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Lot of a new poll showing the economy is by far the most important issue for voters.
The Rasmussen poll showing 80% of registered voters now say the economy is their biggest issue followed by health care.
Government ethics and corruption 65%.
Taxes that 60%.
Joining me now for a more on the latest polls and what we can expect -- New Hampshire.
South Carolina and other primary is former democratic pollster Fox News contributor Packard bell -- great to have you with us -- let us start with first and the idea that it is definitely -- economy foremost on the minds of voters.
In a surprise terrible for you.
No I mean the economy as big -- been there what's interstate in the rest news and numbers and economy's been number one now.
We're about two years in the rest news and publicity for for the question what's interesting is the rise to health -- The number two would be healthcare -- the one that the Republican congress after day one jettisoned.
After -- get elected them in terms of pursuing.
That issue is now risen to the government ethics and corruption if you cited Lou.
Every has consistently second or third in -- -- and for five years even though no one in Washington talks about you one of the only people I know.
We ever bothers to think about might actually Americans have figured out how -- government work so.
Yeah I -- -- they need to know important.
I don't think there's any doubt that the American people have that have been enlightened by their government over the course of the last number of years.
But let's talk about these Republican candidate -- Or Romney doing very well in the south -- latest South Carolina poll.
Santorum surprisingly strong and strong nationally.
-- well go ahead.
No I'm and that's not a surprise Santorum are showing and -- whether it finished even or slightly better slighted by and we won't -- probably doesn't matter.
The we have not had new polling numbers still today there and you've got of the -- -- rising.
Did did it's 47 again around that number of breath and -- then you've got Santorum its second.
New Hampshire we'll have some effect on that.
But those South Carolina numbers mean -- -- has dropped to third.
And you know South Carolina is the primary for Republicans the no Republican has been nominated in modern times recently.
Since -- South Carolina primary existed.
Without winning that and sold its pretty critical those set up report that we go dark for months -- Well what -- mostly -- -- -- February along for a minute let's kind of deal was January and the fact of the matter is that Santorum.
I'm at least surprised at how well he is doing on the strength of what that tie and I -- let me finish.
And further I'm surprised that.
Frankly that Gingrich did -- fall further given the amount of the just the in the nation.
Of attack ads against him and the bad media that is receive.
Yeah he got -- all -- right Lou won both there and he got it in paid media any got to me as I like to say the entire political class -- -- -- Democrat from Republican.
All on him and confided in him I would have made that the -- your question the issue of all these people -- me maybe you should be voting for me.
But he didn't and I I think he succumbed to a lot.
I like out of the the American people the American people hate the political class and they think they don't represent -- -- -- this guy I want you -- they -- that I -- break -- I wonder well I think just -- You got it Lou just review and from that it gets you told -- well -- -- -- summit you said that are not stupid they've seen this.
They know that and look here's the big question to Republicans.
Is in this is what I took up a turn out of Iowa's pathetic.
It was bought his Republican strongly.
Despise and the slight present.
The President Obama.
You didn't have the same kind of turnaround increased -- you -- the Democrats have after bush was an office.
And let me tell you something what I think -- talking here -- Is these candidates or all in the tactical politics they are not discussing the big things a positive.
Issues about the economy which Herman came whatever you wanna say 999.
Wasn't -- was a positive idea of program this -- -- followed by -- growth.
But the repetition but I become somewhat overwhelming I know why it got to be funny but the point is saying that the other stuff is look right now the president we heard on the reported Henry at.
You know the president -- Republican expect -- -- -- an American.
I have a president who helped design.
Rules that the strategy for the Democrats in 2006.
Is being with Barack Obama.
You have the proforma.
In -- so bush could appoint recess appointments and his White House goes we don't care about the lauding morial we just already had.
You have the coming of defense.
Which some of us think is a serious problem because he won't cut anything else.
And nonetheless they can't get to the big questions of American security.
To America the question -- story -- -- -- -- this -- But what is the biggest question the wall here we talk about big issues big questions.
The biggest -- -- all is if I may ask answer in my own question and then and then -- you get your response.
It is whether or not this this constitutional republic.
Actually endures and you've got it and -- that is a that is the biggest issuable.
That is exactly what I'm talking about the question with 69% of the American people believe that America's -- the client numbers we have never seen before.
Of the American people believe their children will not experience the American dream.
And -- 75%.
Of the people disagree.
That the government in Washington.
Code rules with the consent of the people.
You have what I -- as -- -- you before a pre revolutionary moment in no one is speaking to this.
I don't -- get those are the issues.
Bakken well thank you very much for being whether it's good to see a connection.