Economy tops Granite Staters' concerns
as primary season opens, poll shows
New Hampshire voters -- Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike -- all say the economy is the issue they want presidential candidates to address as the primary season opens with the first New Hampshire debate Monday night. A striking finding in the poll is that 35 percent of households say at least one member was unemployed in the past two years -- and this in the state with the third-lowest unemployment rate in the country. In spite of the state's anti-tax reputation, voters favor higher taxes on the rich and corporations as the best way to reduce the federal deficit. Overwhelmingly, they oppose cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Fully 76 percent of voters in the GOP primary are still undecided about their preference, but when pressed they make Mitt Romney the clear leader in the field.