Sixty percent of voters who cast ballots on Election Day or earlier say the economy is the most important issue in their vote, according to an early CBS News exit poll.
In CBS News/New York Times poll of likely voters taken shortly before the election, Mitt Romney had the edge over President Obama on the question of which candidate would do a better job handling the economy, 51 percent to 45 percent.
Seventeen percent of voters cited health care as their top issue. Voters were split on the 2010 health care law: 45 percent wanted to repeal some or all of it, while 47 percent wanted to expand it or keep it as is. Fifteen percent of voters called the deficit their top issue, and 4 percent cited foreign policy.
While 55 percent of voters said Mr. Obama's response to Superstorm Sandy had little to no impact on their vote, four in 10 say it was a factor in their vote. Polls showed Mr. Obama received high marks for his response to the storm.
These are early exit polls, and the figures will change as the evening goes on and more data comes in.