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Exit polls show voters unhappy with economy, both parties

As voting winds down in the East, an Associated Press analysis finds that two of every five people who cast a ballot said they were financially worse off now than two years ago.

November 02, 2010|By Michael Muskal | Los Angeles Times

With voting in the East beginning to wind down, exit polling is showing that two of every five people who cast a ballot Tuesday said they were financially worse off today than two years ago.

According to an Associated Press analysis of preliminary exit poll results and pre-election polls, voters say the economy eclipses any other issue as their top concern.

Poll respondents also said they were unhappy with everyone in government, from President Obama to Congress, and that they have a similar view of the Democrats and the Republicans -- negative.

The findings, based on 9,000 interviews, confirm the basic theme throughout this year's midterm election campaign: Voters are angry about the economy, most issues and the people who made decisions in the last two years.

The first polls close at 6 p.m. EDT in Kentucky and Indiana.

Michael.muskal@latimes.com

Twitter.com/LATimesmuskal

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