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Poll: Midterm Elections

Do you plan to vote in the November midterm congressional elections?

  Total 18-49 50+
Yes 65% 54% 80%
No 20% 24% 14%
Don't Know 13% 19% 5%
Refused 2% 2% 1%

Reasons why people don’t plan to vote or are not sure if they’ll vote:

  Total 18-49 50+
I don't trust any of the candidates 28% 28% 28%
I don't think my vote matters 16% 14% 22%
I do not have transportation to the polls 4% 3% 5%
I don't have time to vote 11% 13% 3%
I'm disgusted with politics 38% 26% 44%
This election is not about my concerns/issues 16% 15% 20%
Don't know 11% 10% 15%
Refused 7% 5% 11%

How interested are you in the upcoming midterm election in November 2010?

  Total 18-49 50+
Interested 68% 58% 82%
Not interested 31% 42% 15%

Which of the following matters most when you vote for a candidate for a state or national office?

  Total 18-49 50+
Character or personal qualities of a candidate 38% 36% 40%
Political party of a candidate 11% 12% 10%
Candidate's position on one or two issues 28% 31% 25%
Candidate's length of time in office 3% 3% 3%
Candidate's voting record 13% 11% 15%
Don't know 6% 6% 5%
Refused 1% 1% 2%

Please tell me whether each of the following issues will influence how you will vote in the upcoming electio

  Total 18-49 50+
War in Iraq and Afghanistan and/or terrorism 79% 77% 80%
Social Security 82% 76% 89%
Jobs 90% 90% 90%
Cost of health care and access to doctors 88% 88% 88%
Government corruption 84% 81% 87%
Budget deficit 83% 81% 85%
Energy costs 77% 76% 78%

Survey of 1,051 adults age 18 and older conducted by SSRS Aug. 18-25, 2010.

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