What do voters really think about the economy? Three lessons from exit polls

Deep within Tuesday’s election results is some surprising insight about the way Americans are thinking about the economic conditions affecting them.

For all the sense of economic discontent brewing in the country, at the broadest level, their vote was for the status quo: President Obama will remain in the White House, the Senate will continue to be led by a comfortable — but not overwhelming — Democratic majority, and the House will stay in the hands of a large GOP majority.

By sifting through exit polls, we uncover some of the specifics that lie beneath those big calls. Here are the conclusions one can draw from that polling; some of the details fly in the face of what economists think they know about what is going on in the world. [cont.]

Neil Irwin, Washington Post