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Apr 26, 2010 4:24 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Poll: Recession helps GOP against Democrats

When it comes to the economy, Americans may no longer trust Democrats to make the right decisions.

For years, Democrats have had the edge, when voters were asked which party they trusted to guide the economy. But an Associated Press-GfK poll finds the two parties are now even -- with the confidence of 44 percent of the people who were surveyed.

Just four months earlier, the Democrats had a nine-point advantage.

Pollsters and analysts across party lines agree the Democrats lost their grip on the issue mostly due to unemployment rates that have been near 10 percent since last summer, as well as the ongoing foreclosure crisis and the recession.

Republicans will be trying to use the issue to grab control of at least one chamber of Congress this November.

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