Balance of power

Balance of power

  • Democrat 200
  • Independent 0
  • Republican 233
NBC projection: Democrats expected to win 201 House seats; Republicans, 234 seats. Margin of error +/- 1

Key state results

The races listed below are editorially selected key House races from around the country. To find results from other states, use the menu at the top of this page.

Exit poll

Gender

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Male 45 53 47
Female 55 44 53

In which age group are you?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
18-29 60 38 19
30-44 51 46 26
45-64 47 51 38
65 or over 44 55 17

In which age group are you?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
18-24 61 37 11
25-29 60 38 8
30-39 54 43 16
40-49 47 52 20
50-64 47 51 28
65 or over 44 55 17

Race

Category Democrat Republican % Total
White 39 59 72
Black 91 8 13
Hispanic or Latino 68 30 10
Asian 73 25 3
Other 58 37 2

Gender by race

Category Democrat Republican % Total
White men 36 62 35
White women 43 55 37
Black men 86 13 5
Black women 94 5 8
Latino men 61 37 5
Latino women 74 24 6
All other races 66 31 5

Age by race

Category Democrat Republican % Total
White 18-29 46 52 11
White 30-44 38 60 18
White 45-64 38 60 29
White 65+ 39 60 14
Black 18-29 90 9 3
Black 30-44 91 7 4
Black 45-64 91 8 4
Black 65+ 91 9 1
Latino 18-29 71 27 4
Latino 30-44 69 30 3
Latino 45-64 65 33 3
Latino 65+ 66 33 1
All other 66 31 5

On most political matters, do you consider yourself:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Liberal 86 12 25
Moderate 57 41 40
Conservative 16 82 35

No matter how you voted today, do you usually think of yourself as a:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Democrat 94 6 39
Republican 5 94 33
Independent or something else 44 51 28

What was the last grade of school you completed?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
No high school diploma 62 35 3
High school graduate 52 46 21
Some college or associate degree 48 50 29
College graduate 46 52 29
Postgraduate study 55 43 18

What was the last grade of school you completed?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
College graduate 50 48 47
No college degree 51 48 53

What was the last grade of school you completed?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
More than high school graduate 49 49 76
High school graduate or less 54 45 24

2011 total family income:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Under $30,000 63 35 20
$30,000 - $49,999 56 42 21
$50,000 - $99,999 46 52 31
$100,000 - $199,999 43 55 20
$200,000 - $249,999 43 56 3
$250,000 or more 39 59 4

2011 total family income:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Under $50,000 59 39 40
$50,000 - $99,999 46 52 31
$100,000 or more 42 56 28

2011 total family income

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Under $50,000 59 39 40
$50,000 or more 45 54 60

2011 total family income:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Under $100,000 54 45 72
$100,000 or more 42 56 28

How often do you attend religious services?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
More than once a week 36 63 14
Once a week 42 56 28
A few times a month 51 46 13
A few times a year 55 43 27
Never 60 38 17

How often do you attend religious services?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Weekly or more often 40 58 42
Occasionally 54 44 40
Never 60 38 17

Religion

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Protestant 36 63 29
Catholic 50 49 25
Mormon 22 77 2
Other Christian 49 50 23
Jewish 69 29 2
Muslim - - 1
Other 71 24 7
None 71 27 12

Religion

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Protestant or other Christian 41 58 53
Catholic 50 49 25
Jewish 69 29 2
Something else 73 23 7
None 71 27 12

Religion among whites

Category Democrat Republican % Total
White Protestant/Other Christian 29 70 39
White Catholic 39 59 18
White Jewish 70 28 2
White something else 61 33 4
White none 67 31 9
Non-white 78 20 28

Church attendance by religion

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Protestant and attend at least weekly 31 68 15
Protestant and do not attend at least weekly 42 57 14
Catholic and attend at least weekly 42 56 12
Catholic and do not attend at least weekly 52 46 14
All others 58 40 46

White evangelical or white born-again Christians

Category Democrat Republican % Total
White evangelical or white born-again Christians 20 78 26
All others 59 39 74

Which comes closest to your position? Abortion should be:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Legal in all cases 74 25 30
Legal in most cases 55 43 30
Illegal in most cases 25 73 23
Illegal in all cases 22 78 13

Which comes closest to your position? Abortion should be:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Legal 64 34 60
Illegal 24 75 36

How do you feel about the Tea Party movement?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Support 10 88 21
Neutral 42 57 42
Oppose 86 12 30

Which ONE of these four issues is the most important facing the country?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Foreign policy 54 36 5
Federal budget deficit 33 65 15
The economy 47 51 59
Health care 73 25 18

Which ONE of these four is the biggest economic problem facing people like you?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
The housing market 63 31 8
Unemployment 55 43 38
Taxes 32 66 14
Rising prices 50 48 37

