A new Rasmussen Poll shows that John McCain is more trusted than Barack Obama on the economy. 47% trust McCain compared to 41% trusting Obama. McCain also edges Obama on Iraq (49% to 37%) and on general national security 53% to 31%.
So, what does this tell us? Well, as we already know, McCainâ€™s strength is in national security, not just because his stances are perceived as â€œtougherâ€ but because his experience is much more pronounced than is Obamaâ€™s. But, more interestingly, McCain is not as weak on the economy as some might expect. He doesnâ€™t necessarily have to keep the focus solely on national security in order to gain an advantage. Thereâ€™s room for him to win votes on domestic issues as well.
Of course, weâ€™re still many months away from November and, as hard as it is for us political junkies to believe, a lot of voters are still formulating their opinions on the candidates. These poll numbers will invariably change.