A new poll indicates pocketbook issues are overtaking Iraq in the minds of voters.
In an ongoing survey for The Associated Press and Yahoo News,
more than half of those responding say the economy and health care
are extremely important to them personally. They express fears that
they may face unexpected medical expenses, that their homes will
lose value or that mortgage and credit card payments will overwhelm
The focus on such domestic issues may spell trouble for
Republicans. Voters say they are far more likely to trust Democrats
to handle the economy and health care, while news of slumping home
sales, high gasoline prices and a credit crunch are dominating
Terrorism was the only issue which respondents said they trusted
Republicans to handle better than Democrats.