Here's a look at results from a preliminary exit poll conducted in Minnesota for The Associated Press.
GENDER GAP ON MARRIAGE AMENDMENT
The proposed amendment to define marriage as only between a man and a woman was opposed by a majority of women and backed by a majority of men. Similarly, voters under age 50 voted against it by a substantial majority, while those over 50 were strongly in favor.
ECONOMY DOMINATES VOTER CONCERNS
Health care reform, foreign policy and other campaign flashpoints were dwarfed by the economy on Election Day. About six in 10 Minnesota voters said the economy is the most important issue facing the country - three times more than any other issue. The federal budget deficit and health care reform were named by two in 10 or less.
LIMITED FINANCIAL PROGRESS
Financial progress on the home front since the last presidential election has been limited, according to a majority of Minnesota voters. About three in 10 said their family's financial situation is worse now than four years ago, and another four in 10 said it's no better. Only a quarter said they are better off today than in 2008.
Minnesota voters are divided on government's role. Close to half said they think the government should do more to solve problems. But a like amount said they agreed with the statement "Government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals."
The preliminary exit poll of 1,641 Minnesota voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 25 precincts statewide.
Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.
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