Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on eight out of 10 key electoral issues, including, for the second straight month, the top issue of the economy. They've also narrowed the gap on the remaining two issues, the traditionally Democratic strong suits of health care and education.The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that voters trust the GOP more on economic issues 46% to 41%, showing little change from the six-point lead the party held last month. This is just the second time in over two years of polling the GOP has held the advantage on economic issues.
Since independents and swing voters broke toward Obama and the Dems in big numbers in November, this has to be their primary concern:
Voters not affiliated with either party trust Republicans more to handle the economy by a 46% to 32% margin.
It's all coming home because people appear to be attaching our economic woes right where they belong: Obama and the Democrats.
Last week's report of 9.5 percent unemployment, the highest since 1983, raised doubts about the economy and the president's handling of it. Consumer and investor confidence is now down to the lowest levels in three months. Just 39% now say President Obama is doing a good or an excellent job on the economy while 43% rate his performance as poor. Those are by far the weakest numbers yet for the president.
This is obviously great news for us, but we can't just stop and coast now. It's time to amp up the pressure, demanding the accountability and transparency they promised during the campaign, and shedding light on their incompetence and liberal-driven failures. We want to not just win back seats in Congress in 2010, but we want a landslide that leaves no doubt about what this nation actually wants.
It's a very long time before the 2010 elections, and we need to be making the case NOW why there needs to be a major shift to the right. These numbers indicate we're making progress...but we've got to keep driving it home.
There's my two cents.