People Trust Democrats, But That Doesn’t Mean They’ll Vote for Democrats


The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows a precipitous drop in President Obama’s job approval rating. That’s likely to prove a bit of an outlier, but it’s still not good news for Democrats. And it gets worse. The pair of charts below shows the Democrats’ real problem. On virtually every issue, voters prefer the Democrats, sometimes by wide margins. And not just on small issues, either. When it comes to helping the middle class, voters trust Democrats over Republicans by a whopping margin of 52 to 32 percent.

As usual, though, this does them no good. As the bottom chart shows, Democrats are in a dead heat with Republicans in congressional vote preference. People may say they trust Democrats, but that doesn’t mean they plan to vote for them.

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