Democrats have a lost a step in the eyes of Americans on some leading issues since holding the White House and Senate nearly a year ago. But Republicans haven't improved their standing on those same fronts, all according to new data from Gallup released Monday.

When it comes to the question of which party is better able to to maintain U.S. prosperity, the percentage who say Democrats has dropped nearly 10 points since September 2012. But the percentage who say Republicans has barely moved.


On national security, we see the same pattern — a drop in support for Democrats paired with no change for Republicans.


Finally, on whichever issue Americans judge to be the nation's most important problem, support for Democrats has, you guessed it, dropped. And in this case, so has support for Republicans.


On at least the national security and prosperity fronts, Republicans have pulled ahead in the head-to-head matchup by virtue of Democratic losses — not a bad position to be in, on the whole.

But the data also suggest that Republicans have not convinced those frustrated with Democrats to be satisfied with Republicans.

Consider that on the prosperity question, the percentage who either expressed no opinion or who say there would be no difference between the two parties has doubled from seven percent to 14 percent. And the "neither/no difference" option on the "most important problem" question is higher than it's been since 1994.

For a Republican Party trying to rebuild itself after a disappointing election, that's not an encouraging sign.

Nor should Democrats be encouraged by the poll, given its lost ground. As for the Democratic woes, it's a stark reminder that things can change in a hurry even after a big election victory.