A recent Gallup poll shows several major issues, which most Americans think Republicans are better able to tackle than Democrats.
According to the September poll, most Americans put greater trust in Republicans to ensure economic prosperity while protecting the nation from military threats.
Specifically, 53% of Americans believe Republicans will do better at keeping the country prosperous over the next few years, whereas 39% choose the Democratic Party. The GOP’s 14-point lead in public preferences for keeping the country prosperous is up from a 10-point margin last year, and it’s widest advantage on this measure since 1991.
A slightly larger majority, 57%, have greater faith in Republicans to protect the country from international terrorism and military threats, while 35% favor the Democrats. The GOP’s lead on this issue is one of the widest Gallup has found in more than 20 years.
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The poll also found that nearly three-quarters of Americans feel pessimistic about the direction of the economy, while also believing that Republicans are best able to fix the most pressing problems.
The Republican advantage over Democrats on the economy and security are largely due to greater support from independents. Barely a third of independents prefer the Democratic Party on these measures, while more than half choose the Republican Party. However, further boosting the Republicans’ advantages, slightly more Democrats than Republicans say the opposing party is better for handling both issues, particularly for maintaining the nation’s security from military threats and terrorism.