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. Uncle Fester

    Yes people have come to realize that the Obama team is no different than the rest of the politians. Where is the hope and change. I still see lobbyist running wild, I still see pork in the bills, spending has gone wild and you can bet your taxes will go up! There are a lot of people today that wish they could take their vote back!

    August 10, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. E.C.Coleman

    Of course, the Dems are becoming less popular.

    obama is no leader.
    obama is a dictator.
    pelosi is stupid.

    now, there is a 'snitch website from the White House?"
    Is this guy for real?

    Americans will not stand for this treatment.
    Americans MUST NOT stand for this treatment.
    Write to your Congressmen.
    Direct letters of Opposition to the Health Care Bill are Fodder for
    Debate and Justification for True Dissent.
    obama and his henchmen need to soon as possible!

    August 10, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. GM Harrington

    So why is the emphasis of this article "Bad news for Dems in new CNN poll" instead of "Most Americans still have a favorable view of the Democrats"? Tired of your negativity toward anything not Republican – you're starting to sound like Fox News!

    August 10, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Tom

    "2010" - the most frightening four digits for any incumbent Democratic Congressman right now.

    August 10, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Dee

    This economy has been circuling the drain for the last eight years, it is totally ridiculous to believe that the economy would be turned around in six months by any administration. I believe President Obama is truly attempting to put this country back on the economic map and he has had some accomplishments regardless of the GOP's partisan antics. The President has my support now and in 2012, how can you consider voting for a party that put their tricks and politics before they put the people. The fear/hate mongering GOP couldn't buy my vote and your poll is ludicrous.

    August 10, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Rich

    Of course the Dems' numbers are down. Every time things get bad, the voters vote out the party in power and except everything to change. But Washington being Washington, things never change that much. When the voters realize this, their support for the guys they just voted in begins to erode. Eventually the party in power makes such a mess of things that they get voted out entirely and the cycle repeats itself.

    August 10, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Dave

    Finally people are waking up to the false left/right paradigm that keeps us paralyzed and keeps the FED and the real controllers of the system in power. I urge Americans to think independently, research (instead of relying on the corporate media propaganda machine) and examine every question with a rational (not emotional) mind. I understand Obama is so cute and smart (yes, even I fell for him and his lies) but he is just another puppet and has the interest of Wall Street and the FED. Wake up people , because the joke is on YOU!

    August 10, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Mississippi Mike

    You have two alternatives: Republican or Democrat. The more people realize what a mess the Democrats are, the more people will start gravitating toward the GOP. Politics goes in cycles. The Democrats saw themselves on the upswing and tried to take advantage but instead they've just cut their turn short.

    August 10, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Dave, the Truthteller

    If the truth finally gets out about the Dems sending their SEIU union thugs out and attacking demonstrators at town halls, they will be even less popular. I watched the Youtube video of the SEIU thugs attacking people and the thugs got quite a backlash. I think a few cracked heads on these SEIU thugs are needed to teach their kind a lesson against bullying.

    August 10, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Juan

    The backlash against the dum dems is just beginning, for you that continue to claim that these protests are staged by certain groups and not just a revolt against this current socialist goverment we have, you are in for a rude wakeup starting in 2010.

    August 10, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Shay

    America is so fickle!

    They want everything to be fixed immediately! So why did they vote Bush in for 2 terms???????

    Now they want President Obama to be super human and immediately fix what has been broken for years!!! Give the President time.

    You didn't complain when Bush was spending BILLIONS on IRAQ war!!!


    August 10, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. DaveM

    The fact is, Republicans controlled Congress for about ten years, most of that with a Republican president. So they had their chance. Unfortunately they squandered their chance by blowing a lot of money, sucking up to big business interests, plunging us into a pointless and horrifically expensive war, destroying our economy and security in the process. They rubber stamped every ill-advised action of their complete failure of a president and marched lock-step over a cliff of their own making making ours and our children's future less safe. Have them in control of the White House and Congress again? Not unless you want this nation to sink to third-world status!

    August 10, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Independent

    Politicians only care about one thing. Campaign donations. They're all the same.

    August 10, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. gop...

    I wish the GOP(party of fear) would at least try to help, find some common ground with the Dems....... all they do is spread hate an FEAR!!! Im piss at both groups, mainly the GOP!!!! why dont they have just one answer for anything.... oh yea NO....

    August 10, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. James M. Holmes

    Just goes to show what Bill Maher said is true... The Dems have moved to the right and the GOP moved into a mental institution!

