Exit polls show economy number one election issue (update: Obama up)
The media has behaved itself this election with a self imposed 5pm embargo on exit polls. Those results are now slowly coming out (well update the post if we get more data).
According to AP, the polls found six in 10 voters name the economy as the top issue, and none of the other issues – energy, Iraq, terrorism or health care – was picked by more than one in 10. Half of voters said the economy was poor and nearly all the rest said it was not good. Half of voters are very worried the economic crisis will harm their family’s finances and a third were somewhat worried. More than half oppose the $700 billion government bail-out plan. Two-thirds of voters were worried about being able to afford health care.
CBS notes that “President Bush may have been an albatross Senator McCain couldn’t overcome. Over 70 percent of voters said they disapprove of the job President Bush is doing. But voters are even more disillusioned with Congress. The disapproval rating for Congress stood at 73 percent.”
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UPDATE: more data released, according to the polls, Obama is up in Pennsylvania, Virgina, Ohio and Florida, but behind in North Carolina.
UPDATE 2: Full numbers via Huffpost
The states looking good for Obama:
Florida: 52 percent to 44 percent
Iowa: 52 percent to 48 percent
Missouri: 52 percent to 48 percent
North Carolina: 52 percent to 48 percent
New Hampshire: 57 percent to 43 percent
Nevada: 55 percent to 45 percent
Pennsylvania: 57 percent to 42 percent
Ohio: 54 percent to 45 percent
Wisconsin: 58 percent to 42 percent
Indiana: 52 percent to 48 percent
New Mexico: 56 percent to 43 percent
Minnesota: 60 percent to 39 percent
Michigan: 60 percent to 39 percent
The states where McCain is leading in exit polls:
Georgia: 51 percent to 47 percent
West Virginia: 45 percent to 55 percent