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Minnesota exit poll: Gender gap decides amendment

Associated Press Modified: November 7, 2012 at 2:02 am •  Published: November 7, 2012



Health care reform, foreign policy and other campaign flashpoints were dwarfed by the economy on Election Day. About six in 10 Minnesota voters said the economy is the most important issue facing the country — three times more than any other issue. The federal budget deficit and health care reform were named by two in 10 or less.



Financial progress on the home front since the last presidential election has been limited, according to a majority of Minnesota voters. About three in 10 said their family's financial situation is worse now than four years ago, and another four in 10 said it's no better. Only a quarter said they are better off today than in 2008.



Minnesota voters are divided on government's role. Close to half said they think the government should do more to solve problems. But a like amount said they agreed with the statement "Government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals."


The exit poll of 1,671 Minnesota 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.