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Behind the Numbers
Posted at 08:31 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Early Iowa entrance poll findings

Early entrance poll numbers -- which may or may not be representative of the electorate -- show a higher share of independents and moderates than in 2008 as well as a little older electorate.

Last go-around self-identified Republicans made up nearly nine in 10 caucus-goers; now it’s around three in four.

Same proportion “very conservative,” but also more moderates than there were in 2008.

One big number coming out of 2008 was that 60 percent of caucus-goers were evangelical. The preliminary numbers continue to show a similar proportion this year.

Unlike four years ago, the economy dominates as an issue, with the vast majority of voters indicating the economy or the federal budget deficit as the top issues. The top candidate quality so far? Someone who can beat Barack Obama. About a third say winning the White House in the single most important attribute; in 2008, just 7 percent said so.

At this stage, more say business experience tops government experience as best preparation to be an effective president, but not by a big margin.

Nearly two in 10 of those who showed up early say they made up their minds about how to vote just today. About four in 10 said they’re participating in first caucus.

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Categories:  GOP nomination, 2012 polls, Voting, Exit polls

 
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