“Exit polls found that voters cared strongly about healthcare with 41% of respondents reporting that it was the biggest factor to influence their vote. This was followed by 23% stating that it was immigration and 21% noting that it was the economy. If the economy was a bigger factor — as it has been historically — the ‘Blue ripple’ might not have succeeded.” – Michelle Mayer, U.S. economist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Smartphones top the holiday wish lists of Americans this year, according to a survey by Gazelle, an online marketplace for used electronic devices. The most wished-for devices this holiday season are: a Samsung Galaxy smartphone (requested by 23% of people who most want electronics as gifts), an Apple iPhone (22%), an Apple Watch (17%), an Apple iPad (16%) and a MacBook (14%), the survey found.

A majority of “Gen Food,” a cross-generational group of baby boomers, Generation X, millennials and Generation Z, sees food as an important part of their value and belief system, with 35% saying that food actually defines who they are and what they believe, according to a survey by public relations firm FleishmanHillard.

More than three fourths (78%) of consumers have taken action to address food issues important to them, with reducing food waste emerging as their top priority, the survey found.