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. amber

    Don't put much faith in this poll. You can't tell me that the GOP is holding its own as loony as it is becoming. Who in their right mind would want to associate with it?

    August 10, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Moderate Democrat

    That's because americans do not like terrorists. So of course we don't have a favorable view of the GOP.

    August 10, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. annie s

    Well, thanks to the debacle on healthcare reform caused by the Blue Dog democrats, they aren't very popular with me either.

    August 10, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. barnhardt in NC

    The GOP has no strong figurehead, no clear brand other than "no" and no ideas. They are sunk as a party.

    August 10, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. anti liberal

    i think thankfully republicans are going to need to show their fiscal conservatism as not a means to destroy democrats but as a means to save this country.

    Liberals will spend until they can't spend some more and then three weeks after that, they'll buy $500 million in new jets to fly around in.

    You know that $500 million could pay at least 50 insurance company's CEO's salaries for a year.

    August 10, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Ron In California

    The problem is that Congressional members both parties have lost touch with their constituents. They tend to do what is in their personal best interest based on their views not the view sof the folks who put them there. Arlen Spector is a prime example.. We need to have term limits.

    August 10, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Obama Victim

    Repubs desperately need some now leadership...................Dems desperately need to change leadership....................Pelosi and Reid are national jokes.........dragging down th party....and by association Obama...................

    August 10, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Ruty

    In my opinion the American public are acting like uneducated foreign countries we hear about on TV. Obama has been in office less than 6 months and stupid people expect recovery in 2 weeks. Where is your brain? ???????. Let's see, Rome was built in a day, wan't it? Is that your kind of thinking you people have????? Give me a break!!!!!!!! PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

    August 10, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. CAL

    I really hate these polls, why in the hell do you CNN waste our time with this crap. This is not an accurate count of the american people, polling director keating holland needs to get a paper route and stop this awful inaccurate count of the american people.

    August 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    As we saw in November, apparently the majority of Americans use their ballot to vote against someone rather than for someone. As we are finding out in so many different ways, that is a recipe for failure.
    However, the Democrats will be getting a wake-up call in 2010 and 2012. We do eventually like to see results.

    August 10, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Simmy

    Drop the propaganda, CNN......A poll is a poll.....Republicans are consistent because their base is their only source......Independents tend to waiver, causing up and down fluctuation....Bottom line is, Dems are still ahead......Republicans are still on the bridge to NOwhere......

    August 10, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Darko

    Nice headline

    2 is not 0.

    The headline should read "Dems opinion down, GOP only slightly up."

    Conclusion: people are fed up with Congress.

    August 10, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Tired of everyone screaming "socialist" about anything antied -up by the Administration? Here's food for thought for the Republicans:
    Student Pell Grants (do not have to be paid back), unemployment insurance, medicare, medicaid, free public education (no tuition), state colleges and universities (mostly paid by your tax dollars even with tuition fees), police, fire, emt's, emergency room care for those without insurance (you can't be turned away if you don't have insurance) to name a few!

    August 10, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Welcome to The BoBo Show

    You me the party of "Gimme" and "Cradle to Grave" is loosing popularity. Looks like they are running out of other peoples money to spend

    August 10, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. spenser M

    The problem is the GOP is doing nothing useful, while the dems have their problems at least it seems like they are trying to make progress.

    August 10, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Scott, Tucson

    I say throw them all out! And I mean members of both parties. One term only until they can prove to us the American people that they really do deserve a second term.

    August 10, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Neil

    Wow. An unbiased report from CNN. This is bigger news than the article itself.

    August 10, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Turn Texas Blue

    Only because the people want it done now and they see some on the left are selling their souls to the Corporate Fascists and their mouthpiece,Rush Limbaugh.

    August 10, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Common Sense

    Try this CNN – Upwards of ninety (90%) percent of people with critical thinking skills disregard the results of immaterial changes in public opinion as reported in polls. Look up the word journalism and try to ascribe to its meaning.

    August 10, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. John

    That doesn't seem like bad news for the Democrats to me. It's still good news, just not quite so good.

    August 10, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Henry Miller

    People are finally catching on that neither the Dems nor the Reps are interested in doing what's right for the country. Both parties have, as their single apparent objective, a determination to cram their extreme-left and extreme-right philosophies down the throats of Americans who are thoroughly sick of too much government no matter which direction it comes at them from.

    It's very much time for a third party, one that fills the gap between the left extremists on one side and the right extremists on the other.

    August 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Bob in Pa

    Dems have delivered no change in DC as promised. Just more of the same. More pain in our pocketbooks, less quality of life for our children.

    August 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Mark Peterson

    Isn't CNN polling director Holland just a little slanted toward the Democrats? How about unbiased journalism?

    August 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. B

    Can’t believe how Short sited Americans are now. Obama and the Democrats now get- lower polls- for doing what is necessary to Fix the problems. What the hell do people expect anyway Magic??
    Where were the Report Cards on the Bush administrations performance? Eight years of Moron rule, and now everyone wants instant fix..........

    August 10, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Jason

    john huntsman and charlie christ are closer to the middle than obama and pelosi.

    August 10, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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