How Americans are viewing Democrats and Republicans

Members of the U.S. Congress applaud as U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a Joint Session at the U.S. Capitol September 8, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

As we steam toward the election, pollsters are after new ways to peer into voters' psyches. In this week's Attitude Check, we check in with Gallup's editor-in-chief, Frank Newport, about how Americans are viewing Republicans and Democrats on a couple of subjects.

First up: Which party can do a better job "keeping the country prosperous" --  a question recently asked.

Right now, the Democrats are beating the Republicans as the party best able to keep the country prosperous, 51-42 percent. It's a turnaround from the last several years, and it could bode well for the Dems in the upcoming elections.

When it comes to the question: "which party do you think will do a better job protecting the country from international terrorism and military threats?", the two parties are tied -- before the news yesterday of the embassy killings in Libya.



About the author

Frank Newport, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief at Gallup and appears regularly on Marketplace.


I agree to American Public Media's Terms and Conditions.
With Generous Support From...

Sustainability Coverage

  • The Kendeda Fund
  • Wealth & Poverty Coverage

  • The Ford Foundation