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A GOP Clean Sweep on the Issues

According to the Rasmussen Reports:

Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on all 10 of the important issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports.

The GOP has consistently been trusted on most issues for months now, but in July they held the lead on only nine of the key issues.

Republicans lead Democrats 47% to 39% on the economy, which remains the most important issue to voters . Those numbers are nearly identical to those found in June . Republicans have held the advantage on the economy since May of last year.

But for the first time in months, Republicans now hold a slight edge on the issues of government ethics and corruption, 40% to 38%. Voters have been mostly undecided for the past several months on which party to trust more on this issue, but Democrats have held small leads since February. Still, more than one-in-five voters (22%) are still not sure which party to trust more on ethics issues.

Government ethics and corruption have been second only to the economy in terms of importance to voters over the past year.

In addition, Republicans hold a 52 percent to 36 percent lead over Democrats on the issue of taxes; a 49 percent to 37 percent margin on national security and the War on Terror; a 43 percent to 40 percent edge on the war in Iraq; and a 43 percent to 36 percent lead on how to handle the war in Afghanistan,

On the issue of immigration, Republicans are trusted more by a 44 percent to 35 percent margin. On health care, voters now trust Republicans by a 48 percent to 40 percent margin. The GOP holds a statistically insignificant 41 percent to 40 percent edge on education. And when it comes to Social Security, voters again give the Republicans the edge, this time by a 44 percent to 38 percent margin.

There is not a single bit of good news for Democrats to be found in this poll — or, in fact, in any poll on any subject these days.

We’re seeing a political implosion perhaps unmatched by anything we’ve witnessed.

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