As they have for nearly three years now, voters trust Republicans more than Democrats when it comes to handling the economy, by far the top issue on a list of 10 regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports. They put slightly more trust in Democrats on health care, the second most important issue.
Forty-nine percent (49%) of Likely U.S. Voters now trust the GOP with economic issues, while 38% trust the Democrats more. That’s the highest level of confidence in the Republicans since last October. In January, Republicans held a 47% to 40% edge on the economy. They’ve been trusted more than Democrats on this issue since early June 2009. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Democrats keep trying to spin their way out of the rotten economy. They just can’t change the facts. President Obama promised that when he and his party spent nearly a trillion bucks on stimulus that unemployment (the way they calculate it) would not rise above 8%. But it hasn’t fallen below 8% since they made that promise. They’ve had three years, two of which they controlled both houses of Congress. Normally after a recession there’s robust growth. Their policies have stifled economic growth, which is why the current recovery (if you want to call it that) has been so sluggish.
Hopefully John at Powerline is right in his prediction for the elections this year.
“There isn’t enough time between now and November for the Democrats to change voters’ perceptions that the Dems are weak on the economy, […] If the Republicans stick to these issues–considering the national debt to be part of the economy issue–2012 will be a big year for the GOP.”
Well, here’s a visual aide that should help.