WASHINGTON (AP) - Preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press show that the presidential election hinges once again on the economy.
The survey of voters as they leave polling places shows 6 in 10 voters say the economy is the top issue facing the nation, with unemployment and rising prices hitting voters hard.
About 4 in 10 say they think the nation's economy is on the mend, but more say that things are getting worse or are bad and stagnating. Just a quarter of those surveyed in the exit poll say they are better off than four years ago. But almost half say the blame should be shared with the previous administration.
When it comes to taxes, six in 10 voters say taxes should be increased.
Half of the voters favored repealing some or all of Obamacare. Forty-three percent want the health care law expanded or left as is.
On immigration, only 3 in 10 voters said that most illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be deported. Nearly two-thirds said such people should be offered a chance to apply for legal status.