Not a huge surprise here: Initial results from the AP's exit poll show that six out of 10 voters feel the economy is the No. 1 issue facing the US today. That's basically unchanged from 2008, when 62% of voters said the same thing. Other preliminary findings:
- Which issues also made the list? Health care (18%), the deficit (15%), foreign policy (4%).
- So if the economy is the biggest issue, what's the biggest economic problem voters are grappling with? Almost 40% said unemployment, and nearly the same amount said rising prices. Taxes and housing joined the list, though they lagged far behind.
- About 50% of voters place more blame for the country's economic state on George W. Bush than President Obama.
- Which candidate do voters think is more in touch with "people like them?" Obama takes that one, 52% to 44%.
- So what candidate quality mattered most as voters cast their ballot? Just under one-third cited vision for the future; about the same number said sharing their values.
- Just under 50% of voters would like to see all or part of ObamaCare repealed; 43% would like it to stand, or even be expanded.
- Only 30% of voters want to see illegal immigrants working in the US deported. Nearly two-thirds said such people should be offered a chance to apply for legal status.