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. CC

    The problem with the DEMS is that they know whats best for you weather you like it or not. The DEMS have always tied up our freedoms because that way they get to show control. Look at the leader of the DEMS, Nancy Pelosi, she is way out there and has been referred to as "Crazy at times" and she is running the DEMS. I see a wonderful opportunity for a bright, energetic, and aggressive Independant possibly taking control in the next election!!!!!

    August 10, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. One Eye Open!!

    A new national poll out Monday indicates that the Democratic party's becoming less popular with voters.......Cnn who are you polling the Birthers

    August 10, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. yuri

    We opine that the GOP is sufferin' due to a handful of filtered and distilled imbeciles like RL, AC, LI, and NG, who steer the party not towards carin' for the welfare of the American people as a whole, but towards whettin' their egotistical and megalomaniacal appetites.

    The deserve an F- grading.

    August 10, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Don

    The Republican party offers no solutions to our nations problems, they only attempt to block any progress. They side with the corporations who are funding them and care less about the people who vote them into office. The elections will show that the American people are fed up with all of Congress and we can elect independents who will represent "We the people" for a change.

    August 10, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. RealThinker

    Reading the majority of comments here is a sad exercise indeed. People seem content to spew false and negative statements at the expense of our elected officials. Luckily, most Americans are proud of our president and the direction he is taking us.

    August 10, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. anti liberal

    please wake me when the economy becomes Obama's because when its STILL in the toilet and they can't blame bush anymore, I'll be the one telling dopes like Shay I told you so.

    August 10, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. James

    "Democrat" and "Republican" have become just labels rather than a choice; can anyone honestly point to any real positive change Obama has made in regards to the Fed, Wall Street, banking, or the Treasury Department? I voted for Obama but Geithner and the rest might as well be Bush appointees. I'll be voting third party next time.

    August 10, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Bill in Calif

    ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY..TRUE. BUT EXACTLY HOW LONG DID IT TAKE FOR THE ROMAN EMPIRE TO FALL...WE are NOT moving UPWARD or FORWARD. We are headed for JUST ANOTHER HEAVY HANDED GOVERNMENT RULED NATION. The same type of tyrannical government the founding fathers DECLARED INDEPENDENCE FROM. TRUE AMERICANS will not live under a THUMB.

    August 10, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Right-wing CNN up their old tricks again.

    August 10, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Bill

    i am a lifelong Republican and a US Navy Vet!
    The GOP are behaving like little kids.
    It will be a long time before I vote
    for a Republican. AND as long as they let the HaTE mongrel
    Rush (druggie) SPEAK SO TERRIBLE i WILL KISS THE GOP GOODBYE.
    This is all bout MONEY and the INSURANCE co's are greedy!!!

    August 10, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. bart

    CNN – What are your trying to do – TANK your ratings? You are offending the majority of America with your bias to the right.

    August 10, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Tanya

    Well, CNN, looks like your smear tactics against the Democrats and health care are working. Of course, all this is done under the guise of "fair and impartial journalism" by "the most trusted name in news." Ha!! Well, at least there's some consolation: your ratings are slipping and will continue to do so until you become real journalists, not lackies for corporate media.

    August 10, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    "Anti-liberal's" comments are the sort of brain-damaged dialogue intelligent people avoid. Watch the mainstream go to third parties now, particularly the Libertarian. Libertarian will be the party of freedom from too much Dem/Repub corruption. It CAN be done, people! Think outside the cage!

    August 10, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. jmg

    OVERREACH.

    Dems misread their mandate, not too surprising. I'd be more worries as a Republican that the people who are ditching dems are not moving over to the other side. People are fed up with both parties

    August 10, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Bob Semler

    If Congress whats respect they need to come clean on the health care reform bill. The items referenced to such things as the illegal aliens being able to still get free, taxpayer-funded health care, Abortions funded with tax dollars, and a system to determine if an individual should receive a procedure based on they worth to society are all parts the vast majority of Americans do not want. You can hear the screams!!

    August 10, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Alex

    CNN, Your poll totally under republican control, same as mass media and broadcasting. CNN shame on you!
    CNN just republican speaker!

    August 10, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Ted

    This is cracking me up. One "negative" poll about Democrats and Dems are attacking CNN as being biased against Obama, anti-Democrat or even "like FOX" (the worst insult a Democrat can come up with these days when talking about the media).

    I read CNN and Drudge every day. CNN always leans left. Drudge always leans right. Thats why I read both, so that I can get a balance. This one poll does not make CNN biased against democrats.

    August 10, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. MD in SD

    Slow news day, eh?

    A statistically insignificant blip in the polls despite weeks of deliberate rabble rousing ( Birthers and Deathers) by the GOP and Big Health and CNN calls it "Bad News for DEMs."

    It appears to me that the Lord 'gaveth' the GOP a chance with the Birther protests, but will certainly "taketh" that chance away after witnessing the sordid Deather garbage.

    August 10, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. asia

    How many of these posts are from fake protesters being paid by the pharmaceutical industry?

    August 10, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Dan Holiday

    Is this a shock? Not really. The dems are so out of touch with the American public. They act as though they are the party of the people, but we are seeing through that. They are the party of corruption and union bosses. Their ideas are anti-American and their platform breeds racism. Down with the Democratic party of NO ! ! Down with taxes on the middle class. Down with their class warfare actions. Vote GOP in 2010 and 2012. Show them that they work for us and not the unions and big donors. Show them we are the bosses and they need to listen to us and not shut us out. We are the people. Do not shut us out of events and call us riotous gangs and anti-American. We speak from the heart not for the lobbying groups.

    August 10, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Christopher Kaiser

    This shouldn't surprise anybody!! The political system is set up in a false left/right paradigm where there is always a similar agenda. The "left" and "right" are really two facets of the same thing. And the Bill Maher comment, while it may be true, also resonates some other ideas with me: There is a purposeful shift and stretch towards one direction. This for me skews the entire situation. I am voting third party for the rest of my life.

    August 10, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Anarchy X

    We really only have one party, the Republicrats. Other than abortion and social medicine, what do they really disagree on? Tax and Spend is their way of life, and it's why the Republicans deserved the drubbing they got.

    I just LOVE listening to all you liberals on these boards complain about how fickle Americans are, and we have to give Obama time. I guess we dumb conservatives and independents can't take stock of what Obama is doing and honestly disagree with it. Nope, only liberals have honest disagreements. Your guy won because Bush was a boob, and McCain decided to be min-Bush instead of the real John McCain, NOT because America was ready for a wholesale conversion to Socialism. Well, now you're seeing Americans speak, clearly, WE DON'T WANT TO BE JUST LIKE FRANCE!

    August 10, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Sam Sixpack

    The Democrat vs. Republican argument is a red herring. The real battle is the rich vs. poor. People are slowly realizing they're being robbed - again. By the time most people catch on to these crooks, the next new “champion of the people” will appear.

    Do you ever get tired of being a pawn for the idle pleasures of the rich?

    August 10, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. cara h

    Do I believe that the GOP is doing anything but imploding in on itself? NO!

    I do not in any way believe this poll.

    August 10, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. davetheliar

    God Bless all the SEIU and other Union members who are out protecting our Constitutional right to be heard and represented in our government, and who are working to protect the American way against the tyranny of right wing fascism!!

    August 10, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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