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Early Exits Look In Line With Polling

Here are some early data from today’s exit polls:

Voters around the country are intensely worried about the economy and dissatisfied with the way the federal government is working.

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. Nearly all voters are worried about the future direction of the economy, and about 4 in 10 say they are worse off financially than they were two years ago.

Voters are expressing dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and the Congress, and they don’t have a favorable view of either the Democratic or Republican parties.

Democrats are at 43/53 fav/unfav. Republicans are at 41/53. Obama’s at 45/54.

Self-described conservatives have jumped from 34% of the voting electorate to 41%. Yound voters are 9% of the electorate, down from 12% in 2006. African-Americans are at 10% of the electorate.

None of these really portend a very good night for the Democrats. About the only thing they can hang their hats on: voters do not want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, by a count of 47-41.

UPDATE: Interesting:

Voters think the economy’s a wreck…but who’s to blame? Thirty-five percent of voters in early exit polls pin the blame on Wall Street. The next name on the list: former President Bush – 29 percent point their fingers in his direction. President Obama follows, at 24 percent.

I’ve seen some raw Senate numbers which I’m not going to post, but broadly speaking they’re in line with expectations. We’ll know soon enough.

UPDATE II: Several sites have now leaked those Senate exits, so you can find them. Outside of IL-Sen, this is basically as expected, with Washington, California, Colorado and Nevada looking decent for the Democrats. Does the wave crest at the Rockies?

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