Rasmussen: GOP trusted on 9 of 10 major issues

This trend had been happening for several months now, however, the gap is growing wider and has seemingly blown open on the topic of health care. The stunning part of this is that the health care issue has been a Democrat-favored issue for years, probably a decade or more.

Latest from Rasmussen:

Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on nine out of 10 key issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports, but the gap between the two parties has grown narrower on several of them.

Following the passage of the health care bill, 53% now say they trust Republicans on the issue of health care. Thirty-seven percent (37%) place their trust in Democrats. A month earlier, the two parties were essentially even on the health care issue.

These results are consistent with the finding that 54% of voters want the health care bill repealed. Rasmussen Reports is tracking support for repeal on a weekly basis. Still, health care ranks just number five among voters on the list of 10 important issues. The economy remains the top issue of voter concern as it has been for over years.

On the economy, Republicans are trusted more by 49% while Democrats are preferred by 37%. That’s a big improvement for the GOP following a five-point advantage last month. More voters who make under $20,000 annually trust Democrats on this issue, but voters who earn more than that favor Republicans.

When it comes to government ethics and corruption, 35% trust Democrats, 33% trust Republicans, and 33% are not sure. Most unaffiliated voters don’t trust either of the major parties on this issue.

Republicans also have double digit advantages on taxes, national security, immigration, abortion.

This is good news for Republicans who seem to be wavering on the question of a “repeal” platform for 2010. The voters will not accept some weakly-stated platform of partial repeal, they will respond to repeal and replace with something more market-driven and patient-centric.

To see this kind of turnaround in a little over a month is quite astonishing and I think it speaks to just how galvanizing the Democratic leadership under President Obama has been.

Supposedly America would fall in love with this bill upon passage, luckily the truth couldn’t be further from that. As more and more of the negative aspects of ObamaCare come forth, the gap of trust on the issue of health care will continue to tick toward Republican.

That being said, I remain skeptical if the GOP has the testicular fortitude to actually speak boldly on this issue in a way independent and moderate voters will respond to and move toward. Paint in bold colors, do not water-down the mantra of repeal, speak it with conviction.

  • JD

    I think Republicans are going to do well this 2010 election season but I also think this will mean a tighter 2012 race. And I do love close presidential races. 🙂

  • landreaux

    A successful repeal campaign will be met with a Presidential veto of the bill. That’s not difficult to predict. Assuming that approval ratings related to health care continue in the direction they’ve been going that repeal will further galvanize the 2012 Presidential campaign. A long way of saying that I agree with Nate’s premise that Republicans (motivated by Conservatives) must take a very strong position on the repeal effort and be clear about what they would keep. Keeping prohibations on pre-existing conditions,phantom caps and the “your kid can live in your basement” forever provision is, in this environment, good politics and takes the edge off the “negativity” charge. Hit the rest of the bill very hard. Do it early and often.

  • No doubt full repeal isn’t possible until 2012.

    However, from what I have been reading, seems like a Republican-controlled congress could gut the funding for any ObamaCare provision thus rendering it helpless.

    Again though, will Republicans have the spine to stand tall for a few years on this issue? I think that remains to be seen. People want accountability and fiscal restraint in government, the GOP just needs to actually start believing in that (and acting on it) as well and they will go far in this climate.

  • JD

    I am afraid the specific disection of the bill to keep the “good” and toss out the “bad” on the end of conservatives is going to be quite difficult as more and more activists sing anti-any government and not pro-solution.

    It is important to understand that a movement against government is a movement against your party representatives because they are apart of the government process, hence the dissatisfaction of tea party members and thier representatives.

    It is simular to Republicans belief of little taxation but wage 7 trillion dollar wars which can’t be paid for because the only way for government to raise the money is through taxes. And they are against taxes but for war.

    It is called an oxymoron so I think it will make it a hard sell to repeal or keep only certian parts and still maintain popularity or unity in the party.

  • Bill Hedges

    The people know, as seen in polls, health care law must be repealed. I do not recall during campaign obama saying health care law would only slightly begin with majority taking effect in 2014.

    Public hating government does not mean keep obamacare. Polls clearly show now they want repeal. With new evidence coming to light nearly daily no doubt will become more so. “Pro-solution” should actually become more paramount and wanted by people.

    Tea parties are very related to Reagan-economics and came about against Democrats and obama in particular. Newest article on this site shows GOP in polls are ahead on 9 out of 10 issues. I expect repeal will be major talking points in upcoming campaigns. Will be GOP’s shining star and major gutting of Congress.

    Under Newt’s revolution, Newt had control of House and gained support of Senate Republicans. Even without veto proof majority, after several government shut downs, Clinton for first time relented and signed his first balanced budget. No doubt the will of the people as shown in election and resolve of Congress lead to this monumental occurrence.

    Dick Morris says without funding, obamacare stops. Worse that can happen is obama vetoes everything and only essential government continues. Some may say that is not so bad. More than likely obama will recant as did Clinton under will of people and Congress’s resolve:


    obama has been showing some uncharacteristic flaws. His mistaken/lie interpretation of ruling of Supreme Court at his State of the Union and now claiming backing of Heritage Research for his health care law:

    Obama’s words and Heritage rebuttal…

    “Videos Posted by The Heritage Foundation”
    “Heritage President Ed Feulner Responds to President Obama’s Claim [HQ“]
    by The Heritage Foundation


    Reagan, Kennedy and Bush all knew lowering taxes on rich got the rich’s money out of safe places and invested creating even more government revenue from the rich. Because rich had incentive and able to take home more cash as well. Of course jobs created is a great benefit.

    “Lying About Bush’s Tax Cuts”
    By Andrew Foy and Brenton Stransky

    “The empirical data makes it impossible to validate the liberal claims that the Bush tax cuts were “for the rich,” or that they “caused the budget deficit,” or that they were in any way responsible for causing this latest economic crisis. In fact, a study by economist John W. Skorburg underscores the positive effects of the Bush tax cuts. Skorburg’s study found that the Bush tax cuts, which lowered the total federal tax burden from 20.9% in fiscal year 2000 to 17.9% in fiscal year 2008 and 2009, were responsible for increasing the economic growth rate. Further, the author concluded that “[i]f President Obama raises tax burdens, trend growth in real GDP will fall.”


  • TheGreatZ

    When will people learn we cant trust either major party? 8 years of Bush people react with Obama and then 4-8 years of him they’ll react with a Republican and the cycle repeats.

    How many Republicans are really Republicans because of the things Republicans want to do? How many Democrats are really Democrats because of the things Democrats want to do? It is my perception that most Republicans are Republicans because they don’t like what the Democrats want to do and Democrats are Democrats because they don’t like what the Republicans want to do.

    Its time the public ditches them both.

  • I agree “TheGreatz” but most on here will argue against your argument.