It’s been 36 hours (or so) since we were all witnesses to the biggest political upset in presidential history. As President-elect Donald Trump and President Obama huddle in Washington on Thursday, and as the gears of the incoming government begin to grind in earnest, I’m still totally captivated by the “how” of this election. How did this happen and what can we learn about ourselves and the country as a result?

The best way to do that — still — is the exit poll, the national survey of voters that gives us a portrait of who we are and what we believe. As you might expect in an election this historic, there are lots and lots of remarkable — and remarkably contradictory — findings in the exits. My take-aways — offered only in the order I came up with them — are below. (A caveat: When you talk about slicing and dicing exit polls, you are, at times, dealing with very small numbers of actual people on which broad conclusions are based. Consider that as you go through these numbers.)

1. Trump won the white vote by a record margin
2. There was no surge of female voters
3. There was no surge of Latino voters
4. Education level mattered yugely in your vote choice
5. Trump did better with white evangelicals than Romney
6. Trump didn’t bring lots of new voters to the process
7. The economy was the big issue — and Clinton won it
8. This was a change election. And Trump was the change candidate
9. Obamacare was a wind beneath Trump’s wings
10. Trump’s personal image was and is horrible
11. Clinton’s email hurt her
12. This was a deeply pessimistic electorate
13. People didn’t think Trump lost the debates as badly

Source:   The Fix. Washington Post. November 10 at 10:52 AM.