(CNN) – The economy is the most important issue for voters in the 2012 election cycle, according to a new CNN/ORC International Poll of American adults released Friday.
Fifty-four percent of respondents said the economy will be an extremely important factor in the next election. Unemployment was a close second with 47% followed by the deficit at 45% and health care at 42%. Other issues, like terrorism, foreign policy and moral issues, which previously dominated presidential elections, came in 36%, 23% and 18% respectively.
Full results (pdf)
"Will Moammar Gadhafi's death help Barack Obama's re-election chances in 2012? If it does, the effect may be muted simply because there aren't a lot of Americans right now who say that foreign policy will be important to their vote for president next year," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.
The poll surveyed 1,007 adult Americans via telephone between Oct. 14 and Oct. 16 with a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.