March 4th, 2008
06:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit Polls: Economy top issue for Ohio, Texas Democrats

Voters cast their ballots in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Voters cast their ballots in Bowling Green, Ohio.

NEW YORK (CNN) – The economy ranked as the most important issue on the minds of Texans and Ohioans Tuesday, but Democratic voters in these two critical presidential primary states differed when it came to the issue of U.S. trade with other countries.

Eighty-one percent of Ohio Democratic voters said U.S. trade led to the loss of jobs, while 58 percent of Texans held the same view.

Iraq and healthcare also ranked as top issues for Democratic voters in each state. Nineteen percent of Ohio Democrats ranked healthcare as the most important issue, while 18 percent thought that Iraq was the top issue. In Texas, 26 percent of Democratic voters said Iraq was the top issue, followed by 22 percent who thought health care was the number one issue.

Related: CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports on the Democratic fight for Texas

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Filed under: Texas
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Jeanine G

    My son and I placed our Ohio votes for OBAMA this morning. 40 people I worked with for nearly 10 years lost their jobs last thursday when our "Fortune 500" top listed company" call center was closed and moved to India. More Ohio jobs lost to the Clinton NAFTA legacy.

    March 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Lana; FORMER lifelong liberal democrat

    Best candidate for the economy(and everything else).............LOU DOBBS for President!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Chris Custer

    Yes, and hopefully that should favor Clinton who wants to get started fixing the economy right away. If they are restless, they will want to vote in someone on only the merit of his speech writers. They know Hillary has a plan and will get started with it right away, where as Obama's economic plan is lifted straight from hers, but without knowing exactly how to execute it.

    March 4, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. dylan

    To deena

    Apparently u are saying that hillary is the best but the only things you have to say about her is that shes a "advanced thinker and doer". Yet you say that barrack has great crudentials but does not have enough experience because he's only been in the senate for 2 years. I would like to inform you that being a senator is not the onlything that counts. if you would do your research you would clearly see that he has done plenty of things to help this country. He is the man that did not take a 6 figure job as a lawyer after graduating harvard but he went to small towns where he helped the people and cities. From what i hear you saying it sounds like you are only voting for hillary because she is a woman. please do reply......

    March 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Greg

    It doesn't surprise me that the older generation is voting for Clinton, they have seen alot of Presidents come and go, I feel they are much wiser then the younger generation. GO HILLARY

    March 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. Nduna

    I live in the UK and i am following these elections with so much interest for the first time. I just hope the Americans will do the right thing and bring Obama to the white house. Here is an intelligent man and is going to make informed decisions for the Americans collectively. Go OBAMA Go.

    March 4, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. dylan

    If anyone else has the urge to try and deffend hillary please try........

    March 4, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. care

    Someone from Michigan said Michigan's for Hillary.
    Michigan's for Hillary – NOT!!!
    Obama rules! He has all the qualities that we need as a leader. I would love to see a woman as president – just not Hillary. I WILL vote for whoever the Democratic nominee is.

    March 4, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Donna, Antioch TN

    It is not because we are against Obama that Hillary's supporters may not vote for him if he is the nominee – it is the bad way in which the men of the party in high places started calling for her to drop out on Sunday – that is absolutely the most undemocratic thing I have ever heard. In other words, we do not need to hear from the rest of America on who they want to be the nominee just who got the most first. We women are sorely disappointed in our party.

    March 4, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Crystal

    If you back Obama then please enlighten me on his credentials because I just don't see anything that qualifies him to be president, he's been a Senator for 2 yrs and how much time has he spent in that office doing his job????? he's been on the road running for president that entire time.

    March 4, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Gigi

    I have been reading the entries in this discussion and could find everything rather confusing if I didn't see the futalness of it all. It really doesn't matter who is elected . . . he or she will not be able to accomplish a thing unless they can get a better Congress to work with.
    I find it laughable that Sen. Obama talks about being all knowing when it came to the Iraq War. He didn't have a vote in all that so how can he be so high and mighty about it. I, too, was against it from the gitgo so I guess I'm at least as smart as Obama. I imagine there are a lot of people in the US that can claim the same thing.

    March 4, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. derry

    More shall be revealed with Barack. People pleaser. what in the world was he thinking discussing NAFTA with the Canadian govt behind our backs. He should just told us what he was thinking or doing. Instead, he tried to cover it up. I hope the word got out in OHIO. More shall be revealed............

    March 4, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. Bob G

    why is CNN saying only 1% of Texas [precincts are reporting when they have 780,000 texas votes counted. That is probalby 15% or more

    March 4, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Vig

    Echo's of a Clinton win – "it's the economy, stupid".

    March 4, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Jim

    For all the Hillary hating Obama lovers look at the record. When Obama had a chance to do the right think (not just giving nice speeches) he sided with the Bush-Cheny and the special interests. He voted for the Bush-Cheney Energy Act of 2005. Hillary voted no! She stood up against Bush-Cheney and the special intersts. Obama talks and Hillary acts. What's up with that?? Go Hillary!!

    March 4, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. Richard from Detroit and Dearborn

    Hey " CARE" this is not a Ted Nugget concert " DUDE".You just CUT UP your OWN comment my MAN!!!!If Hillary comes out as the Democratic nominee than YOU HAVE TO VOTE FOR HER , because that is what you said WHOEVER THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE IS YOU WILL CAST YOUR VOTE FOR.If not than you are a bad liar or have some mental issues

    March 4, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Margie Miller


    It's good that you actually looked at the records of the candidates. That is how decisions on our votes should be made...not on our emotions.

    March 4, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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