Republicans Open Biggest Lead Yet In Trust On Economy

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats when it comes to the economy. A survey found that 26% trust the Democrats more. Eighteen percent (18%) don’t trust either party, 10% trust both equally, and 9% are not sure.

Monthly polling dating back to last August has always shown the GOP with an advantage on the economy. However, the 11-point margin is up from four-points a month ago and is the biggest advantage yet recorded for the GOP (see topline trends). Economic confidence has been on the rise lately and recent economic reports have been quite positive.

Democrats continue to enjoy a double digit lead on health care (38% to 25%) while Republicans have a similar lead on national security (37% to 26%).

On immigration, Republicans now have a modest advantage (36% to 32%). However, among those who consider immigration to be the most important issue, 64% trust Republicans more while 12% trust the Democrats.

The top four issues concerning voters at this time are Health Care (19%), The Economy (15%), Immigration (11%), and National Security (10%).

Republicans are trusted more on Job Creation, Fighting Terrorism. Democrats have the edge on Economic Inequality, the Environment, Civil Rights, and Fighting Poverty.

The parties are essentially even on Abortion, Gun Laws and Taxes (see question wording and full crosstab results). See results from a month ago.

Overall, on whatever they consider their top issue, 34% trust Republicans the most while 32% trust Democrats more.

Americans continue to rate the U.S. health care system poorly. Most, however, rate their own health, medical care, and insurance coverage as good or excellent. Survey results consistently show that voters want more health care choice and strongly reject the idea of requiring everyone to get coverage through the federal government.


On immigration, eight-out-of-ten voters believe legal immigration is good for America but illegal immigration is bad.

Just 28% of voters believe it is even somewhat likely that Congress will successfully address the nation’s major issues prior to the next election.   There has been a significant shift in perceptions of Congressional ideology. Last fall, an election night survey found that 44% believed Congress was too conservative and 36% said too liberal.  Now, the numbers have reversed: 44% believe that Congress is too liberal while 36% say it is too conservative. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted May 4-5, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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