Indiana exit poll: Women aid Donnelly victory

Associated Press Modified: November 7, 2012 at 1:01 am •  Published: November 7, 2012
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PENCE SCORES WITH WHITES, OLDER VOTERS

Pence enjoyed broad support from many of the same groups as Romney. The six-term congressman was backed heavily by whites, voters over 65 and those with family incomes of at least $50,000. Democrat John Gregg was preferred by women by a narrow margin, by blacks, moderates and those with no more than a high school education.

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ECONOMY SUPERSEDES ALL ISSUES

Any voter concerns about health care reform, foreign policy or other issues were dwarfed by the economy on Election Day. Six in 10 Indiana voters called the economy the top problem facing the nation — close to four times the number of voters who singled out any other issue. The federal budget deficit and health care were cited by about one in six voters each.

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FEW BETTER OFF

Financial progress on the home front since the last presidential election has been limited, according to a majority of Indiana voters. Nearly four in 10 said they're worse off today than they were four years ago, and about the same number said their family's financial situation is no better. Only about a quarter said they are better off today than in 2008.

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GOVERNMENT'S ROLE

Most voters think the government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals, while four in 10 think the government should be doing more to solve problems.

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The exit poll of 1,539 Indiana voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 25 precincts statewide. Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

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