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. Kevin

    While the Democrats most certainly should take note of this, these figures are understandable as the party is currently struggling to assure Americans that health insurance reform (which is major legislation) will not adversely affect them.

    The Dems need to fight back hard on health care as people only seem to be hearing the opposition right now on this issue. Also, the different factions of the party MUST be willing to compromise in order to get a bill passed by Congress. If no bill passes, it could very well be a "Waterloo" for the Democratic Party (just as their massive failure 15 yrs ago to pass health reform cost them dearly in Nov. '94). It is imperative for the Democrats to get some sort of health care/insurance reform to Obama's desk before the end of this year.

    August 10, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. MT

    Is anyone happy with either party?

    (Except those that live off handouts)

    I truly believe that when America realizes how expensive "healthcare for everyone" when run by the government these poll numbers won't be the only thing dropping.

    How does 52% Federal Income tax for healthcare sound DEMOCRATS? I have a masters degree in Accounting and Minor in Economics, have acutually read hr3200 and compared it with the other three or four reasonably successful "single payer" systems. The debt and economic structure is better in the US, however the US has also been given over many of its key professional earning classes to overseas markets.

    August 10, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Jesus Francisco

    If the Dems want to watch polls and listen to a few loud-mouth Palin-ites at town hall meetings to effect the changes that we need in this country, then we need to throw them out! It is time for change ... and the Dems need to deliver on their promises, especially President Obama.

    August 10, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Peter Sugar

    What is most upsetting about the raucous debate on health care reform is the essentially hands-off policy of news organizations who report on the debate and what people are saying but fail to give a balanced pro and con of the issues under debate. This only encourages false and untrue representations – by advertisers and others – of what each side is proposing resulting in misinforming a gullible public

    August 10, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Zero.

    I told you! Your Country has been sold.. You don't own it anymore.
    Therefore you have no Govenment. Just an Idiot on the Bridge.

    August 10, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    I am so sick and tired of these so call polls. No one has ever ask me how I feel about and thing that they have polled. All this 50%, 45%, 72%, of Americans say this, say that, but I have never been polled, so please stop saying Americans, say some in America think this way. They go out and ask 1000 people or 100 people and say this is what America says. B.S.

    August 10, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Todd (not the Alaska Separatist)

    I see the wingnuts are out in force on behalf of billionaires. Repugs are annoying speed bumps to progress. Dems, start governing, ignore Repugs. Barney Frank rocks!

    August 10, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Liberal from Boulder

    The GOP, as it now exists, is irrelevant.

    The GOP is angry, but it doesn't realize that it is the very source and cause of its own anger. Many Republicans can't accept that they helped to create the mess this country is in. While Rush Limbaugh gives voice to GOP insanity, his lifelong dedication to misinformation has surely contributed to the kind of country we are today.

    All too many Americans are profoundly uneducated, poorly housed, uninsured, and malnourished. Our water is toxic, our weird, processed food is toxic; consequently, our health is terrible. In large part, we can thank the GOP (from Reagan on) and the corporations which control it for this situation.

    August 10, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. S. Hensley

    As a former reporter I am completely and totally disgusted with the partisanship and outright pandering shown by you and the rest of the mainstream media. Your article here is supposedly a news item about the Democrats losing popularity, but instead is a thinly veiled attack on the right. More alarming is the fact that you make NO mention of the Orwellian tactics that the White House is taking by establishing a website that encourages everyone to report "misguided" information circulating about the proposed health care plan. This is not a left/right issue, this is not a Democrat/Republican issue - this is about LIBERTY, and the incredible speed at which our naive narcissistic president and the lunatics in Congress are trying to take it away. They are ignoring the "astroturf" backlash at their peril.....

    August 10, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Robert

    Economy is coming around. My 401k is doing great... I don't know who you're polling CNN...

    August 10, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Grace

    The reason is because the Democratic Congress and President Obama have lost touch with the American public. Sure, Obama campaigned on the platform of healthcare reform, but with his socialist, elitist attitude ASSUMED that the public wanted the public option. Obama needs to look at the polls and take note that 83% of Americans are happy with their insurance. It does not mean that we are opposed to healthcare reform or coverage for everyone; Obama is not even exploring other options; Senator Durbin said the Democrats MAY drop the public option if things don't go too well-and that is where their problem is-explore other options first. Hopefully the president will not be blind like the people who don't like polls whenever it doesn't favor their opinion.

