November 4th, 2008
06:10 PM ET
6 years ago

First exit polls in

(CNN) - The first exit polls out Tuesday reflect what voters have said all along: The economy is by far the top issue on their minds.

Sixty-two percent of voters said the economy was the most important issue. Iraq was the most important for 10 percent, and terrorism and health care were each the top issue for 9 percent of voters.

The economy has dominated the last leg of the campaign trail as Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain have tried to convince voters that they are the best candidate to handle the financial crisis.


Filed under: Exit Polls
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Rob Johnson

    "Sixty-two percent of voters said the economy was the most important issue."

    Exit polls aren't always reliable, but if this is even in the ballpark, it is going to be a LONG night for McCain and the Republican Party.

    November 4, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. Barbara in NC

    President Obama – yaaaaaaaay

    Vice President Biden – yaaaaaaay

    Buhbye pitbull.

    November 4, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. S. Boatman

    Congrats On Your Landslide Victory PRESIDENT OBAMA!

    November 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Zeppo

    Once Obama is the President-elect will the media take the gloves off?

    November 4, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Lucy

    Go Obama! You have done so much for us already. Let's change the world!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    November 4, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Before election day McCain was saying: "the mac is back", after the elction it might be "the mac got whacked"

    November 4, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Lisa

    I can't wait until they finally declare Obama the winner!

    November 4, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Susan

    Yes, we need to get our economy strong again.

    November 4, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Anthony

    This is such a powerful day in our history. There is just something about election day that brings out such unity of people regardless of your race or gender.

    November 4, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Jorge in Wisconsin

    OMG!!! im soooo excited! FOR THIS DAY!!!!!!

    all I can shout is "NO MORE BUSH! NO MORE BUSH"
    its like surviving 8yrs in HELL and the angels coming to our Rescue!!!

    American was punished!!! but we did our time and now its:
    NO MORE BUSH!!! NO MORE BUSH!!! NO MORE BUSH!!!
    NO MORE BUSH!!! NO MORE BUSH!!! NO MORE BUSH!!!
    NO MORE BUSH!!! NO MORE BUSH!!! NO MORE BUSH!!!
    NO MORE BUSH!!! NO MORE BUSH!!! NO MORE BUSH!!!
    NO MORE BUSH!!! NO MORE BUSH!!! NO MORE BUSH!!!

    November 4, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. In God's Hands

    We cannot expect ANY man to fix the problems this country has. Not Obama, and not McCain. The only one who can set this country and this world in order is GOD. We must put our faith and hope in Him if we want things to change.

    Regardless of what happens today, God's will, will be done and I take comfort in knowing that.

    God bless you all!

    November 4, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. WOWWOW

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    November 4, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. SeriouslyGoodVibes

    The economy being tops as an issue by a huge amount is by far the most significant "exit poll" datapoint.

    November 4, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. NM Voter

    I noticed Alaska's polls have not been updated on the CNN map since mid September. Is that because she is losing in Alaska or the polls are too close/in favor of Obama? She has further divided our country with her negative campaigning and ranks right up there with bush. Is she divisive in Alaska too? Just wondering.

    November 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. theboxman

    the more McCain opens his mouth the more votes his loses. He needs to learn that the less people know about him the more they like him.

    He is like that scary Uncle who used pay all the female neices a dollar to sit on his lap and give him a kiss.

    November 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Jeff

    ALL Political voting tallies should be blacked out to the media until AFTER the elections!

    November 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. Arthur James

    I'm with you, Zeppo!

    The media's been so soft on Obama, it's been like a cake walk.

    If elected as president, maybe they'll finally start making him answer the tough questions and not settle for "I didn't know about it" as an answer.

    November 4, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. Frann A in CA

    Once Obama is elected, we can get down to reconstructing the broken systems on many fronts. The gloves come off and we get down into the trenches because the real work is yet to begin...

    It's a Sisyphean battle on all fronts. Onward and upward!

    November 4, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. Gamemanx.Com

    If Obama loses Im going back to Ghana!

    November 4, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. IMD

    As important as it is to keep us safe and get our troops home, I have to agree: the #1 concern I have is my financial well-being (which is nowhere near as good as it was before.)

    To quote a previous Republican candidate from many years ago "Am I better off than I was 4 (or even 8) years ago?"

    Sadly, I am not, therefore, we need a change

    November 4, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. Prophecy Fullfilled.

    if your still in line b4 the closing time, you will get to vote. 4-6 hours is less than 4-8 years :P

    Never doubt the Bible again… It is really happening here and now:

    .. “And in the land shall rise the son of Cain.” From the north The Deceiver[Palin], a known Beast of false witness; will take the mark of Cain.
    Together they seek to spread fear and invoke hate among the refugees of sin.
    In their quest for power they will ignore the light of truth shining on the deeds and words they proclaim.
    But take heart, for throughout the land the seekers of light shall rise up and not be fooled. With their strength, the mark [Cain] will be cleansed from the earth and no longer hold power to sway the blind.

    Can I get an amen…? :)

    November 4, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Reece City

    Thats the most important thing for AMERICA'S PERIOD!! I really hope these exit polls are true. And the Economy is the most important issues on the minds of our great Country that is in great turmoil. If that is the most important Issue its time for Michelle to start decorating the Oval Office. Go Obama/Biden

    November 4, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Jim

    I do hope he wins it. I am holding my breathe that an ultraconservative twit like Palin could be heart beat from the Presidency. Want to comment on this as well. NOT liking Obama does not mean you are racist. I started out a huge fan of his, but I am less so now. THAT said, he got my vote mainly because of Palin the Twit being on McCain's ticket. I would have otherwise done a write-in vote for Hilary.

    November 4, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. E. Vititoe

    Congrats On Your Victory PRESIDENT OBAMA! IT'S TIME FOR THE REAL DEAL!

    November 4, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. Peter Croux

    Economy issue #1 is the absolutely correct view of the voters and shows people understand the real issues; the US will not be capable of maintaining its current standard of living without a fundamental restructuring of its economic base (i.e. repositioning the balance of power between companies and their employees, the government and its constituents, stimulating intelligent capital investment instead of flushing tax payers money down the drain, organise efficiënt governance oversight over critical economic areas etc).

    With both the House and the Senate under Democratic control, McCain would not have a real chance of achieving anything fundamental. Obama has the chance, but the crisis is so deep, it will be a one shot game – the US can not afford 4 more years of failing economic policies.

    November 4, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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