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Pa. exit poll: Many say economy is biggest issue

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 6, 2012 7:29 PM
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Preliminary results on Pennsylvania voters in Tuesday's elections, according to an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press:

IT'S STILL THE ECONOMY

Pennsylvania voters went to the polls with the economy on their minds. Six in 10 called the economy their top issue, far outpacing the two in 10 citing health care or one in eight calling the deficit their top concern. The economy was also the top issue for state voters four years ago.

CANDIDATE QUALITIES

About three in 10 voters said they wanted a candidate who shared their values, and about the same percentage said they sought a president with a vision for the future. About one in five said they were seeking a strong leader or someone who cares about people like them.

BETTER OFF THAN FOUR YEARS AGO?

Just one in five voters said they are better off today than they were four years ago, and four in 10 said the economy was improving. Still, a third of voters said it was getting worse and one in five called the economy bad and stagnant.

JOBS AND RISING PRICES

About a third of voters cited rising prices as the biggest economic problem facing people like them. A slightly higher percentage — nearly two in five — said unemployment was the most important issue. About one in five cited taxes.

HEALTH CARE

Voters were about evenly split on the 2010 health care law, with about half saying it should be expanded or left as is, and the other half saying some or all of it should be repealed.

GOVERNMENT'S ROLE

Just over half of voters said government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals. About two in five said government should be doing more to solve problems.

The preliminary exit poll of 1,670 Pennsylvania voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 45 precincts statewide. Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

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