Some early exit poll data
Washington Post polling director Jon Cohen got an early snapshot of the electorate in New Jersey and Virginia this evening from exit polls, and here's what he passed on that we can report:
Economy and jobs top the issue lists in both Virginia and New Jersey (but not as overwhelmingly as it did in 2008), with property taxes a close No. 2 in New Jersey and health care in a distant second place in Virginia.
In the early numbers, younger (under 30) voters make up a smaller share of the electorate this year than they did last November. The percentage of African Americans among all Virginia voters is down a bit at this stage compared with a year ago, but in New Jersey it's currently up from the last go-round. (However, the proportions in Virginia are similar to the 2006 Senate race and the 1997 race for governor).
Majorities in both states say President Obama was not a factor in their choice for governor. Obama is running above 50 percent approval in both states.
More than eight in 10 voters say they made up their minds about how to vote at least a week ago.
Most in Virginia say McDonnell's graduate school thesis had no effect on their vote.
November 3, 2009; 7:00 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009 , Polls , Sandhya Somashekhar
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