msnbc | November 06, 2012
>>> call in the presidential race . in wisconsin nbc news is projecting president obama as the winner in the state of wisconsin . tamron hall has the latest from our exit polling .
>> you just called wisconsin and this crowd around me, we can't ignore. you're telling us about wisconsin because the next set of information might give us insight. what were voters feeling about class and inequality in america? our exit polls finds voters think economic unfairness is a big deal . 54% say the american economic system favors the rich while 40% believes it is fair to most americans. now take a look as we dig deeper . we ask voters whether the presidential candidate 's policies would favor the rich, middle class or the poor. when you look at romney's number numbers, 52% believe his policies would favor the rich. 35% say they would favor the middle class . just 2% think his policies would favor the poor. in comparison to the number for obama, 31% say the policies would favor the poor while 43% would favor the middle class . only 10% believe the policies from president obama would favor wealthy americans. we'll keep an eye on this number. wisconsin , i lived in illinois, you're talking a lot of working-class folks. perhaps class fairness, equality were on their minds and we might see that trend.
>> thank you very much. the big news we just announced here, wisconsin polls closed at 9:00 p.m . at 9:30 p.m ., nbc news is projecting that president obama has won the state of wisconsin . this is a state that republicans actually felt like they might have a real shot in in part because of the unsuccessful effort by democrats and labor groups to recall governor scott walker in wisconsin after his effort to strip union rights in the state. the backlash against him stripping union rights in the state was successful. they did get that policy overturned. but they were not able to recall scott walker . the republicans had made a big deal out of the fact that the democratic try fell short. they thought that indicated they would have a great game in wisconsin and might be able to outperform.
>> this is a huge difference in a presidential election . everybody tries. we're seeing this wonderful outpouring of effort to stand in line. they wouldn't do that for a governor's race. this is massachusetts. we're waiting to see that close race between elizabeth warren and scott brown . a different electorate than last year. a lot more people voting. voting for president of the united states , we have a personal relationship with our president. everybody watching right now has a personal feeling about barack obama . one way or the other. you don't have a big personal feeling about the governor of your state. and probably not to the senators. probably your mayor if you live in a big city . but generally, it's the president that has the emotional contact. you like him, don't like him, you really connect. you want to vote on that election. it's just really democratic. all these special elections and off-year elections just don't have that magic.
>> walker ran against the recall. he had people convinced that the recall was not the right thing to do. 19% of the people that came out of that election said that they were going to support president obama . that voted for scott walker . it was an interesting dynamic. you pointed out correctly that obviously that the democrats overtook the senate in the recall elections . they won more recalls than republicans did. but walker brilliantly, to his credit, he dodged a bullet saying i'm going to run against the recall. i'm not going to run ongoing after the workers. i'm going to run against the recall and he won it.