January 19th, 2008
07:49 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit Polls: Economy is top issue

(CNN) - Republicans named the economy as the most important issue affecting their vote in the South Carolina primary Saturday, according to early exit polling data, echoing Nevada voters in caucuses earlier in the day.

And, like Nevada voters, illegal immigration was the second most important issue. The war Iraq, followed by terrorism, were next, the exit polls showed.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: South Carolina
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. carol


    January 19, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Then why in the world would South Carolina vote for McCain OR Huckabee? Neither one of them can deliver on turning the economy around and they both supported illegal immigrants for YEARS until just lately. How convenient!

    South Carolina, what were you thinking?

    January 19, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. tony

    I have lost respect for many Republican canidates for there lack of respect for Ron Paul. The way they laugh at him win he makes a case about his views. There is no place for this.

    January 19, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. Steven in Charleston, SC

    Anyone who puts the economy at the top of their list of important issues shouldn't be voting for ANY of the current crop of Republican candidates.

    Despite the conventional wisdom that Republicans are better than Democrats on economic issues, this current administration has been disasterous for our economy, doing damage that will take decades to undo, and all of the top GOP contenders (McCain, Romney, Huckabee, Guiliani) have indicated that they will continue this administration's disasterous policies. Say what you will about the various Democratic candidates' ideas, at least they aren't committed to sticking with policies that have already be proven to fail.

    January 19, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Larry Florence SC

    I am surprised that we have so many single issue voters in SC...I really thought we would see Thompson on Romney do better, and push McCain, who is not as conservative as we like 'em here.

    The media convinced us to give Mcain the sympathy vote for trouncing him here in 2000.

    January 19, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. norm gove

    If republicans name the economy, illegal immigration and the Iraq war as the most important issues facing us, then why are South Carolinans not listening to Ron Paul?
    He is truly the most conservative economically, would deal with the immigration issue from a strict constitutional perspective and would end the iraq war and bring our troops home.

    January 19, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. Mike

    Im just waiting for ONE network to give ole Ron Paul the victory dance he deserves..why are they covering somebody like Rudy who hasnt won anything anywhere??..ooo thats right cuz hes part of the "establishment"..my bad..anyhoo Rock n Roll to ya Ron....you got my vote!!..

    January 19, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. Romeny JOBS JOBS JOBS

    I need a job, and Economy Romney it the man to deliver.

    McCain says forget your jobs they are not coming back. Hello
    Huckabee can get a past the evanglists to vote.
    Hillary's supporters are an angry bunch of folks.

    When Mitt Romney said JOBS JOBS JOBS, he got my vote, all the promises made have to be paid for and economy Romney has the right balance.

    Rudy wants to go to the moon, thats what the deficet would do if he was elected.

    January 19, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. sairefgm

    My concern is now who can defeat the republicans.

    January 19, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Big Doug

    tony and other Paul supporters,

    I like Romney, but am very pleased to hear Ron Paul's ideas. I think many Republicans think his views about the Iraq war are similar to the Democrats. Of course they are not the same at all.

    The Democrats love our Government to stick its nose into every other country's business, just not when a Republican does it. They said nothing when Clinton bombed the hell out of Yugoslavia, even though that country never posed a threat to us. The Democrats have "selective outrage."

    Because of our dependence on a Mideast oil supply, Bush attempted to ensure we would not have all our eggs in one basket, depending solely on the precarious Saudi Arabian Royal family. Until we become energy efficient, which is many years away, it is an understandable strategy. Just think what would happen to our economy if the majority of Saudis overthrew their oppressive King. Most of the Saudis hate us. (9/11)

    Eventually we will come arround to implementing many of Ron Paul's ideas. Especially his economic ones.

    At this time however, I think Romney is our best shot at beating the misguided Democrats.

    January 19, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Grover

    I've been following politics for close to 40 years and all of the candidates babble about change , and shaking up Washington and giving the country back to the people. It's hard to believe any of them.

    Ron Paul is a true agent of change.

    The man loves this country and the constitution. I trust him.

    My name is Grover and I approve this message.

    January 19, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Raphael Pruneda

    I find this very amusing. We Republicans talk about the Constitution, we talk about our Founding Fathers, we talk about core Republican values, but 99 percent of our Republican candidate don't read the Constitution and follow it, they remove civil liberties that our brethren fought and died for, and they speak on the economy like democrats by just verbally appeasing the crowd, and not showing any progress or history to back their claims. There is only one person who has been consistent throughout his entire career, and that is Dr. Ron Paul.

    But indeed it is true. He who controls the media controls the masses,and those who instill panem et circenses to the people, literally run their lives. The American people shouldn't fear the government, the government should fear its' people. If we don't return to what our Founding Fathers died for, then we might as well shred up the Constitution and have our government run subjectively, instead of objectively.

    Dr. Ron Paul is our last hope for the Republican Party to return to what our heritage shed blood for. Let us not make a mockery of our Founding Fathers by voting for those who do not follow the Constitution and negate civil liberties for false security. But instead, vote for the right people who never lose sight of our beginning.

    January 19, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. JP

    After hearing Clinton and Obama fight for most of the week over race, I'm turned off by their abilities to solve problems. I defintiely don't want either of them in charge. It will only get worse with either of them. I'm leaning toward Mitt Romney although I don't agree with everything. But, John McCain comes across very much like a politician who does not tell the truth. Huckabee...this guy is a joke!

