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It's still the economy, stupid

February 29, 2012: 3:27 PM ET

Exit polls in state after state have confirmed what has long been assumed: The economy is issue #1.

Asked to identify the most important issue to them, voters have consistently ranked the economy and the budget deficit as their top concerns.

And in almost every case, the voters then reward the candidate they think will handle that issue best with an electoral victory.

Now sure, data is limited to one political party, but general polling seems to back up the exit polls.

On Tuesday, 55% of voters in Michigan said that the economy was their top concern, while 24% identified the budget deficit, 14% said abortion and 3% said illegal immigration.

And which candidate performed best with voters who listed the economy or budget deficit as their top concern? Mitt Romney, the winner of the primary, who captured 47% of those voters.

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