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Right on the heels of a poll giving the Republicans a 10-point edge on this year's "generic" congressional ballot, a USA Today/Gallup poll says that Americans believe Republicans on Capitol Hill would do a better job on seven of nine key election issues.

The issues on which Republicans enjoy their biggest margins are on terrorism, immigration, federal spending and the economy, according to the poll conducted Aug. 27-30. The Democrats prevail only on health care (and that's by a statistically insignificant difference) and the environment (the margin of error for this poll is 4 points).

Here are the margins by which Republicans are leading:

- Terrorism: 55 percent to 31 percent, with 15 percent undecided.
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- Immigration: 50 percent to 35 percent with 15 percent undecided.

- Federal spending: 50 percent to 35 percent with 15 percent undecided.

- The economy: 49 percent to 38 percent with 13 percent undecided.

- Afghanistan: 45 percent to 38 percent with 17 percent undecided.

- Jobs: 46 percent to 41 percent with 13 percent undecided.

- Corruption in government: 38 percent to 35 percent with 26 percent undecided.

The Democrats lead on health care by 44 percent to 43 percent with 12 percent undecided, and on the environment by 54 percent to 31 percent with 14 percent undecided.

The four issues that 51 percent or more of those surveyed say are "extremely" important when it comes to their vote are, in order: the economy, jobs, corruption in government and federal spending. Health care comes in at 49 percent and the environment, where Democrats have their biggest advantage, is last at 28 percent.

One must-read for those of you digesting the Gallup generic ballot poll and ones like this is Nate Silver's "The Democrats' New Normal" at his blog.

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CBO Report Confirms President Bush’s Fiscal Legacy Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the budget and the economy provides a grim epitaph for the Bush Administration, which has encumbered our nation with deficits and debt that will take a generation of sustained effort to overcome. The analysis below by the Budget Committee staff highlights the data in CBO’s report and lays out the challenges ahead. January 2001, the Clinton Administration left office with a budget surplus projected to be $5.6 trillion over ten years. The Republican Administration has squandered that budget surplus, and now is leaving a projected deficit of well over $4 trillion for that same period (2002-2011). As bad as this record is, the final accounting of the Bush Administration’s fiscal legacy will grow worse as it is updated to reflect the cost of legislation to address the economic crisis and the deterioration of critical services that have foundered under eight years of neglect. What is clear now is that the grim short-term budget outlook will continue or even worsen before “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.” Thomas Jefferson

September 05 2010 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


September 05 2010 at 4:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I'm sorry but I can't swallow a lot of polls without shrugging my shoulders in resignation. People don't understand a lot of issues. What they understand is their own situation, and the situation is pretty grim for a lot of us. But most of us aren't qualified to understand the long-term ramifications of policies and strategies. I'm not sure I like the health care plan, but something has to be least the Democrats have moved off center. (I'm a Democrat but not a "blind Democrat.") As far as tge economic policies go, I have to admit I'm as worried as the next person. The "recovery" is taking a long time, but, on the other hand, the mess Obama inherited is deep and complicated. Nobody can come in and wave a magic wand to right the ship overnight. I do feel that Obama and the Democrats have to keep an open mind and listen to any and all reasonable suggestions and plans. But I agree the Democrats are in trouble at the polls, since people vote with their pocketbooks, and that doesn't bode well for the party in power in this case.

September 03 2010 at 11:46 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Polls don't mean a thing.

September 02 2010 at 3:47 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

Remember, of course, that only 2 years ago, people thought the opposite and that's why there's a plethera of Democrats in now. So I wouldn't put much faith in polls. They also don't tell us what questions were asked in the polls. Which questions were asked, how they were worded, and available choices of answers go a long way towards the outcome of polls. They also don't say how many people were polled -- I wasn't. There are over 300 million people in the US. Sampling 1,000 people or some silly number isn't a very good sampling, even if they're from all over the country. But here's the thing: The last few elections ended up with the winners saying, "The people have spoken and we're going to take the nation in MY direction!" even though they thoroughly disregarded the large percentages who DIDN'T vote for them but whom they STILL REPRESENT as our politicians! That's what drives ME nuts.

