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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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Tony

    The reason that the GOP has claimed the Democrats' losses is because most of the midterm elections with Democrat incumbents don't have challengers yet. A pledge from a GOP conservative or libertarian to stop the Democrats' rampant spending will flip disenfranchised Democrats and turned-off independents over to the GOP. This will hold even more weight if the incumbent is a Blue Dog who voted on any of these big government programs that are bankrupting our country.

    August 10, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Matt

    Perhaps if they stopped holding our country hostage, we could get some work done.

    Americans demand single payer health insurance! The current plans will leave us in the same position in 10 years. Co-ops are untested, in fact there are only 2 successful health insurance Co-ops in the US! And that's what they want to give us?! Demand more! Demand better!

    August 10, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. lil

    It would be nice if the republican would help Americans instead of hendering and bullying the people who are really trying to get something done.
    Maybe they would get more respect.

    The republicans are trying to win with slander.

    August 10, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Dave from CO

    The Democrats have to pay for the party the GOP threw and nobody likes paying the piper after an eight year GOP spending spree. It reminds me of how Bush Sr. became so unpopular because he had to start paying back the Reagan debt.

    August 10, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Independent Voter

    That's hard to digest, I see nothing that The GOP has done or plan to do that could enrich its favorability. Did the polster ask why? how about a poll on why the GOP are gaining ground.

    That should be interesting.

    August 10, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. mother and sister of a soldier

    No surpirse here and I believe the dems will suffer come the 2010 elections. I personally am sick of them ramming their agendas down my throat and destroying the basic principles this country was founded on. Everything is being done too quickly and without productive conversations. Those of us with questions about the health care are being ignored. As the great Community Organizer Obama says....he will pass this without the repubs. That says alot about the, hum, so called leader. Wake up to the Obama, Pelosi, Reid agenda!!!!

    August 10, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Barclay Close

    This should not be considered news. The horse race between the two major parties is of no concern to the American public. The fact that anybody would believe that there are unbiased polls is laughable. Until people start to realize that that politics is not a race between two parties, and the media stops exploiting that race and polarizing our country, we will continue to bicker over party ideals instead of living by American ideals. Stop supporting the games of a 2 party dictatorship.

    Barclay Close

    August 10, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. sarahinfla

    Nancy pelosi not the right person for the current times. This woman is sinking the hard fought for democratics kudo's fairly or not she is the current target she is the distraction of last resort for the GOP, who are still lost in the wilderness with there pockets full of cash from the last eight years of profiteering on the backs of hard working americans.

    August 10, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. bWayne

    The primary reason the Dems are dropping in the polls is that most Americans realize they have been sold out to the insurance and pharma lobbys again. Its tragic that we can't go to single payer but at a minimum, we should have a public option to counter the insurance companies. No more backroom deals. Represent the People for a change.

    August 10, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. marcus2

    Of course the Republican haven't made any gains. They're more whacked out than Charlie Manson.

    August 10, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Steve

    I guess it depends upon how CNN want to slant to people what the numbers mean. To me an 8 point swing in the GOP favor in 5 short months (given all the hoopla in Jan 09) should not be communicated as trival!

    August 10, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Ryan

    We need a legitimate 3rd party in this country. How many times does the country have to be let down by parties that use ideologies as a "front" to achieve their own agenda regardless if it aligns with what they campaign on. Death to the dems and repubs. Both are HUGE HUGE hypocrites. Wake up America.

    How many times do you think Obama, Bush, Pelosi, Kennedy, or Boehner have gone into a Wal-Mart or looked at clearance aisles at a retail store......or sifted through grocery store ads to see whats on sale? Yet, we elect these people to represent the "middle class"? THEY DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT THE MIDDLE/LOWER CLASS IS ALL ABOUT!

    Get a clue people!

    August 10, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Josh- Rochester, MN

    Mabye this means you partisan hacks will vote for something other then Republican/Democrat.

    August 10, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Dave

    It's a shame that the party of No is about tearing down the Dems instead of building up America.

    August 10, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. AGG

    So much for presenting the facts CNN, how much more biased can you get?

    Wake up and respond to the fact that the people of this country does not want the government to control everything and present multiple viewpoints and you might be on top again.

    August 10, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Dave in Illinois

    Since politics in this country is pretty much a zero sum game between the Democrats and Republicans, every loss to one side is a gain to the other. The five points of difference that seem to have disappeared without going to the Republicans are going to do what, vote Libertarian?

    August 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Terry from Texas

    We Americans have chosen an outstanding man to be President. Unfortunately, we also sent the same group of unimpressive, self-inflated, no-talent, not-very-smart people back to Congress. The best of our representatives and Senators could be described as mediocre. The worst are truly disgraceful.

    My state and district is among the most culpable. Texas sent Sen. Cornyn and Sen. Hutchison to the Senate. Both of them would be selling insurance if they weren't in the Senate. El Paso's Rep. Reyes is notable only for his lack of distinction. These people are interested only in reelection. They are not going to do anything or change anything. The only thing that changes is their rhetoric. The only important thing to them about government is who gets the contracts.

    Texas, the home of Sam Houston, Sam Rayburn, Lyndon Johnson, and Ann Richards has reduced itself to being no better than Georgia, the very symbol of mediocrity.

    August 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    I have always considered myself a political moderate. Since the Republicans are moving further and further away from the center of the political spectrum with each passind day I cannot see myself ever supporting or having a favorable opinion of Republican candidates. From my point of view the majority of what is presently wrong with this nation has been caused by Republicans. Until they ditch the far right wing radicals and move back to the center I cannot trust them to have the interests of the nation as a whole as part of their agenda.

    August 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. David

    Every site I go on I hear the same stuff: "I voted for Obama but... or, I'm a democrat but...". It's all these right wing sock puppets. More phony lies from the GOP and corporatists posing as moderates. Hey GOP: the truth will set you free. Most intelligent people are on to you.

    August 10, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. John

    Can CNN please release the questions contained in the poll? It has been my experience that poll results can be very misleading when summarized in this fashion.

    August 10, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Don

    That is because SOLIDARITY does not exist and never has within the Democratic party, which is how the Republicans gained so much the last 8 years. The Dems are split between wanna-be Republicans yet chosing to be in the Democratic party

    August 10, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. AaronofMadison

    As a lifelong Democrat, I find that even I myself have begun to wonder what the hell they are doing. With a few exceptions, they are showing themselves to be spineless wonders, rolling over to the Republicans on every single issue that comes up. It's like they are afraid of their own shadows.

    The people voted them into office for a reason: to do the work that will benefit the American people (i.e., a single payer health plan, ending DADT, reigning in corporate excesses, etc.). Instead, they are allowing the Republicans to call the shots on just about everything.

    We all know that if the Republicans still had the same power now as they had during the first six years of G.W. Bush's reign, there would be absolutely no discussion with the Dems whatsoever. They would be ramming their agenda down our throats relentlessly and mercilessly.

    August 10, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. wagon

    Voters in the democratic states of New Jersey and Virginia are polling in favor of the Republican candidate for Governor in each state. The support is well outside of the margin of error. These two races will show themselves to be bellwethers for 2010. Taxes will be the issue – and you can't trust democrats when it comes to taxes. They are thieves.

    August 10, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. mark

    I have no confidence in the liberal democrats, and very little in the republicans and even less in the bias media when it comes to polls etc

    August 10, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Rob

    I don't know who you're polling CNN. The Republicans are showing what utter moronic fools they are with this whole health care debate. As usual, they have no idea what's good for them. A bunch of sheep.

    August 10, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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