Voters casting midterm election ballots in Indiana are divided over the state of the nation, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday’s elections, AP VoteCast found that 48 percent of Indiana voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 51 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Here’s a snapshot of who voted and why in Indiana, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, an innovative nationwide survey of about 135,000 voters and nonvoters _ including 3,776 voters and 720 nonvoters in the state of Indiana _ conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.
TOP ISSUE: HEALTH CARE
Health care was at the forefront of voters’ minds: 27 percent named it as the most important issue facing the nation in this year’s midterm elections. Others considered immigration (23 percent), the economy (21 percent), gun policy (6 percent) and the environment (6 percent) to be the top issue.
STATE OF THE ECONOMY
Voters have a positive view of the nation’s current economic outlook _ 71 percent said the nation’s economy is good, compared with 27 percent who said it’s not good.
For 34 percent of Indiana voters, President Donald Trump was not a factor they considered while casting their vote. By comparison, 66 percent said Trump was a reason for their vote.
CONTROL OF CONGRESS
Tuesday’s elections will determine control of Congress in the final two years of Trump’s first term in office, and 69 percent of Indiana voters said which party will hold control was very important as they considered their vote. Another 21 percent said it was somewhat important.
AP VoteCast is a survey of the American electorate in all 50 states conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for The Associated Press and Fox News. The survey of 3,776 voters and 720 nonvoters in Indiana was conducted Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, concluding as polls close on Election Day. It combines interviews in English or Spanish with a random sample of registered voters drawn from state voter files and self-identified registered voters selected from opt-in online panels. Participants in the probability-based portion of the survey were contacted by phone and mail, and had the opportunity to take the survey by phone or online. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to be plus or minus 2.2 percentage points. All surveys are subject to multiple sources of error, including from sampling, question wording and order, and nonresponse. Find more details about AP VoteCast’s methodology at http://www.ap.org/votecast.