Voters had a lot on their minds

What was on voters' minds when they went to the voting booths in the general election?

Quite a bit, according to exit surveys.

According to an Edison research poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks, voters on Tuesday were concerned about higher prices and low employment. Three out of five didn't see the U.S. economy getting better, saying it was stagnant or worsening. More than three-quarters of the voters -- 77 percent -- saw the economy as not so good or poor.

Most -- about 60 percent -- saw the economy as the biggest issue. The biggest economic concern for two out of every five was unemployment, just edging out the percentage who saw increasing prices as the main problem.

A breakdown by the AP Tuesday showed that the next highest concern after the economy was health care at 17 percent, followed by the deficit at 15 percent. About 4 percent saw foreign policy as a top concern.

Who's responsible for the economic problems being faced by America was not as clear. Nearly half blamed it on former President George W. Bush while about 40 percent said it was President Barack Obama's fault. Meanwhile, Obama's most ardent supporters numbered about one-fourth, with about the same percentage angry with his administration.

The perception that the voters had of Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney was interesting. About 50 percent thought Romney's policies favored the rich, while only about 10 percent felt that way about Obama. About 40 percent thought Obama's policies help the middle class with nearly the same percentage saying his policies helped the poor.

Some other findings broken out by AP:

-- About 60 percent said taxes should be raised, with less than half saying they should be raised on those making $250,000 or more. A third said no taxes should be raised and few -- just over 14 percent -- said everybody should pay higher taxes.

-- Half wanted part or all of the Affordable Care Act to be repealed, while 43 percent wanted it kept intact or expanded.

-- About 30 percent of voters said most illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be deported. A little less than two-thirds said working illegal aliens should have a chance to apply for legal status.

Voters had a lot on their minds when they made their decisions Tuesday and in early voting, but when it gets down to it, they confirmed an old adage -- the biggest concern always comes down to financial security.


ittybittyme 2 years, 11 months ago

Can't have healthcare if there is an ever expanding deficit...there will be no money to pay for it.


Sister_Ruby 2 years, 11 months ago

They had a lot on their minds except that they weren't thinking very clearly........


alleebrin 2 years, 11 months ago

How can voters think clearly when their heads are in the sand? lol All they could think about was, Where can I get another handout? Most of them don't want jobs. Too bad!


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