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Gallup Poll: GOP Now Viewed as Better Party for Security, Prosperity

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A new Gallup poll conducted September 1-17 finds “Americans by significant margins now view the Republican Party as better than the Democratic Party” at protecting our country and its significant interests.

The “Bottom Line” is “Americans now generally see the Republican Party as better than the Democratic Party at handling two key government objectives—protecting citizens from international threats and promoting a strong economy.”

The poll shows Republicans are better “at protecting the nation from international threats by 54% to 39%, respectively.” Gallup explains the 15-percentage-point GOP advantage on security matters is its largest since 2015 when it had a 16-percentage-point advantage.

As for ensuring the nation remains prosperous, the GOP received 50% to 41% confidence, with the nine-point lead being the GOP’s largest since 2014. The polling is significant as “last year, the GOP had a narrow advantage on international matters while the parties were essentially tied on economic matters. More of this change has come from declines in Americans perceiving the Democratic Party as better on these issues than from increases for the Republican Party.”

39% of Americans say the Democratic Party will do a better job in the next few years of protecting us from terrorism and other international threats. However, that number is down from 46% last year. The Republican Party received a small increase in this area from 50% to 54%.

As for prosperity, the Democratic Party has received a seven-point drop from 48% to 41%. Now 50% say the Republican Party is better at keeping the U.S. prosperous up from 47% in 2020.

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