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

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Filed under: CNN poll • Democrats • Republicans
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Marlene

    Finally, Americans are recognizing the fact that the GObPers are fighting for Corporate America at the expense of the middle class. Republicans have consistently favored big banks, big oil, big corporation profits (health care, insurance) over the average citizen. They don't favor big government, because that means regulation of Corporate America and we all know that while Corporate America makes their billions in profits, it will take the average citizen a long for the profit ride. NOT! The GOP deserves the blame for a non- functioning federal government, the bad economy, and no action in trying to solve America problems. Marlene in Mich

    June 24, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    First, this survey is way too small to really make any larger extrapolations for the whole US. Second, with only two major parties trying to represent everyone, we all are bound to be upset. There are too many interests that have far too much money to buy influence. I would hope that we could have another party or two emerge as well as more ways to reduce the influence of money in elections so that more regular people can successfully run for office.

    June 24, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    Just remember, a vote for any democrat no matter which district or state they represent, is a vote for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

    June 24, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Pragmatic

    This is not the usual definition of "bi-partisan" but it certainly is the reality of politics right now!

    June 24, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Chipster

    "Americans are angry..." I believe you could have stopped there. Americans are angry and seem to want to stay angry. They're anxious to believe every rumor, politically and financially motivated nonsense, outrageous distortions of facts, and manipulated numbers in order to stay angry. They don't appreciate any effort to improve our nation, our communities, or ourselves. The First Lady has even been ridiculed for promoting healthier eating! How much dumber could it get than that? Everyone seems to think they know how to correct all of our problems but, when pressed for details, they really have little to contribute, except criticism for anyone who are tries.

    Monday morning quarterbacks, backseat drivers, and chronic complainers...we're an angry and ungrateful bunch.

    June 24, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. jbb

    I'm 72 years old and have never been contacted for any type of political poll so I'd just like to know where they get their lists of people to call or if they just make up numbers.

    I get plenty of political calls, mostly robo calls, which I hate and plenty of trash mail from both parties. Let me say I hate, hate, hate robo calls and have vowed to not vote for anyone who makes a robo call to me and I know that I'm not alone.

    June 24, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Ron

    I personally am getting rid of any incumbent. I don't care which party. If we have "new" blood that recognizes that they work for US then there will not be such partisanship and corruption regardless of whether they have an "R" or a "D". Doesn't matter just GET RID OF ALL OF THEM!!

    June 24, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. John

    regardless of ideological belief we cannot keep having one party say NO to everything. gridlock solves nothing! this video i found hits the point.
    http://www.youtube.com/watchv=l3sxmBbE8hc&feature=player_embedded

    June 24, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. ib

    we need to clean the congress out; both parties need new people. House cleaning should start with the president and then the senate and house. They don't listen to what most of the people want.

    June 24, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. GuyinVA

    No mid-term election has ever been a referendum on a party with no power.

    June 24, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. american patriot

    Eight years of Bush and Cheney is enough to ruin any country.

    Now ea have the Democtratic version of the Repubs.

    Same game different team cheating the same way.

    come November all people in office are going to be thrown out.
    Then the new ones come in and screw us for another four years.

    It is way past time WE THE PEOPLE March on Washing and show up by the Million and march in and start throwing htem all out of office.

    Keep in mind all the Buildings belong to WE THE PEOPLE.

    What are we waiting for!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Liz the First

    The people who hate Democrats anyway are always going to be angry at Democrats. the rest of the American people need to understand it's the repuglican'ts who are stopping the Democrats from doing what we elected them to do. this is a calculated campaign of obstruction designed to turn folks away from the people who want to do what's best for them and the country and toward the big-business supporters, the republican't$. how many times do the repugs need to screw the little guy over and protect businesses before their moronic base sees they're voting to screw themselves?????

    June 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Wisconsinite

    "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"

    Read it and weep GObP and all of you Rabid Righties. That's why your side is going to be the biggest loser AGAIN in November.

    June 24, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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