Back To Career News

Who Will Be President? Part 3 – Nominee Support by Education Level, Updated

See all our election coverage here.

Does your gender, salary, job title, education, or industry influence your political choices? For this latest report in our Election Coverage series, PayScale surveyed 17,227 users between August 5, 2016 and August 25, 2016 to see how they’re casting their vote. Be sure to come back to view our collection of election stats and infographics–which we’ll update regularly leading up to Nov. 8–and definitely get out and vote!

Of the 17,227 respondents surveyed between August 5 and August 25, 38 percent reported being registered Democrats, 32 percent reported being registered Republicans, and 30 percent reported being Independent.

Do You Know What You're Worth?

This updated interactive graph shows how PayScale users intend to vote overall and by party affiliation. This graph reflects the freshest data we have available, and includes some slight changes to the overall numbers when compared to the figures and graph we published on Monday, August 29.

Changes to the overall numbers since Monday, August 29:

  • Overall support for Clinton / Kaine decreased by one percentage point (down from 33 percent to 32 percent), while the overall percentage of undecided voters rose by one point (up from 24 percent to 25 percent).
  • Registered Democratic support for Trump / Pence dropped by 1 percentage point (down from 4 percent to 3 percent), while the percentage of undecided registered Democratic voters rose by 1 point (up from 13 percent to 14 percent).
  • Independent voter support for Clinton / Kaine dropped by 1 percentage point (down from 26 percent to 25 percent), while Independent voter support for Trump / Pence rose by 1 percentage point (up from 10 percent to 11 percent).

Interesting takeaways:

  • Respondents who have attained only a high school degree or associate degree are more likely to vote for Trump / Pence than Clinton / Kaine, while respondents who have attained a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree are substantially more likely to support Clinton / Kaine than Trump / Pence.
  • Respondents who have attained a master’s degree or doctoral degree are at least twice as likely to support Clinton / Kaine over Trump / Pence than respondents who have attained only a high school degree or associate degree.
  • Respondents who have attained a bachelor’s degree are more than twice as likely to support Clinton / Kaine than they are to support Trump / Pence.
  • Respondents who have attained a doctoral degree are almost four times more likely to support Clinton / Kaine than they are to support Trump / Pence.
Respondents who have attained only a high school or associate degree are more likely to vote Trump.Click To Tweet

Come back regularly for more election posts with updated data and additional information; we’ll be breaking down how our users intend to vote leading up to Election Day! And see all our election coverage here.

Tell Us What You Think

Thoughts on how our users’ gender, salary, job title, education level, or industry might influence their political choices in the election? If so, share your thoughts with our community on Twitter. You can also leave your story below in the comments section.


What Am I Worth?

What your skills are worth in the job market is constantly changing.