RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Four in 10 voters in North Carolina believe the nation's economy is on the mend, but still, six in 10 called it their top issue, according to preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press. Among other findings:
WHO VOTED: Slightly more women than men voted in 2012, and the numbers were similar to 2008. The racial breakdown of voters also was similar to four years ago. Seven in 10 voters were white, while about a quarter of voters were black.
ECONOMY IS NO. 1 ISSUE: Voters were split on whether President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney would do a better job handling the economy. Rising prices and unemployment were the economic issues that voters said hit them the hardest. Just more than one in five voters said they were better off now than four years ago.
OBAMA'S JOB: About one in four voters said they were enthusiastic about Obama's administration, and about one in four said they were satisfied with the president. About three in 10 voters said they were dissatisfied and two in 10 said they were angry with the president.
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Just a third of voters said they supported same-sex marriage, which were similar numbers to an amendment voted on last May that defined marriage as only between a woman and a man. Obama has thrown his support behind gay marriage since the 2008 election.
MIND MADE UP: About three in four voters said they decided on a presidential candidate before September, when the Democratic National Convention was held to Charlotte. About three in 10 voters said they had been contacted on behalf of Obama during the campaign, while slightly fewer had been contacted by Romney's campaign.
FROM AROUND HERE: A slim majority of voters were born in North Carolina.
The survey of North Carolina voters was conducted for the AP by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from interviews with 3,214 voters from a random sample of 50 precincts statewide Tuesday; 926 who voted early or absentee were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.