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Exit Poll: Economy, Crime Were Big Concerns For Chicago Voters

(CBS) – A majority of Chicago voters were pessimistic about the city's economy as they hit the polls to vote for mayor on Tuesday, a CBS 2 exit poll suggests.

CBS 2 asked 1,500 people in 30 precincts of 50 precincts a range of issues.

A majority of those voters were pessimistic about the city's economy as they hit their polling places.

The big issue for Chicagoans was the economy. Sixty-three percent of voters said the economy is either "not good" or "poor." In contrast, another 36 percent said the economy was "excellent" or "good."

What about the future direction of the local economy? A majority, 86 percent, said they are "very" or "somewhat worried," while 13 percent said they are "not too worried" or "not at all" worried.

On the issue of crime, 12 percent in the exit poll said violence in Chicago has gotten better and they feel safer; 41 percent say it's worse; 46 percent say crime is about the same.


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