The latest Rasmussen trust numbers are out, after what was an odd formatting thing that made me decide to stop reporting them until things settled down.  Short version: Rasmussen has replaced Abortion with Afghanistan in the top ten category; the GOP won all ten, including that perennial heartbreaker Government Ethics; and the numbers nonetheless show a shift away from July's numbers, mostly because July's numbers were uniformly awful for the Democrats.

Aug-10 Jul-10
Issue Dem GOP Diff Dem GOP Diff Shift
Health Care 40% 48% (8) 40% 51% (11) 3
Education 40% 41% (1) 41% 43% (2) 1
Social Security 38% 44% (6) 37% 46% (9) 3
Abortion
36% 46% (10)
Economy 39% 47% (8) 39% 48% (9) 1
Taxes 36% 52% (16) 36% 52% (16) -
Iraq 40% 43% (3) 36% 45% (9) 6
Nat’l Security 37% 49% (12) 34% 51% (17) 5
Gov’t Ethics 38% 40% (2) 33% 29% 4 (6)
Immigration 35% 44% (9) 32% 47% (15) 6
Afghanistan 36% 43% (7)

Do these for a while and you get used to the concept of the 'dead-cat bounce.'  The Democrats get that a lot in this particular long-term survey; it's been a long two years for them since the halcyon days of 2008.  I assume that the switching of Afghanistan and abortion as top issues is 'permanent;' it'd be interesting to see how that issue will track now that it's not as much in the news, but they call it a Top Ten list for a reason.

Moving along: do not be surprised when Government Ethics slips next month.  It defaults to Democrats being trusted more; and it will probably continue to do so in months where Democrats are not actually being indicted.  I don't know whether that's a feature of the poll or of the electorate, and frankly there's not much one can do in either case except to steadily indict more corrupt Democrats.  Unfortunately, there's a regular supply of those.

Moe Lane