February 19th, 2008
09:48 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit polls: McCain voters most worried about Iraq

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(CNN) - The economy was the top concern among Wisconsin Republicans, as it has been in every primary and caucus this year. But John McCain’s supporters had a competing concern in early exit polls - by a narrow 35 percent to 33 percent margin, they were more worried about the war in Iraq than the economy.

McCain’s voters made up 70 percent of those most concerned about Iraq, the polls showed, while Mike Huckabee’s voters made up 39 percent of those most concerned about the economy. Sixty-one percent of the Wisconsin GOP voters said the economy was either not good or poor.

The polls also showed that voters looking for experience tapped McCain, the four-term Arizona senator, while voters looking for a candidate that shares their values chose Huckabee.

Filed under: Exit Polls • Wisconsin
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  1. Mk

    Are you guys not seeing whats going..I am not even an American and i am wacthing this politics so closely,

    Guess what there's only 1 candidate who is talking about peace..OBAMA. yes talks brings peace and not war. Saddam hussein is gone, has the war ended..noooooooooooope.

    Mccain for president this guy can hardly stand on his feets in 2years and has pledged to stay in Iraq for 1000 years, what will be the outcome, more Bin Ladens and more WTC's going down, have you american' s had not enough of Bush and Republicans..

    February 19, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. Frank D

    War! war! war! WMD! WMD! bomb! bomb! bomb!........McCain!

    February 19, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. Lady

    We as Americans take pride that we have the freedom to vote for our leaders. The media is taking to telling us the winner before our votes are all counted. When will you go back to your job of reporting the facts only and leave out your opinions? Frankly, this viewer is growing very weary of your conduct on the airways.

    February 19, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. siben

    McCain is just a Bush in another suit. While voting for McCain, be prepared to see the US get into at least 2 wars during his term. Understand that all the problems of the US are interrelated. The war takes away tax dollars, which in turn brings the economy down. when the economy is down, jobs are lost, lower wages paid and hence people cant afford tuition or healthcare. some said Iraq was for oil, what is the cost of a barrel right now!

    I know that McCain knows that the mosquito nets recently sent to Africa for free distribution will be sold to African mothers. Blessed are those who give to dictators, for they know what they will receive in turn.

    February 19, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. Sheep are the answer

    Marco knows what he's talking about.

    I wouldn't let him drive either.

    No-one wants grandad to slump at the wheel.

    Obama all the way

    February 19, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Most worried about Iraq?

    Good choice Republicans,


    What is so hard about getting out of the middle east, we don't belong there...
    ...Alexander the Great couldn keep it...

    ...the Mongol Empire couldn't keep it, the Ottoman Empire couldn't keep it...

    ...the Brithish Empire couldn't keep it...

    ... what makes you think that we can...

    ...please GROW UP PEOPLE.

    February 19, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  7. Ann Furthermore

    Obama still has the best plans and proposals of all of them. I'm glad to see that most people are carefully listening to him and going to his website to actually read his detailed plans, rather than listening to all of the opposition's talking points claiming he is only a good "speaker". America NEEDS someone like Obama now and it feels good to know it's becoming a reality. I'm looking forward to restoring America and finally feel like the citizen's voices actually matter again. Let's stop the divisive bickering and get some work done!

    February 19, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  8. karronna

    Have you every noticed how often John McCain blinks when asked questions he's uncomfortable with? In what little body language training I've been exposed to that indicates he's lying. I would give him the benefit of the doubt and say maybe it's an after effect of some torture he suffered, but it just seems to happen so excessively in response to certain questions and not others. check out his interview with George Stephanopoulos from Sunday and see what I mean. Also...Obama's platform is pretty clearly laid out for reading (for those of us who read) on his website. Sometimes people need to be inspired before they're ready to digest details. He's supplying both for those openminded enough to take notice.

    February 19, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  9. karronna

    also...hillary has a tough time admitting she makes mistakes. Sort of reminds me of W.....

    Barack has enough wisdom to surround himself with wise minds and inspire us all while doing so....

    February 19, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  10. OBAMA 08

    They should worry.He plans for us to be in Iraq for a 100 years.Whats to
    stop him from Invading Iran or who knows.He might have been qualified
    to run a country somewhere and some time but not this one and certainly not now.

    February 20, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  11. CS

    It is time Republicans; to join the OBAMA effort at restoring our respect here and abroad. We all are given life by the same Sun......The hearts of the people are crying out for Change!

    February 20, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  12. Lev Klinemann, CA

    To all of you that say McCain wil lower taxes, WAKE UP.

    McCains idea about getting out of a recession/depression is tax cuts for CORPORATIONS. He has said this two days ago.

    Yes that is what we need, give EExxon-Mobil more tax cuts.


    February 20, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  13. Kevin Zelko

    All the Clinton supporters on here fail to admit that Hillary couldnt beat McCain. Look at the polls already and also consider her suppossed strengths over Obama. Experience and willingness to go to war. Well last time I looked, McCain beats her in both those categories, plus she brings all of the baggage from Bill and scandals she has had. Republicans really detest her and would never switch to vote for her. While Obama is bringing a coalition of independents and some republicans over-especially with McCain allienating his own parties conservativeness. Obama will draw more non dems and will win in 2008. I cant imagine you would rather have bush 3 vs a union supported democrat. OBAMA 2008

    February 20, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  14. bond

    Apparently McCain supporters know nothing about the economy, just as their candidate self professed himself. Do McCain supporters think the $9 Billion the government spends per month during our occupation of Iraq might be putting a little strain on our economy? Might that money be better spent? Hmmmm... that's a hard one for you guys huh... Bush and all his cronies (including McCain) must go, period!!!

    Obama, yes we can!!!

    February 20, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
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