Exit poll: Jobs, economy on voters' minds

November 2, 2010 5:36:14 PM PDT
The issues of jobs and the economy are weighing on the minds of voters Tuesday, according to exit polling.

The results of exit polling of just over 600 Illinois voters show a majority, 69-percent, feel the economy is the most important issue facing the country right now. That's followed by health care, the war in Afghanistan and illegal immigration.

Of a sample of 500 voters, 89-percent in Illinois say they were worried about the direction of the nation's economy in the next year.

On the issue of jobs, 370 Illinois voters were asked if anyone in your household has lost a job or been laid off in the last two years. Forty-one-percent said 'yes' and 57-percent 'no.'

And many election watchers say this election will be viewed as a referendum on the first two years of President Obama's administration. Just over 800 Illinois voters were asked if they approved the way President Obama is handling his job a president; 51-percent say 'yes' while 48-percent disapproved.

This national election pool exit poll was conducted by Edison Research. Voters were questioned at 45 Illinois polling places.

Pool members that helped prepare the questionnaire include ABC, AP, CBS, CNN, Fox and NBC.

ABC7 will have more results later Tuesday night.


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