FLORIDA - The biggest issues in this year's elections had to do with unemployment and the economy. Tuesday, more than 3,100 Floridians were interviewed in an exit poll about those issues.
The result showed Floridians are frightened about the economy and not too hopeful for the future. We took to the streets and actually found some optimism in Southwest Florida.
"I think the frustration is pretty much worldwide," Kira Dworkin said.
Millions of Floridians cast their votes, hoping theirs would fuel a much-needed change. "I think Congress doesn't look to the problems of the people, it's too partisan," Kim Hurwitz said.
An exit poll found:
62% believe the country is "seriously off on the wrong track."
44% said their family's financial situation is worse than 2 years ago.
35% said someone in their household had lost a job or been laid off in the past 2 years.
As for President Obama's performance thus far, 54% disapprove while 44% approve.
"I think he did focus too much on getting his healthcare stuff through which seems to be not the favorite plan of most people," a Cape Coral man said.
"They want an instant cure," Pat Zelkowitz said. "We had unemployment, we elect a new president, we won't have unemployment. That's not realistic. We need people to realize that it took many many years to get out of the great depression of 1929."
While cutting government spending was a common theme for most candidates, 42% of Floridians said Congress' top priority should be "spending to create jobs."
"Reduce the debt, and raise the minimum wage," Timothy said.
70% were angry or dissatisfied with the way the Federal Government is working, while 28% were satisfied or enthusiastic.
"I think it's really up to the individual to bring the positivity back into their life," Dworkin said.
October's government employment report shows things are slowly turning around. Not only are more jobs being created, but people are making more money!
According to the Labor Department, average weekly wages rose 3.5% in October compared to the same time last year. Also, people are working more hours, meaning they are bringing home more. Average hours worked are up almost 2%.