May 6th, 2008
05:51 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit polls: For Indiana voters, it’s the economy

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(CNN) - As in other states, the economy is the No. 1 issue in Indiana, just-released exit polls show.

Nearly two-thirds of voters say the economy is the most pressing issue. That compares to 19 percent that say Iraq is the top issue and just 13 percent who name healthcare as the most important.

And the economy is definitely affecting their vote.

Democratic voters who say the economy has affected them, Hillary Clinton leads, 53 percent to 46 percent. Among those democrats who say the economic woes have not affected them very much, Barack Obama leads 54 percent to 46 percent.

soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Fed up in PA

    I don't know what's worse: the blatant pandering done by Sen. Clinton in the past week (following Sen. McCain's lead, no less!) or the fact that it actually seems to be working. Americans need to learn that the President, regardless of party or policy, really has limited impact on the economic cycles during his term . Barring a catastrophe line 9/11 that disrupted so much of Wall Street and the airline industry, the mechanisms for rising and falling markets and industrial needs begin to form four to six years out. – meaning the impact is for his second or his successor's first term.

    Setting the stage for that second term (or his successor's first term) means the President needs to have a rational, conversational foreign policy that encourages free trade on equal terms AND a sound fiscal policy for government spending that prioritizes the country's needs for security, defense, health care, education, and other essential services and provides for those needs from all citizens equitably.

    Sadly, I don't see any of the three candidates left in either party having the latter, but at least there is some hope for Sen. Obama with the former. At least he's only said he would invade Pakistan to go after insurgents and terrorists, not obliterate a country from the face of the earth for having the temerity to develop nuclear weapons or occupy a country for 100 years because its own security forces can't hold it together. My hunch is that if we ever did invade Pakistan, we'd be there for a very long time, too.

    Who will I vote for in November? I might write in Sam Nunn and Arlen Spectre. At least those two tend to talk sense more often than not.

    May 6, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Sam

    Have a feeling that some of the major media folks may cause harm to themselves in resentment if Clinton won the nomination. When did 'O' heard Rev. Wright-media will never explore that and will never question that 'O' is causing racial divide behind the scenes by having majority of one race on side. Can anyone in media or economist explain how any gas tax holiday is bad for people, get real?

    May 6, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. The Dude

    Here's something funny from HuffingtonPost:

    Indiana
    Obama: 50.5%
    Clinton: 49.5%

    Though, these polls don't really mean all that much.

    But still...

    Obama '08!

    May 6, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. Randy M

    If you want to know the truth about Senator Clinton and her "record", ask some who she has represented here in New York. I live in Upstate, which she promised would see a revitalization when she became our Senator. What we've received is a loss of 400,000 jobs on her watch, rising crime rates, higher taxes, and a breakdown of our infrastructure. So much for promises, experience, and leadership. So far, she's failed at virtually every promise she made to us, N.Y. City not included. Thanks so much Hillary for picking my state to come to.

    May 6, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Zoey

    Justin -

    Obama never lied about the Gas tax relief. In fact, he admitted several times that he tried it, and it failed. That is why he is trying to tell Clinton that it's not going to work. He openly admitted that the same proposal has failed. Do your research buddy.

    May 6, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. sing a song

    Hillary is so amazing... I pray for her each night.. and I know that obama's time is coming... once florida and michigan revote, he is gone.

    May 6, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. JIm

    Al Wrote:
    "As we get close to the end, I ask everyone, no matter who you're supporting now, to please vote Democratic in November. Please don't sit it out if your candidate isn't nominated. Remember, it was the Democratic party who gave you a choice between an African American and a woman for the first time ever"

    Depends on if the loser's supporters feel like they were cheated. If thats the way it turns out, youc an kiss their support goodbye. They will stay home (so will I)

    May 6, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Independent

    Vote for honesty and integrity -Vot Barack Obama

    May 6, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Zoey

    I have come to realize since the Election '04 that voters are just not smart people. They never vote for their Economic interest and always gripe about it afterwards. People are so use to the "same old politics" that it has become the norm for voters. It's called, "Wag the Dog".

    May 6, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Lola

    So Hillary wins?

    May 6, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Nick F.

    I played with the CNN Delegate Counter (look for it) and tried plugging in some numbers. If Hillary Clinton wins NC by 52% and ALL other contests by a highly unlikely 60% to 40% and the undeclared superdelegates also go Clinton 60% to 40%, guess what? Obama still gets the magic 2025 delegates for a first ballot win. So you Clintonites can dream on. Obama has it.

    May 6, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. FRED Atlanta, GA

    People who say they would vote for Mccain if Obama gets the nomination just need to be honest with themselves and state that they would not vote for a black candicate PERIOD why are you so afraid to admit it? you would rather goe thru 4 more yrs with senile MCSAME!!! who just stated that our young men and women were sent into iraq because of OIL!!!!! Just be real and state you will not vote for a person of color instead of lying to yourselves..

    OBAMA 08/12 YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL.

    May 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. Thom

    I liked Obama better when he said he was Hawaiian. Why did he have to go black.

    May 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. laf

    If Hillary Clinton wins the nomination, I will first vote for John McCain and then I will move to another country.

    May 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. John

    Yes Hillary Rodham Clinton is on her way all the way to the WH. The Obama supporters are beginning to lick their chomps.The gas tax gimmicks shrill by Obama is hurting him(Obama).The crude oil price per barrel hit highest $122!! Obama and the supps. still campaigning think it is gimmicks! Good evening it is lights out!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Sorry Al, but it's not that simple. I don't trust Clinton–we know without a doubt that she, like her husband, has lied to us. The reason? Political expediency. And doesn't the whole political family dynasty bother anyone? What next, will we be voting for Chelsea against the next generation of Bushes in 2013 or 2017? This cannot be what the founding fathers had in mind. If Clinton is the nominee, I won't be voting, and I'll likely leave the democratic party and register independent. Get used to the idea of McCain drooling his way through the next 4 years.

    May 6, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. ME

    May 6th, 2008 6:17 pm ET

    OBAMABOTS…..BRACE FOR SHOCK!!

    INDIANA: Clinton by 8 points

    NC: Clinton winning 52-48
    ______________________________________________

    A wishful thinking Clintonite?

    Wake up – there are 0% of precincts reporting and THE POLLS HAVEN'T CLOSED YET!

    There is no way to know who is leading at this point.

    Obama '08

    May 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Zagazaw

    Hillary views go against ecomonics Experts, go figure, I think some people is just digging for justification not to vote for Obama.

    May 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. orindan

    So Hillary wins Indiana 51%-49% by the exit polls math...

    May 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Golden Chica

    LAF – Hasta la vista Baby.

    May 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Zagazaw

    If Hillary loose she is going to devorce Bill.

    May 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. TRAVON

    THE NUMBERS ARE LOOKING REAL GOOD FOR OBAMA ALL HE HAS TO DO IS STAY CLOSE THE WESTERN HAVE OF THE STATE IS HIS BECAUSE OF HOW CLOSE IT IS TO CHICAGO PLACES LIKE GARY.EAST CHICAGO, HAMMOND AND SOUTHBEND I THINK HE WILL PULL OFF AND UPSET IF THE NUMBERS STAY LIKE THIS YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    May 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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