Alabama voters cite economy as No. 1 issue
by Phillip Rawls
Associated Press
Nov 06, 2012 | 2149 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MONTGOMERY (AP) — The economy was the top issue motivating Alabamians to vote Tuesday, according to preliminary exit polling conducted for The Associated Press. Among the findings:

ECONOMY

More than 6 of 10 voters identified the economy as the top issue. The federal budget deficit and health care were about tied for a distant second. About 7 out of 10 voters said their family's situation is about the same or worse than it was four years ago. About 3 out of 10 said it is better.

RELIGION

About half of the voters identified themselves as born-again or evangelical Christians and more than half said they attend religious services at least once a week. About 1 of 10 said they never attend religious services.

DECISION TIME

Alabama voters indicated they had made up their minds long before the candidates bombarded them with TV ads. About 8 of 10 said they did so before September.

GOVERNMENT's ROLE

About 6 of 10 voters said government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals, while about 4 of 10 said government should do more to solve problems.

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The preliminary exit poll of 680 voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 15 precincts statewide. Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

Online: http://surveys.ap.org/exitpolls
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