Wednesday, November 7, 2012
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney won Mississippi by a wide margin in the presidential race Tuesday, and more than half of voters in the state said the economy was the top issue on their minds, according to an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and other news organizations. Republican Roger Wicker also won re-election to the U.S. Senate.
Here's a look at results from exit polling in Mississippi:
The economy was the most important issue, by a wide margin, while the deficit and health care were more distant concerns. A small share of voters listed foreign policy as the most important issue.
About 4 in 10 voters said they think their financial situation is worse now than it was four years ago. Smaller shares said their financial situation is about the same or better.
Six in 10 voters said they thought Romney would better handle the economy, while a smaller share said they thought Obama would be better on the economy.
Six in 10 voters said they thought Romney was more in touch with people like them.
About 9 out of 10 white voters said they supported Romney, and more than 9 of 10 black voters said they supported Obama.
Two-thirds of voters said they attend religious services once a week.
MINDS MADE UP LONG AGO
A large majority said they made up their minds in the presidential race before September.
The exit poll of 875 Mississippi voters was conducted for the AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 15 precincts statewide. Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.