States Of The Economy
The nation's struggling economy is expected to be the top issue in the 2012 presidential race. But the states holding the first nominating contests have weathered these tough times in different ways. NPR explores how that might shape the early races.
The housing market collapse has taken a toll on Florida families and may affect how they vote in the presidential election.
It's once again poised to play an important role in the presidential election, but Florida is a very different state than it was four years ago. Reeling from the housing collapse and high unemployment, voters are feeling the pinch and are angry at what's happening in Washington.
December 29, 2011 NHPRNew Hampshire's economy looks pretty good compared with much of the nation. But even there, confidence has been shaken, and many families' economic outlook has declined. Republican voters are trying to figure out which presidential candidate offers the best plan to soothe economic anxiety.
December 28, 2011 The economy is expected to be the No. 1 issue in next year's presidential race. But the states holding the first primary contests are not exactly typical. In Iowa, the unemployment rate is far below the national average. Jobs in small towns, however, remain scarce.