VoteCast: Kansas voters divided on state of nation

(AP) Voters casting midterm election ballots in Kansas are divided over the state of the nation, 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 46 percent of Kansas voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 52 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Here's a snapshot of who voted and why in Kansas, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, an innovative nationwide survey of about 135,000 voters and nonvoters _ including 3,786 voters and 755 nonvoters in the state of Kansas _ conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.
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TOP ISSUES

Voters considered several issues to be important to their vote in this midterm election, including health care (27 percent), immigration (25 percent), the economy (19 percent), gun policy (6 percent) and foreign policy (5 percent).
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STATE OF THE ECONOMY

Voters have a positive view of the nation's current economic outlook _ 65 percent said the nation's economy is good, compared with 34 percent who said it's not good.
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TRUMP FACTOR

For 46 percent of Kansas voters, President Donald Trump was not a factor they considered while casting their vote. By comparison, 54 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 3,786 voters and 755 nonvoters in Kansas was conducted Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, concluding as polls close on Election Day. It combines interviews in English or Spanish with a random sample of registered voters drawn from state voter files and self-identified registered voters selected from opt-in online panels. Participants in the probability-based portion of the survey were contacted by phone and mail, and had the opportunity to take the survey by phone or online. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to be plus or minus 2.0 percentage points. 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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