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Reading the National Exit Poll

The first data of today's election has emerged in the form of the national exit poll.

The news? No surprises.

President George W. Bush remains strikingly unpopular among broad swaths of voters today with just 27 percent approving of the job he is doing. Of the 71 percent who disapproved of the job he is doing, 52 percent disapprove strongly.

Only one in five voters said they believe the country is headed in the right direction while a whopping 76 percent believe it is off on the wrong track.

Those two numbers -- Bush job approval and right track/wrong direction -- illustrate the massive challenge facing John McCain and downballot candidates with an "R" after their names.

On issues, more than six in ten voters said the economy was the most important issue in their vote with Iraq (10 percent) the only other issue to crack double digits. The economy has long been the preeminent issue in the race but the financial crisis that has gripped the country over the past two months has increased the focus on the issue.

The electoral atmosphere is then almost exactly what we expected it to be.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 5:55 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Who among us would have thought that Jeremiah Wright could help Obama in this election? That appears to be the case in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia in particular. Huge turnout in black precincts is thought to be spurred on by the sinister ads run by the state republican party condemning Obama for his association with the radical preacher.
Dirty ads backfire sometimes. It couldn't have happened at a better time.
Posted by: seemstome | November 4, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse
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Poking someone with a stick is never a good idea. The way the ad;s were run in Florida was horrible. They were not done in an informational way IE. "Did you know etc" They done in a way that angered.

Posted by: popasmoke | November 4, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Who among us would have thought that Jeremiah Wright could help Obama in this election? That appears to be the case in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia in particular. Huge turnout in black precincts is thought to be spurred on by the sinister ads run by the state republican party condemning Obama for his association with the radical preacher.
Dirty ads backfire sometimes. It couldn't have happened at a better time.

Posted by: seemstome | November 4, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Uhh, Chris....

I ALREADY KNOW NOBODY LIKES BUSH. WHERE THE HELL ARE THE EXIT POLL NUMBERS TELLING WHO THE PEOPLE ARE VOTING FOR?

Posted by: FayeKane_HomelessSmartypants | November 4, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

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