January 29th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit polls: It's the economy, again

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/01/29/fl.primary/t1home.screen.ap.jpg caption="Florida voters said the economy is the No. 1 issue."](CNN) - Different state, same issue: once again, primary voters said the economy Like their counterparts across the nation, Florida voters said the economy was their chief concern as they went to the polls on Tuesday, according to early exit polling results.

Among both Republicans and Democrats, the nation's economy was cited as the most important issue affecting their vote - in overwhelming numbers that dwarfed other concerns.

"Really one issue dominated the agenda, and that was the economy," said CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider. "Among Republicans as well as Democrats, it's all about the economy."

Among Republicans, 47 percent of respondents told CNN that the economy was the most important issue to them as they voted in the last Republican primary before the massive Super Tuesday vote next week.

That was more than double the 19 percent who listed terrorism as their top issue. Another 17 percent cited illegal immigration and 13 percent said they were most concerned about the war in Iraq.

The number for Democrats was even higher. Fifty-five percent of those voters polled said the economy was their top issue, compared with 25 percent citing Iraq and 17 percent who said health care.

Florida's Democrats were voting despite the national party's edict that Florida's delegates won't be counted at the party's nominating convention. The party sanctioned Florida's Democrats after the state pushed the date for its primaries to an earlier date than they had received permission for.

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  1. AnnaR

    Obviously the economy could not have been their biggest concern or they would have voted for Ron Paul. But then on the other hand I guess if you like hand outs and the government holding your hand you would vote for the other four Republicans. I never thought I'd see the day I would vote for Hillary but I think I'll do what the MSM wants if McCain, Huckabee, Romney, or Guiliani win the nomination--I'll vote for Hillary. I think the MSM has sold us out knowing there is no way any of these four canidates can beat Hillary or Obama. Thank you MSM.

    January 29, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. JohnS

    The voters in NH are very upset with Hillary. Apparently, Hillary PROMISED them that she will NOT participate in the process in FL. Seeing her celebrate a win, the people in NH said they feel like "the Clintons have played them for suckers.""" CAN ANYONE EVER TRUST THE CLINTONS???????

    If you need Obama's specific plans for the nation, please write to them and they will send you the related packet!

    January 30, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
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