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Economy, terrorism, immigration leads issues for Georgia voters

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Early results of exit polling show the economy weighed heavily on the minds of Georgia voters Tuesday, with terrorism, immigration and foreign policy issues trailing well behind. Here's a look at some voters' views, according to preliminary results of exit polling conducted in Georgia for The Associated Press and the television networks:

WHAT ISSUES MATTERED

More than five in 10 voters - split almost evenly between backers of Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump - said the economy was the most important issue confronting the country. Terrorism, immigration and foreign policy took a backseat in many voters' minds. But of those who said immigration was the key issue, more than 7 in 10 voted for Trump. As for those who identified foreign policy as the key issue, more than 6 in 10 cast ballots for Clinton. Those who saw terrorism as the biggest concern were roughly split between the two top contenders.

WHAT DO VOTERS WANT IN A PRESIDENT?

Making change happen was foremost on voters' minds, far outweighing experience, good judgment and a president who "cares." Four in 10 voters in Georgia said the ability to bring about needed change was the top quality. Of that group, more than 8 in 10 cast ballots for Trump.

For the roughly 2 in 10 who said the most important quality was the right experience, nearly 9 in 10 sided with Clinton. Another group the same size said good judgment was key, with half of those siding with Clinton. Lastly, voters who saw a president who cares "about people like me" as most important went more than 6 in 10 for Clinton.

WHO VOTED FOR WHO?

Of the 6 in 10 voters who said they were white, nearly three-quarters voted for Trump. Of the third of voters identifying as black, some 9 in 10 cast ballots for Clinton. Youth heavily favored Clinton, with around 6 in 10 of the 18-to-29-year-olds voting for the Democrat. Older groups were more evenly divided though among voters 65 and older, about two-thirds cast ballots for Trump. Among college graduates, about half voted for Clinton, while about half of those who said they had no college degree went for Trump.

The survey of 2,611 voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 35 precincts statewide Tuesday, as well as 669 voters who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 28 through Nov. 4. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

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