April 22nd, 2008
05:47 PM ET
15 years ago

Exit polls: PA Democrats hold dim view of the economy

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(CNN) - President Bush said the economy is in a slowdown but not in a recession. But Pennsylvania Democrats have a different view, according to just-released exit polls.

Close to 90 percent of Democratic primary voters said the economy is in a recession - 42 percent called it a "serious recession" while 47 percent say it’s a "moderate recession." Only 10 percent agreed with the president that the country is in an economic slowdown.

Who did Pennsylvania voters think could best handle the economy? Close to 30 percent said Clinton and about 20 percent said Obama. Forty-five percent said both would handle it well, while only 6 percent said


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. jeremy

    wow what a scholar this guy is.

    April 22, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Jessica

    Only 6 percent said.....
    What?

    April 22, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Grif

    So doe's the "Whole World at Large"... If you don't put in, you can't take out..

    April 22, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. the other jd

    either hillary or barak would be better than weathervane mccain...
    please dems, pull together!

    April 22, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. The Austrian

    And why shouldn't they? Optomism alone doesn't fix a broken economy. Still, the sad thing is that a shady outlook of the economy TYPICALLY leads to accusations of capitalism failing, which in turn leads to acceptance of more state control of the economy, which leads to voters turning out in large numbers to elect socialist officials. It's a downward spiral.

    April 22, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. ***AMERICAN***

    That is hard to believe. I am shocked!

    April 22, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. John

    Are they "bitter"?

    April 22, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Spencer Velott, Oregon

    The economy will thrive as soon as Bush gets out of office, no matter what. The rest of the world might take us seriously again and things could then only go up!

    April 22, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. gerard morei

    Clinton will handle everything better than Obama or McCain.

    April 22, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. American Veteran

    President Bush is a lot like Bill and Hillary Clinton Lie and Liars are in good company.

    America needs a change.

    April 22, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. Clinton attacks democartes base

    A vote for hillary will lead to a nuclear war....she has stated that id Iran attack another country she willuse nuclear force. So if Iran attacked Syria and has little to do with USA, she would goto a nuclear war.

    Remember that Former president Clinton said that she was sleep deprived at 11 pm when hillary made the bosnia comments.....Do you want someone who is going to make a mistake at 11pm-3am-6am?

    Also Veterans will not vote for hillary, everyone i have talked to including myself think it is iressponsible and just evil to make a joke at the expense of US soldiers dealing with being shot at.....

    April 22, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Venus

    Thanks! Go Obama!

    April 22, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Tea Party

    Hells Bells, you live in freaking Pennsylvania... what do you expect, a BUSTLING economy? Pennsylvania is only a step away from being Illinois, and God forbid, *Michigan*.

    All three states have insane taxation and a very hostile former-unionized, workforce. NO ONE in their right mind would go to any of the Rust Belt states to start a business. Folks, jobs come from businesses, and when you're hellbent on "punishing the rich," you know, those folks who PROVIDE the jobs you seek, don't be surprised when you have no work.

    April 22, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Trisha

    A Clinton win would be better for the democratic party because I believe more people including me would vote McCain if Obama is the Democratic choice but I would vote Clinton if she were the party's choice.

    April 22, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. True

    PA can keep voting for Hillary to ship their jobs to another country. Remember the prosperous Clinton years? where are your factory jobs now?

    April 22, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. grad student

    The term "recession" has undergone dramatic changes, and it can be pitched in many different ways. But one thing is for sure, the economy is suffering. If we forgo the ideologies that the government is for the people by the people and allowing Uncle Sam to bail out the richest (i.e. Bear Sterns), we will only see countries like China, India, and Brazil becoming the next super powers a lot sooner than we expected. When was the last time the government bailed out millions of us behind in our mortgage payments?

    April 22, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Brandy- I love Obama!

    Trisha, that's an idiotic way to view things. People that think like you are the reason we've had Bush too long. For God's sake..... we don't need your vote anyway.

    Obama 08

    April 22, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. Jan

    Anything greater than 45% is a win for Sent OBAMA ...

    April 22, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. John

    tea party....you are correct...it is a rust belt, but you are gravely mistaken about taxes....try living in Jersey or NY state....talk about taxes....if you want to buy a house, PA is dirt cheap, and taxes aren't bad at all,.....many commute to NJ and even NYC.

    April 22, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. PA Mom

    Trisha - as a woman, how could you vote for McCain if Obama's the nominee???

    Don't you know what's at stake over the next 4 years with women's rights?

    If Hillary can cause this much divisiveness among her own supporters against a fellow Democrat, she doesn't DESERVE to be the nominee.

    I'm disgusted at your comment.

    April 22, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Getting Poorer

    Maybe if gas wasn't wasn't over $3.40 a gallon and people weren't paying an extra $40 to $50 dollars extra just to fill up their gas tank , people would be able to spend more and the country wouldn't be in a recession. And its so funny how Oil companies profits are the highest they have ever been. Thank you President Bush!

    April 22, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Scott

    What % of the people that stated our ecomony is in a recession know the definition of a recession?

    What % of the people that stated the economy is in a recession can discuss the differences between deflation, inflation and stagflation?

    What % of the people that were polled trust the media or their peers for all their information regarding the ecomony?

    It is just sad. That Pollsters give people possible synpotic answers for very complicated issues.

    I want a new political party called the, "Well Informed Party"

    April 22, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Vince - Phoenix

    Gas was $20 / barrel when Bush took office...

    today, 4/22/08.... $119 / barrel...

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED !

    April 22, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. MPG

    And yet they are voting for the experienced co-president whose husband's policies helped to contribute to the current economic and trade deficit, and whose campaign has been practically bankrupt to the point where she could afford to lend her own campaign 5 million dollars. Can she lend me a few bucks too so I can afford to pay for the gas to get to my job while it is still in the U.S.?

    April 22, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. sydney

    From an overseas perspective, I find it amazing that people would even consider McCain. First of all, at 72 years of age, you don't even know if he's going to last the term. Second, he represents 20th century politics. Just about every major western country has elected a new, progressive thinking government in the last 8 years, and McCain is very much removed from progressive thinking.
    Many countries look to America for guidance, however McCain and to some extend Clinton represent the same over 60, stiff haired, political hack that dominates American politics. Its time for something different. Besides, Obama can't be as bad as Bush, and if he's no good then just boot him out in 4 years.

    April 22, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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