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Gallup: Republicans viewed more favorably on security, prosperity matters

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Gallup: Republicans viewed more favorably on security, prosperity matters
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is seen walking to the Senate chamber  at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Americans view the Republican Party more favorably than the Democratic Party when it comes to protecting international threats and ensuring that the nation remains prosperous, according to a Gallup survey Wednesday.

The annual governance survey taken last month shows that 59% of respondents said they favor Republicans in security matters, while 39% preferred Democrats.

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About half favored the GOP and 40% Democrats when it comes to prosperity.

Wednesday's poll shows the GOP's largest advantage on security matters since 2015 and the largest on prosperity since 2014, Gallup said.

The survey showed that both parties tie when it comes to economic matters and which better handles the country's most pressing issues.

Forty-one percent of respondents said the GOP can better handle whatever the most important issue is, while 38% favored Democrats. Last year, the score was 47% to 38% in favor of Democrats.

Republicans had the edge when it comes to protecting the country from foreign threats and promoting a strong economy, the survey said -- although Democrats still have a slight preference overall.

Gallup polled more than 1,000 U.S. adults for the survey, which has a margin of error of 4 points.

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