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VoteCast: Oklahoma voters say nation headed right way

November 7, 2018

A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Oklahoma said the country is headed in the right direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.

As voters cast ballots for governor and members of Congress in Tuesday’s elections, AP VoteCast found that 60 percent of Oklahoma voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 40 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Here’s a snapshot of who voted and why in Oklahoma, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, an innovative nationwide survey of about 139,000 voters and nonvoters _ including 787 voters and 217 nonvoters in the state of Oklahoma _ conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

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RACE FOR GOVERNOR

Voters under 45 were divided between Democrat Drew Edmondson and Republican Kevin Stitt in the race for governor. Voters ages 45 and older modestly supported Stitt.

Voters without a college degree were split over Edmondson and Stitt. In addition, college graduates were split.

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TOP ISSUE: IMMIGRATION

Immigration was at the forefront of voters’ minds: 39 percent named it as the most important issue facing the nation in this year’s midterm elections. Others considered health care (20 percent), the economy (17 percent), terrorism (8 percent) and gun policy (4 percent) to be the top issue.

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STATE OF THE ECONOMY

Voters have a positive view of the nation’s current economic outlook _ 73 percent said the nation’s economy is good, compared with 27 percent who said it’s not good.

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TRUMP FACTOR

For 46 percent of Oklahoma voters, President Donald Trump was not a factor they considered while casting their votes. By comparison, 32 percent said a reason for their vote was to express support for Trump, and 22 percent said they voted to express opposition to Trump.

A majority of voters in Oklahoma had positive views of Trump: 64 percent said they approve of how he is handling his job as president, while 36 percent said they disapprove of Trump.

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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 787 voters and 217 nonvoters in Oklahoma was conducted Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, concluding as polls close on Election Day. Interviews in English and Spanish with self-identified registered voters selected from opt-in online panels are calibrated with interviews of randomly sampled registered voters nationwide. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to be plus or minus 10.1 percentage points. Although there is no statistically agreed upon approach for calculating margins of error for non-probability samples, the margin of error is estimated using a calculation called the root mean squared error and other statistical adjustments. 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.

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AP created this story automatically using data from NORC.

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