More voters trust GOP over Democrats to handle key issues of economy, crime, immigration: poll
A new Morning Consult/USA Today poll finds that a majority of voters trust Republican lawmakers to handle jobs and the economy, with a plurality trusting President Obama with key issues such as immigration.
The survey finds that 64 percent say they trust the GOP in Congress over their representatives in the White House, while 20 percent would stick with the White House, and 8 percent would vote for Democrats in the House or Senate if they win control of Congress next month.
By a 49-30 margin, voters say their senators and representatives are doing an “excellent” or “good” job in Congress, with only 26 percent saying they are doing a “fair” or “poor” job. The partisan breakdown is stark, with 73 percent of Democrats and 69 percent of independents saying their lawmakers are doing an “excellent” or “good” job in Congress, compared to just 11 percent of Republicans.
The survey also found that more voters trust Democrats to handle key issues like jobs and the economy, with 51 percent saying they trust Democrats in Congress to handle a key issue, compared to only 34 percent who say they trust Republicans in Congress. Among Democrats, 59 percent say they trust Democrats to handle a key issue, with just 12 percent saying they trust Republicans. Republicans trust Democrats on crime and border security, immigration, and the economy, with 68 percent saying they trust Democrats on all three of these issues, while only 29 percent trust Republicans in Congress on any of them.
The study also found that more are concerned about the economy, with 43 percent saying they are very concerned about the economy, 33 percent saying they are somewhat concerned about it, and 16 percent saying they are not too or not at all concerned.
The new poll also finds that only 7 percent of respondents think the federal criminal justice system is fair, down from 8 percent in January 2015, with 35 percent of respondents saying the system is somewhat fair