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PRINCETON, NJ — The strong Democratic tide sweeping the nation is evident in the latest USA Today/Gallup pre-election poll. Not only do Democrats enjoy a strong lead in likely voters’ congressional vote preferences, they are rated as better at handling all eight issues tested in the poll. That includes advantages on normally strong Republican issues like terrorism and morality. Given Democrats’ perceptual edge on all the issues measured in the poll, the relative priority voters attach to these is less important, but Iraq, government corruption, and terrorism rank as the top issues according to likely voters.
The Oct. 6-8 poll finds a majority of likely voters saying the Democrats in Congress would do a better job than the Republicans in Congress at handling healthcare, government corruption, gas prices, the economy, and the situation in Iraq. Just less than half say the Democrats would be better on immigration, moral standards, and terrorism.
The Democrats’ net advantage on these issues stretches from a low of +5 percentage points on terrorism to a high of +39 points on healthcare.
Do you think the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress would do a better job of dealing with each of the following issues and problems? How about — [RANDOM ORDER]?
2006 Oct 6-8
(Likely voter results)
Corruption in government
The situation in Iraq
Moral standards in the country
Notably, this is the first time congressional Democrats have been rated as better on the terrorism issue than Republicans in the nearly five years Gallup has asked this question. Looking at the historical results among all Americans, Republicans had no less than a double-digit advantage on terrorism until this year. When Gallup asked the question in March, the Republican advantage had shrunk to four percentage points, before Democrats gained an edge on this poll (the 46% to 41% Democratic edge among all Americans is similar to the 47% to 42% edge among likely voters).
Take that Republicans. A poll says the likely voters don’t likey YOUR morals. Na na na na na😛