Nothing comes close to economy as voters' top worry, poll finds

Layoffs, cutbacks, and stimulus plans have become words all too familiar over the past several years. The great recession is considered by many economists to be the worst financial crisis financial crisis since the depression.

When voters go to the polls November 2, the economy will be top of mind according to a new Kentucky Poll. Commissioned by WKYT, The Lexington Herald-Leader, and WAVE-TV, Mason-Dixon Polling & Research of Washington, D.C., interviewed 625 registered voters in Kentucky October 18 and 19 about the issues they’re most concerned about.

Nearly three-fourths (72 percent) of those polled think the economy and jobs are the most important issues facing Kentucky today. Education ranked a distant second (nine percent) followed by healthcare (eight percent) and government spending/taxes/state budget (seven percent).

Immigration and social issues-family values such as abortion and gay rights barely registered with only one percent of those polled saying they're the most important.

The economy and how to achieve sustained is not only on voters’ minds. Fed policymakers said on Sept. 21 that they were prepared to provide additional financial support for the economy, but details of how that will happen and how much money will be involved aren't expected to be announced until next month.

Motorists probably won't see gas pump prices budge much from their recent highs until the Federal Reserve decides next month whether it needs to take steps to stimulate the economy. After that, analysts believe they could start falling.

Poll Methodology

This poll was conducted on behalf of WKYT, The Lexington Herald-Leader, and WAVE-TV by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from October 18-19. A total of 625 registered Kentucky voters were interviewed by telephone. All said they were likely to vote in the November general election. Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the district. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus four percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a gender or regional grouping.

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