The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 6, 2012

Iowa exit poll: Economy is top concern


Associated Press

DES MOINES — ECONOMY IS TOP CONCERN

More than half of Iowa voters said the economy is the top issue facing the country. The federal budget deficit was the top issue for about one-fifth of voters, the second-biggest group. Rising prices were the biggest economic issue for almost half of voters. About a quarter saw unemployment as the top issue, and about one in five saw taxes as the top issue.

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ARE THINGS GETTING BETTER?

By a two-to-one ratio, Iowa voters said the condition of the nation’s economy is “not so good” or “poor.” They were about evenly divided between whether the economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying the same.

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ROLE OF GOVERNMENT

A big majority of Iowa voters said the government is doing too many things that are better left to businesses and individuals.

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UNDECIDED? NOT HERE

Some two-thirds of Iowa voters say they decided who to vote for before September.

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The survey of 2,552 Iowa voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 45 precincts statewide Tuesday, as well as 502 who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 26 through Nov. 3. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

Online: http://surveys.ap.org/exitpolls