February 19th, 2008
09:13 PM ET
13 years ago

Exit polls: Fiscal-minded voters favored Obama

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(CNN) - Exit polls showed 43 percent of Democratic voters in Wisconsin said the economy was the most important issue in deciding their vote - followed by the war in Iraq at 29 percent and health care at 25 percent. Fifty-five percent of those who cited the economy voted for Obama, compared to 43 percent for Clinton.

And 70 percent said U.S. trade with other countries causes the loss of American jobs, while only 17 percent said it creates jobs, and 9 percent said it has no effect. Those who felt trade loses jobs also favored Obama, 54-43 percent.

Filed under: Exit Polls • Wisconsin
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. JA Cook

    Intelligence always favors Obama too.

    February 19, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. caywen

    Hmm! I wonder if some of this had to do with the (supposed) issues surrounding Hillary's campaign funds. Without saying whether that flap was real or not, it didn't cast her fiscal management skills in the best light.

    February 19, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. terry haywood

    It's fascinating to listen to commentators make an issue of Obama's charisma over substance while the only republican candidate who are spoken in details have been Gov. Huckabee, and the projected republican candidate John McCain has yet to make a substantive statement about anything thusfar. One thing is certain, the media will never be forced to call John Mccain charismatic.

    February 19, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. Jerome

    So MRS.CLINTON where has yor base gone? Economy OBAMA! WOW where does she go from here? I think she over plays her economic card being that her husband created NAFTA, do she not know that it cost factories to close in WI, OH, MI and PA...Now we have to see who is going to be the running mate of MR.OBAMA.

    February 19, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. rodney wilson

    what do you expect from people who wear blocks of cheese on their heads rod

    February 19, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  6. All I wants is Obama

    Please Hillary supporter it is time you join us celebrate this win. It has never be better, we can beat McCain if we Unite. Go ..Go...Obama for President.
    Everyone will favour Obama despite Hillary attacks.
    Surely those who hate Obama have to accept that the Movement is real. You can't fool Americans with false accusation. thank God ..

    February 19, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. Hillary2008

    A bunch of losers!

    Go hillary.......This is just Obama's last show.

    Vote for Hillary!

    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Sean

    Oh, oh, Here come the Hillattacks! I guess we just found out that Wisconsin is a state that doesn't matter...like Iowa, like South Carolina, like Minnesota, like Kansas, like Idaho, like Nebraska, like Washington, like Missouri, like Alabama, like Georgia, like Virginia, like Maryland, like Louisiana, like Colorado, like Connecticut, like Maine, like Alaska, like Illinois like Delaware, like North Dakota, like Utah, oh and lets not forget DC and the Virgin Islands. Am I forgetting any other "irrelevant" state?

    February 19, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |

    As long as Obama wins, that is all that matters, Hitlery you are done, right along with that idiot husband of yours!


    February 19, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. jimhenry

    guess Im voting Republican for the first time ever. I WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!! HILLARY IS THE ONE...SORRY OBAMA

    February 19, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. O8

    Yes Obama go!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  12. Pat Va

    TO: Hillary2008:

    it was suppose to have been Senator Obama's last show after Super Tuesday, girl!!! And yet...HE'S STILL HERE!!! A vote for your precious Hillary would be a vote for another 4 years of just what we have right now...and the majority of the American people (at least the half of the country that's had its chance to vote during this primary/caucus season) are saying...NO, THANK YOU!!!

    February 19, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. jausti8371k

    I believe Mrs Clinton should fade gracefully and allow the Democratic party to unite. This will guarantee a Democratic President that can make some changes for those of us who are struggling to make ends meet.

    February 19, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. Islander

    Here again I see that the Clinton supporters tend to take a mean and spiteful tone in their comments, whereas Obama supporters are positive. Is it no wonder why Hillary is fading fast? She, and her supporters are sounding and acting more like Republicans every day. When a candidate can't put forth anything positive all that is left for them to do is to attack their opponent and try to win at any cost! It's a shame that Clinton's supporters are taking the same tack. Like more than half of polled Democrats... I DO want change and value it over "washington experience." I'm tired of the negativity in politics and that's why I support Obama.

    February 19, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  15. Marie H.

    The Obama "cult" appears be sweeping the country. Democrats, prepare yourself for an "OBAMA'S PEOPLES TEMPLE". The primrose path he speaks of is laden with thorns. He will make Mr. Bush look like a walk in the park. You Demo's who support this ridicuous "Obama Movement" deserve just what you're going to get. Too bad you will take the rest of us with you.

    February 19, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  16. Missy

    people it is tme to gird up your loins and be a man.iraq husseine osama is the anti christ and all who vote for him are the devils advocate tell your kids and grand kids how you were stupid enough to fall for cnns islamic rheotric.

    February 19, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  17. Thimbletack

    I dont have a dog in this hunt.The Republicans are voting for Obama in every state they can to sabatage Clintons chances,I heard Rush Limburger told them to do it.I wont vote for any of the big four,they all smell like cheese to me.

    February 19, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  18. Chris in Silicon Valley

    Obama is picking up steam, and the GOP are licking their lips.
    McCain will shred Obama in a substantive debate.

    February 19, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  19. June (California Voter)

    Why has Hillary Clintons Base gone? I think I know why it is because for the past decade or about 2 decades there has been either a Clinton or a Bush in the Whitehouse and people want a change.

    February 20, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |