A new poll by Rasmussen points out that voter trust in Democrats has eroded over Barack Obama’s term as president. The poll, released on Sept. 24, found that voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on 10 of 15 key issues. Perhaps the most dramatic reversal is on health care, a traditional Democratic strength, where the new poll shows a Republican edge. Nevertheless, trust is split almost equally between the two parties at 43-42 percent.
The other issues where voters favor Republicans include the economy, national security, job creation, energy policy, Afghanistan, immigration, taxes, government spending, small business issues, and gun control. Democrats retained more trust on Social Security, education, and the environment. Trust in the two parties was tied at 37 percent on the issue of government ethics and corruption.
A separate poll by CBS News and the New York Times found slightly different results when the question asked about trust between President Obama and the Republicans. The poll, released on Sept. 25, found that voters trusted Obama on the economy by a margin of 47-33 percent (Rasmussen 44-37 percent for the GOP), on health care by 45-40 percent (Rasmussen 43-42 GOP), and the budget deficit 44-38 percent (not asked by Rasmussen).
One question where both polls were almost identical was whether the country the county is headed in the right direction. On that issue, Rasmussen on Sept. 25 found that 65 percent believe the country is on the wrong track, while 28 percent say it is headed in the right direction. This is almost identical to the 66 percent in the CBS poll who say the country is going the wrong way. Twenty-nine percent told CBS that the country is headed in the right direction.