On the key issue driving voters to the polls this year, voters trust Republicans with handling the economy by 10 points. Notice too, the issue where voters give Republicans the largest margin, immigration. No wonder endangered Democrats are quietly befuddled by Obama's more outrageous political positions in this important election season.
Democrats have a slight edge when it comes to the issue of education and government ethics. This represents something of a drop for Republicans who held a lead on all ten issues in August. I would guess some of this could be statistical noise, though you certainly have to wonder whether voters missed the Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters scandals. No doubt they would have been more attuned to the corruption had these scandals involved Republicans, as the national media would have been beating those scandals like a drum.
Still, the overall trend for Democrats is noticeably downward. Two years ago, before Democrats took control of the White House and gained significant majorities in the House and Senate, voters trusted Democrats over Republicans on all 10 issues. All this tends to prove Ann Coulter's theory correct:
As a result, for the past four decades, American politics has consisted of Republicans controlling Washington for eight to 14 years -- either from the White House or Capitol Hill -- thus allowing Americans to forget what it was they didn't like about Democrats, whom they then carelessly vote back in. The Democrats immediately remind Americans what they didn't like about Democrats, and their power is revoked at the voters' first possible opportunity.That first possible opportunity is a scant two weeks away - revoke away voters.