A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Minnesota said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for governor, U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 38 percent of Minnesota voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 60 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Here's a snapshot of who voted and why in Minnesota, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, an innovative nationwide survey of about 139,000 voters and nonvoters _ including 4,238 voters and 675 nonvoters in the state of Minnesota _ conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.
TWO SENATE SEATS
In the special election for the Senate seat vacated by Al Franken, Democrat Tina Smith was preferred over Republican Karin Housley among voters under 45; conversely, those ages 45 and older were divided.
Voters with a college education were more likely to support Smith. Conversely, voters without a college degree were split.
Meanwhile, in Minnesota's other Senate race, Democrat Amy Klobuchar was preferred over Republican Jim Newberger among voters under 45; likewise, those ages 45 and older supported Klobuchar.
Voters with a college education favored Klobuchar. In addition, voters without a college degree supported Klobuchar.
RACE FOR GOVERNOR
Democrat Tim Walz led Republican Jeff Johnson among voters under 45 in the race for governor. Voters ages 45 and older were split.
Voters without a college degree were split over Johnson and Walz. Conversely, college graduates favored Walz.
TOP ISSUE: HEALTH CARE
Health care was at the forefront of voters' minds: 35 percent named it as the most important issue facing the nation in this year's midterm elections. Others considered immigration (19 percent), the economy (14 percent), the environment (8 percent) and gun policy (6 percent) to be the top issue.
STATE OF THE ECONOMY
Voters have a positive view of the nation's current economic outlook _ 71 percent said the nation's economy is good, compared with 29 percent who said it's not good.
For 36 percent of Minnesota voters, President Donald Trump was not a factor they considered while casting their votes. By comparison, 22 percent said a reason for their vote was to express support for Trump, and 42 percent said they voted to express opposition to Trump.
A majority of voters in Minnesota had negative views of Trump: 58 percent said they disapprove of how he is handling his job as president, while 41 percent said they approve of Trump.
CONTROL OF CONGRESS
Tuesday's elections will determine control of Congress in the final two years of Trump's first term in office, and 67 percent of Minnesota voters said which party will hold control was very important as they considered their vote. Another 23 percent said it was somewhat important.
STAYING AT HOME
In Minnesota, 70 percent of registered voters who chose not to vote in the midterm election were younger than 45. A wide share of those who did not vote _ 78 percent _ did not have a college degree. About as many nonvoters were Democrats (26 percent) as Republicans (34 percent).
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 4,238 voters and 675 nonvoters in Minnesota 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.