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These results are consistent with the finding that 54% of voters want the health care bill repealed.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.