Economy Tops Again in Early Exit Polls
By Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta
The economy is issue number one among Democratic voters in both Ohio and Texas, according to preliminary network exit polls. In Ohio, nearly six in 10 voters called it tops; if that holds in the final data it would be the highest of any state that has held a Democratic primary contest so far.
Nearly all Ohio Democratic voters, more than nine in 10, said the national economy is in "not so good" or "poor" shape. In Texas, more than eight in 10 rated the economy negatively. In Ohio, more than eight in 10 said trade deals on average take jobs away from people in their state; nearly six in 10 Texas voters agreed.
"Change" is the most desired attribute for Ohio and Texas Democratic voters, just as it's been in each contest so far.
In Texas, Hispanic turnout was up from 2004, when Latino voters made up about a quarter of all Democratic primary voters. Union members currently make up a smaller share of the Ohio electorate than they did four years ago.
In both states, more voters say Clinton has offered clear and detailed plans to solve the country's problems than said so about Obama. But voters were also more likely to say Clinton has attacked Obama unfairly.
On the GOP side, the economy again took center stage in Ohio. In Texas, by contrast, the economy was challenged for top issue by the war in Iraq and terrorism, with immigration not far behind.
Texas Republican voters were among the least likely of any GOP electorate to say all illegal immigrants should be deported.
A candidate who "shares my values" was the most frequently cited candidate quality among voters in both states. More than four in 10 in both states said McCain's positions on the issues are not conservative for them, about the same as in the other post-Super Tuesday states where voters were asked the question.
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March 4, 2008; 5:43 PM ET
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