It Was the Economy, Stupid

Voters didn't trust Democrats to turn fortunes around
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2010 2:50 AM CDT
Poll worker Bob McGarity holds "I Voted" stickers to give to voters exiting a polling place in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – Those who went to the polls cared about the economy and President Obama's handling of it, not witchcraft, masturbation, or college pranks, exit polls show. More than 60% of voters polled said the economy was the country's top problem and more than 90% said they were worried about its condition over the next year, according to AP. Most voters who named the economy as America's leading problem voted Republican in House races.

Some two-thirds of those who turned up to vote labeled themselves conservatives. New voters, who made up around a tenth of the electorate in 2008, were scarce this time around, and turnout was down among blacks and young voters. "Democrats should have run a more populist campaign,” Democratic pollster Brad Bannon told Politico, noting that exit polls show that "more voters blame Wall Street than President Obama for the nation's economic problems." (Read more US economy stories.)

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