ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports: The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll has one of those little nuggets that’s worth pausing for a second to let sink in.
According to the poll, 56 percent of Americans say they think Democrats will do a better job handling the main challenges the nation faces over the next few years. Only 23 percent say the same about Republicans.
Think about that: Well more than twice as many people are more comfortable with the Democrats in charge. If you need an exclamation point on where the parties’ brands stand these days, you have it.
Indeed, the Democratic Party has never had such a wide advantage in trust in 26 years of ABC News/Washington Post polls — "aided both by Barack Obama’s strong ratings and George W. Bush’s weak ones," per ABC Polling Director Gary Langer.
This, of course, cuts both ways: The Democrats wanted to be in power, and they’ve gotten their wish. Can these numbers retain anything like their current shape once the reality of an Obama administration confronting manifold big problems sets in?