According to exit polls, nearly half the voters in the Indiana and North Carolina Democratic primaries said the situation with Barack Obama's former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, was important to their vote.
But in Indiana, the controversy over Wright didn't appear to
give Hillary Rodham Clinton a big advantage. And in North Carolina,
Obama won more votes from people who said the issue wasn't
important than Clinton did among those who considered it important.
The economy continues to grow in importance in Democratic
voters' minds. Two-thirds of Democratic primary voters in Indiana
and nearly as many in North Carolina who were surveyed said the
economy is the most important issue facing the nation.
More than half of voters in both states were women, typical for
Democratic primaries. About one in seven Indiana voters and
slightly fewer in North Carolina were under age 30; about a quarter
in North Carolina and somewhat fewer in Indiana were over age 65.