    January 19, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Vivian

    South Carolina proves how ignorant and uninformed voters are. (except the 15,000 + who voted for Paul; bless u)
    They say they are worried about the economy yet they voted for McCain and Huckabee. McCain is unwilling to budge on the war when we all know that "staying the course" will ruin america. The world is starting to see americans as terrorists and McCain won't bring peace. My god people it's 2008 and we're still fighting!

    Worse still is the way our civil liberties are being assaulted and the constitution is being spit on. We NEED Ron Paul now more then ever!

    January 19, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. It's a No Brainer

    Hey, here's an idea! Let’s find a guy who is REALLY smart and REALLY good with numbers. He'd have to be highly educated, maybe even the top in his class at one of our nations finest schools.

    Someone with YEARS of business sense who also understands and has competed in the international business community extremely well.

    Let’s find a guy with a proven record of organizational success!

    Let’s make sure he is a man of character that would represent us all well, a guy that is family oriented, patriotic and pro military.

    Then let's make him president!!!

    Hey wait a minute– That sounds like Romney!

    January 20, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  16. The Hedonistic Pleasureseeker

    Except America is not a business. When you mess up the premise nothing makes sense afterwards. Logic 101.

    Romney the businessman. The slash-and-burn corporate raider and downsizer whose only REAL claim to fame is how many people he laid off.

    Mmm yeah, if that's what you want to happen to America be my guest. I'm voting for Ron Paul because we'll NEVER fix the economy without a return to a commodity based currency. Right now all the government does is print money and cause rampant inflation that they LIE about with its complicit media. We'll be using dollar bills as toilet paper by November. Because we won't be able to afford real toilet paper.

    January 20, 2008 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  17. Willy

    For the people who whine about needing a job and money. All you need to do is get off the couch and go look for work. If you want to live in a nanay state and have "Mommy" take care of you then vote for Senator Clinton. If you want lower taxes that bring jobs back to America then vote for Huckabee or McCain.

    Notice that the media and democrat have shifted to the economy, which is still strong, from the war. That's because the left is weak on defense and wrong again on the progress.

    January 20, 2008 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  18. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Ron Paul supporters...let me answer your question...the reason why he doesn't get support (or respect) is the simple fact that he's a Libertarian (not a Republican) – he is completely unelectable (he's like the Republican Hillary Clinton) – like to his platform when running for President as a Libertarian years ago....not changed at all (shutting down the FBI and CIA – closing the Department of Education and letting states fiend for themselves....classic fringe Libertarian views ) – 90% of his other ideas are very good....he just needed to hang up the Libertarian wacko fringe...but alas...he cannot

    January 20, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  19. I agree with "It's a no brainer"

    I totally agree with "It's a no brainer"

    The economy needs to be fixed and we need a business man in office who knows how to do it. Mitt Romney is our guy.

    January 20, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  20. Brent, Fairfax, VA

    "My concern is now who can defeat the republicans"


    January 20, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  21. Sue, Greensboro, NC

    I find it ironic if not amusing that Republicans are now calling the economy the most important issue. Laughable, really given what they have spent during the las eight years. The republicans running for president are definitely not to be believed on this matter because you can not improve the economy by promising tax cuts, (already done by Bush, didn't work) and those tax cuts are not "paid" for. No, people listen. If you care about the economy, immigration, the war in Iraq, health care or any other issues facing this country, then you are sadly misrepresented by anyone in this race, with the exception of Dr. Ron Paul, who has enough sense to realize that the exonomy cannot improve unless spending is cut. For those who don't understand this, look at your household budget: If you find that you are unable to pay your bills every month, do you rely on credit cards to do so? Okay some do, but in order to change your personal economy you cut your personal spending. Not one of these people can address economics, they do not ge it. I urge everyone who gives a rats behind to really take a hard look at the candidate you are thinking of voting for. Not one of them cares about where this country is in four, eight, ten years. They care about where their personal career lands. Come on, folks. We can do better than this. After all, youget what you deserve.

    January 20, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. lyndon

    this sub-prime mortgage mess that we're in, it's no different from what's going on in washington. we're borrowering money that we can't pay back. let's be real-isn't the deficit supposed to be shrinking rather than growing larger. and for all the people who are against tax increases, i love my country enough that if i have to pay a few more dollars to save it so be it. and i'm not rich.

    January 20, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  23. Brent, Fairfax, VA

    It's not that we are not paying enough in taxes...WE ARE. The problem is the spending....Republicans AND Democrats are responsible for this mess. Anyone who thinks the current Democrat controlled congress is submitting a balance budget to the WH for signature is dreaming. Earmarks are at an all time high. The fact is tax revenue is also at an all time high. The answer folks is for a smaller Govt....we don't need to be feeding more tax dollars to this monster. For someone to think we need to raise taxes without cuts, is misled.

    January 20, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. RepublicansEqualNoJobs, TX

    Romeny JOBS JOBS JOBS ~ "I need a job, and Economy Romney it the man to deliver. "

    LOL!!! Vote for Romney and you sure won't be finding a job anytime soon unless you're willing to move to India or China. Mitt is a corporate elitist that eliminated jobs in corporations bought out by his company. Why would he change now?

    Also, Republicans had full control of the reigns for the past 7 years and look where that's gotten us. Why do you think Democratic voters are outnumbering Republican voters by a longshot? Put a fork in it, the GOP (Greedy OLD Party) is toast in this election!

    January 20, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    It IS the economy, stupid and Mitt Romney is the only guy on either side who can fix it by reaching across the aisle and across the world to get it done.
    He's a genious at this stuff.
    The other issues will fall into place as our country re-unites with itself and the world.
    Mitt Romney '08!
    Seriously people, check him out!

    January 20, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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