From Rasmussen Reports…
Trust on Issues
Voters Trust GOP More on Seven of 10 Key Issues
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Voters still trust Republicans more than Democrats on seven out of the 10 most important issues regularly surveyed by Rasmussen Reports.
But Republicans were trusted more on eight out of 10 issues in October just before Election Day and all 10 issues in late August. Still, the latest numbers still show a sharp contrast from two years ago when Democrats were trusted more than Republicans on most issues.
On the economy, the issue of most importance to voters, the GOP holds a 47% to 39% edge. These findings have shown little change since early June 2009.
The parties are tied on the second most important issue - government ethics and corruption - at 37% a piece. In October, Democrats held a slight lead on this issue. The parties have remained close in this area over the past year.
The two parties are also basically tied on the issues of health care and Social Security, while Democrats hold a lead in trust in terms of education.
On health care, Democrats have a slight 45% to 43% edge, but it's the first time Barack Obama’s party has led on the issue since July of last year.
Most voters have favored repeal of the new national health care law every week since it was passed, and support for repeal has now inched up to its highest level since mid-September.
Democrats hold a 44% to 36% lead on education, the biggest advantage either party has held in this area since last year.
As for Social Security, the Republicans hold a mere one-point edge, 41% to 40%. The GOP held just a two-point lead on Social Security in October.
Recent polling finds that Americans are receptive to one of the proposals that emerged from the president’s bipartisan deficit reduction commission - to increase the level of income taxable for Social Security - but most don’t like the idea of raising the retirement age.
Republicans remain ahead on the issues of taxes (47% to 40%) and the war in Iraq (44% to 38%). The GOP also holds a nine-point edge when it comes to the war in Afghanistan, 45% to 36%.
Voters give Republicans 12-point leads on the issues of immigration (47% to 35%) and national security and the War on Terror (47% to 35%). The GOP has led on both these issues for months.
The number of voters who believe the terrorists are winning the War on Terror is at its highest level in over three years.
Voter confidence in the outcome of the war in Afghanistan has fallen to a new low. Many Americans question what the military goals are in that war and think history will not look kindly on U.S. efforts there.
A plurality (46%) of voters favor a ban on transferring the suspected terrorists imprisoned at the Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba to this country, and 63% say they should be tried before military tribunals rather than in civilian courts. Voters are also more concerned than ever that the ongoing Obama administration effort to close the Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba will allow dangerous terrorists to go free.