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Old 08-26-2010, 12:46 PM  
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Voters Now Trust Republicans More On All 10 Key Issues

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on all 10 of the important issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports.

The GOP has consistently been trusted on most issues for months now, but in July they held the lead on only nine of the key issues.

Republicans lead Democrats 47% to 39% on the economy, which remains the most important issue to voters. Those numbers are nearly identical to those found in June. Republicans have held the advantage on the economy since May of last year.

But for the first time in months, Republicans now hold a slight edge on the issues of government ethics and corruption, 40% to 38%. Voters have been mostly undecided for the past several months on which party to trust more on this issue, but Democrats have held small leads since February. Still, more than one-in-five voters (22%) are still not sure which party to trust more on ethics issues.

Government ethics and corruption have been second only to the economy in terms of importance to voters over the past year.

Two surveys of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters each were conducted August 19-20 and August 23-24, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Republicans hold a 52% to 36% lead over Democrats on the issue of taxes. It's the only issue this month on which the GOP earns the trust of the majority of voters. In June, more than 50% of voters nationwide trusted Republicans more on the issues of national security, taxes and health care.

Voters trust the GOP over Democrats by a 49% to 37% margin on national security and the War on Terror but give the GOP just a 43% to 40% edge on the war in Iraq. Republicans are trusted more by 43% to handle the war in Afghanistan, compared to 36% for Democrats.

On the issue of immigration, Republicans are trusted more by a 44% to 35% margin. That gap has narrowed slightly from June, when the GOP led 47% to 32% on the issue. It was the party’s largest advantage since January.

Despite a judge’s ruling putting key provisions of Arizona’s new immigration law on hold, most U.S. voters still favor passage of such a law in their own state.

An overwhelming majority of voters think all those who vote in this country should be required to present photo identification before they cast their ballots.

On health care, voters now trust Republicans slightly more - by a 48% to 40% margin. In June, the GOP held a 51% to 40% edge on this issue. Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters continue to favor repeal of the national health care bill, with 46% who Strongly Favor it.

The parties remain close on the issue of education, with the GOP holding a statistically insignificant 41% to 40% edge. Both parties have held very modest leads on this issue for the past several months.

When it comes to the issue of Social Security, voters again give the Republicans the edge, this time by a 44% to 38% margin.

Republicans hold a nine-point lead over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending Sunday, August 22, 2010. They've led on the ballot since last summer.

Incumbent members of Congress don’t exactly get a vote of confidence from their constituents. Just 27% of voters think their representative in Congress is the best possible person for the job, down six points from November of last year. Only 37% believe their local congressional representative deserves reelection, compared to 42% who felt that way way last fall.


Sixty percent (60%) of voters say most members of Congress don’t care what their constituents think. Most voters continue to believe it would be better for the country if the majority of Congress is thrown out this November, but they also remain unconvinced that a Republican takeover will make a noticeable difference.

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Old 08-26-2010, 12:47 PM   #2
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The Arizona primaries that took place this week reflect this sentiment. obama is proving to be the empty suit we thought he was.
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:26 PM   #5
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i dunno if it matters.

Repubs are gonna screw it up, and in four years Dems will lead on all 10 issues. it's kinda how it goes cause when you have leftovers, like Eric Cantor, from the previous screw up that are gonna run the new show...you're bound to repeat your mistakes.
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:31 PM   #7
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i dunno if it matters.

Repubs are gonna screw it up, and in four years Dems will lead on all 10 issues. it's kinda how it goes cause when you have leftovers, like Eric Cantor, from the previous screw up that are gonna run the new show...you're bound to repeat your mistakes.
Whatever creates gridlock at this point is fine by me.
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Whatever creates gridlock at this point is fine by me.
Me too. My voting R this time is just a temporary holding tactic—Divide & Conquer.
They think they're doing that to us. Guess what? We're gonna do it too.
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i dunno if it matters.

Repubs are gonna screw it up, and in four years Dems will lead on all 10 issues. it's kinda how it goes cause when you have leftovers, like Eric Cantor, from the previous screw up that are gonna run the new show...you're bound to repeat your mistakes.
Before the Dems got the house and the Senate, we were still seeing economic growth. The country was split on the Iraq war and issues with the Financial Markets, Fannie & Freddie were abound, although most of the country really didn't know about them until later when Frank & Dodd drove it off the cliff.. We had 52 months of job growth...... then the elections came.

The Dems get control of the House & Senate, Bush's last 2 years was a spiraling downward free fall and Obama gets elected. You, the Dems set the crisis in action 2 years before the meltdown and Obo was the answer. Now we have really steered off course with a bunch of control freaks with this administration, House & Senate.

Get the control back from the Dems & Lib's and watch the country start turning back the other direction. What will happen to Obama in 2012 is anybody's guess, guess that will reflect on how far the economy turns back around and who is on the GOP ticket.
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Before the Dems got the house and the Senate, we were still seeing economic growth.
Well, if you talk to an Austrian Economist there is the seen and the unseen. The fundamentals were out during that period, as they were the past 16 years.
It was nothing but a stimulated artificial appearance of growth. The problem is that too many Republicans operate on Keynesian principals of the mixed economy including arbritraries as to when a recession starts when the people know. Also their use of GDP which is all about spending including govt spending. There is no addressing of this idea of conspicuous consumption or spending being the main stat for a healthy economy. That's why the banks are broke. It's time for Republicans to REFORM too. They really are NOT a TRUE or LASTING solution. They've embraced Fabian socialism.
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Here's another problem with both parties not having it right.

In terms of basic general principles Rs have the right idea on economic, tax and fiscal policy. But they're observations are off. They think they defend capitalism when it's not capitalism we have—thanks to public education, which many Rs think are doing a fine job, when they aren't. Many of them still rely on the falsehood that war is good for an economy when it's demonstrably false. They use GDP to show how Iraq isn't costing that much compared to two former WWs.

On the other hand the left, particularly as represented by today's Democrats, lack basic principles altogether. They don't know that there are economic laws which cannot be changed. These laws will still operate as they did in the former communist countries. On top of that their observations are also faulty as they think it's, as DiLorenzo said, a "cozy, corrupt relationship between corporate plutocrats and government, as most people seem to believe."

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