IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID

November 6, 2012 - 7:33 PM
Utah Votes

Lisa Gilbert exits Pony Express Elementary School after casting her ballot in Eagle Mountain, Utah, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; MAGS OUT

It's the economy, stupid.

Preliminary results from a national exit poll for The Associated Press and the television networks show that 60 percent of the 18,237 voters surveyed by Edison Research said the economy was the biggest issue facing the country.

That's about the same percentage as the last general election four years ago.

Next were health care (18 percent of those surveyed) and the deficit (15 percent).

A measly 4 percent said foreign policy was the top issue.

Of those surveyed, 77 percent of voters called the economy not so good or poor.

The biggest economic concerns were unemployment and rising prices.

Most voters — about 6 in 10 — said taxes should be increased.

— Frederic J. Frommer — Twitter http://twitter.com/ffrommer

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