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Wisconsin exit poll: economy was top issue

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Women's Leadership Forum in Washington May 19, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Women's Leadership Forum in Washington May 19, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

MADISON (WSAU)   It’s the economy, stupid. Bill Clinton’s famous words from the 1990’s still ring true in Wisconsin, as the economy was by far the Number-One issue among state voters yesterday. The Badger State carried President Obama as he won re-election to his second term. According to exit polling for the A-P and the T-V networks, a majority of Wisconsin voters thought the economy was the top issue. And 54-percent blamed George W. Bush more than Obama for today’s struggling economy.

Wisconsin saw its last auto plant disappear under Obama’s watch – the Chrysler plant in Kenosha – but half the state’s voters still approved of Washington’s bailout to U-S automakers.

Only one in five voters thought health reform was the top issue. And they were split on what should happen to Obama’s reform package – which will presumably remain intact. 40-percent said unemployment was the biggest economic problem among Americans. 30-percent cited rising prices, and 22-percent cited taxes.

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