August 10th, 2009
02:57 PM ET
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CNN Poll: Dems becoming less popular but no gains for GOP

 A new national poll out Monday indicates that the Democratic party's becoming less popular with voters.
A new national poll out Monday indicates that the Democratic party's becoming less popular with voters.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that the Democratic party's becoming less popular with voters. But the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Monday, suggests that the Republican party has not been able to capitalize on the Democrats' downturn.

Read: CNN's new poll

Fifty-two percent of people questioned say they have a favorable opinion of the Democratic party, down six points from February. Forty-one percent say they have a positive view of the Republican party, up just two points from February. "Most Americans still have a favorable view of the Democrats; half have an unfavorable view of the GOP," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

According to the survey, 44 percent say the country would be better off if the Democrats control Congress, with 34 percent saying it's better if the Republicans controlled Congress.

"By a ten-point margin, Americans say that the country would be better off if the Democrats controlled Congress. That's down from a 15-point advantage in April, but it is very important to note that the change has not helped the Republicans at all," says Holland.

The poll's release comes as lawmakers from Congress are holding town halls on health care reform. What Senators and Representatives do or don't do this year when it comes to health care could impact next year's Congressional elections, when all 435 seats in the House and more than a third of the Senate are up for grabs.

"What happens in the 2010 midterm elections will ultimately be determined by events that happen in 2010," Holland says. "But this year's debate over health care is laying the groundwork for next year's actions. With the debate already so intense on this issue, voters are unlikely to forget what happens in the next few months."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted July 31-August 3, with 1,136 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points for the overall sample.


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  1. lbeal

    Seems to me as if most Americans are dissatisfied with BOTH parties. Love the way they interpret 51% approval on the Dem side as 'most of the country view Dems favorably'. Sure, but 49% of the country thinks the Dems are doing a crappy job. Not exactly widespread support !! Geez. . . no bias here.

    August 10, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. vic nashville , Tn

    Republicans don’t have a candidate for 2012

    But they are blaming Obama for everything

    Problem with republicans the don’t listen to us but they listen to Rush and Fox

    August 10, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. JJ

    CHANGE! Isn't it great?????

    August 10, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. be here now

    Shouldn't the headline on the homepage then be "Bad News for Dems, GOP in New Poll"?

    I would argue that a drop for the Democrats, and no gains for the already abysmal GOP numbers would be bad news for both....no?

    August 10, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    People are starting to realize the Obama train that was going to change everything, is doing little. And we all see that Dems continue on with the status quo just like Repubs.

    Question Authority – time to support your favorite Third Party locally and nationally.

    Unload the RNC / DNC crooks and liars.

    August 10, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Mike from upstate NY

    How about showing us the data instead of your interpretation of the data. I took the poll. There is much more to be learned from the results I saw. Give us the news instead of trying to create the news.

    August 10, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. rob

    where was CNN's polls during the 8 years Bush screwed us–all of a sudden your doing polls of someone in office 200 days. give me a break. No news out there

    August 10, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Scott

    With a plus/minus of 3, the Dems approval at 52%, how can Keating Holland say "Most Americans still have a favorable view of the Democrats; half have an unfavorable view of the GOP"? By my reckoning, this statement could be equally true if it was reversed. It is either yet another example of media bias, or he is too stupid to understand his own pole.

    August 10, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    There's an 800 pound gorilla in the Republican corner. Don't just sit there and read and re-read forwarded emails.

    Look up PNAC. If you want fear to the depths of your bones. PNAC.

    Republican rule thru ignorance and controlling ALL the money. I dare you.

    August 10, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Keith,CO

    Not to fond of those spineless democrats myself But I like the GOP even less. The GOP is a bunch loons and the Democratic party can't get any thing done when they control every branch of the government. I voted Democrat because I thought they had the guts to restore this country.
    Unfortunately many them just want to stuff there pockets with lobbyist cash.

    August 10, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Bill

    Go Pelosi Go.

    WE SUPPORT YOU.

    You are the Speaker, not anybody else, because we voted you.

    Keep doing what you are doing. You are the Best.

    These Jack Ass Republicans don't like you, don't bother.
    These Republicans Nut Jobs don't like to see Women Succeeding.
    These Republicans even don't like their own Fathers, Mothers, Brothers and Sisters. They are Maniac, Thugs, Scoundrels.
    They are suffering from An inferiority complex.

    August 10, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. RW

    Why do people who have health insurance is out there protesting?..I got mine, so lets say NO. Well, lets take the GOP insurance from them and while we are at it, lets close down medicare, and lets not pay anymore unemployment, this will give you the small government you want, then nobody will have nothing to complain about.

    August 10, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Vercingetorix

    The problem is not with either the Democrat nor Republican parties. Our entire government has become corrupt, terminally ineffective, seedy, self serving, inbred, slothful, wasteful and greedy. The whole thing needs to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch.

    August 10, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Bill Mitchell

    The only question is, "how large of a redicuclous advantage do you give to Dems in your polling sample?"

    It is not unusual for MSM Polls like this one to poll 20% more Dems than Republicans, thus pathetically skewing the topline numbers.

    Thee MOST ACCURATE 2008 POLLSTER IN AMERICA, Rasmussen, says that Republicans hold a 5 ppoint lead in the Generic Congressional Question, NOT this silly 10 point Dem Advantage you foist on us here.

    Last question, if dems are, in fact, so beloved, why can't they get anything passed?

    August 10, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Colin Dean

    There is a third option: third parties. The Libertarian Party has grown a ton in the past year, as have the Constitution Party and Green Party. All are unified under the same desire: observe the Constitution and reduce the size of government, something which neither the Democrat nor Republican party wants to do.

    August 10, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. asx

    Funny I remember Democrats loving polls during the Bush admin and run-up to the election. Now I see a whole bunch of "bah polls mean nothing!" posts....Classic, gotta love it <3

    August 10, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. W L Jones

    If you take a poll every five minute with the same people and frame the same sentence different you will get a different poll number I betcha.

    August 10, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. john

    The protest are orchestrated by a group headed by Dick Army and if you had any scrupples you would have him on to answer it. There is a site that lists the locations and tells them how to disrupt. They want to disrupt because if they debate they will lose. There will soon be a CBO cost analysis for the single payer check that out.

    August 10, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Republican no more

    I will NEVER again vote for any Republican. I am done with any support for that Political Party. I am just one of the hard-working millions in this country that is tired of the Republicans' lies, antics, and fear-mongering in the U.S.

    August 10, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. John

    What is up with these onimous polls? I bet you a year's worth of health insurance that nobody on these comment boards or anybody they know were polled

    August 10, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. I Can See Argentina from my Front Porch

    I can't say that I am happy with either party right now.
    I just wish there was a way to ban politicians.

    August 10, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. dave

    bad news for Cnn.Cnn has been losing viewership to msnbc according to our latest polls.People say Cnn is bias.Their polls are very bias.Well i wouldnot be watching Cnn anymore.

    August 10, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. Zach K

    Democrats might be losing their popularity. However, the GOP is more damaged than the Democrats currently.

    August 10, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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