February 19th, 2008
07:16 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit polls: Economy still center stage

Residents wait in line to cast their votes in Cecil, Wisconsin.

Residents wait in line to cast their votes in Cecil, Wisconsin.

(CNN) - The state of the economy was the most important issue for primary voters in Wisconsin, continuing a trend that has been a constant since campaign season began. In early exit polls, 9 out of 10 Democratic voters Tuesday – and 6 in 10 Republicans - said the economy is struggling. A majority said foreign trade took jobs away from Wisconsin.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Exit Polls • Wisconsin
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Amy in Iowa

    We want our country to work for us. Not special interests. Sorry but the Clintons after NAFTA are a whole different couple. It is time for change.

    February 19, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Dana

    the economy and healthcare are the only things that matter this election season to most voters.

    February 19, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. SLO Bear

    Hafta think about NAFTA. Hopefully Wisconsin perceived that Obama holds the most valid economic hope for them.

    February 19, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Margee Wydra

    I just voted in our small town of 4500 in Wisconsin. The turn out is big.
    I am hoping Obama wins!

    February 19, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. tina

    this are the real life issues facing amereicans,and instead of sticking to them all we hear is "he copies,she copies"he said ,she said.
    accusation upon accusations,dirty politics and hatred.hillary has not impressed me at all,to think that i actually supported her makes me sick,its now clear she cant win without being negative.

    February 19, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Jenn, Berkley California

    After being told every other week how we’re just about to be killed and how we need to be so very afraid, Obama’s message is quite refreshing. One Hundred more years of this king of Fear Mongering if McCain is elected. (McCain’s wife [what’s her name?] comes across as so phony!) So even if Obama doesn’t get the nomination, please vote democrate. Our great Country just can’t take 8 MORE years of war, poverty, foreclosure, no health care or education, economy troubles, and the list goes on.

    February 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. JohnS

    This is exactly what anyone should expect in another Clinton administration. When will this "fighting" stop and focus given to "how to bring people TOGETHER to resolve our problems?"

    If Hillary and her supporters are solution seekers, they should find some solution to Obama's onslaught or movement, not words because words do not matter to the Clintons!!! Please Hillary, attack Obama's solutions, because you are the solutions guru, not Obama's words or where they come from!!!

    February 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. shelly

    If the economy is truly the number one issue for people in Wisconsin, then Hillary should win handly tonight. If the issues are truly whats important that is what will happen. Obamas plans will cost more money. Hillary, despite her plan for spending, has the experience and realizes she will not be able to fund all the programs she has set forth. She also has the political capital, is very well regarded in the senate, and will have the ability to negotiate what is best for America. Obama on the otherhand has nothing except the ability to become a baptist preacher. He sounds more like one every day. I hope Wisconsin people have done the right thing. Will they vote for the economy or become groupie members of the new rock band in town!

    February 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. kenneth Baxter

    If Clinton is elected , you will be electing the good ol'e boy network, that we have been trying to over come sense the 60's. it is time for a change, what do we have to lose a Bush like clone.

    February 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. WA Dem

    It's obvious.... The reason the economy is so bad is right in front of us. Everyone took out a second morgage to pay for the outragous gas prices.

    February 19, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. joe

    NAFTA?????????? What a deal.

    February 19, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. Mary Greer

    Alright....already......My goodness, it is about time we in America stop being so ticky about things that are not "MAJOR ISSUES"! I am as common a person as you can talk with...and I may say something I heard someone else say if it sounded good and I need to say it to make my point....let's stop grabbing straws....let's listen to the issues PLEASE!!!!!!
    We in the "everyday joe" world are sick of all the grand standing going on....Stop it already. Let's look for someone who will help us get our country back to some stable conditions...mentally and physically.

    February 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Jamie

    I think if Hilary Clinton wins, then Barack Obama should be Vice President. And if Barack wins, Hilary should be Vice President. You know, so either way we have two good people there. 😀

    February 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. carla

    Hillary's campaign managers need to tell her that she needs to stick to the important issues, and stop stupping to the others levels, and bashing her opponents. she needs to stand strong, and let these people know what she stands for and what she intends to do to fix this mess that bush has gotten us into. If she does that , she will prevail. I'm pulling for you WOMAN!!!!! Carla

    February 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. Grif

    Leadership over rules everything..

    February 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. Rivas

    I am so dissappointed in Hillary. She is sounding so petty and desperate by making an issue of Mr. Obama's use of another person's words. Where are her ethics? Didn't she want to change the rules regarding Michigan and Florida delegations after agreeing to abide by them? Stick to issues that matter to us, Hillary. Quit trying to take our eye off the ball. I was her fan but will NOT vote for her if she is the Democratic nominee. She is sinking so low. What does she think she is, a Republican?

