Aiken exit poll reveals insights into voters

A study of exit-poll data collected by Aiken college students during the Nov. 2 general election offers insights into local voters.

University of South Carolina Aiken Professor Bob Botsch and his class will now use the data for study and research papers, a news release said.

The report released Friday has a three-page executive summary and about 20 pages of detailed analysis, focusing on such topics as voter turnout, the governor's election and the Tea Party movement.

Students polled 758 voters in 10 precincts that represented all major areas of Aiken County, with a response rate of 78 percent.

The report said that the students placed "particular emphasis on the tea party movement and those who said they support the movement because this movement has received so much attention for the impacts it has had both on the primaries and general election of 2010."

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