Economy No. 1 Issue for 62% of Voters

By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2008 7:00 PM CST
Voters cast their ballots at Luther Jones Elementary School in Corpus Christi, Texas on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/The Caller-Times, Rachel Denny Clow)
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(Newser) – The economy is the top issue for voters, today's exit polling confirmed, with 62%  of those interviewed saying it was their No. 1 priority. Iraq was most important to 10%, and terrorism and health care were each named by 9%. For those most concerned with the economy, CNN said, more supported Barack Obama than John McCain. Nine out of 10 of voters interviewed said economic conditions in the country are “not so good” or “poor," MSNBC reports

In other results, 51% said they believe government could be doing more to fix the problems of the country; 43%  said less. More voters said they were scared of a potential McCain presidency than an Obama win—30% to 23%, Huffington Post reports. And reflecting the extraordinary Obama ground campaign, fully 27% of voters said that they had been contacted by the campaign. Seven in 10 voters disapprove of Bush's performance, but only half say McCain would continue Bush's policies.
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