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. jon c. sprowl

    why would anyone want to be a democrat ? i know that republicans have problems, but at least they are capilists. liberal democrats dont have a clue. they are socialists and want to be taken care of by the government.they have no common sence.i hope they find a cure for liberalism.

    August 10, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. DX in TX

    Over the weekend I decided to listen to all of the conservative talk shows, I even read Sarah Palin's Blog, I read comments from prominent Republicans like Boehner.
    After listening to these guys for 3 days straight I wanted to put a gun to my head. No wander people are losing it! How do the Republicans get away with spreading lies and half truths to the American people.

    Would every sane person within the soound of my voice listen to this!
    CALM DOWN and GET THE FACTS!

    August 10, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. MillerJ

    Squawk all you want lefties; it doesn't matter where you start it's where you finish, and believe me in November of 2010 you are finished!

    August 10, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Al M

    I think this poll is accurate. I have been a Democrat for many years, and I am now disenchanted with the party. Obama made lot's of promises, and has decided not to keep them. He said 'yes we can', and changed that to no we can't. No we can't have single payer health care, no we can't restore the constitution and get rid of the patriot act, no we can't pull the troops out of Iraq, no we can't get middle class tax relief, no we can't tax the wealthiest Americans, no we can't stand up to the Republicans, no we can't get anything done, and the list goes on. If we can't say yes we can when the Democrats control the government, then why did we vote them in to office. In the next election I won't be influenced at all by 'Party'.

    August 10, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Greg

    Ahhhhhh the sweet smell of wilfull ignorance! "OMG a poll says democrats are losing ground... THAT CAN'T BE!! The right is a bunch of loonies... nobody could like them.... right?" Amber... wake up darlin... just because YOU feel a certain way doesn't make it necessarily true.

    I also like how the slanted biased author says Republicans have made no ground in the same paragraph he admits they've gained 10 percentage points... quality journalism

    August 10, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Emily

    Alright. So people are fed up with both the Democrats and the Republicans... so WHY do we keep voting for them?! At this time in political history, educated voters should start looking into the Libertarian Party candidates, Green Party candidates, etc. These aren't "crazy cook candidates" (well, not most of them anyways). They are real, hard-working people with some truly great ideas for this country.

    August 10, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. mike

    I'll take the dems plan on health care any day, over the non-existent GOP plan. Once again the GOP is trying to disable any efforts to reform our health care system by distributing outright lies about publicly run health care systems. All anyone has to do is watch Bill Moyers interview with Wendell Potter, a former CIGNA, to see how the same talking points are being used by the Insurance Industry and parroted by GOP members of congress, and conservative PACs that have been using the same talking points at their town hall "protests."

    August 10, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Peace

    It will be nice various Polls are taken and get the average of them. That will give the full picture of where two parties and congress stand.

    August 10, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. RLA

    Thank you Nancy Pelosi. I imagine most of the point spread is due to you. Keep up the good work.

    August 10, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Bdog

    If the DEMS go ahead and push their PLATFORM agenda (includes HC reform) like they are supposed to, then they will see their poll numbers go up.

    A lot of independents are looking to the Dems for rational leadership, seeing the lies, hate and anger that just transpired in the townhalls over the weekend. Independents can see and agree the system needs fixing, if we do nothing it will bankrupt(if we aren't already) the nation with unsustainable funding. Then where will those "keep your gov't hands off my medicare" idiots be?

    Get it done, Dems.

    August 10, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Kate in SW Fla

    Here's a ridiculous oxymoron for you. One Republican just called Democrats "cradle to grave" big spenders while another idiot says we are trying to murder special needs children and euthanize the elderly. Which is it? You may be able to get the uneducated rednecks to fall in line with this kind of reasoning, but educated, hard working Americans can see this nonsense for the desperation it is. We need Health Care Reform before we are bankrupt. Who do you think is going to pay for all the fat, lazy and unhealthy Souther Republicans, who eat nothing but fried catfish, who are headed towards Medicare? We need to find a way to lower costs and get the next generation to not be so unhealthy becasue, seriously, we can NOT afford this.

