MIAMI (AP) - Voters in Florida were focused on the economy, with nearly two-thirds calling it the nation's top problem, according to preliminary results from exit polling in the state done for The Associated Press. Among the findings:
The economy was foremost on the minds of Florida voters. Health care, the deficit and foreign policy lagged far behind.
When it came to economic issues facing voters, rising prices were the top concern of Floridians casting their ballots. Not far behind was unemployment. Both were the picks of more than a third of voters in a state with an 8.7 percent unemployment rate.
President Barack Obama was leading among female, black, Hispanic and young voters in Florida, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney was leading among white, male and older voters. Obama was supported by more than half of female voters in the Sunshine State. He was favored by more than 9 of 10 black voters and 3 of 5 Hispanic voters in Florida. The president also was the choice of two-thirds of voters under age 30. Romney was favored by more than 3 of 5 white voters and almost the same percentage of voters over age 65.
Florida voters made up their minds early. More than two-thirds of voters said they had made up their minds before September.
Half of Florida voters believe that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul should be repealed. Slightly more than half of voters also support an amendment to the state constitution that encourages state leaders to resist the implementation of Obama's health care overhaul.
WHO TO BLAME?
Slightly more than half of Florida voters believe President George W. Bush is to blame for the nation's economic problems.
The survey of 4,182 voters was conducted for the AP by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from interviews with voters at 50 polling places statewide; 811 who voted early or absentee were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 25 through Nov. 2. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.
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