Why they voted

By Geraldine Sealey
Published February 11, 2004 4:30AM (UTC)
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Polls in Virginia and Tennessee will close later tonight, but exit pollsters already have a sketch of why people voted as they did. Much like the Democratic primary voters who came before them in 2004, those who cast votes today saw the economy and jobs as the biggest campaign issues; two-thirds disapproved of the war in Iraq; eight in 10 said they were angry or dissatisfied with President Bush; and a third said the ability to defeat Bush was the most important quality for a Democratic candidate.

From the AP: "A fifth of voters in Tennessee and slightly more in Virginia described themselves as political independents. Seven in 10 Tennessee voters said they were Democrats and about three-fourths of Virginia voters said they were Democrats.


"More than six in 10 Tennessee voters described themselves as moderate or conservative, while six in 10 Virginia voters said they were moderate or conservative."

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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