August 10th, 2009
02:57 PM ET
5 years ago

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. Steve (the real one)

    Dear liberals,

    Feel free to keep blaming the GOP for your free fall if you want. It changes nothing! The fact is the veneer is cracking and eyes are starting to open! Blame Bush if you like but the truth of the matter is people are not liking what they see in YOUR party! IF YOU WERE BEING HONEST!

    August 10, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. D. Tree

    Part of the slip in approval is because of republican-lite "Blue Dogs."
    Howard Dean had it right when he said voters respect strong Democrats as opposed to Republican Lite. Its draining the energy out of the Democratic Party.

    Look, America voted by majority for a Progressive Platform in 2008, and that always included health insurance reform, energy reform... why are so many people acting surprised now that its happening?

    August 10, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. LW

    This article says, "Most Americans still have a favorable view of the Democrats." This was right after they said 52 percent. When did 52% equate to "most." Talk about media bias.

    August 10, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. william

    And CNN wonders why ratings are tanking....

    August 10, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. andrea

    If that is true, then it is the Dems own fault. You got controll over just about everything, and you still don't get stuff done. You guys need to stick together, and unite and get done what we voted you in for. If you have different opinions, discuss it behind closed doors. You the dems make yourself look bad, by pointing fingers and all that negative stuff. You have the GOP to do that for you. You need to look more mature and united.

    August 10, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Aaron

    The GOP continues to lie to the American public, what do you expect?

    August 10, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Gator

    It is not surprising the GOP is still unfavorable amongst Americans. Too many Republicans are simply not willing to govern for the common good, but would rather obstruct for party first and corporate greed.

    Looking forward to 2010 and working to keep more Republican nonsense voted out of our government. It seems time for a new party to replace them or no parties at all.

    August 10, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. S M R

    These polls don't prove a thing. The Special Interest Groups and Insurance companies are pushing their Hillbillies to swamp the poll question lines or web site polls. Imagine this : vote no, redial, vote no, redial,vote no redial, vote no, redial, ALL DAY. When it comes to election day, the hillbillies can only vote once. With a fair election, the dems will crush the GOP RICH.

    August 10, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. davetheliar

    Yeah . . The Democrats are "out of touch" . . . Spoken like a true "23%er"

    Explain to me exactly how that works?

    August 10, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Tom Paine

    Stretch Pelosi is unpopular? Say it isn't so!

    August 10, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Rooter

    After 2.5 yrs. of this Democratic controlled House spending spree, the American taxpayers "apathy" has ended! Cap & trade, National health care, the deficit and now Pelosi & Reid lead democrats to OK new pvt. jets! Let's all ask, for who, when and why? Will Sen. John Dingell, Congresswoman C.Cheeks Kilpatrick or Senator D. Stabinow be flying to Michigan especially Detroit for their "town meetings" in one of these new private jets?

    August 10, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Mark

    Your poll reporting is really tiresome. It's always "good news" for this person or "bad news" for that. If you can't offer anymore insightful analysis than that, then why bother?

    August 10, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Polls are elusive at best...........

    I find it extremely interesting CNN (and other media outlets) are conducting more polls within Obama's first 200 than all 8 years of the Bush Administration. It's totally understandable during an election. But the current onslaught of polls brought about by the media since, for example, Health Care reform has been discussed is mazingly contrived. It's become a weapon meant to replace discussion when NO alternatives are being discussed. I guess money (from Insurance Industry lobbyists) can buy anything.....even air time with polls. But polls among who ????

    August 10, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Proud Member..Party of No

    lolol....hilarious to see the reaction by all of you dumbocrats. CNN is as liberal as it gets and one after another of their polls show their liberal bias. After each poll that touts your democrat lunacy you all strut around chirping about how accurate the poll is. Every blue moon a CNN poll comes out with a result that is contrary to your idiotic ideas and, suddenly, CNN becomes part of the vast right-wing conspiracy. No wonder people laugh and make fun of democrats.

    August 10, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Mo

    this comes from cnn el liberal. I wonder what republicans say (not just dems)

    August 10, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. martin c

    The GOP is weak and unfocused. The only product they advertise is fear, "Look what the non-citizen muslim President is doing now! Taking your guns and killing grandma." The GOP, Grand Obsolete Party. The Dems will become less popular by trying ballsy programs to kick our lethargic fat-butts into becoming as great as we can be. As soon as some of the other stimulus money kicks in like the Cash for Clunkers program, people's opinion of the Dems will become more positive.

    August 10, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Birmingham, AL

    I am an independent so i could care less either way. Just an observation however, if you go back to the election and all the polls that were done then....its obvious that the dems loved quoting those numbers. So all of you that keep griping about talking about it and / or reporting it seem to be a little ...ummmm...two faced.

    August 10, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Dave in Illinois

    The picture accompanying the article shows the problem, Pelosi and Reed, who think they are King and Queen instead of public servants.

    August 10, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. bev

    Nice try, CNN. Stirring the pot with a fringe poll to try in an odd attempt to boost ratings. America knows where it stands politically, and it is not with the Lunatic Fringe GOP.

    August 10, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Mohab

    Seems unreal that anyone could like Pelosi or Reid. They have done nothing for our country other that cause dissention and animosity amoung Americans. Even if conservatives are not happy with the GOP, the democratic congressman in conservative districts are going to be pilloried in 2010 due to Obama.

    August 10, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Mark L.

    I always have and always will have a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party, so long as I am classified as middle-class. Ever since the not-so-glorious Nixon administration, it's kind of obvious what the Republicans are all about. They claim that too-much Government is NOT the way to move forward. So in essence, if it was up to the Republican Party, they would like to fully eradicate Social Security, Medicare, the FDIC, and all the other wonderful programs founded by the Democratic Party and bring the citizens of this Great Land to its knees. I've said it once, I'll gladly say it again – The Republican Party, in all due respect, is NOTHING MORE THAN A FACIST PARTY !! And if I have solely had a choice between FACISM vs. SOCIALISM – I would gladly pick SOCIALISM any day !! SOCIALISM does NOT equal COMMUNISM – And for all the idiots that think it does, just imagine where your future retirement is going to be without Medicare & Social Security !! Both programs are Socialist, and I sure as heck don't hear any of the elderly retired people crying about their Social Security income or Medicare benefits...'nuff said...

    August 10, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Right Leaning Independent

    Dems do run congress and we are witnessing out of control spending. The Repubs were amateurs when it came to spending money compared to the Dems! I only hope that some fiscally conservative candidates run in 2010 from either party before our country goes too far in debt to survive!!

    August 10, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. odysseus14

    Remember back in the heyday of support for the Iraq war? A poll at the time came out saying that 72% of americans polled believed that Sadam Hussein was at least partially responsible for 9/11. The journalist at the time noted that something like 50+ years of republican efforts to cut education was working. This just shows me that many many Americans are still rather dumb, and do not realize how influenced they are by negative streaming conservative organ grinders. Buck up America! Wise up! Think for yourself!

    August 10, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. AUSTIN,TX

    all of you Obama haters, I promise you, he will come out on top,

    August 10, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Polls are elusive at best...........

    I find it extremely interesting CNN (and other media outlets) are conducting more polls within Obama's first 200 days; than all 8 years of the Bush Administration. It's totally understandable during an election. But the current onslaught of polls brought about by the media since, for example, Health Care reform has been discussed is amazingly contrived. It's obvious. we're hit with a poll every 12 hours now. It's become a weapon meant to replace discussion and sway minds; when NO alternatives are being discussed. I guess money (from Insurance Industry lobbyists) can buy anything.....even air time with polls. But polls among who ????

    August 10, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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