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Exit poll: Obama sweeps across Mass. demographics

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012



The economy was the top issue on Massachusetts voters' minds Tuesday, and nothing else was close. About two-thirds of voters chose that as their top issue, and Obama took the majority of them. Health care was a distant second, with about 1 out of 6 voters considering that issue as most important. Nearly eight in 10 of those voters preferred Obama. Romney won a majority among voters who considered the budget deficit the most important issue, but they only amounted to about 1 of every 10 voter.



Massachusetts voters have apparently had their minds made up on the presidential race for quite a while. Nearly 8 in 10 voters said they knew who they were going to vote for before September.



The intense campaign for U.S. Senate included attacks by Brown on Warren's unverified claims of Indian heritage, while Warren hammered Brown's claims of independence from his party and record on women's issues. When it was all over, about a third of voters thought that both Brown and Warren attacked their opponent unfairly at times. That's larger than any group that said only one candidate was at fault, and that group split their vote between the candidates evenly. About a quarter of voters thought only Brown was unfair, while 1 in 5 voters said Warren was solely to blame for unfair attacks.



Just over half of Massachusetts voters said the government should do more to solve problems while a significant portion of Bay Staters, nearly five out of 10, believe government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.


The exit poll of 1,920 Massachusetts voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 30 precincts statewide. Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.