Among the many reasons that Republicans will be happy next Wednesday is that the likely voter pool skews to the right. But buried in the new Washington Post/ABC News poll is another reason: Even people who don't trust either party plan to give their trust to the GOP.
If you ask American adults which party they trust more to handle the country's problems, Democrats do better by a two-point margin. (Which is within the margin of error.) Narrow that down to registered voters, and it's even, 39 percent to 39 percent, with 3 percent saying "both" and 13 percent saying "neither." Narrow that down again to people likely to vote next Tuesday, and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus starts doing a little jig: 42 percent of likely voters trust the Republicans more, while 37 percent trust the Democrats.
Go another level deeper, and that jig turns into the Macarena, or whatever dance comes naturally to older dudes at wedding receptions. (Editor's note: As an "older dude," I am a big fan of the Electric Slide.) Of the 13 percent of likely voters who don't trust either political party, more than half plan to vote Republican.
Why the distrustful voters plan to vote Republican is open to interpretation, but it seems likely that it's in part a protest vote. A quarter of independent voters see their vote as expressing opposition to Obama, far less than the half of Republicans, but far more than the 8 percent of Democrats.
Regardless, that question probably isn't keeping Reince off of the dance floor.