Pennsylvania Exit Polls: 9 In 10 Americans Think US In A Recession, Bush Says "We're Not"

04/30/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

With the Pennsylvania primary voting under way today, early Pennsylvania exit polls are showing that 9 out of 10 people think the country is in a recession.

As in earlier primaries, at least half of voters said the economy was the most important issue facing the country. About half as many said Iraq was the top issue. Health care trailed in importance.

Pennsylvania Democrats had a sour view of the economy _ four in 10 said the country is in a serious recession and at least as many called it a moderate recession. Only about one in 10 said the economy is not in recession.

This assessment contrasts drastically with Bush's own assessment of the economy that he gave this morning, in which he dismissed talk of a recession:

"We're not in a recession, we're in a slowdown," Bush said at a news conference at the end of a two-day summit with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Bush pointed out that the U.S. economy grew in the fourth quarter and that the statistics for the first quarter were not out yet. "But there's no question we're in a slowdown and people are concerned about it, obviously," he said.

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