Exit poll: Economy the Big Dog for Worried Voters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Exit polling suggests voters are intensely worried about the future of the economy and unhappy with the way President Barack Obama and Congress have been running things.

According to preliminary exit poll results, a strong vein of disappointment ran throughout demographic groups, landing heavily
on Democrats.

The survey found that women split their House votes. Men favored Republican candidates.

The tea party made a splash in its first election. About four out of 10 voters endorsed the movement. While a majority of voters said the tea party was not a factor in their House vote.

Six out of 10 independent voters said they disapproved of the job President Barack Obama is doing.

Voters overall didn't hold a favorable view of either the Republican or Democratic parties and overwhelmingly, people surveyed were dissatisfied with the way the federal government is working.

The economy eclipsed all other issues. Almost everyone surveyed -- more than 80 percent -- expressed worry about the direction the economy will take over the next year.

(The preliminary results are from interviews that Edison
Research conducted for The Associated Press and television networks
with more than 12,800 voters nationwide.There is a margin of
sampling error of plus or minus 1 percentage points for the entire
sample, higher for subgroups.)

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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