November 4th, 2008
06:10 PM ET
5 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.


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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Groove

    THey have been at him for close to two years. Give it a break.

    November 4, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Jack

    I seriously don't know why it looks like there is going to be a very very close race. If it was my choice i would have just let everyone vote for who they truly like, not just for economics and the country but personality.

    November 4, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. vic

    IF the economy is the main issue with voters then why are people voting for McCain????????????????

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

    President Obama. It has a nice ring to it.

    November 4, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. California Gold

    McCain is surely cringing with this news: the top issue to voters is his weakest subject.

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

    Hope over fear, unity over division, reason over propaganda. Go Obama, end this nightmare!

    November 4, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Joyce

    Just remember.....with the majority of the Congress being Democrats...who do you think voted for all the things everyone
    is blaming our President for????????

    November 4, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Jon in Indiana

    ""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."

    Why? It's #1 for me, but I voted McCain.

    November 4, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. AJ

    and go after the incompetent Palin for the joke she was?

    November 4, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Joe

    LMAO...the Mac is back...darn right...back in Arizona!

    November 4, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. greggfoto

    I guess it takes you awhile to understand that it's the economy when you have seven houses....

    November 4, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Akanni

    Come on guys those exit polls mean nothing. The media has been in the tank for Obama since the beginning of this election, one more day will not hurt. I voted for McCain/Palin and I am a Democrat.
    McCain does not need a lifeline just a fair shake.

    November 4, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Raz

    The whole world is praying for Obama. Hopefully He'll make it.

    November 4, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. VAL HYLTON

    JAMAICANS ARE BEHIND WE LOVE AND WE LIFT YOU UP...LONG LIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA...GOD BELSS AND KEEP MAY HIS FACE SHINE UPON YOU AND BE GRAOUS UNTO YOU..MAY WE HAVE PEACE IN THE WORLD........IRIE......ONE LOVE ONE HEART

    November 4, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    'no more bush' is how i felt about clinton. i'm glad we didnt have 4 more years of them.

    November 4, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Sarah M.

    You should all be lucky live you live in this great country, where we have freedom of speech. Thankfully I and the majority of americans are smart enough to vote McCain so we can keep those freedoms.

    November 4, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. Gozy

    God bless Obama! God bless America!

    November 4, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. Lonnie Darby

    Hello

    Do exit poll actually measure a person honesty in who they decide to cast their vote for.

    Lonnie In Pearl Mississippi

    November 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. BATTAH ITALIA

    OBAMA PROFECT OF PACE

    November 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. The Rising of the Sun

    It is still to early to celebrate, but I have a good feeling.

    Power does not concede easily, get you eyes and ears open.

    Tomorrow will be a new and brighter day for the country we love.

    November 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. sheretta

    The economy is the most important concern right now. People are loosing their homes, jpbs.etc... We need change whether its going to be Obama or McCain. The thing is whomever wins tonight I hope they can live up to what they have preached on their campaign trails.

    November 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. BATTAH ITALIA

    OBAMA THE PRESDENT OF THE WORLD

    November 4, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Jake

    America's Period?

    November 4, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. VAL HYLTON

    I DECREE AND DECLARE THAT YOU ARE BLESSED YOU FAMILY IS BLESSED THIS COUNTRY IS BLESSED IN THE NAME OF JESUS...WE COME AGAINST ANY AND ALL INVISIBLE BARRIERS TONIGH AND JUST LIKE DAVID YOU WILL HAVE THE VICTORY AGAINST GOLIATH...

    November 4, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. Matt in CT

    From worst to first! Go blue!

    November 4, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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