March 11th, 2008
08:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit Polls: Economy top issue for Mississippi Democrats

(CNN) - Voters in Mississippi identified the economy as the number one concern Tuesday.

According to early CNN exit poll estimates, 56 percent of voters said the troubled economy was the biggest issue in deciding their vote. Fifty-four percent of those Mississippi residents cast their ballot for Sen. Barack Obama, 45 percent for Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Iraq and health care also registered as top issues for voters. Twenty-one percent thought the war in Iraq was the most critical issue facing the country, while another 21 percent felt that fixing nation's health care system was their number one concern.

–CNN's Emily Sherman

Filed under: Exit Polls • Mississippi
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. deb in az

    so all you folks for change on the obama band wagon...........what is barack obamas economic plan to change america??????? how much will it cost the american people?? did the people of ms get to hear this plan? this is a very poor state, and just so that you know that we should send tons of money to take care of this state vs sending it to other countries....these people are very poor on the ms river

    March 11, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. george jetson



    March 11, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. Sad connection

    This blog CNN mediates only lets people say something bad, racist or sexist towards the opposite candiate. They would like blood bath it seems. Let the controversy end and start posting comments from all points of view and stop making this so Racial!!!!

    This is my Third attempt and I will be surprised it they allow it to show

    March 11, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Electress

    Where's Obama tonight? Why didn't he stay over to thank his
    voters? Oh, I guess like the Black Union Conference in New Orleans, he's too busy, moving on!

    March 11, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Mike in NYC

    Deborah said:


    I have no problem with identity politics. They're the only kind that make any sense. Blacks have every right to vote for Obama because he's black. Strangely, it's also the reason most of his white supporters are voting for him, too.

    Race is the 10,000 lb. elephant in the room that won't go away, no matter how dearly people wish it would.

    March 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. Neutral

    hm. What is Hillary running on the basis of? Her philandering husband.

    March 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. UMAR..M

    if Imaricans wants Bush to be thier leader for third term then the best choice will be Clinton not Mc Cain.

    March 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Thom

    Again he takes a small state and they split the delegates......ho hum. The one with the most popular vote in 2000 (by over a million) did not win the White house as we all know. It was the one who took all the big states, one way or another....... If Ms Clinton pulls out Penn and Fl and MI get counted.......... we're all tied up again......... I think we are far from over people.

    March 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. D Dawson

    The economy is heading in the wrong direction, outsourcing our military defense and losing our technolgy advantage proves that all free trade let the market decide everything people are complete morons.

    March 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. opportunist

    america is far to intelligent to make this presidential campaign about the black and white vote; because if they do they could very well be blindsided by the latino vote "hello"!!! If this happens we could be looking at the same nightmare economy that were stuck in now with the recession on the horizon with Mcain running us into the gutter. ferraro is just looking to inject her lame opinions into the fray but who cares what she thinks; she had her shot and we said see ya!!!!

    March 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. UMAR..M

    If Amaricans wants Bush to be thier leader for third term then the best choice will be Clinton not Mc Cain

    March 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Anna Jones

    As I was reading some of the above comments, I almost forgot that I was reading CNN and its coverage on American politics. Why would such a great nation be so behind in its views and equality of women and individuals of all races? Also, I would like to understand the logic of how a woman is responsible for her husband's infidelity. Shouldn't the man be responsible for his own actions? People should start takgin responsibility for their own actions and/or decisions. Where would man be without a woman?

    March 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. MS VIV

    GO OBAMA!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. Robin

    Enjoy the wins while you can. Most of the states he won are republican states. People are voting for him, because they know McCain will get all those votes in the general election. you all just fell right into the trap. talk about bamboozled, hoodwinked, you are doing it to yourselves. All obama can do is whine about Hillary..wah wah...Hillary said this...Hillary said that....who is he going to whine to when things get tough in the White House? He has done nothing in the senate, what makes you think he can accomplish something in the White House? he is a wimpy, whiey, no substance, that is full of vanity.

