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. Sean

    This country clearly needs two viable political parties, with clear position options. Unfortunately, the Republicans are going down in flames: lies, obstructionism, immorality, class warfare-bating, and on and on. My feeling is they are doomed to failure as a politcal power as long as they are attached to the radical "christian" fringe, and embrace deep anti-American philosophies (i.e. Palin's Alaska Independence, and Texas Governor Perry's fantacies). Republicans need to find some adults (not in the "Family).

    August 10, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Gary Swanson

    The only poll that I have any faith in is the really big one that's held every four years. The rest are simply conversation starters.

    August 10, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Hawaii gal

    I believe Americans are just not very happy, period. Unemployment is high, we are still in a deep recession even though there has been some improvement and worries over health care are some of the issues that bother me, not to mention two wars which need to end NOW! I wish the republicans would stop being so nasty because I think they are the one of the main reasons why both parties are loosing ground with the American people. The Republicans are the party of NO SOLUTIONS, only complaints. What happend to the Republican party I used to belong to, before Pres. Bush??? They used to be reasonable, now they are nut cases and extremists, who are angry and mean since they have lost power. Sickening...

    August 10, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. pat c

    president obama will easily be elected another 4 yr term. even when the democrats are fighting among themselves america still loves our president and i know of NO ONE that would vote republican over this man. i shutter to think where we would be today if palin/mccain had won the election, i can promise you we would not be talking about health care an would NOT be seeing improvement of the economy.i can almost be sure we would already have troops in iran /russia/n.korea and many more deaths of our militery would be the topic of CNN an FOX news. i may be confussed over what president obama is doing sometimes but i am grateful that he is in control of our free nation.

    August 10, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Audrey

    The dems are becoming less popular because they won't stand up and do what they were elected to do. President Obama has had to fight with them just as much as he has with the Republicans. LEAD or get out of the way

    August 10, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Ian

    Shocker. Obama's ineptness as a politician (and the ineptness of his minions) has been on display virtually since he took office. As I predicted multiple times, the guy has no clue. He's never held a leadership position previously and now he's flailing around with no clue what he's doing. Forget that the Dems still hold an edge over the Republicans ... who cares about that. Look at the SLIDE the numbers have taken in such a short period of time. That's what's significant.

    Also, I love the slant on the numbers given by Holland:

    "Most Americans still have a favorable view of the Democrats; half have an unfavorable view of the GOP," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

    That is perhaps the most ridiculous statement I've ever seen.

    August 10, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Jim S.

    Well people feel with their pocketbook. The cascading rolls of unemployment and the fact its very difficult to get a loan people feel pinched and stressed. The Democrats are banking on 1) Stock Market improving (check) 2) Lending being relaxed (its getting better but not much) 3) Employment rolls increasing. The democrats really have one year before the 2010 elections. If things continue to improve and people feel better about their lives, the Republicans will be viewed a liars and obstructionists. The Republicans need to stop being the party of FEAR and MEAN.

    August 10, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. beevee

    I think that the american public will be foolish to let the GOP gain power in the congress and senate. If only they care to remember they sorry state of affairs that the country had been dragged into under their leadership they will not let them come back to power for a long time especially when things seem to be getting better under the democratic leadership not minding some of the not so smart things they are doing.

    August 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. C W

    Now more than ever, Democrats need to step up, make the hard choices and lead our country out of the devastation resulting from the last 8 years of Republican rule.

    Fight for the American people; stand up to corporate interests; reclaim our nation as one of "We the People."

    It won't be easy, but it is essential to rebuilding our nation. Counter the lies; stand up to the bullies; trust that most Americans want our President – and therefore, our country – to succeed.

    August 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. FR

    A little basic math for LW:
    52% > 41%

    52% is more than 41%, those are called facts, not media bias. Unfortunately, once again you are just another example of an uneducated person who can vote, which is basically what most rich republicans in power are exploiting. Anyway, what is it with republicans ignoring facts? Did you pass basic math?

    August 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Soooo, bottom line is that the GOP's strategy appears to be "fine, we're going down, but we're taking you with us"???

