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Voter ideas point to compromise on fiscal gridlock

Associated Press Published: November 8, 2012
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— Voters embraced Romney's message about government that's grown too big. Just over half — 51 percent — said government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals. Only 43 percent wanted government to do more to solve problems. That's a reversal from four years ago.

— There wasn't a clear winner between Obama's economic policies and Romney's. Voters were split on which of them would better handle the economy. But Romney got a narrow advantage on handling the federal budget deficit, 49-47.

— A majority, 52 percent, thought Obama would do better on Medicare. The rising cost of Medicare as more baby boomers retire and health care prices go up is a giant problem within the out-of-control deficit dilemma.

— Voters gave a vote of no confidence to the Republican policies of Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush. A slim majority said he's more to blame for the ongoing economic problems; only 38 percent blamed Obama more.

The survey of 26,565 voters was conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 350 precincts nationally Tuesday, as well as 4,408 who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 2 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

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

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