    February 19, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. Christopher Hall

    Ok CNN, I understand that this is what you want to let voters know about. Let me tell you something. As for someone that hates mudslinging, CNN should be the last to talk about it. This has nothing to do with politics. CNN should be talking more about how since the time of the change in political campaign managers for Clinton camp, her campaign has drastically changed, for the worse. No longer is she talking to voters about what they want to hear, but rather trying to make herself look better by saying Obama is a copy cat. The worst part is, IT GETS COVERAGE. I understand that it is only in the business of entertaining the American public. We don't want to see this though, this is dirty politics, and your organization is helping promote it. Shame on you. It's sad that the most credible news source in the U.S. is publicizing this crap. There's better news out there. Go share it with others. Until then, take this off the site, it's useless. You know that, everybody knows that. Grow up and stop hurting democracy.

    February 19, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. Bob Jones

    It's about Scalia, stupid.

    Scalia can outlast a one-term presidency but probably not a two-term one. History suggests that JFK wasn't able to lead anyone anywhere and probably wouldn't have gotten re-elected. Charm and hope may get you a first term but experience, from day one, will get you a pair, and maybe a 45 year old centrist in Scalia's place.

    Bob Jones, Lexington, Kentucky

    February 19, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. Koshy

    When the founding fathers stipulated about the 2 term policy they probably had something!!! A family probably messes up when they are in the White House a 3rd term. Look at George Bush!! Shouldn't we learn from this and ignore the Clinton gambit too!!

    February 19, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. outahere

    The truth is that without Independants and Republicans Barak would be nowhere in this race. Here are the hardcore facts. First these Clinton bashers sound and are using the same rhetoric as republicans have been using for years. Second, there is no possible way on God'd green earth that this many Dems would do a 180 on Hillary in the short time of 2.5 months, and use the same tactics that repubs have used for years. Third, just look at the turnouts. The amount of increase does not reflect real world numbers. If these were all democrats, then where are all the republicans in these red states? What did they just drop off the face of the earth. Virgina is a red state, so there is no way all of those votes are democrats, the math dosen't add up. California was all Democrats voting, real world numbers. In Calif. voters were not allowed to switch. Just look at Idaho, Kansas, N. Dakota, etc. Just look at the REAL BLUE STATES, they were not allowed to crossover. Caucuses don't even reflect Democrats because the hours of operations are so limeted, most Dems have to work and can't get to these caucuses. I am one of them. My boss wouldn't let me off 3 hours early to vote, I am in a Red State. Fourth. While listening to Bill O'riely radio, a listener said him and a bunch of buddies went in to vote in Virgina. His buds all told him they were voting for Barak and he said that they were supposed to vote republican. The buds told him they are just doing until the general election. I have listened to Rush and Sean and Mike and Jerry Doyle for many years and they have always said they would do this. Fifth. Just look at what states allow voters to "Flip Over", those are the states where Barak did well. And states where a large Black population. That is the only way he got the momentum. In red states he could not get that much support in the real world from all of these repubs because he is much further left than Hillary, why would they vote for the furthest person from their own veiws? There is obviously no possible way he could win Pres, when all of these repubs and Ind move back over to McCain in november, he would not win any swing states, much less Red States. Just think about it, it is all math, please don't come back inresponse with some bogus denial excuses. Math does not lie.

    February 19, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. Preston

    Clinton is trying to swift boat Obama. You'd think a family who's been the victim of viscious attacks would have more character than to engage in them. She just made up my mind on how to vote and her tactic worked just the reverse of what she hoped.

    February 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. Michelle

    YEP - they can thank Mr. Clinton and the Billary team for NAFTA - this I think becomes a realy issue in these industrial states for Hillary . She supported it, and Bill will be back in the white house to convince her why it is good.

    February 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. CDR

    You know there's more on the plate to worry about than this nonsense! Looks like the Clinton camp is grasping for anything and desperation is sinking in..

    February 19, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Curt

    *cough* NAFTA *cough*

    February 19, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. lorin

    typical for obhma to steal some1 words or speech he stole mr. kings speech when he said my people we have arrived , what people was obhma talking about ? no one from the media called him on that remark , they were not his words , those were from a speach mr, king made, why cant he speack with his own words taht should show every1 what kind of presdient he would make, who s word will he use then ,i sick of this race being a afrcian amercuian woman i am ashamed how obhma is seperating the amercain people,we have come along way , for obhma to use the race card , for his own benfit because really he will forget all about the black vot wants he gets what he wants , and why isnt media calling him out is it because u are afraid of the naacp, i thought the media had a amendant for them selves, and this healthcare issue about heal insurance to be mandotory or we cant use the er if we get sick or having a heart attack and cant afford helth care, come the gov, is not giving nothing away do u know how high healh ins, is and that is if you dont have anything wrong with u i pay 785.00 for two people and that suppose to be cheap are u kidding me some 1 better get this together before were all left out in the cold ,homless and dead, with obhma issues why dont u all stop making a god, and a rock star out of thus man and get down to business , and get the new out i work with 400 other black peas and we all feel the same way were watching the media closely this is moe then a 1 man race there are other candiates, running we need someone in the media who is not afraid to ask the questions of all the candiates and report the facts

    February 19, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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