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Exit polls: Economy tops education and Covid-19 as most important issue for Virginia voters

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Just under one-quarter said education is most important, about 15% chose taxes, about 14% chose the coronavirus pandemic and just about one-tenth chose abortion.

McAuliffe voters call the economy and coronavirus their top issues, followed by education. Among Youngkin voters, the economy is the top issue, followed by education and taxes.

Most voters take a positive view of Virginia’s economy, with about 55% rating it either excellent or good. About three-quarters of those with negative views of the economy backed Youngkin, with a slightly smaller share of those with positive views of the state’s economy voting for McAuliffe. Voters are closely divided over which candidate they trust to handle the economy: Roughly 40% trust only McAuliffe and about 43% trust only Youngkin, with the rest trusting both or neither.

National debates over masking and Covid-19 vaccine mandates charged the Virginia governor contest, with Youngkin having tapped into frustration

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