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Nevada Voters Pessimistic About Nation's Economy

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Voters' views of Tuesday's elections, according to preliminary results of an exit poll conducted in Nevada for The Associated Press and television networks:

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THE ISSUE ABOVE ALL OTHERS: Nevada voters overwhelmingly cited the economy as the top issue facing the country. Health care and the federal budget deficit were nearly tied for a distant second.

Among four choices for the biggest economic problem, more than 4 in 10 voters named rising prices, followed by unemployment and the housing market. Nevada has had one of the highest unemployment rates and foreclosure rates in the nation.

Nearly three-fourths of voters rated the nation's economy as "not so good" or "poor."

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LIKE: More than two-thirds of voters strongly favor their presidential candidate.

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MIND MADE UP: Hardly any Nevada voters were deciding which presidential candidate to cast their vote for on Election Day. More than 9 in 10 voters made up their minds in October, September or even earlier.

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ABORTION, IMMIGRATION, HEALTH CARE: Nevada voters overwhelmingly say that abortion should be legal, only about one-third think it should be against the law.

When it comes to immigration, 6 in 10 voters believe that illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be offered a chance to apply for legal status. Half as many want illegal immigrants deported.

On health care, voters are almost split on whether they believe that it should be expanded, left as is, or completely or partially repealed.

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The survey of 3,089 Nevada voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 47 precincts statewide Tuesday, as well as 1,104 who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4. 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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