November 2nd, 2008
04:28 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain warns against potential Democratic majority

Americans are split about the one party rule, poll says.
Americans are split about the one party rule, poll says.

(CNN) – It's one of John McCain's closing arguments in his bid for the White House. The Republican Presidential nominee suggests that Democrats will increase their majorities in Congress, and he warns of one party rule by the Democrats if Barack Obama is elected president.

McCain has said that Obama is "working out the details" with Democratic leader to raise taxes, increase spending and "concede defeat in Iraq."

But a new national poll suggests that Americans may not be as concerned about one party if Obama wins the White House. In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Sunday, 50 percent of likely voters questioned say that if Obama wins the White House, Congress should be controlled by Democrats, with 48 percent saying Republicans should control both the House and the Senate.

It appears to be a different story if McCain wins the presidential election. Fifty-nine percent of those polled say the Democrats should control Congress if McCain wins the White House, with 39 percent saying the Republicans should be in charge of Capitol Hill.

The Democrats currently have a 235 to 199 majority in the House of Representatives and a 51 to 49 advantage in the Senate, with the chamber's two independent senators allied with the Democrats.

One of Barack Obama's closing points is that John McCain would carry out George Bush's policies if elected, saying, the Arizona senator has "ridden shotgun" with the president over the economy.

The poll suggests that 53 percent think McCain will mostly carry out Bush's policies, with 45 percent saying he won't. As for Bush, only 28 percent approve of the way he's handling his job as president.

Likely voters questioned in the poll were also asked whether Senator Obama (D-Illinois) will win the election.

"Nine in ten think it's likely; nearly half say it is very likely. Only one in ten say it is very likely that McCain will win, while half say a McCain victory is unlikely," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

How will Obama supporters react if he does not win on Tuesday? One in five will be angry; one in four will be upset but not angry. Most Obama supporters, however, say they will be disappointed but not angry or upset if McCain wins.

The poll also suggests the Democrats are much more excited about this election than Republicans.

Forty-five percent of Democrats questioned say they are extremely enthusiastic about voting this year, with only 28 percent of Republicans feeling the same way.

The economy remains the most important issue for voters.

"The economy remains the number-one issue to most voters, but although eight in 10 say that economic conditions are poor now, 62 percent say that the economy will be in good shape a year from now," Holland said. "The economy, which is already a strong issue, jumped even further in importance after the financial crisis hit in September."

"And since the public tends to blame the Republicans more than the Democrats for that crisis, that event provided a boost not just to Barack Obama but to Democratic candidates across the country. Democratic congressional candidates have a nine-point lead in the 'generic ballot' question," added
Holland.

The generic ballot asks voters their preference for U.S. House without naming the candidates running in each district.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Thursday through Saturday, with 1,017 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error ranges from plus or minus 3 percentage points to plus or minus 4.5 percentage points, depending on the question.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Hal, Redondo Beach, CA

    Because honest people who care about their country AND their countrymen are dangerous.

    McCain is a coward just like every member of the GOP. NO IDEAS JUST HATE, FEAR and GREED.

    November 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Hey Iowa Mom, it's only because of people like McCain that you even have the freedom to spew your ignorant, hateful trash. What has Obama ever done for his country? Everything he does is for his own gain.

    ts, you are obviously a very mentally ill person. Please get help!

    November 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. FreeNLovIt

    Trust me, we will ALL have jobs with DONKEYS in the government.

    With the elephants, if the few elites had jobs, that was the greatest JOB RECOVERY.... if the few had money, that was the greatest paycheck increase EVER....

    November 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. No Thank You...

    Susan (4:47)

    Yeah Susan, under Obamas reign, we can give out MORE "hand outs" in the form of "welfare checks."

    November 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    @ SUSAN: REALLY? I doubt you are "the Susan" who has been posting all these months on CNN. Republican volunteers are doing mischief on blogs. Saying that they were voting for Obama but now they are not. Republicans are DESPERATE.

    Now McCain comes out with "Wright ad" ........dear God, this man is worse than vile. CNN ran the "Wright story" 24/7 for weeks. ONLY people without a brain would not vote for someone based on their pastor. And actually, most of what Wright said is right. THERE IS RACISM is our Nation. We have made mistakes! We are not perfect.

    PLEASE AMERICAN REJECT THE POLITICS OF LIES, HATE, FEAR AND DIVISION THAT THE REPUBLICANS SPEW!

    ************STOP THE HATE*****************STOP THE LIES**********

    November 2, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    Rev Wright? Goodness, he was burned at the ALTAR and his ashes, spread and sprayed across the Great Lake Michigan.

    If you are still sitting on this issue, YOU'VE GOT A SERIOUS problem and need to seek psychiatric treatment.

    November 2, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. denise nc

    MCCAIN AND PALIN ARE A JOKE
    THEY WILL SAY ANYTHING AND DO ANYTHING TO GET ELECTED.
    HE IS AN ANGRY, GRUMPY OLD MAN WHO SHOULD RETIRE TO HIS 7 OR 8 HOMES AND DRIVE ONE OF HIS 13 CARS.
    PALIN SHOULD GO UP ON CRIMINAL CHARGES OF ABUSE OF POWER AND BEING UNETHICAL. PETA SHOULD GO AFTER PALIN IN ALASAKA ABOUT THE KILLING OF WOLVES FROM A HELICOPTER.

    THIS IS THE MOST DISGUSTING TICKET. THEY ENCOURAGE HATE AND DIVISION. DISGUSTING

    CNN PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE POST THANK YOU PLEASE

    November 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Electra

    Sid, do you need an abortion? thought not.
    A great man once said'I dont agree with what you say but i defend to the death your right to say it'.'
    The difference between you and me is that i respect your views and understand them. I am pro choice, however completely respect your view, u however probably think i am the devil and should be shot or something! EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO THEIR OPINION- WHETHER U AGREE OR NOT. Its called free speech and is what America is all about. At least with Obama your view is valid, with the likes of Palin i would be hunted down! Lucky I aint American- Do the right thing America- dont make your big brother (UK) disown you!

    November 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Deb in Colo

    I don't think it's defeat in Iraq, John.

    IT'S A MISTAKE THAT NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED! We should have never been there. Bush and YOU served us up a gigantic LIE.

    Bring our troops (including my nephew) home! And spend $10B a month here in the US.

    November 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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