2016 Exit Polls

What percent of Hispanic voters voted for Donald Trump in 2016?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this information?

  3. Why do you think that 29% of Hispanic voters voted for Trump?

  4. What is one consequence of this?

  5. In your opinion, is this chart generally good or bad news?

  6. Based on the chart, what do you think is the number one demographic reason that Donald Trump won this election?

  7. Which demographic group from the chart above gave Clinton the most support?

  8. What are some other important trends you see in the chart?

  9. Which of the demographic groups from the charts above is the largest in total number?

  10. Which groups did Hillary Clinton have more success with in 2016 than President Obama did in 2012?

  11. Why do you think that is?

  12. Flipping the vote of which group would have most quickly changed the entire outcome of the entire election?

  13. What does this information tell us about the next few U.S. presidential elections?

  14. Based on this data, what advice would you give a democratic party operative hoping to win in 2020?

  15. Do politicians' knowledge of all this information affect the way we run US political campaigns?

  16. Why do you think Whites were so reluctant to support Clinton in 2016?

  17. Above all, what do you think the 2016 election was about?

  18. Explain how the data from the chart above has impacted the Trump presidency in the comments section below, or on Twitter with #apgopo

Learning Extension

There's a whole lot more information in this interactive 2016 exit polls chart at NYTimes. And you can even scroll from year to year to compare American demographics and voting changes. Take a look!

Action Extension

Based on the exit polling data, create the most over the top Trump supporter and most over the top Clinton supporter imaginable. Share these 2016 hyper-partisans with us on social media and in class.

Not So Supreme Court

Do more Americans have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How surprised are you by this information?

  3. What trend do you see in the chart?

  4. List two explanations for this trend:

  5. What is a consequence of this trend?

  6. If this current trend continues, when will the Court's unfavorable ratings surpass its favorable ratings?

  7. 62 % of Democrats have a favorable opinion of the Court, while only 33 % of Republicans do. Considering that before Justice Scalia's death, 5 of the 9 Justices were Republican appointees, and the Supreme Court Chief Justice was appointed by Republican, George W. Bush, what explains this partisan divide?

  8. How will the current court vacancy affect American's opinions of the Supreme Court?

  9. How did Americans' feelings about the U.S. Supreme Court impact this year's elections?

  10. Do you believe that Donald Trump's nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court will alter how Americans feel about the Supreme Court?

  11. Do you believe that Neil M. Gorsuch will be approved as a Supreme Court Justice?

  12. In the comments section, describe your opinion of the Supreme Court:

Learning Extension

Read the entire Pew Report on American views of the Supreme Court.

Action Extension

John Roberts is the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice. Contact him and explain one thing he could do to improve the favorability of the U.S. Supreme Court:

A Woman's Place Is In The House...Of Representatives

Which three states have never had a woman representative in the House or the Senate?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How surprised are you by this information?

  3. How did your own state and district do in regards to female representation?

  4. What story does the map tell?

  5. Do you notice any big geographical patterns in the map?

  6. Explain whether this is a happy map or a sad map.

  7. Why do you think these three states have never had any representation?

  8. What is one consequence of never having elected a female for these three states?

  9. Vermont and Mississippi are about as politically and culturally different as any two states could be. Why do you think they both agree on not having female representatives?

  10. It's been said that the gender of the politician isn't important, what matters are the policies they fight for. In the comments section, explain whether you think this statement is true:

Learning Extension

Check out this great article and interactive map at Vox where you can find out about female representation in your own state and ditrict.

Action Extension

Vote for a woman or convince someone else to vote for a woman. Better yet, lobby your political party (Emily's List for liberals, the NFRW for conservatives) to run women for office. Or best of all, if you are a woman, run for office.

Bonus Maps

The Changing American Family

How has the configuration of the traditional American family changed since 1960?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What surprises you most about this information?

  3. What doesn't surprise you about this information?

  4. What question do you have about this topic?

  5. How does your family fit into this family configuration?

  6. What's the biggest change in family structure since 1960?

  7. What do you think caused this change?

  8. What's the biggest effect of this change?

  9. How will these changes affect the upcoming elections?

  10. Let's change the title of this graph. What would you like to title it?

  11. Is this information good or bad news? Leave your answer in the comments section below:

Learning Extension

Read the Pew Research Center report on American families.

Action Extension

Compare your own family to the average American family and share your comparison with class or on social media.

States of Execution

What state has had the most executions since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976?*

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. Describe one geographical pattern you see in this map?

  3. What do you think explains that pattern?

  4. What portion of Americans favor the death penalty?

  5. Why do you think that is the case?

  6. Do you personally favor the death penalty?

  7. What trend do you see in the number of executions in the US?

  8. What is one explanation for that trend?

  9. Based on public opinion and the trend in the total number of executions, would you say that the number of executions is based on public opinion on this issue?

  10. Was the death penalty a big issue in the 2016 presidential election?

  11. Based on all the data from the chart above, do you imagine the death penalty will be legal in 2020?

  12. What is most surprising about any of this information?

* In Furman v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court rules by a vote of 5-4 that capital punishment, as it is currently employed on the state and federal level, is unconstitutional. The majority held that, in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, the death penalty qualified as “cruel and unusual punishment,” primarily because states employed execution in “arbitrary and capricious ways,” especially in regard to race. It was the first time that the nation’s highest court had ruled against capital punishment. However, because the Supreme Court suggested new legislation that could make death sentences constitutional again, such as the development of standardized guidelines for juries that decide sentences, it was not an outright victory for opponents of the death penalty.

In 1976, with 66 percent of Americans still supporting capital punishment, the Supreme Court acknowledged progress made in jury guidelines and reinstated the death penalty under a “model of guided discretion.”

Learning extension

Read this article in The Economist about the death penalty in the US.

Action Extension

Poll 10 people about whether they favor or oppose the death penalty. Compare your data with general US data from the chart below and explain your opinion of these results in class or online.

Bonus Visuals