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Majority of voters say election outcome will make a great deal of difference on key issues
Date:10/28/2008

between McCain and Obama voters' views of the impact of this election is not as great when it comes to other major issues, including the war in Iraq (67% vs. 62%), the economy (52% vs. 59%), and the war in Afghanistan (56% vs. 49%).

There are two key campaign issues that most voters do not believe will be impacted by the outcome of the election in a major way. Relatively few voters believe the election outcome will make a great deal of difference when it comes to education (33%) or the price of gas (26%).

Table 1 Whether the Outcome of the Presidential Election Makes a Difference to Health Care and Other Issues: Those Saying It Will Make A Great Deal of Difference

"Thinking about the November 2008 presidential election, how much difference do you think it will make to [ISSUE] whether Senator Barack Obama or Senator John McCain is elected? Would you say [A great deal of difference, Some difference, No difference]"

Total Registered Voters (%) Obama Voters (%) McCain Voters (%)
War in Iraq
63
62
67
Economy
52
59
52
War in Afghanistan
50
49
56
National Security
50
42
66
Health Care
48
59
40
Ethical Standards in DC
42
42

Contact: Todd Datz
tdatz@hsph.harvard.edu
617-432-3952
Harvard School of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

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