75
      Friday
      88 / 71
      Saturday
      85 / 67
      Sunday
      85 / 68

      2012 Election: Virginia voters have economy on the mind

      ELECTION RESULTSUnited States of America: Full national results | Electoral Map | Key Races MapDistrict of Columbia: WashingtonMaryland: Statewide | Anne Arundel, Calvert and Charles Counties | Frederick, Howard and Montgomery Counties | Prince George's and St. Mary's CountiesVirginia: Statewide | Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax City | Fairfax County, Falls Church and Fauquier | Loudoun, Manassas and Manassas Park | Prince William, Spotsylvania and Stafford

      (AP) Economic concerns weighed heavily on the minds of Virginia voters as they went to the polls, with more than six in 10 voters saying it was the most important issue facing the country, according to preliminary results from exit polling in the state Tuesday for The Associated Press. Among the findings:

      ECONOMY

      Economy was by far the biggest concern of voters in the Old Dominion. No other issue topped 20 percent. Asked which economic issue affected them most directly, nearly half said unemployment, with about three in 10 citing rising prices. Fewer were concerned about taxes or the housing market

      OTHER TOP ISSUES

      Health care was a distant second in the ranking of top issues, followed closely by the federal budget deficit.

      CANDIDATE QUALITIES

      Voters were about evenly divided on whether they most wanted a president who shares their values or one who has a vision for the future.

      FAVORABILITY RATINGS

      Voters in Virginia were split on whether President Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney was more in touch with people like them.

      ABORTION

      By a 2-1 margin, voters favored keeping abortion legal in most or all cases.

      GOVERNMENT'S ROLE

      A majority said government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.

      HEALTH CARE

      Virginia voters were divided on the nation's new health care law, with about half saying it should be repealed at least in part and a similar share saying it should be expanded or left as is.

      TAXES

      Half of voters said they thought taxes should be increased for those earning incomes of $250,000 or more, four in 10 said they should not be increased for anyone and one in eight said everyone should pay more in taxes.