    August 10, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Jeremy

    Time for a 3rd party to take control..... both of the big parties that have been in control for so long have become corrupt and have lost their minds.

    August 10, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. CyberSecure

    Does anyone know where I can buy an Obama Teleprompter? I keep looking on ebay and I have not been able to find one. I want the kind that scrolls speaches about fantasy ideas...like the ones he reads.

    August 10, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Nicholas

    cnn again with poll numbers jus to stir up the polity. howmany polls does cnn conduct in a week on Obama and his policies. None is conducted on cnn about their bais reporting. cnn is gradually becoming anti Obama network.

    August 10, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Tommy

    How can a party gain in a poll when their entire modus operandi is to stall and promote absolutely no alternatives to the Democrat's plans?

    And, CNN might want to figure out what journalism is. Rather than focusing on who is getting breast reduction, or who got caught cheating on whom, yada yada ... maybe they can actually fulfill a journalistic role by trying to enlighten the general public on issues that ACTUALLY matter to them. Of course, by keeping the public in the dark, they are carrying out the wishes of their corporate sponsors – y'know, the people that matter the most to those at CNN. Y'know, the people who in reality (not literally) sign Lou Dobbs' and Wolf Blitzer's paycheck.

    Aim high!

    August 10, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. bj,texas

    This demo socialist party led by Acorn, the media and half of the koolaid drinking Americans will find out their fate in 2010. This poll doesn't tell the whole story. Americans are finding out what a joke of a president we have. It's time to take a page from one of their own policies and trade in this CLUNKER of an adminstration. It's not working.

    August 10, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. RRR

    Guess when you are out obviously orchestrating lobbyist demonstrations against needed legislation, and not offering ANY ideas or legislation of your own.....your (GOP) popularity has no reason to increase!

    At least the Dems are TRYING things, offering ideas, having (non-yelling) dialogue.....
    None of this is perfect, this is the REASON we have a three branch government! Let's discuss, not diatribe these issues!

    Also how about comparing these same figures to Bush's SECOND term, same time interval for a little perspective!

    August 10, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. joe

    who cares, cnn?

    August 10, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. katiec

    The problem is too many misguided people actually listen to and even some believe the lies, distortions, fear mongering being
    spouted by, paid for by the medical association, supported by
    the GOP and the medias constant headlining of these falsehoods
    There is never any fact checks, never any questions on the
    absurdity of these statements, just constant attention and
    support from CNN etc.
    Then, they expect us to believe their polls.
    I have never seen politicians, corporations and the media stoop
    to the level they have.

    August 10, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Courtney

    I'd like to know if these polls are being hindered due to the fact that they are done mostle\y by phone. Many people, most of my generation (30 somethings) do not own a home phone and are on do not call lists with their cell phones. Does this mean that the polls are restricted to the portion of the population that owns a home phone and if so, doesn't that severely obscure the results?

    August 10, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. smokesignals

    You are to blame, CNN, for the continued unrealistic demands made upon a new, smart President to fix years of Republican neglect. Your poll sucks and is not responsible journalism.

    August 10, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. anti liberal

    i'm waiting for continuing polls in the NJ race for govenor. Christie should still be leading even though Corzine got the negative attack machine going early.

    Christie has only had to stand on one thing,

    Corzine's record.

    That speaks for itself.

    Christie for Govenor!

    August 10, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Ray

    Your poll, for anyone who has read it, over sampled African Americans who almost always vote Democratic. If you are interested in accurate numbers why not conduct a poll with representative sampling of minorities? I am an Independent who voted solid Democratic in 2008 as did my family. We won't do that in 2010 and 2012!!!

    August 10, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. carlo

    You people yelling about how much of a disappointment Obama is are the same people that think Palin is Mensa material. You people are such racist losers. If you think you're ticked now, wait until Obama's sworn in for ANOTHER FOUR YEARS in 2012. As far as you threatening to move to another country like you always do, every other industrialized country has public healthcare, so apparently you're thinking of moving to somewhere like Dubai, where everything is capitalist. They also put you in jail if you can't pay a health bill before you leave, but that's no biggie to your group.

    August 10, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. George

    CNN does not like dems. They are like Fox News.

    August 10, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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