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Americans have more positive view of Democrats, trust GOP on issues
Americans have more positive view of Democrats, trust GOP on issues

As the two political parties begin to gear up for next year’s presidential election, the public has a more positive general image of the Democrats but trust Republicans more on specifics, a newly released survey shows. The survey released Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center suggests an important underlying dynamic for the presidential contest: A Republican nominee may be able to count on a presumption that he or she will be able to handle major issues, but will be challenged on empathy and tolerance, as Mitt Romney was in 2012. The Democratic nominee may be able to take those attributes for granted, at least to some extent, but will need to reassure the public about...

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