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. J.P.

    Dems drop in polls?
    Hmmm... obviously Bush's fault.

    August 10, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Mocha

    LW,
    52% became "most" when fractions and percentages were created. More than half is most.

    August 10, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Bob in Pa

    Get Nancy and Barney to resign from Congress, I'll guarantee you get a few points back.

    August 10, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Sandra Day

    This is good to know. It always bugs me when people say something like, “statistics show 60% are dissatisfied with Congress.” Usually, this comes from conservatives, who are trying to promote the perception that the 60% is made up of ALL conservatives or such who want Congress to be more conservative. They are forgetting that a chunk (evidentially a huge chunk) is made up of liberals or true socialists who want Congress to be more liberal!

    August 10, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Ken from VA

    This article should have been titled, Bad news for the Republicans. Sounds like the Democrats are leading in every category.

    August 10, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. jeff

    Yeah and CNN is an un-biased reporter on this. C'mon do you think people are stupid? if the Dems are down and the Repubs are up (even if only 2 points), how can that not help? Maybe a name change to DNCnn (Democratic National Committee news network) is in order.

    August 10, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Garry

    I am one of those who is un-happy with the Democratice Party, not just nation wide, but state wide. I am fed up with tax, after tax after tax.
    Arkansas and its tax hungry Democrats have put a huge hurt on the people of this state and after over 30 years of being a hard-nosed yellow dog Democrat I am fed up. I have dropped the Democratic Party like a hot potato!
    No more of the empty promises will i tolerate..
    Then you have the sao called politicians in Washington who have done nothing but make promises and broken them, I am tired of bailing everyone out but me....

    August 10, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. LISA

    Some of you guys are really nuts! Did you expect this administration to fix all problems in 6 months? Could you have done it? Now at these town hall meetings on national TV acting a FOOL!
    Is that how you teach your kids to act when you don't agree with something? No wonder these kids act crazy! Look at their role models!
    The same people acting a fool are the same ones that criticized Gates in the dispute with the cop. He shouldn't have acted like that. SO YOU SHOULD! On National TV at that. At least Gates was at home. He didn't come out looking to act a fool. And Besides he was at home minding his own business. Americans always want things quick and right now. Life doesn't work like that. So Mr. President most level headed people understand and we SUPPORT YOU! Keep up the good work!

    August 10, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. ran

    People we need to stay with the Democrats now and this President if we expect to get ant real changes. Going back to a house/senate divided will accomplish nothing.

    The GOP have shown by their action over the past 8-12 yrs. and now they have not intention of ever negotiating with the Democrats or for/ with the American people.

    Please not be feared into not supporting the President and the Democrats because they care for us were as the GOP does not.

    August 10, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. isobareng

    Here is a suprise story Americans don't trust either party. How about another story similar too Americans need air to breath.

    August 10, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. PROUD to be the Party of NO socialism!

    People that think the GOP is done are utterly clueless about politics. ABSOLUTE RULE- In a two party system, one party can't ever be done. America has absolutely no desire to live in a one party state. Please.

    Do adults really not know that politics runs in cycles? Seriously?

    August 10, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. maria

    Seriously, CNN, you should think of your credibility before you post a news story based on an outlying questionable poll.

    And what's the status on Birther Lou Dobbs anyway?

    August 10, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Mark L.

    GOP should be renamed GOFP – Instead of Grand Ol' Party... It should read: GRAND OL' FACIST PARTY !!

    August 10, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Right Leaning Independent

    How is being up 2% not a gain. I am not great in math but that would appear to be a gain to me.....

    August 10, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    I think what is happenning is Obama is not even close to fullfilling the promise people who voted for him had expected. Not really BO's fault, cuz people got all pie in the sky over him, but he did use the emotion of supporters to get elected.
    That being said, we are back to all policiticians suck. Whoever is in power when the econcomy rebounds will be the ones Americans support.

    August 10, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Billy from NC

    That's fine I don't care. Where do we go to turn in people who are talking bad about Obama? I need the money

    August 10, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. anti liberal

    13 TRILLION defecit and GROWING people.

    Wake up and stop spending!!

    August 10, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Concerned USA Citizen

    Just wait until they raise the taxes for the middle class, which Obama PROMISED he wouldn't do. I agree with the majority of the people here - politics are politics and we're seeing more of the same. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. Our policitians want to be celebraties not public servants. So much for the middle class and senior citizens getting ANYTHING. It's more of the same – the rich get richer and the poor get more freebies!!!! It's time for an overhaul of our government system/process. Why do we need Dems vs. Republicans. Nothing will ever work with this mentality, because they NEVER work together as a team. I feel sorry for our future generations. They will NEVER be able to pay back our loans and they won't have social security, a pension and maybe health insurance since no one can seem to find an answer for that either. It's time to take a deep look into all the rich Insurance Companies – they are the only ones surviving right now. Something's shady????

    August 10, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Independent_me

    What people are angry about is that the Dems do not seem to be as focused and as committed to their causes as the Repugs are to theirs.
    The Dems allow themselves to be pushed around and bullied by the Repugs.

    We who voted for Obama want his initiatives (including public healthcare) passed. The Repugs are like empty vessels that make the most noise – and their noise seem to frighten weak-kneed Dems into compromising and changing their positions. The Repugs do not compromise, but they are good at talking about compromise and bi-partisanship.

    We who voted for Obama do not respect the weak-kneed Dems who fold like jelly-fish when they are attacked by the Repugs. Additionally, the so-called Blue-dog Dems inspire no trust – they seem to be more concerned with plaeasing the Repugs. This makes us wonder if they are not really under-cover Repugs posing as Democrats in order to stymie efforts to bring about change.

    August 10, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Lori

    Can Republicans read? The poll says that your party is losing big-time!!! You guys have hammered our President and the Dems for half a year and you've managed no significant gains in your numbers (Dems have a 10 POINT ADVANTAGE over the Republicans and President Obama has an even higher favoribility in comparison to the Republicans!!! 10 HUGE points) and some are spinning this as a rude awakening for the Dems in 2010 which is next year??!!! I laughed so hard I almost fell off my chair. The party in power is usually unpopular (but for the supposedly 'unpopular' party in power they seem to be doing good with a majority positive rating while the the party out of power (which typically should be doing better because they are out of power) is doing horrible. RIP GOP!!!

    Go Dems!

    August 10, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Howard

    Since this poll was conducted by CNN it's biased and worthless.

    August 10, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. aria

    CNN is becoming a Republican biased tabloid. Amazing!

    August 10, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Ken

    Hmm, a Republican Congress under Bush, failed to maintain any financial responsibility. Voters passed leadership to the Democrats, financial responsibility in Government declined further. Now Obama leads a Democrat Congress, and our government is setting records for lack of financial responsibility. We have truly gone from bad to much, much worse, and folks wonder why a lack of trust in one party does not result in an increase in trust of the other? It seams the reality is Americans do not have trustworthy politicians in either party. In every one of our families, if our financial resources decline, we make every effort to spend less, not more. In DC, if financial resources decline, we spend more, raise taxes and print cash, devaluing our currency, and loading on dept that will strangle future generations.

    August 10, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Just Me

    You can always count on CNN to break the bad news. What would a pessimist do without them?

    August 10, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. beth

    I'm ready to change my homepage from CNN to Fox News. They basically report the same stuff. Bad news for the Dems....polls show Obama's ratings fall....BLAH BLAH BLAH

    August 10, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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