Economy No. 1 Concern for 60% of Voters

Americans generally split on ObamaCare

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 6, 2012 4:49 PM CST

(Newser) – 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  • Just under 50% of voters would like to see all or part of ObamaCare repealed; 43% would like it to stand, or even be expanded.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.

Voters wait in line Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
A line extends down a hallways at Greenbrier Middle School Tuesday morning, Nov. 6, 2012 in Chesapeake, Va., wherre only two laptops were checking in voters.   (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Veronica Gonzalez)
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