June 24th, 2010
03:11 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: Majority angry at both political parties

Washington (CNN) - Americans are angry at both the Republican and Democratic parties, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Thursday.

But the survey also indicates the public continues to blame the GOP more than the Democrats for the country's current economic woes even though the Democrats have controlled both the White House and Congress for a year and a half.

Fifty-three percent of people questioned say when it comes to the way the Democrats and Republicans have been dealing with the nation's problems, they are angry at both parties, with nine percent saying they're mad only at the Republicans and seven percent angry only at the Democrats. Just over three in ten say they're not angry at either party.

"That's not good news for the Democrats, since an anti-incumbent mood always hurts the party with more incumbents, but it suggests that 2010 may not be a precise replay of 1994," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.


The survey indicates that nearly six in ten Independent voters say they are angry at both parties, with only four percent angry only at the GOP and six percent mad only at the Democrats. Just over three in ten say they are not angry at either party.

The poll suggests a slight generational divide, with 43 percent of those under age 50 saying they are not mad at either party. That number drops to 15 percent for those 50 and older.

According to the survey, 41 percent say the Republicans are more to blame for the country's current economic problems, with 28 percent saying the fault lies with the Democrats and just over one in four saying both parties are responsible.

"This is another indication that this year's midterm elections may not be a repeat of 1994. A poor economy usually benefits the out-party, but a plurality of the public blames the GOP, not the Democrats, by a three-to-two ratio," adds Holland.

Among Independent voters, 21 percent blame the Democrats, 35 percent say the GOP is responsible and 36 percent blame both parties for the economic mess.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Wednesday, June 16, with 534 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Read: Full results (pdf)


Filed under: CNN poll • Democrats • Republicans
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Living in America

    Does anyone but me notices that the Republicans are not working.
    They are campaiging for November, 2010 and the year 2012. They have not done anything but complained since the President has been in office. Folks are so caught up in the hype they can't see what is going. They are still pissed about the health care reform passing. They are acting as if someone had stole their bike or something.

    June 24, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    " the public continues to blame the GOP more than the Democrats for the country's current economic woes"

    That's because dispite the best effort of the GOP Americans are smart enough to know the difference between the tow truck operator and the idiot driver who droveus into the ditch.

    Party of NO. No ideas, No shame and (Pray to God) No power in November

    June 24, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. William Jefferson

    It would be rather a stretch to blame Democrats for the economic crash that started due to republicon policies during a period where all three branches of gvernment were run by republicons and had been for half a decade.

    And save that "Democrats took control" nonsense. Democrats had control of the House starting in January 2007, but not the senate. The senate was split 49-49 with 2 Is. One liberman, esentially a republicon. So, while Democrats passed an entire reform agenda within 100 hours of taking office in the House, almost nothing got through the senate, and the few meaningful things that did were vetoes by chimpie. Democrats did not have control of the Congress until January 2009, an because of republicon electoral abuses they did not have the 60th seat (Franken) for months, and as we all know republicons have abused the filibuster to the extent that now even the most mundane piece of legislation requires 60 votes just to get to a vote. The republicons used more filibuster last year than all the congresses between 1965 and 2008. THAT is the grotesque level of abuse we are suffering from.

    June 24, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Uh oh. A poll that looks more unfavorably on the GOP. Can't wait to hear the "polls don't matter" blather on this one. Of course if it was the other way around the tightie ritghies would be giving the "Obama socialist economic policies are being rejected" tripe. Pick and choose wingnuts......

    June 24, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    George W. was right,"9-11 changed everything"; for the worse.

    June 24, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Johnny DC

    Anybody angry at "just the GOP" or "just the Dems" is clearly lacking even the slightest bit of intelligence, doesn't understand the question, or both.

    Quit translating every question into "which political party do you support" and start thinking for yourselves for a change. Bush was terrible. More and more Conservatives admit that. Good luck finding criticism of Pelosi, Reid, or Obama on the Democrat side though.

    Keep posting comments with your MAMA FOR OBAMA and REPUBLICAN TALIBAN nicknames. It proves your blind hatred exists, while you pretend to slam the blind hatred of the opponent.

    Most of the incumbents should go, with the exception of a handful on either side of the aisle.

    June 24, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Ben in Texas

    The plain fact is that America has been screwed by both parties, who have "gamed" the system to such an extent that we may never get back a semblance of democracy without a literal fight. Parties have a lock on the electoral processes, making it practically impossible for a true independent or third party to even get on a ballot, much less compete on a level field.

    Corporate and some union money corrupt almost every election, and that will increase with the recent Citizens United decision. The courts are full of unqualified judges with corporate ties. On top of it all, the corporate owned media are constantly stirring the pot, trying to get audience by fomenting as much chaos as possible.