    March 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. Ricky kerr

    Now let's be honest and realistic. I think that both Voters are very ectible indeed and there is no question or doubt that Clinton has an overwhelming experience as she has been in a congress and seved as Bill clinton's spouse. However Obama is a fresh host and positive candfidate and matches the american people's craviness for a change. I think that if clinton wnis the nomination, Jonh mcain will surely the presidential election. But it will be head to head if barrack faces John Mcain. Better for the Democracts, vote Obama

    March 11, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. Twin


    March 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  17. Republican Mike

    Congrats to Obama. Looks Like he is going to get the nod. I say it is time form some new blood in the white house, and should Obama be that nom inee for the democrats....i will vote for him. He sure as heck fire can't be any worse than Bushy and I don't believe Chelbillary are going to act in the little guys interests. Not that Obama will....but he will certainly be under alot of scrutiny to get some things done. McCain? I will leave this country and immigrate to Mexico or something if he wins the GE. Ain't no way will I allow anymore of my money or my children gone to the land of sand to fight for Richie Riches Oil War.

    March 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. Ruth

    You are all naive to think that race is not in this election. It could just as well be OJ running against Hilary,& the african americans would vote for him. Why did you call the Mississippi primary after 27 minutes, if it wasn't for the supposed black vote there???

    March 11, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  19. election by media

    exactly WHAT part of Ferrarro's statement was wrong or a lie?
    Read this very cnn page and see how many times barack is referred to as the "black presidential candidate."

    look at any news program and count how many times Obama's Race is brought up with regard to his run for president.

    dont be duped and go along with this cry baby.
    every time you look at him he wants to burst out into tears?
    who needs this whineing?

    face some issues.
    address the problems in your grandmother's home, KENYA!


    March 11, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Beth

    Come on people, let's be realistic, Obama is getting black votes because he is black and Hillary is getting votes because she is a woman, so what? Yes, I'm not afraid to say it, so what? People have a natural tendency to vote for who they relate with the most. The fact that black people can be so overly sensitive is ridiculous.

    The thing that I don't like is the bias that CNN has so obviously shown toward Obama. I have seen them repeatedly cutting off people who speak on Hillary's behalf. I have also seen their slight comments on Obama's behalf. I have been watching more Headline News because I have not witnessed near the bias as I have seen on CNN.

    March 11, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. B. Smart

    . . . . . . .Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush Clinton, Nafta, job loss. How many
    FOR SALE signs can we count on in yards. Gee, years of experience and a screwed up country. Time for change.

    OBAMA 08.

    March 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  22. Deb IL

    Again, the exit polls say the top issue is the economy. However, the actual votes don't add up that way. It makes no sense to say the economy is your top concern and then vote for someone with so little national experience, let alone economic experience. These exit poll questions are just a joke.

    March 11, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. Shana

    Could someone please tell me what significant experience Hillary Clinton has? I researched this and could not find that she has any experience that is superior to that of her opponent. Thank you.


    March 11, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  24. KGib

    I am black and voted for Obama because I want change, not because of his skin color. I am impacted by the economy as other Americans are. I am fed up with the aisle-splitting in Washington, the lies and misrepresentation.

    The former first lady mud slinging campaign is a reminder of politics as usual. One week she is nice. The next week she is being mistreated by the media. Then "shame on you" comment. Then she comes out quoting comments from a foreign government. With all of her experience, one would expect her to reject interference from another country in the US election process. She has used the scar tactic. I hope most voters know the president is not along in the White House at 3:00 a.m. during a crisis. There are all kinds of briefings and recommendations on possible appropriate actions. It is important what decision the president makes after receiving the facts.
    Last week she and McCain were the only quilified candidates. By the weekend Obama qualified to be her VP. This week one of her top finance officer says Obama is only winning because he is not white. If the DNC doesn't step in and stop this party destruction, McCain will win by a landslide. There will be four more years of the Bush policies!

    March 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. Patricia H - Las Vegas

    Are people looking at how the Clinton campaign spends their money? She spends like there is no tomorrow on expensive hotel bills (check out what they spent in Las Vegas!), flowers, lavish food spreads, etc. I think if we are worried about our economy we would look at the candidate that manages their money better, and that would NOT be the Clinton campaign.

    March 11, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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