    August 10, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. John

    Isn't it obvious? People are upset that the Dems are caving to the GOP over health care. I sure am. Do I want the GOP in their place? That's ridiculous. It only means I am very mad at the Dems. This means the Dems will be hurt in elections not because I am going to vote GOP–but because I will not be motivatred to go to the polls at all.

    August 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Independent

    Why is the fact that the poll includes an over-sample of African Americans not mentioned in the article? I would think this is significant since African Americans voted overwhelmingly for Democrats and Mr. Obama in the 2008 elections. This omission is at best misleading...

    August 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. S M R

    GOP hillbillies are swamping CNN with their lies, hate and racist comments. Fox News no longer lets me blog on their site because they can't stand their Hillbillies seeing the truth. The right JUST CAN'T STAND FOR OUR POTUS TO BE A BLACK MAN. Did you hear that I said "BLACK MAN" one more time:YOUR POTUS IS A BLACK MAN, A BLACK MAN I SAY.

    August 10, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. CNN is half right!

    The error is the new poll shows democrats are screwing up (which we already knew) and yet they still point to negative about republicans. Amazing!

    August 10, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Claudia in Houson

    The GOP's leader is Rush Limbaugh and they will always take orders from him and not the American people.

    August 10, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. bess

    why does the Democratic party need to seek constant approval of itself?

    August 10, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Dr Manic

    The Democrats continue to disappoint the "left".
    -> The "Patriot Act" has yet to be rescinded.
    -> "Don't ask / Don't tell" is still policy.
    -> They choose to debate healthcare and other issues, instead of ram-rodding the Commander in Chief's plan.
    Mr. Obama is not a "benevolent dictator", but rather, a centrist politician trying to goad legislators to produce laws that represent the will of the U.S. Citizenry.
    -
    Whereas, the "right" (a.k.a. plutocrats) will never like decisions made by committee.

    August 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Nancy and Harry are doing a great job,its the paidoff foot draggers that are slowing the passage of the Bill that will see the brimstone now.

    August 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Gary

    True Democratic, liberal, left wing answers....blame someone else. Who needs Al-Jazeera when we have CNN. When is Obama going to stop blaming the Bush Admin. He knew what he was getting into, claimed he had all the answers and now he just makes more excuses. What an egomanical communist.

    August 10, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. MinnesotaDad

    Of course hate and bullying has always been useful in driving people away from political accomplishments. This health care thing is not going to be easy and a few brave politicians are going to be kicked around. But hopefully the citizens of American will ignore the uninformed bantor and come to the understanding that studying the issue with information that is accurate is our only best hope of getting to the best solution for all of us.

    August 10, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. elee

    You can not trust a CNN poll when it comes to issues on Democrats. The majority of readers are left-leaning, therefore, the numbers should be higher in favor of the Democrats. I expect the complete opposite set of numbers to come from Fox News in favor for the Republicans.

    Neither party deserves to run this country, but that is not an option. I do think that one party should never have total control of the lawmaking process.

    August 10, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. worriedmom

    Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Dodd and other democrats are bringing down the numbers. Granted there are some sensible Democrats trying to be level headed such as Mark Warner however when you have the likes of Pelosi and gange you are going downhill fast! Everytime Pelosi opens her mouth, ratings drop!!
    Good thing you guys got Tim Kaine as your DNC Chairman because he has done nothing for Virginia as a Governor except put us in the hole and literally has abandoned his state. He is too much up Obama's you know what to think about that he got elected as Gov.

    Too bad that a new party could run out the Democrats and Repulicans. HOw about a People of the US party!!!!!

    August 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. notfooledtx

    The dems are working on solutions, the reps are standing on the sideline whining. They're not concerned about cleaning up the messes the republican admin left – it's not their problem. Just like GWBush – make a mess and walk away – it's the republican brand of responsibility – it's always someone elses.

    The gop is still wallowing in irrelevance – they're not making any kind of significant gain. Keep up with the verbal vigilanteeism, and I'm sure those numbers will hold pretty much at rock bottom. Their tactics are so...1960's.

    August 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Peoples Voice

    When you have evil forces spending millions of dollars talking trash about you, it's hard to keep the fence sitters not fall to the dark side.

    August 10, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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