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Voters trust GOP the most on economy but not on entitlements

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Voters trust Republicans more than Democrats to handle the economy, the federal budget, taxes, foreign policy and immigration but not on Medicare, Social Security or standing up for the middle class.

A George Washington University Battleground Poll taken in late August showed most Americans "feel the nation is on the wrong track," but they have differing view on who would best lead the country onto the right track.

For instance, likely voters surveyed continue to trust Democrats more than Republicans on entitlements, a trend that has shown up in many previous polls.

Among those surveyed, 50 percent said they have more confidence in Democrats on Medicare, compared with 39 percent who said they trusted Republicans.

On Social Security, 47 percent said they were more confident in Democrats handling the job, compared with 41 percent who favored Republicans.

Republicans fared better on most other issues.

On taxes, voters favored Republicans 48 percent to 42 percent. On foreign policy, Republicans ruled again, 50 percent to 40 percent. On the federal budget and spending, the gap was even wider, 51 percent to 38 percent in favor of Republicans.

The most troubling number for Democrats concerned the economy. Republicans were favored by likely voters over Democrats, 49 percent to 42 percent.

Economic issues still rank No. 1 when it comes to voter concerns, according to an August Gallup Poll.

The two parties were nearly tied on jobs, with Republicans at 47 percent and Democrats 46 percent. They also tied on “solving problems,” with Republicans at 40 percent and Democrats at 41 percent.

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Susan Ferrechio

Chief Congressional Correspondent
The Washington Examiner

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