The Democrats’ historic advantage on the health issue continues to weaken, and the GOP advantage on foreign policy is growing. In 2007, 50 percent of respondents to a WSJ poll said they trusted the Democratic Party to improve the U.S. health care system, compared to 28 percent who trusted Republicans. By March of this year, those numbers had shifted to 44 percent and 36 percent, still in the Democrats’ favor. Now that gap is even smaller, according to a WSJ write-up of a new a AP Poll:
What’s deeply important to likely voters after the economy? About three-quarters say health care, terrorism, the threat posed by the Islamic State group and Ebola […]On foreign affairs, Republicans have the upper hand. By a 22-point margin, voters trust the GOP more to protect the country, and they give the Republicans a 10-point lead as more trusted to handle international crises. Democrats have a slim advantage on health care, 36 percent to 32 percent.
It’s no wonder that, with numbers like these, many are now predicting that GOP will re-take the Senate in the November midterms. But it’s remarkable that not only foreign policy but also health care issues could help get them there, given how dominant the Democratic Party has been on the latter for so long. The botched ACA rollout took a toll, but more damaging has been the law’s perceived failure to noticeably lessen the burden of health care costs and access for the average American. The issue remains hugely important to U.S voters who think the country’s health care system remains deeply dysfunctional, and they are increasingly turning away from Democratic leadership regarding solutions. This, so far, is the legacy of Obama’s number one domestic achievement.