What should happen to the 2010 health care law?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Expand it 88 9 26
Leave it as is 78 21 18
Repeal some of it 30 69 24
Repeal all of it 7 92 25

What should happen to the 2010 health care law?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Expand it or leave it as is 84 14 44
Repeal some or all of it 18 80 49

Should income tax rates:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Increase for all 55 45 13
Increase only on income over $250,000 68 30 48
Not increase for anyone 24 74 35

Should most illegal immigrants working in the United States be:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Offered a chance to apply for legal status 60 38 66
Deported to the country they came from 24 74 29

Who is more in touch with people like you?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Barack Obama 87 11 53
Mitt Romney 6 93 43

Who would better handle the economy?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Barack Obama 92 6 48
Mitt Romney 10 89 49

Who would better handle Medicare?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Barack Obama 88 11 52
Mitt Romney 7 91 44

Who would better handle the federal budget deficit?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Barack Obama 93 5 47
Mitt Romney 9 90 49

Which is closer to your view:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Government should do more to solve problems 79 18 44
Government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals 23 75 52

Do you think the condition of the nation's economy is:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Excellent - - 2
Good 89 10 21
Not so good 55 42 45
Poor 16 82 31

Do you think the condition of the nation's economy:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Excellent or good 89 10 23
Not so good or poor 39 58 76

Is the U.S. economy:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Getting better 88 10 40
Getting worse 11 86 30
Staying about the same 41 58 28

Economic conditions:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Getting better 88 10 40
Staying the same and good 69 31 4
Staying the same and not good 36 62 25
Getting worse 11 86 30

Compared to four years ago, is your family's financial situation:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Better today 79 18 25
Worse today 18 79 33
About the same 57 41 41

Do you think things in this country today are:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Generally going in the right direction 87 11 46
Seriously off on the wrong track 17 81 52

Who is more to blame for current economic problems?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Barack Obama 7 92 39
George W. Bush 85 12 53

Do you think the U.S. economic system generally:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Favors the wealthy 70 28 56
Is fair to most Americans 23 76 39

Should taxes be raised to help cut the budget deficit?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Yes 74 23 32
No 38 60 63

Which comes closest to your feelings about the Obama administration:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Enthusiastic 96 3 26
Satisfied, but not enthusiastic 83 15 24
Dissatisfied, but not angry 15 81 29
Angry 3 95 20

Which comes closest to your feelings about the Obama administration:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Positive 90 9 50
Negative 10 87 49

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Strongly approve 93 6 30
Somewhat approve 77 20 24
Somewhat disapprove 17 80 12
Strongly disapprove 3 95 33

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Approve 86 12 54
Disapprove 7 91 45

Is your opinion of Barack Obama:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Favorable 88 11 53
Unfavorable 8 90 46

Is your opinion of Mitt Romney:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Favorable 10 89 47
Unfavorable 87 11 51

Do Barack Obama's policies generally favor:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
The rich 17 82 10
The middle class 81 17 44
The poor 27 72 31

Would Mitt Romney's policies generally favor:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
The rich 84 14 54
The middle class 8 91 34
The poor - - 2

Do you trust Barack Obama to handle an international crisis?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Yes 83 15 57
No 6 92 41

Do you trust Mitt Romney to handle an international crisis?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Yes 16 83 50
No 87 12 47

Trust to handle an international crisis:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Only Barack Obama 92 6 43
Only Mitt Romney 4 95 37
Both of them 52 46 12
Neither of them 22 71 4

Are you currently married?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Yes 42 56 60
No 62 36 40

Gender by marital status

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Married men 38 60 29
Married women 46 53 31
Not married men 55 43 18
Not married women 68 31 22

Do you have any children under 18 living in your home?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Yes 50 49 36
No 50 48 64

Married with children

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Married with children 43 55 27
All others 52 46 73

Parents

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Men with children 44 54 16
Women with children 54 44 20
Men without children 45 53 30
Women without children 54 44 34

Does anyone in your household belong to a labor union?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Yes 56 43 18
No 49 49 82

Do you work full-time for pay?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Yes 48 50 60
No 53 46 40

Should your state legally recognize same-sex marriage?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Yes 70 28 49
No 27 72 46

Are you gay, lesbian or bisexual?

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Yes 76 20 5
No 49 49 95

In today's election for president, did you just vote for:

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Barack Obama 92 6 50
Mitt Romney 6 92 48

Population of area

Category Democrat Republican % Total
Over 500,000 69 29 10
50,000 - 500,000 57 41 21
Suburbs 47 51 48
10,000 - 50,000 44 53 7
Rural 38 60 14

Population of area

Category Democrat Republican % Total
City over 50,000 61 37 31
Suburbs 47 51 48
Small city and Rural 40 57 21