Politics & Government

Winthrop/ETV Poll: Exclusive questions for The State

Here are responses to questions asked of likely voters in Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana in a poll exclusive to The State and McClatchy newspapers.


Question was part of larger grouping introduced with: As part of I’m going to read a list of issues, for each issue, I’d like for you to tell me - if you had to choose - whether you think John McCain or Barack Obama would do a better job on that issue.

How about the economy?



All Deep South Peripheral South Working Class Whites
McCain 49.4 54.4 47.8 54.0
Obama 35.8 32.6 37.1 29.5
neither/do the same [volunteered] 7.1 5.7 7.7 5.9
Not sure [volunteered] 7.1 6.6 7.3 10.2
refused 0.2 0.6 0.1 0.3

Right now, do you think that economic conditions in the country as a whole are getting better or getting worse?



All Deep South Peripheral South Working Class Whites
Getting Better 19.5 20.0 19.3 15.7
Getting Worse 73.8 73.0 74.1 76.7
Don't Know /Refused 6.8 7.0 6.6 7.6

How concerned are you about the possibility of losing your job in the next year? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned... [among those who work outside the home]



All Deep South Peripheral South Working Class Whites
very concerned 9.5 13.6 7.5 12.3
somewhat concerned 15.6 18.6 14.4 24.7
not very concerned 18.5 15.7 19.8 15.1
not at all concerned 56.3 52.1 58.3 48.0

If you had to find a new job in the next year, do you believe that you would need additional education or job training?



All Deep South Peripheral South Working Class Whites
Yes 29.2 30.3 28.7 40.8
No 65.4 62.9 66.4 54.5
Don't Know /Refused 5.4 6.8 4.9 4.7

How would you rate your financial situation today: excellent, good, only fair, or poor?



All Deep South Peripheral South Working Class Whites
Excellent 13.4 12.9 13.6 4.8
Good 46.1 44.8 46.6 34.8
Fair 30.7 32.2 30.1 43.6
Poor 8.5 8.5 8.4 15.9
Don’t Know/ Refused 1.3 1.6 1.3 0.9

Right now do you think that your financial situation as a whole is getting better or getting worse?



All Deep South Peripheral South Working Class Whites
Better 34.1 36.8 33.0 22.8
Worse 46.8 44.5 47.7 55.8
Don't Know/ Refused 19.1 18.7 19.3 21.4
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