    The parties are partially to blame, but the majority of the blame for our bad government belongs to corporations, whose money corrupts politicians and skews the whole process toward welfare for the wealthy.

    June 24, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. mj

    CNN – Give us a break! You sound more and more like the National Inquirer! Please post some newsworthy articles! Do we care what Obama shoves down his throat or if Bristol is pursuing an acting career? What about the Oil Rig Ban – What is being done to solve the problem – What about clean-up efforts – What about our soldiers in Afghanistan? Must be falling asleep at the job.

    June 24, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. ajax

    Cnn doesn't poll correctly.They use the results of their polls to justify their positions on any particular issue.If they want the public to take a view they will ask a question a certain way in their poll so that the answer will always back up what position they support.Garbage in ,Garbage out

    June 24, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Jim in San Mateo

    The Republicans are going to learn that not doing anything at all (except saying No), does not absolve you of blame. At least the Democrats are doing something!

    June 24, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. BobH

    Americans know that it's much harder to fix something than to break it, and you can't repair eight years of mismanagement and deregulation in a year and a half. It's simply not possible.

    June 24, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Bertina

    We shall have to wait and see. People will vote hopefully for the person, not the politics.

    June 24, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. ficheye

    This is as it should be. the GOP has always had the upper hand as the party of 'big business'. People are smart enough to realize that Obama just walked into a giant mess that was not of his creation. No one on earth could fix all of the problems we face in a year and a half. But it's also true that BOTH parties are responsible. We don't have a government 'of the people'... we are ruled by corporations. And always will be. I pray for smallpox.

    June 24, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. because both are useless

    however the dems are the least offensive

    the GOPers are finding new lows each week

    June 24, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Jennifer NYC

    It time to run Chuck Hagel for President as an Independent. He would win hands down!!! He is a Vietnam War vet, a moderate and served on the Armed Services Committee while in the Senate. He has experience as an international businessman. He has it all including maturity, experience, etc. VP – Evan Bayh possibly.

    June 24, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Brian in MD

    I must admit that I especially loathe Obama, Pelosi, & Reid. Dear God, please rid the world of these three. Amen

    June 24, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. one voice

    How can ANY average American be unhappy with ANY Democrat? The GREEDY GOP took us down this DE-REGULATION road and the Democrats are fighting for OUR financial future. What is wrong with the mindset of 50% of the population?

    June 24, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. DIANA

    I'm disgusted with the Republicans and angry with the Blue Dog Democrats. So much could have been done if the Democrats had the backbone to stand up to their convictions.

    June 24, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Lori in St Pete

    From the article:

    "But the survey also indicates the public continues to blame the GOP more than the Democrats for the country's current economic woes even though the Democrats have controlled both the White House and Congress for a year and a half."

    That's because thinking Americans know that the economic troubles were causing them to crash and burn long before the Dems even started campaigning, and they're intelligent enough to that it's going to take many years to clean up the damage from the 8-year drunken frat party the rethugliban threw for themselves and their cronies & financiers.

    June 24, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Jennifer NYC

    I stand corrected with regard to Chuck Hagel, former Senator from Nebraska...he was on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and not Armed Services Committee.

    June 24, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. one voice

    Fox news and Right-wing radio should be banned for using their freedom of speech rights to spread lies. And they call themselves TRUE AMERICANS. PLEASE

    June 24, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. BADGER

    Hopefully the People will see that the party of No was at fault for the economic mess we are in. Also that the Republican's have done nothing in helping in Congress to get this nation back on its feet. Tax cuts for the top 1%, two wars, the medicare drug plan, deregulation of the oil companies, trying to scuttle social security, and medicare for seniors.
    When you look at the tea baggers candidates like Paul, Angle, and others who put idealology over people, and Republican's embrace these nut jobs, no one in their right mind would even consider voting Republican.
    Let them keep apoligizing to the Corporations and Oil Companies because they truly do not believe in WE THE PEOPLE!

    June 24, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Obozo's Recod Deficit + Higher Taxes

    How can you not be peeved at OBOZO, most DUMocRATS and some republicans who spend $$$$ we don't have.

    If you raise taxes, increase the deficit, you're out as far as I am concerned.

    Which puts OBOZO, who has simultaneously increased TAXES and DEBT the biggest failure of all.

    June 24, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. annie s

    So 41% of those polled understand that the failed Republican policies caused our economic meltdown....yet other polls show they want to vote them back into office? Man, are Americans really that dumb?

    June 24, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "That's not good news for the Democrats, since an anti-incumbent mood always hurts the party with more incumbents,"

    Duh. Could be it any clearer why the GOP has taken the "we may be going down but we're taking you with us" approach since January 2009?

    June 24, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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