Same-sex marriage, a hot-button issue in the 2004 election, has not featured in this year’s campaign, writes Politico.

“Four years ago, a CNN exit poll found that 22 percent of voters made their choice based on “moral values,” outranking the economy and terrorism. Eighty percent of “values voters” that year cast their ballot for President Bush, versus just 18 percent for Sen. John Kerry, according to exit polls.

“But a recent CBS/New York Times poll of 1,234 likely voters found far fewer voters basing their vote on values this year, with more than half listing the economy as their top concern, followed by terrorism, health care, energy, the Iraq war and illegal immigration. “Values” were among the “other” issues that were the chief concern of just 6 percent of voters.”

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Peter Fray

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