April 1st, 2010
04:45 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: Democrats lose edge on economy

When Americans are asked which party would do a better job with the economy, poll results show Republicans now hold an advantage over Democrats.
When Americans are asked which party would do a better job with the economy, poll results show Republicans now hold an advantage over Democrats.

Washington (CNN) - Democrats have lost their large advantage over Republicans when Americans are asked which party would do a better job with the economy, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday indicates that 48 percent of Americans say Republicans in Congress would do a better job dealing with the economy, with 45 percent saying that congressional Democrats would better handle the issue. That's a switch from last August, when Democrats held a 52 percent to 39 percent advantage on the economy.

Full results (pdf)

According to the poll, Democrats have some ground on health care, but not as much as on the economy. In August, 51 percent thought that Democrats would do a better job with health care reform than the GOP. That's now down to 48 percent, but it's still slightly higher than the 46 percent who say Republicans would do a better job on the issue.

"Democratic losses on the economy are roughly twice as big as their losses on health care," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That's evidence that the economy - not health care - is the chief reason for the Republicans' current advantage over the Democrats in the midterm congressional races."

A CNN survey released Tuesday indicated that the GOP held a four point edge over Democrats in voters' choice for Congress, a switch from last fall, when Democrats held a six-point advantage.

Democrats currently hold a 253 to 177 advantage in the House of Representatives, with four seats the Democrats once held vacant and one seat that the GOP held vacant. Republicans need to win 40 seats to take back control of the chamber.

While the battle over health care reform has dominated headlines lately, the economy is still issue number one with voters, and nearly eight in ten people questioned in the survey say the economic conditions in the country today are somewhat or very poor. That's down five points from February but still nearly quadruple the number of people who say the economy's in very good or somewhat good shape.

"Dissatisfaction with the economy is roughly 20 points higher than any opposition to the new health care bill," adds Holland.

The survey indicates that only terrorism is a better issue than the economy for Republicans. While the GOP has a ten-point edge on terrorism, Democrats score slightly better on foreign policy and Afghanistan. According to the poll, the Democrats' best issues are education and the environment.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted March 25-28, with 1,009 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.


Filed under: CNN poll • Democrats • Economy • GOP
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Jamey Columbus

    I do like Obamas choice to drill... to bad everything else is a fail.

    April 1, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Brink

    Are you sure that the question wasn't which party in Congress does a better job helping themselves and their friends economically?

    April 1, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Earnie

    The Dems aren't much better but I will always go with the lesser of two evils. We saw what the Republicans did with the economy from Reagan on when my father couldn't find a job for the life of him and what the last 8 years did, COME ON AMERICA QUIT WANTING THE EASY WAY OUT. IF WE ARE GOING TO RECOVER FROM THIS IT IS GOING TO TAKE TIME! NOW IS THE TIME TO INVEST IN YOUR SELVES AND LEARN NEW SKILLS AND MOVE ON. IT TOOK DECADES TO GET INTO THIS MESS AND ANYONE WHO THINKS EITHER PARTY HAS A MAGIC PILL HAS LOST THEIR MINDS!

    April 1, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. LOL

    Before this year is over, they will be losing far more than the argument on the economy; they'll be out of a job, both on Capitol Hill and on the Main Street. The idiot leading their way into the ditch guarantees the outcome. The morons who support this radical commie party will be changing their kool-aid drink. And their Commies' News Network (CNN) will be out of business selling cheeseburgers instead of radical, gay/lesbian propaganda.

    April 1, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. kebo72

    And when the GOP get's back in charge in Congress (unfortunately), they'll have even lower poll numbers when everyone realizes we are in the current situation because of them. Then, all Dems will be voted in to clean up the mess (again) but it will take time and they will get negative numbers. Whoever is being "polled" needs to wake up and realize that our economy cannot be rebuilt overnight. It took years to create this problem, it will take years to correct it.

    April 1, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Enough

    No kidding! Anyone with 1/2 a brain knows the Democrats and their tax and spend policies are job killers, always have been and always will. This economy would have been recovered by now if anyone was if in office besides Obama, Even Hillary would have been a far better choice that Obama. Too bad you Democrats threw her under the bus for Obama.

    April 1, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    yep time to go back to pay cuts for the rich to get this economy growing again like it did under Bush.

    April 1, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. truth

    The Democratic party is not the one before. Now Obama's Democratic party is ruining this great county. Obama is dividing the people and damaging the great culture. I have voted for Democratic party for over 20 years, but will never vote for Obama's party again.

    April 1, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. felicia

    That is a ball faced lie, cnn is only catering to the repigs, now all of a sudden people feel sorry for them. I'm happy cnn ratings are falling.

    April 1, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. bennie new york

    Something tells me that these numbers are going to swing back in the Dems' favor pretty soon. The economic indicators are looking pretty good as of late, though it will still be awhile before the economy is truly stable again.

    April 1, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. zttph

    The GOP can fool all of the people some of time

    The GOP can fool some of the people all of the time

    and the GOP can fool ALL conservetives ALL of the time

    April 1, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans had 8 years to run this economy into the ground and did nothing but leave a mess for President Obama and the Democrats. I wouldn't trust a Republican for dog catcher.

    April 1, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Brent

    If I wasn't convinsed before I am now. The American public is clueless. Republicans are offering the same policies that brought the US, and world for that matter, to the brink of economic collapse. Obama is one year into correcting these policies that had been advocated since Reagan thirty years ago and people are ready to jump ship and go back to what got them into this mess. Unbelievable!

    April 1, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Man we need to fix our education system. If memories are this short, it's really no wonder people keep buying the trickle-down daydream ideological diarrhea the GOP sells. Talk about an April Fools' Day joke. Apparently it's been April Fools' Day for about 3 decades....and counting.

