The nationâ€™s slumping economy is now the No. 1 concern of voters, notes a Washington Post article. â€œThe virtual halt in job growth, the climb of oil prices above $100 a barrel, the New Yearâ€™s stock market tumble and the continuing mortgage crisis have fueled fears of recession and crystallized the nationâ€™s growing economic anxiety,â€ the article reports.
Exit polls in New Hampshire showed that the economy was the top concern of both Democratic and Republican primary voters.
Meanwhile, Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke (in photo) talked of need for â€œdecisiveâ€ action to head off the economic slump.
Expect the economy, jobs and health care to figure larger in the primary debate in coming weeks.