    The GOP is dead... this poll shows that while some are upset with the Dems.... NO ONE but the few nuts in America take the GOP seriously anymore!

    August 10, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Dennis

    The party in power always loses favor. Kind of a nice checks and balance type of thing. Democrats have all the power, they should get all the blame.

    August 10, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Hugo

    Maybe the American people are waking up to notice that our elected officials neither represent us or our core principals any longer. Obama and his Administration are so far left they have lost all Democrats with any kind of centrist common sense. The GOP is so hung up with abortion and religious beliefs that they can't make the simplest of common sense decisions without fear of alienating their remaining base. The whole system is out of synch and seems to have been corrupted by the billions of dollars the lobbyists continually pump into the pockets of ALL parties, yet we demand nothing in accountability. A good honest man elected might make it a year in DC, then he is assimilated into the the corruption of the machine. Only we can take our government and country back from this elitist group of thugs getting fat off our hard earned monies and living a life many could not even imagine! 2010 and 2012, get involved, vote sense, not party!

    August 10, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Sea.gem

    The Repubs have given guys just don't print's more fun to bach the Conservatives for doing what Dem considered 'a patriotic duty"...odd, for the autthor to say that Repubs have gained five pints but thathas not helped them...did I miss an election?...What we are seeing more of are people describing themselves as Independents...the far right is outside the mainstream while their counterparts (Obama, Pelosi and Reid)...are proving their ineffctiveness and disdain for the regular guy an America...a ten year old can see through their lies!

    August 10, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Robin in Tampa, FL

    If this bill dies in September I will squarely blame the Blue Dog Democrats. Will this mean I will vote for a Republican? Heck no, but I'm certainly not going to campaign or donate money to them ... they'll have to fend for themselves next time they want to get elected.

    August 10, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Dee


    Your polls, Lou Dobbs, Campbell Brown and your distortion of the facts several reasons why I don't tune into CNN anymore. Fareed Zakaria's GPS is really the only thing CNN has going for itself these days. Can't wait til your taken off the air.

    August 10, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. averyb

    Hmm – These ticker items look suspiciously biased to the right.

    August 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. DJ

    I'm still impressed that people think the Republicans are the party of "fiscal conservatism." Do you remember nothing from the Bush years? Do you remember nothing from when God Himself (President Reagan, hallowed be thy name, for all you know-nothing commie homosexual liberals) was in the White House?
    The only party that actually has any credibility on fiscal conservatism is the Libertarians, and we all know how well they do on Election Day.
    It's still a little hypocritical for Republicans who want to rename the world after the Good Lord Reagan complain that liberals seem to be making a Messiah out of Obama. I mean, really, which political party wants to carve their hero into a mountain side? Oh, that's right, the Republcans. Democrats are too iconoclastic to openly worship one of their own. They get stuck on his or her faults too readily.

    August 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Steve the Soothsayer

    It's time to return to a part-time congress, as the founding fathers prescribed. This, combined with term limits, would no doubt have a salutory effect on our government. 12-year limits in both houses would be about right, with pay limited to a stipend to cover member's wages lost (to a limit of national average) during the annual 3-month service period plus expenses for housing and travel(to/from Washington 3 times annually). Pensions should be limited to 3% of stipend per year of service. I would be willing to serve under these conditions and promise to leave congress as soon as such revisions are implemented. Any takers out there?

    August 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Karla

    I've Never once been asked about a Poll, nor has Anyone I know been asked. You wonder How we can put any faith in them at all when the Country has 350,000,000 people living here.
    What does 1500 people polled mean Anyway. Nothing!!
    Just an excuse for Stupid people to come on here with Stupid comments.
    We should All be pulling for this President to win no matter Which Party won! We Are all in the together!

    August 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. DL

    All I have to say is this....Anybody with ANY common sense knows oil, health care, pharma, NONE of these are sustainable. Yes you can make your billions now and continue to off the backs of the Average American. But at some point, the wells will run dry, health care will be dropped by companies and become to expensive for anybody but the rich, and the drug companies will milk our government for 110% of it's income (in 10 years thanks to bush and no bid medicare D).

    At least the Dems are trying to fix these issues, but they simply can't because the lunatics in this country won't allow it (GOP). People need to realize if they continue to let these maniacs influence our policies, America will collapse within the next 10 years. Why is that so hard to believe? Did you not just have a taste of it the past 2 years?
    It's time for the American people to say enough.

    August 10, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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