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Feb 9, 2016 7:40 PM

Exit polls: New Hampshire GOP voters feel betrayed by party

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Voters in New Hampshire's primary are deeply unhappy with the federal government, and many Republican voters are down on politicians from their own party, according to early results of the exit poll conducted by Edison Research for the Associated Press and television networks.

Republican voters say the economy, government spending and terrorism are the most important issues facing the country. Democratic primary voters say the economy and income inequality are most important.

Half of Democratic voters said they're dissatisfied with the way government is working, with another 1 in 10 saying they're angry. That's even higher among Republican primary voters, with 9 in 10 voters saying they're either dissatisfied or angry.

Republican voters say they are more interested in nominating a candidate from outside the political establishment than Democrats.

Republicans are evenly divided: nearly half preferred someone with experience and about the same number say they favored an outsider. In comparison, about 7 in 10 Democrats said they want a candidate who has experience in politics; about a quarter want someone outside the political establishment.

The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks by Edison Research as voters left their polling places at 44 randomly selected sites in New Hampshire. Preliminary results include interviews with 1,434 Democratic primary voters and 1,257 Republican primary voters and have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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