    April 1, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. chester77

    Economy gets rough when republicans in power, time to trust democrats. Economy still rough when democrats in power, time to trust republicans. When republicans are in power again and economy gets rough we're going to trust you know who, on and on. Wow, are we just a bunch of idiots or what?!
    When you're on a plane that's flying off course because suddenly something on the plane, maybe an engine, has broken down, is it best for everyone on the plane to yell at the pilots GO RIGHT!! NO GO LEFT!!! RIGHT!! LEFT!!... ?? Yeah, like that's going to get the plane back on course. Our impatience and our failure to learn of mistakes from the past is dooming us

    April 1, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    As well they should. They have been so invested in the theft of hard working American's money to give to their lazy, dope smoking constiuency, they don't realize how the economy has been going.

    April 1, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Terry From West Texas

    This shows that half of the people in America don't read the news. How could half of the people polled say that Republicans would do a better job managing the economy. Ronald Reagan doubled the national debt from $1.5 trillion to 43 trillion. Bush1 added another $1.5 trillion in only 4 years. Bill Clinton started paying down the national debt. Bush2 added $5.5 trillion to the debt.

    America's Conservative leadership is engaged in class warfare. They want to reduce your pay, reduce your benefits, outsource your jobs, and ignore the needs of your children. They never do any of the stuff they promise about fiscal responsibility, smaller government, increased personal freedom, etc. Instead they operate the government like their private ATM machine, using it to reward the global corporations that contribute to Conservative causes.

    Thinking that Republicans would be better at managing the economy is sort of like saying that Tiger Woods is the best person to take care of your teenaged daughter.

    April 1, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. gary a proud canadian

    if it is a cnn poll then i assume you polled 75% repubs , 15% indep, and 19% dems.No cable network is more gop than cnn. So biased towards the gop and against anything Obama stands for.blitzer,yellin,crowlley,brown you are all in bed with the retards.

    April 1, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. I love good journalism

    Your polls mean nothing! ALL POLLS, the ones that make me feel good AND the ones that make me feel bad mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
    I have never been polled, have you?
    Do you know anyone who has ever participated in one of these polls?
    Who is doing the polling?
    Is it someone or an organization that is know for it's bias stance on one issue or another?
    The only poll that matters is the one we all participate in in November.

    Poll is what you use instead of actual journalism.
    I know you try to use polls to find out what people want and what people are thinking. Ya know what does that better than polling data?
    The comments people leave on the politcal ticker. That is where you should look to see which way the politcal wind is blowing amongst your viewers...if you have any left, it's like a ghost town around here.
    It seems people are most interested in the politcal ticker during federal elections. you can fix that

    April 1, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. Broken

    You think? If you don't think by now the Dem's are disconnected and arrogant you must be working for them. They were great at locking things up for 8 years with Bush but when it comes to governing for growth or anything other than massive deficits or governemnt size – forget it. And by the way our deficit has doubled in one year under Obama. That took Bush 8 years to accomplish.

    April 1, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    What's the BFD – the SEED was planted so wait until it GROWS!!!! Jeez!!! Our President was right.... the doggone seed cannot even get ROOTS before the POLLS and the MEDIA starts to dig it up!!!

    April 1, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. abe

    The voters giving the edge to the Republicans on the economy is absurd. Remember Bush's 8 years in power and the economy. Think of what went on in the eight years of Bush's presidency. If they are smart they will remember. They are mad about passage of the health care legislation. If they are savvy voters they should pose a question to there legislators if the have a solution to fix the economy. Polls do not mean a thing. The president is trying his best to revive the economy and it has started showing signs of recovery. We are becoming a society of pointing fingers , instead of making our elected officials accountable. We need more voters political involvement and just not vote just because you have to vote. Understanding the issues, internal or external should be your guide line for whom to vote.

    April 1, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. stop the nonsense

    Ask the same question in an hour- they wil have changed their minds.
    Tese are the peopel that forgetw e went from Surplus to deficit under Republicans who were not spending us out of a reccession, but just spending.
    At least the money spent in the past 14 months has been to bailout businesses that employ tens of tohusdans of people, went to help thos of us that cannot get healthcare because of pre-exisiting conditions and in the past 14 months bnak bailout are being paid back- with CitiBank givning us a 33% return on that investment.
    Anyone have any figures on where the money that put us into deficit in the first place? Yep- a war. One with promise of oil security ( don't have that) Curbing terroism- that's on the rise and to help schools and the middle class- do I need to point out "how that's working for us?"

    April 1, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    America is in an abusive relationship with the GOP:

    The GOP spends all of America's money, lies to her, alienates all her friends, and is really only interested in what it can get out of her.

    And then America will get sick of the GOP and she'll kick the GOP to the curb and start rebuilding her life. But then every two years the GOP comes back with promises that this time things will be different, that this time it won't treat her the way it did last time, or the time before that, or all the other times before that.And inevitably, America once again will fall for the sweet nothings the GOP whispers in her ear, and the cycle will begin anew. And each time, America loses a little bit more of her soul.

    April 1, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Indy

    All this poll suggests is people are stupid enough to think the party that ruined the economy are somehow majically better now and they would promise this time not to bankrupt the country ? After the Republicans set the country back 14 years, and spent billions at war and then have been on strike since the black man was elected President and there are people that think they would be all of a sudden good for the economy. My God that is stupiest thing I have ever heard. If anyone thinks the economy is suppose to be back to good when Obama has only had a little more then a year, they are living in a fantasy world.Obama has done great things with the economy and now people need to get their Governors creating jobs.

    April 1, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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