December 10th, 2009
12:42 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN poll: GOP has erased party popularity gap in Congress

CNN poll: GOP has erased party popularity gap in Congress
CNN poll: GOP has erased party popularity gap in Congress

Washington (CNN) – Eleven months before crucial midterm elections, a national poll indicates that the public is divided over whether the country would be better off with Democrats or Republicans controlling Congress.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday, 40 percent of people questioned say the U.S. would be better off if Democrats ran Congress while 39 percent feel things would be better if Republicans took charge on Capitol Hill. The 1-point margin is a statistical tie.

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Support for Democrats is down from a 10-point advantage in August and a 25-point margin in January.

"As the debate over health care continues, the Democrats may have lost the competitive advantage that they enjoyed earlier this year," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "Since August, the number who support Democratic control of Congress has fallen farthest in the Northeast and the Pacific Rim - two regions that have been Democratic strongholds for many years."

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  1. Mike Syracuse, NY

    America's version of 'The Awakening". 2010 will crush the Demobots.

    December 10, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. wait a minute

    GOP is bad, but DNC is useless.
    Where is the leader for Independents?

    December 10, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Debby

    CNN you are a joke and so is your goon panel on Obama's speech for war. Its disgusting to hear Gergen talk anymore. I use to respect him but now he has become a liberal mouth piece which makes him look so ridiculous. Since you closed the thread with only a few making comments since they were all negative I had my say here. Bush being bashed for war and Obama being praised for it????? Our country has become such a joke since Obama took office.

    December 10, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. dave from ct

    Dems are doing themselves in. Obama is far more left than everyone feared he could be. pelosi and reid won't even get relected in their own states and you have that idiot Grayson painting the new face of the democratic party.
    GOP and independents should win BIG in the elections. Americans are finally seeing through Obama. people think he is a nice guy but every policy they have put forth americans are against.
    Nobel peace prize for Obama – what a joke. The man has done absolutely nothing positive for our country or the world so far.

    December 10, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. sniffit

    We can only hope this trend continues.

    December 10, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Ex-NC-Pub

    Does CNN take a Republican poll every day?

    December 10, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Stacie

    What has the GOP actually done in the past year? I remember one of them yelling at the president, and I remember an economic recovery "plan" that was a couple pages long, has some nice graphics, but absolutely no numbers. If you plan to vote more of them in, what do you want them to do...a group of people standing around yelling "NO" doesn't make for a very productive government, does it?

    December 10, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. REG in AZ

    Anymore whenever I see someone obnoxiously park illegally in a handicapped or a no-parking spot, I think it just might be another self-indulgent Republican. Whenever I see someone aggressively cut someone off, as if they think it is their right, I think it likely is another self-focused Republican. And whenever I see someone, without hesitation or conscience, boldly lie to gain some advantage, I think it probably is just another arrogantly selfish Republican. Now I know that is 'shame on me' for thinking in those unfair stereotypes yet they seem to be becoming more and more accurate everyday. Dick Cheney spent eight years aggressively lying to the American people as he unconscionably used his office and America's resources to pursue a private agenda for the benefit of only the few. Sarah Palin has clearly and repeatedly demonstrated that all she cares about is herself and that she will say/do anything to get what she wants. And then there are those Republicans who simply further the stereotype by advocating we look to people like these for some truth. That is literally crazy!

    December 10, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. REG in AZ

    I'm not afraid of big government giving too much to the American people but I am really scared of once again seeing a dishonest government focused on giving everything to the select few (ref. Bush-Cheney, 2001-2008).

    December 10, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Jamie

    We'll see!

    December 10, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Not surprising–not only are the Dems living up to their reputation as irresponsible spendthrifts, they keep trying to cram their health care insanity down the country's collective throats. Fewer than half of American voters want what the Dems are trying to impose on us, and more than half actively don't want it.

    If the Dems keep this up, they're going to lose a lot of seats next year. I just hope they're replaced by real Conservatives, not those almost-as-scary, self-righteous, neo-cons.

    December 10, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    Thanks Nancy, Harry and Barry.

    Good bye Nancy and Harry in 2010. Good bye Barry in 2012.

    December 10, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Vincent Petrosino

    This poll shows how fickle and short-sighted Americans are. WE deserve what we get because we look for instant results and allow criticisms no matter how unwarranted to take the field. This is disheartening and disgusting to see the party that put us here receiving accolades for downplaying the party trying to get us out of this mess. Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize today because the world outside the USA already appreciates his efforts and we numb skulls cannot see it.

    December 10, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. a health economist

    The details of this poll are rather interesting. 49% oppose the health care bill. 20% belive it will help no one in the county. 44% believe it will help other people but not there family. We can infer that over half of those that oppose the bill believe it will help other but not their own family.

    Wow. You have to love the "me, me, me" attitude in this country.

    December 10, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Danny

    The short-term memory of Americans never ceases to amaze me. Most of us can't seem to remember the condition the country was in 9 years ago when Bill Clinton left office compared to its condition when Bush/Cheney left. Budget surpluses, no wars, unemployment below 5%, thriving financial sector and stock market, and a place of respect in the world. Look at the sad situation Obama inherited. Now people aren't sure who would be better running the country???

    December 10, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. tate

    I cant believe there are still that many dead beats who think they can get a free lunch and not have to work. How can anybody with any pride ever admit they are a democrat. It is now the welfare union socialist party. Ohwiner makes Jimmy Carter look like Lincoln!

    December 10, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Paul from Phoenix

    The country will always be better off with one party controlling the White House and the OTHER party controlling the Congress.

    December 10, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Wayne

    Let's see.... If you drive a hummer and wear clothes that cost more than the average American's salary, or you live in a mobile home and have a 9th grade education, you qualify for the pollsters on this one.

    CNN couldn't be anymore conservative slanted. The entire news media is conservative owned. What do we expect from these polls? What a joke.

    I can see it now, already. 2010 – Dewey defeats Truman!

    December 10, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Pittsburgh voter

    Hmmm....how can this be? I thought that the Republican party was dead! Could it be that the "progressives" were wrong about that too?

    December 10, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. payback

    .......If The american people, want the republicans back. They deserve, what they get.............All I can say, Is THAT, they are" DUMBER,THAN A BUNCH OF ROCKS".!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let, DRAFT DODGING, cheney, I QUIT, pailn, and the folks at fox like beck, hannity, also that crackhead rush. Be their LEADERS.....DON'T BLAME ANYONE, BUT, YOURSELSELVES....NOT THE SO-CALLED....LIBERALS. FOR, WHAT MAY COME...........

    December 10, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. aneanderthal

    Thank you President Obama, you have proven to be the weak, inept, partisan and stupid leader we always said you would be. Thank Pelosi and Reid for inflaming our passion by demeaning us. Thank you for calling us names liberals. Looking forward to 2010.

    December 10, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Sea.gem

    Don't pin it on health care...that is a Democratic fave...pin it on the idiots in charge...Pelosi, reid...and the false Messiah Obama...

    December 10, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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