BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : NOVEMBER 20, 2000 ISSUE
COVER STORY

A Divided Electorate


Asked about their concerns, voters split fairly evenly, giving the eventual winner little direction on what to tackle first.

Which one issue mattered most in determining your vote? *

ECONOMY/JOBS                            18%
EDUCATION                               15%
TAXES                                   14%
SOCIAL SECURITY                         14%


What should the new President do first?

IMPROVE EDUCATION                       30%
CUT TAXES                               26%
STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY              23%
CURB PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES           11%


What should be the top priority for the budget surplus? *

STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY              35%
CUT FEDERAL INCOME TAXES                28%
REDUCE THE NATIONAL DEBT                24%


Which do you agree with more? *

THE COUNTRY NEEDS TO STAY ON COURSE     56%
THE COUNTRY NEEDS A FRESH START         41%

* May not add up to 100% because of omitted answers and nonresponses

DATA: ABC NEWS EXIT POLLS


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