VoteCast: West Virginia voters say nation headed right way
A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in West Virginia said the country is headed in the right direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday’s elections, AP VoteCast found that 57 percent of West Virginia voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 43 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Here’s a snapshot of who voted and why in West Virginia, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, an innovative nationwide survey of about 139,000 voters and nonvoters _ including 2,623 voters and 834 nonvoters in the state of West Virginia _ conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.
RACE FOR SENATE
In the race for Senate, Democrat Joe Manchin was neck and neck with Republican Patrick Morrisey among voters under 45; similarly, those ages 45 and older were divided.
Voters with a college education supported Manchin. On the other hand, voters without a college degree were divided.
Voters considered several issues to be important to their vote in this midterm election, including the economy (26 percent), health care (25 percent), immigration (24 percent), terrorism (8 percent) and the environment (5 percent).
STATE OF THE ECONOMY
Voters have a positive view of the nation’s current economic outlook _ 65 percent said the nation’s economy is good, compared with 33 percent who said it’s not good.
For 37 percent of West Virginia voters, President Donald Trump was not a factor they considered while casting their votes. By comparison, 38 percent said a reason for their vote was to express support for Trump, and 24 percent said they voted to express opposition to Trump.
A majority of voters in West Virginia had positive views of Trump: 63 percent said they approve of how he is handling his job as president, while 37 percent said they disapprove of Trump.
CONTROL OF CONGRESS
Tuesday’s elections will determine control of Congress in the final two years of Trump’s first term in office, and 67 percent of West Virginia voters said which party will hold control was very important as they considered their vote. Another 21 percent said it was somewhat important.
STAYING AT HOME
In West Virginia, 70 percent of registered voters who chose not to vote in the midterm election were younger than 45. A wide share of those who did not vote _ 91 percent _ did not have a college degree. More nonvoters were Republicans (39 percent) than Democrats (23 percent).
AP VoteCast is a survey of the American electorate in all 50 states conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for The Associated Press and Fox News. The survey of 2,623 voters and 834 nonvoters in West Virginia was conducted Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, concluding as polls close on Election Day. It combines interviews in English or Spanish with a random sample of registered voters drawn from state voter files and self-identified registered voters selected from opt-in online panels. Participants in the probability-based portion of the survey were contacted by phone and mail, and had the opportunity to take the survey by phone or online. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to be plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. All surveys are subject to multiple sources of error, including from sampling, question wording and order, and nonresponse. Find more details about AP VoteCast’s methodology at http://www.ap.org/votecast.
AP created this story automatically using data from NORC.
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