During this year’s midterm elections, voters were most concerned about prices going up, according to early results from national and state exit polls done by Edison Research for other news networks. Nearly a third of voters said that inflation was the issue that most affected how they chose candidates for the House. More than seven in ten of them chose Republicans.
Most of the exit polls done in 11 key states were also mostly about inflation. At least two-thirds of the people in several important states who were worried about high prices voted for Republican Senate candidates. Prices for food, gas and other necessities have been going up for more than a year, and inflation has been around its highest level in 40 years.
About three-quarters of voters across the country said the economy is “poor” or “not good,” and the same number said inflation has made their lives hard or very hard. About two-thirds of them said that the price of gas was making their lives hard.
More than seven in ten voters say they are “dissatisfied” or “angry” with the way things are going in the country as a whole. The results of the exit poll are the same as the results of polls taken before the election and surveys of consumer confidence. All of these show that Americans are worried about the state of the economy.
Even though President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress try to talk up the steps they’ve taken to cut costs, many voters don’t believe them. Exit polls showed that just under half of the voters for House candidates thought Biden’s policies hurt the country, while only about a third said they helped.
Even Biden’s plan to wipe out some student loan debt hasn’t won over a lot of people. About half of voters agree with the effort, and about the same number disagree.
Even though people are worried about the economy, the Republicans’ “red wave” doesn’t seem to have happened yet. More than a quarter of voters said that abortion was one of the most important issues in the election. About 61% of voters said they were unhappy with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and about 70% of those voters voted for a Democratic House candidate.
People Who Cared About “Honesty And Integrity” Voted For Fetterman
The exit poll shows that most female voters, White voters with college degrees, voters of colour, and political independents in the state voted for Fetterman. Most male voters and White voters without college degrees, on the other hand, voted for Oz.
About 53% of voters said they didn’t like how Vice President Joe Biden did his job. But about 14% of those who didn’t like Biden voted for Fetterman, and almost all of those who liked the president voted for Fetterman. Most voters in the state said that former President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden did not play a role in their vote.
The number of people who thought Oz’s views were too extreme was about the same as the number of people who thought Fetterman’s views were not.
There was a close split among Pennsylvania voters about whether Fetterman’s health was good enough for him to represent the state well. Fetterman, who is the vice governor of Pennsylvania, almost died from a stroke a few days before the Democratic primary in May.
But most voters said Oz hasn’t lived in the commonwealth long enough to do a good job representing it. Oz has said that after living in New Jersey for decades, he will move to Pennsylvania in late 2020.
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Most Voters Don’t Want Biden To Run In 2024
Early results from a national exit poll done for other news networks by Edison Research show that more than two-thirds of voters for House candidates don’t want President Joe Biden to run again in 2024.
More than seven out of ten independent voters and about nine out of ten Republican voters said they don’t want Biden to run for president in 2024. Less than six out of ten Democratic voters thought he should run for office. Not quite six out of ten independent voters don’t like Biden, and about the same number don’t like the job he’s doing as president.
Only 1 in 10 Democratic voters don’t like the president, and only a little more than that don’t like how he’s doing his job. More than 9 out of 10 GOP voters don’t like Biden and don’t think he’s doing a good job.
Two-thirds of independent voters and more than nine out of ten Democratic voters do not like former President Donald Trump. A little more than three-quarters of GOP voters think it’s a good idea. Independent voters make up about a quarter of the electorate, while Democrats make up about a third and Republicans a little more than a third.
Most Voters Have At Least Some Faith That Elections In Their States Are Fair
Early national results from an exit poll done for and other news networks by Edison Research show that more than 9 out of 10 Democrats who voted in this year’s midterms said they were at least somewhat confident that elections were fair and accurate in their state. About eight out of ten independents and about two-thirds of Republicans are as sure as that.
Most key battleground states had high confidence among Democrats, but Republicans’ views of the election system were much more different from state to state. About 8 out of 10 Republicans in Florida, New Hampshire, Texas, and Ohio said they were sure their state’s elections were accurate and fair. More than 7 out of 10 Republicans in Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin said the same thing.
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But in Michigan, Nevada, and Arizona, only about 6 out of 10 Republicans said they were confident in their state’s elections. In Pennsylvania, only about half of the people felt this way.
People were also very worried about the state of democracy in the country. About three out of ten people said they thought democracy in the US was at least somewhat safe, while about two-thirds said they thought democracy was somewhat or very threatened. A little more than 6 in 10 voters agreed that Biden did win the presidency in 2020, while a little more than a third disagreed with the results.
Pennsylvania Voters Are Split Over Fetterman’s Health
Edison Research’s exit poll for and other news networks in Pennsylvania shows that voters are split on whether or not Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman’s health is good enough for him to represent the state well.
Fetterman, who is the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, almost died from a stroke a few days before he won the Democratic primary in May. But most voters said that Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz has not lived in the commonwealth long enough to represent it well. More than 40% said that they had.
Oz has said that after living in New Jersey for decades, he will move to Pennsylvania in late 2020. Voters are also split on which candidate’s views are too extreme, with more than 4 in 10 choosing Fetterman and the same number choosing Oz.
More than one-third of Pennsylvania voters said that the most important thing to them is whether or not a candidate shares their values and has honesty and integrity. About 20% of people said that caring about people like them is the most important thing in a candidate. Less than one in ten said that having the right experience is the most important thing.
More than half of the men who voted for Oz and more than half of the women who voted for Fetterman chose those candidates. About a quarter of voters were independent, and more than half of those voters chose Fetterman.
More than three-quarters of voters who thought abortion was the most important issue voted for Fetterman. They made up a little more than a third of the voters. But more than three-quarters of the people who said inflation was the most important issue chose Oz. More than a quarter of the voters were of that group.
The Top Issues For Republicans And Democrats Are Different
According to the preliminary national results of the exit poll that Edison Research did for other news networks, there is a big difference between the priorities and attitudes of Republicans and Democrats this year.
Nearly half of the people who voted for a Republican House candidate said inflation was the most important issue, and less than 15% said any other issue was more important. About 44% of people who voted for a Democrat said that abortion was their top issue, while 15% or less said that any other issue was their top issue.
The first national exit polls show that most people who voted in the midterms were against the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
A little less than 4 in 10 said they were excited or happy with the decision, while about 21% said they were unhappy and about the same number said they were angry. About 60% of voters said abortion should be legal in most or all cases. In the 2020 general election, 51% of voters said the same thing.
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