VoteCast: Oklahoma voters say nation headed right way

A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Oklahoma said the country is headed in the right direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.

As voters cast ballots for governor and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 65 percent of Oklahoma voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 35 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Here's a snapshot of who voted and why in Oklahoma, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, an innovative nationwide survey of about 135,000 voters and nonvoters _ including 779 voters and 216 nonvoters in the state of Oklahoma _ conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

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TOP ISSUE: IMMIGRATION

Immigration was at the forefront of voters' minds: 41 percent named it as the most important issue facing the nation in this year's midterm elections. Others considered health care (18 percent), the economy (17 percent), terrorism (9 percent) and gun policy (4 percent) to be the top issue.

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STATE OF THE ECONOMY

Voters have a positive view of the nation's current economic outlook _ 77 percent said the nation's economy is good, compared with 23 percent who said it's not good.

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TRUMP FACTOR

For 47 percent of Oklahoma voters, President Donald Trump was not a factor they considered while casting their vote. By comparison, 53 percent said Trump was a reason for their vote.

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AP VoteCast is a survey of the American electorate in all 50 states conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for The Associated Press and Fox News. The survey of 779 voters and 216 nonvoters in Oklahoma was conducted Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, concluding as polls close on Election Day. Interviews in English and Spanish with self-identified registered voters selected from opt-in online panels are calibrated with interviews of randomly sampled registered voters nationwide. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to be plus or minus 10.0 percentage points. Although there is no statistically agreed upon approach for calculating margins of error for non-probability samples, the margin of error is estimated using a calculation called the root mean squared error and other statistical adjustments. All surveys are subject to multiple sources of error, including from sampling, question wording and order, and nonresponse. Find more details about AP VoteCast's methodology at http://www.ap.org/votecast.

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AP created this story automatically using data from NORC.

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