had similar numbers, with 90% of Democratic women voting for Clinton while 89% of Republican women voted for Trump.
Independent men, however, seemed to gravitate more toward Trump in the end. Male independents voted 51% for Trump, as compared with only 43% of independent women. The rest, though, weren't necessarily gravitating toward Clinton instead. While Clinton earned 37% of the male independent vote, 12% went to third-party candidates, meaning many men decided to eschew both options and cast their vote instead for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein.
Going into the election, it seemed conventional wisdom that votes would be based at least partially on educational lines: those with college degrees and higher education levels were more likely to vote for Clinton, whereas those with less education were more inclined toward Trump. And for white voters, that's exactly what happened. White males, like white women, were overwhelmingly more likely to vote for Donald Trump if they didn't have a college degree. Trump earned 54% of white male college graduates' votes (with 39% going to Clinton), while Trump picked up a far more staggering 72% of the vote among white males without a degree (with 23% going to Clinton). Both populations had the same 2% of votes going to independent candidates.
For male voters of color, however, the exit polls tell a different story. Nonwhite men without a college degree voted 68% for Clinton and 25% for Trump (4% independent), while those with a college degree were slightly more pro-Trump, who earned 28% of their vote while Clinton earned 65% (4% independent). Hispanic men are actually an outlier in this, with Latino men who both did and didn't graduate from college both voting 62% in favor of Clinton (and those who didn't go to college going 2 more points in Trump's favor, from 32% to 34%). But African-American men had a significant difference, with 82% of black men with no college degree voting for Clinton, in contrast to just 78% of those with degrees.
While exit polls aren't conducted in each state, most states in which they are available suggest that men's votes were largely consistent with how their state ultimately voted. Clinton won out among male voters in historically Democratic states like New York (50%), New Jersey (50%) and California (57%), while Republican men voted Trump in both staunchly conservative states like Texas (58%) and Kentucky (71%) and those that were more heavily contested, such as Michigan (53%), Wisconsin (54%) and Pennsylvania (57%).
But there were a few outliers: Clinton won in Nevada by capturing 53% of women's votes, whereas the majority of men voted Trump, and Clinton's narrow victory in Virginia occurred despite the 52% of male votes Trump received.
It should be kept in mind that exit polls are based on a random sampling of voters, and may be subject to a sampling error. You can find complete 2016 exit poll results here.