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Half of Vermont voters say economy most important

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By The Associated Press

The views of Vermont voters in Tuesday's election, according to an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press

THE ECONOMY FIRST, HEALTH CARE SECOND

About half of Vermont's voters said the economy is the most important issue facing the country. That makes the economy the biggest issue for Vermonters but it is even more important in other states. Nationally, about three-fifths of voters named the economy as the most important issue. About one in five Vermonters said health care was the most important issue, a slightly higher percentage than in the nation at large.

SUPPORT FOR STATE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN

A solid majority of Vermont voters said they favor a plan for all Vermonters to get their health insurance through the state government. The plan has been championed by Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, who won re-election over Republican Randy Brock by a 2-1 margin.

NOT DECIDING AT THE LAST MINUTE

Asked when they decided whom to vote for in the presidential race, four-fifths of Vermonters said they made their decision before September. Only 1 in 20 said they decided Tuesday. About 7 in 10 Vermonters supported President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney.

A ROLE FOR GOVERNMENT

A majority of Vermonters said they agree more with the statement "Government should do more to solve problems" than with the statement "Government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals." Nationally, a majority agrees more with the statement that government is doing too many things. Vermonters who believe government should do more overwhelmingly supported Obama over Romney. They also propelled Shumlin to victory in the governor's race, and they helped independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Rep. Peter Welch win re-election.

The exit poll of 888 Vermont voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 15 precincts statewide. Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4%age points; it is higher for subgroups.

Online: http://surveys.ap.org/exitpolls

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