COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - President Barack Obama's decision to bailout the auto industry and his backing from blue collar workers in Ohio has helped him win a victory in the crucial swing state Tuesday.
Exit polls for The Associated Press and television networks find that most of Ohio's voters say they were in favor of coming to the aid General Motors and Chrysler and three-fourths threw their support behind the president.
Voters in union households and Ohioans who had not gone beyond high school were solidly behind Obama. Those who continued their education beyond high school split their vote evenly between Republican Mitt Romney and the president.
Obama won Ohio despite less support from independent voters.
His popularity dipped slightly among white working class voters but not enough to cost him.
The survey of 3,754 Ohio voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 50 precincts statewide Tuesday, as well as 504 who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 26 through Nov. 3. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3%age points; it is higher for subgroups.
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