In New Hampshire, Republicans were just half of voters in their own primary, exit poll shows

By Jason Lange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Some 51% percent of voters in New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary contest consider themselves to be Republicans, down from 55% in the party’s 2016 contest, according to an exit poll conducted on Tuesday by Edison Research.

The poll gathered responses from 2,192 voters in the Republican contest, and poll results were still being updated.

* 43% of voters in the Republican contest – which was also open to voters who are not registered with any party – said they usually considered themselves as independents, largely unchanged from 42% in 2016.

* 6% of voters usually think of themselves as Democrats, compared to 3% in the party’s 2016 primary.

* 34% consider themselves moderate or liberal, compared to 29% in the party’s 2016 primary.

* 48% of voters had a college degree, compared to 53% in the party’s 2016 primary.

* 54% of voters said that if former President Donald Trump were convicted of a crime, he would still be fit for the presidency. 42% said he would not be fit for the office if convicted.

* 51% do not think Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election.

* 19% said they decided who to vote for in the last few days.

* Whites who consider themselves evangelical or born-again Christians made up 20% of voters, compared to 23% in the 2016 primary.

* 75% said the condition of the U.S. economy is not-so-good or poor, while 24% say it is excellent or good.

* 57% said they expect the next generation of Americans to be worse off, compared 33% in the 2016 primary

* 37% of voters said the economy mattered most when deciding how they would vote in the contest, compared to 31% who said immigration mattered most. 12% cited abortion policy and 14% said foreign policy.

(Reporting by Jason Lange in Washington and Alexandra Ulmer in San Francisco; Editing by Daniel Wallis)