    August 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Otis

    May I ask the pollster why there was no mention of independent politicians who could do a better job? Why must it always be Democrats vs. Republicans? Talk about a skewed poll.

    August 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. john menacher

    What I am mad with the democrats about is for even dealing with the evevagelical republicans. I am one of those people who is slowly falling thru the cracks. I have a great education and have worked since being 14 years. yet my group has NO major Medical period and I cannot ge it. The current group policytotally employee paid is one dr.s appoint ment anually and 1 xray. That means 1 if you need a heart cath not paid any type of any imaging in not covered or are follow ups etc. For people to say this is fine one would have to be idiot! It is awful and the the employer take the premium ou after taxes too. They feel they shouild'nt need to bother with it. My point is Dammit do something. Bipartisan ship is never going to work with these goons at all. They have nothing new to off and never will. Just half truths and I dont catre if thefeds take it all over BUT DO SOMETHING! YUO GOT A LANDSLIDE NOW DO IT!!!

    August 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. jj12345

    From the President on down, the party in power has to get off their high horse no matter what party it is. Both use the same tactics (scare, protests, etc) and they are both full of crap.

    August 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Dr Manic

    While the Republicans had control of all three branches of government, we saw the reduction of civil liberties and an increase of economic liberties.
    Now that the Democrats are in control, we have seen no real change.

    The Republicans have PROVEN that they cannot be trusted.
    The Democrats are currently being judged; their numbers will decline each day that substantial changes are delayed.

    August 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. G SMITH PA

    The GOP is the winning Party, The GOP is the American Party. The Democratic Party is the Socialist Party.

    August 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Dom, NJ

    Obama received 53% of the popular vote in the election. If 52% approve of the Democrats, it looks even to me. Probably just a leveling out of the usual inflated approvals right after inauguration, when some folk will jump on the band wagon of enthusiasm. If the numbers stay at that level, and you keep the people who voted for you the first time around happy, then they will be there to vote for you 4 years later. Doesn't sound like such bad news for the Dems just yet.

    August 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. m.clark

    The constant bashing of President Obama by cnn and faux news with there one sided reporting is working. Proof that america has become a land of weak minded, dumbed down people. Cnn and faux news consistantly bashed President Bill and Hillary Clinton the whole eight years the were in the white house. When george bush and slippery dick came into power cnn and faux news gave them a free ride and they ran the country into the ground. cnn and faux news are responsible for the disaster this country has become.

    August 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. kirk

    The GOP is a non-option, so that's no surprise, and yes, those of us who lean Democrat are not pleased with the job the overall Democratic congress is doing. Too much special interest and not enough cooperation–we, the voters, still need to clean house in DC.

    August 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Chris - Seattle

    Yet another headline playing into the stupidity of Americans that can't see the forest for the trees! I've switched from CNN.com to MSNBC for a little less biased news reports, but I still like to come over once in a while to see headlines like this to remind me of why I switched. I think CNN & FOX are neck and neck as far as Democrat and Obama bashing! The status-quo lobbyist must have gotten to you ladies & gents, how much did they pay you?

    August 10, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. GGG

    GO FIGURE!!!! Nancy and Obama are such losers who would of thunk it!!!...Dems are running out of people and parties to blame...step up to the plate this is ALL your mess!!!! and what a big one...!!!

    August 10, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Anthony

    I've always had faith in the Democrats, and I still do. This country had it's best economy ever in it's history with Clinton and he was a Democrat. The Republicans were never a group that I liked, since it seems they embrace religion too much. Plus they want to deregulate everything and we seen what happens with that.

    August 10, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Sean from Marin

    Negative advertising works. But this poll also shows that without ideas teh GOP does not go up just by pulling the Dems down. The GOP has turned the health care question into a rave party. What a bunch of morons. Dick Army should be humiliated but instead the old guard loves him. The nice thing about the old guard is that their days are numbered – literally and politically.

    Thought: limit your next health care poll just to people who actually pay for their health care (i.e. exclude people who get it for free). Satifaction numbers will plummet!

    August 10, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Vikram Patel

    CNN is for and by GOP, BE AWARE. From Situation Room to AC360 programs are funded by the Right wing terrorist faction of the GOP

    August 10, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Rob

    Bad news for Dems = Good news for America

    August 10, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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