February 19th, 2008
07:16 PM ET
13 years ago

Exit polls: Economy still center stage

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(CNN) - The state of the economy was the most important issue for primary voters in Wisconsin, continuing a trend that has been a constant since campaign season began. In early exit polls, 9 out of 10 Democratic voters Tuesday – and 6 in 10 Republicans - said the economy is struggling. A majority said foreign trade took jobs away from Wisconsin.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Exit Polls • Wisconsin
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Art Krohnert

    I'm probably in the wrong Blog......The NAFTA Superhighway is Yes! It becomes the forerunner of a North America Common Market to rival Europe, A Hydrogen Truck Economy with no carbon emmissions, the sharing of resources thru trade, a common currency that will strengthen strongly on the continent, the export of US manufactured goods, etc.

    February 19, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Erich

    Hey Wolf, couldn't convince the bosses to send you to Hawaii for live coverage??

    February 19, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. cajun joe

    Wrong CNN. The economy is not the issue. National Security is the issue.

    February 19, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Deb IL

    Voters always say this, yet a mojority have voted for Obama. So many are using issues as a way to excuse the way they vote, when it doesn't make sense to vote for an inexperienced person to handle an economic crisis.

    February 19, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. ted

    “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback… not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change."
    CNN is so fair & balanced trying to make cutsie with their mis-quotes
    & making it look as if the above statement is no big deal. Here is the real quote:
    “it is because it feels like hope is making a comeback.... For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, not just because Barrack is doing well, but because I think people are hungry for change". Lou Dobbs & Wolfy Blitzer are irrelevent...

    February 19, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. David Fisher

    I am just sick and tired of all the politicians. If you stranded them all on an island and gave half blueprints for a boat and the other half wooden planks you would go back 50 years later to find them arguing over who should captain the as yet unbuilt vessel.

    I am going to vote for Obama because he at least is further outside of the box than the rest. Besides, I like being inspired now and again. It may be only words but that is the start of changing the world.

    By the way, I am a registered Republican.

    February 19, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. aware

    If not Hillary is not the nominee then vote for McCain. Barack is a novice spouting borrowed rhetoric.

    I will vote words with content over just words. Who would have ever heard of Mother Theresa if she just said, "love/peace" or Gandhi if he had just said, "justice" or who would have remembered MLK if he had just said, "I have a dream" without his marches/putting his very life on the line.

    Whoever the next president is it will be a change but the transformation of America will take disciplined, sustained effort – every day hard work!

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 🙂

    February 19, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Geri

    When are you people going to understand that no matter what is said or done by either one of the Obama's that CNN ( the official Obama News Network), Wolf Blitzer, and Jack Cafferty would not say a word against it. They had plenty to say about the Clintons but I really think their fair haired boy" has promised them better jobs if he makes it to the presidency. Even Fox is getting to be more unbiased to all the candidates.

    February 19, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. Texasboo

    Hey Hillary supporters, why hasn't Hillary released her tax and white house records? Substance? She supported her hubby regarding NAFTA and now she's flip flopping.

    same old politics and negative attacks. Looks like the voters of Wisconsin and soon Hawaii will soon!


    BTW, thank you Wisconsin voters for voting for change and not politrics as usual!!! Thank you for not voting for a warmonger who supported her cowboy president!!

    February 19, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. C.Johnson

    Clinton cannot be the "solutions" candidate and work across party
    lines to deliver on those "solutions" if she is too divisive and
    grudge holding to thank the voters who have turned out for her
    in losing states and to congratulate her opponent, Obama, on his

    She is coming across as very petty, and not presidential material.

    February 20, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
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