Republicans officially assumed control of the U.S. House of Representatives this month, and voters now trust the GOP more than Democrats on all 10 of the most important issues regularly surveyed by Rasmussen Reports including the economy, health care, taxes and national security.
The last time voters trusted Republicans more on all 10 issues was late August. But this shows a sharp contrast from two years ago when Democrats were trusted more than Republicans on most issues. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Republicans were trusted more on seven out of 10 issues in December and eight out of 10 in October just before Election Day.
Republicans also have held double-digit leads over Democrats on two of the three weekly Generic Congressional Ballots so far this year.
On the economy, the most important issue to voters, the GOP holds a 48% to 39% lead. These findings have shown little change since early June 2009.
Most Americans continue to lack confidence in the stability of the U.S. banking system and see inflation driving up grocery prices. Most also expect higher interest rates a year from now.
With the GOP-led House likely to vote to repeal the national health care bill this week, voters now trust Republicans more on health care, the second most important voting issue, by a 52% to 38% margin. In December, Democrats had a slight 45% to 43% edge, but it was the first time President Obama’s party had led on the issue since July of last year.
Most voters continue to favor repeal of the health care bill and tend to think repeal will cause the federal budget deficit to go down.
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Two surveys of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters each were conducted January 11-12 and January 13-14, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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