The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Who do vot­ers look to for lead­er­ship on ma­jor is­sues? The Grand Old Party is a lit­tle grander th­ese days. A lot grander, in fact.

“On the No. 1 is­sue, the econ­omy, Repub­li­cans have more than dou­bled their April lead over Democrats, to 11 per­cent­age points. No­tably, as the GOP tries to gain con­trol of the Se­nate, the cur­rent GOP ad­van­tage on the econ­omy nearly matches the 12-point ad­van­tage the party held in Au­gust 2010, shortly be­fore the midterm elec­tions that gave the Repub­li­cans con­trol of the House,” re­ports Gallup an­a­lyst An­drew Du­gan.

“The GOP’s lead on the fed­eral bud­get deficit has also widened, to 20 points from 14 points in April, and is now higher than at any other time dur­ing Barack Obama’s pres­i­dency,” he says.

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