In the end, it’s the economy, isn’t it?
Elections often turn on the state of the economy (or at least the perception of the state of the economy). Election 2010 may be a case in point. The economy is hands down the most important issue cited by voters in the Public Religion Institute survey we’ve relied on this week. (Scroll down on right to see earlier posts.)
How about you?
What is your No. 1 political issue in Election 2010?
Almost half (46%) say the economy is the No. 1 issue. Contrast that with the percentage of voters who say healthcare is their top issue—only 20%. Only 10% say it’s the budget deficit. How about the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Few worries there, compared to the economy. Only 9% cite the wars as their top issue.
Almost half of voters (49%) say the economy has gotten worse since Obama entered the White House. Only 20% say its better. The economic recovery, as we’ve discussed before, is a case of the dog that didn’t bark: it’s what didn’t happen that could have happened. Things would have been a lot worse if the stimulus package had not been implemented, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. But that’s hard to appreciate if you’ve lost your job or you’re struggling financially.
Over half of voters say they are in fair or poor shape financially. These voters are more likely to cast their votes for Democrats than for Republicans, according to the poll. But those who are in excellent or good shape financially (about 44%) are more likely to vote for Republicans.
Are you more likely to vote in the midterm election because of the economy?
Will the state of the economy determine who you vote for?
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