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It’s no secret that worries about the economy are foremost in voters’ minds.

In Missouri (Public Policy Polling) (pdf):

…Q10 I am going to name 7 issues. Which of these is most important to you? The War in Iraq, education, the economy and jobs, taxes, moral or family values, health care, or immigration…

War in Iraq – 15%

Education – 7%

Economy and Jobs – 47%

Taxes – 4%

Moral and Family Values – 13%

Health Care – 8%

Immigration – 5%

Other – 1%

[emphasis added]

The republicans don’t do very well at this economy stuff. Just ask folks filling up at the gas station, “How’s that $4.00 a gallon workin’ out for ya?” (Brief interruption: Okay, it’s now under $3.50 a gallon in my area. The next question is, “Gee, how did they get that off shore oil drilling into production that fast?” They didn’t. Can you say, “unregulated greed and speculation.”)

Here’s a site that has a lot of historical information about republican administrations, Democratic administrations, and how the American economy has fared under each:

Presidential Economic Data

Democrats and the economy

   * Eight of the last nine recessions have been under Republican presidents

   * Democratic presidents create twice as many jobs per year as Republican presidents.

   * Republican presidents’ deficits are three times higher than Democrats’ and twice as high as a percent of GDP.

   * The economy grows 41% faster under Democratic presidents.

   * Businesses invest three times as much under Democratic presidents.

The economy grows 41% faster under Democratic presidents.

   Average GDP growth per year under Democratic Presidents: 4.05%

   Average GDP growth per year under Republican Presidents: 2.88%

   Average GDP growth under the Bush II Administration: 2.51%

Businesses invest three times as much under Democratic presidents.

   Average growth per year under Democratic Presidents: 7.08%

  Average growth per year under Republican Presidents: 2.94%

  Average growth under the Bush II Administration: 1.53%

There’s plenty more where that came from…