McCain More Trusted on Economy, Losing
A new Rasmussen poll finds that voters trust John McCain more than Barack Obama on taxes (47%to 45%) and on “economic issues” more generally (48% to 47%). These numbers are, of course, within the margin of error. They do, however, represent a reversal of a trend and may indicate that the “Joe the Plumber” and “spreading the wealth around” message is resonating.
This, in a survey that has Obama leading in the national head-to-head 50-47, also within the margin of error, but leading in enough tossup states for an Electoral College blowout. Moreover, the same poll’s toplines show the candidates are tied on the War in Iraq, Immigration, and Social Security. McCain has large lead only on Abortion, while Obama has large leads on Environmental Issues, Balancing the Federal Budget, Negotiating Trade Agreements, Healthcare and Education.
Granting that this is just one snapshot, the numbers don’t make much sense. Either the economy is much less decisive as an issue that we’ve been led to believe, health care and education have much more, or the election is being decided on personality or some other non-issue basis.