September 02 2010 at 3:24 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

1. terrorism - Republicans are up because Americans think that interference, occupation, and the spreading the empire is the best way to get other cultures to stop wanting to attack us? 2. immigration - Republicans are up because Americans think that when there is a perfectly good scapegoat to blame for our problems why not trump the constitution to do so? 3. federal spending - Republicans are up because it's ok to spend spend spend and not pay for the things we've tied to Chinese credit while a Republican is in office but when it comes to addressing domestic policy on the deficit it is cut cut cut. 4. economy - Republicans are up because a portion of the 90% with jobs and the corporations posting profits but refusing to hire know that if they can keep that extra 3% after 250k after waiting out the president that America will come back... well... the % over $250k will at least. 5. afghanistan - Republicans are up because they ignored this war and didn't fund it and hardly any of them sent their own sons and daughters to fight it? Because they think that siding with corruption against tribal dissidents will dissappear someday? (???) 6. jobs - see economy - Republicans are up because who expects jobs to increase when companies are recording profits and the top percentage tax cuts are still in effect and corporate welfare continues... wait, you mean they are just working those with jobs harder? no way 7. corruption in government - Republicans are up because they are innocent and white as snow (at least that is the color of their constituents)

September 02 2010 at 2:26 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to sytraxia's comment

look, reps and dems got us know it and i do too...but it is the dems in power and they can't keep spending money we don't have. it's the economy, stupid...remember who said that? we will all be better off when and if the economy strenghtens...and it can't happen with gov't interferring or running everthing....maybe after november, the new guys will realize they must change and chane fast or they are out too.

September 02 2010 at 3:23 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

If the people of this country don't realize what you wrote is completely true, then there is no hope. It means the majority are just not capable of independent thought and, will vote the republican party who wreaked the whole of the USA in to finish the job.

September 02 2010 at 3:28 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Al , W4ABW

Republicans, Democrats who cares. Nothing changes in Washington except the weather. Same old politicians out for them selves. Either party candidate will say anything to get in.

September 02 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

The Dems file a suit against a state trying to protect its citizens from invasion and rather than wait until it reaches the Supreme Court for a decision this President files a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights commission to decide its validity. It is no longer a US problem, its now international, and with Libya and Cuba on the commission they get a vote on the complaint. Never in all my life have I anticipated an election more than November 2012. I am going to write a check to the state of Arizona to protest the Democrats and their utter stupidity.

September 02 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

To all your bloggers. It does not help throwing blame on any president. The President can't do a thing without CONGRESS APPROVAL. Obama is more of a rubber stamp of the Democratic Congress. This Democratic Congress has been in power way too lo-o-o-o-ng. If you vote democratic vote democratic, if you vote republic vote republic, if you vote independent vote independent. Just vote the incumbants out. With new blood in power we might get the message accross that all politicians are working for "We the People" and that as needed WE still have the power of vote. This Congress that is "in sitting" is void of leadership, morality and common sense. And before you point your finger look at history and make a graph under which Congress unemployment dipped, immigration went haywire, and so on. Then and only then start pointing your finger to whomever have to be moved out of Congress. Look at their voting reccords. Look at who put earmarks in and put pork into introduced bills. Look at the last Health care bill that was passed. From 12 pages it grew to 2000 pages. How many pages included earmarks and pork?????? If you have to believe the media, Mrs Pelosi put a few millions in this bill to earmark for Guam where her Star kist Tuna factories can benefit from it and so were a few earmarks set aside to benefit democratic states to help to move votes in the democratic direction. And how many more of that funny stuff is going around and being tacked on that has not even are remotely related to "Health Care" The most assinine irritating situation is that we the taxpaper are paying for it. As Mrs Pelosi said, sign it and find out what is in it later. If that was not an red flag I must conclude that we all are color blind.

September 02 2010 at 1:38 PM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply

Boehner must go ! The Republicans are in for a BIG surprise in November ! Americans are not stupid. They will remember the 8 years of Bush when they enter the voting booth in November. We are on the right track, but it will take more time to right the Bush wrongs !

September 02 2010 at 1:32 PM Report abuse -19 rate up rate down Reply

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