Donald Trump handily won the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9.
The business mogul pointed to the wide range of demographic support in the state as evidence that he would be a unifying force for the GOP, CNN reported.
An exit poll conducted during the New Hampshire caucus indicated that Trump had a broad appeal. Out of the Republican presidential candidates, Trump did best among both men and women, voters younger than 64, and voters with or without a college degree.
Trump’s appeal among Republican voters crossed ideological boundaries as well. He prevailed over his competition among conservatives and moderates, first-time voters, registered voters and the undeclared.
Sixty-one percent of the respondents said Trump was their favorite “outside the establishment” candidate. Six percent of respondents said he was their favorite “experienced in politics” candidate, even though the business mogul has never run for political office before.
Overall, Trump won the Republican caucus with 35 percent of the vote. In second place was Ohio Gov. John Kasich with a distant 16 percent.
“I was so happy,” Trump told CNN after seeing the results. “I just looked at your report, and it was right across the board … with men, with women, with young, with old, with, you know, everything. To win every single category was, perhaps, the greatest honor of all … it’s a great feeling to know that it’s been that big of a victory.”
While Trump did well across the conservative board in New Hampshire, he will need to work on his appeal beyond the party if he is to win the general election, according to results from other recent polls.
In a Feb. 2-3 Public Policy Polling survey, Trump had a 30 percent approval rating nationwide, with 63 percent of respondents disapproving and 7 percent being undecided. That is a net positive rating of -33 points.
For comparison, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a net positive rating of -11 points.
A Feb. 3-4 YouGov/Economist poll showed Trump with a net positive rating of -26. While 18 percent of respondents had a “very favorable” opinion of the business mogul and 17 percent had a “somewhat favorable” opinion, a whopping 49 percent had a “very unfavorable” opinion and another 12 percent had a “somewhat favorable” opinion of him.
Trump did well within the Republican party and shared a split among white voters, but he had abysmal ratings among Democrats, with little love from racial minorities.