Washington (CNN) - Republicans have gained ground on the Democrats when it comes to which party is more trusted to deal with the country's major issues, according to a new national poll.
An ABC News/Washington Post survey also suggests there is an anti-incumbent mood among the public and indicates that the GOP has pulled even with the Democrats in this year's battle for Congress.
Forty-three percent of people questioned say they trust the Democrats to do a better job in coping with the main problems facing the nation, with 37 percent feeling the Republicans are more trustworthy. The 6-point advantage for the Democrats is down from a 16-point advantage last November and a 26-point margin a year ago.
According to the poll, 47 percent trust President Barack Obama to do a better job handling the economy, with 42 percent putting more trust in congressional Republicans. The 5-point advantage for the president is down from 15 points last November and 35 points a year ago.
The survey indicates that 46 percent trust Obama more on health care, with 41 percent saying they place more trust with the Republicans. The 5-point advantage for the president is down from 13 points last November and 28 points last June.
According to the poll, Obama has a 2-point trust advantage, within the survey's sampling error, over Congressional Republicans when it comes dealing with the federal budget deficit, down from 14-point margin last September and a 26-point advantage last June. The survey indicates that the president has a 5-point margin over the GOP on trust in dealing with the threat of terrorism, down from 10 points last September and down 21 points from June.
Half of all people questioned in the survey have a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party, down 3 points from last June, with 46 percent holding an unfavorable view, up 6 points. Forty-four percent give the GOP a thumbs up, with 52 percent holding an unfavorable view. The Republican Party's favorable rating is up 8 points from June and the unfavorable rating is down 4 points.
But in the battle for the House of Representatives this November, the poll indicates Americans are split, with 46 percent saying they will vote for the Democratic candidate in their district and an equal amount saying they'd cast a ballot for the Republican candidate. Last October the Democrats had a 12 point advantage in this so-called generic ballot question, which asked respondents if they would vote for a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district, without naming any specific candidates.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released last month indicated that 48 percent of registered voters said they would vote for the Republican candidate for Congress, with 45 percent saying they'd back the Democrat. The 3-point edge for the GOP was within the poll's sampling error - but it's a switch from November, when the Democrats held a 50 to 44-percent advantage.
Fifty-six percent of people questioned in the ABC News/Washington Post survey say they are inclined to look around for someone else rather than vote to re-elect their representative, with 36 percent saying they're inclined to vote to re-elect their representative.
Fifty-eight percent of people questioned in the poll say that congressional Republicans aren't doing enough to seek compromise with President Barack Obama on important issues, with 44 percent feeling that Obama is doing too little to forge compromise with the GOP.
The survey indicates that 56 percent of independent voters say congressional Republicans aren't doing enough to try and work with the president and Democrats in Congress. Half of independents see the president as too unwilling to compromise and 28 percent feel both parties are not doing enough when it comes to bipartisanship.
According to the poll, 63 percent of Americans think federal lawmakers should keep trying to pass a comprehensive health care reform plan, including 88 percent of Democrats questioned, 56 percent of independents and 42 percent of Republicans. Fifty-five percent of Republicans feel Congress should give up on health care reform.
But the poll indicates that Americans are split on the current health care bills backed by Obama and and Congressional Democrats, with 46 percent supporting them and 49 percent opposing the House and Senate legislation.
The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted Thursday through Monday, with 1,004 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
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