September 1st, 2010
10:36 AM ET
4 years ago

Dems get more bad news in Gallup poll

Nancy Pelosi and House Dems get low marks on several issues.
Nancy Pelosi and House Dems get low marks on several issues.

(CNN) - It's the latest sign congressional Democrats could be in for a rough round of midterms.

A new Gallup/USA Today survey out Wednesday finds Americans think Republicans in Congress will do a better job than Democrats in handling seven out of nine key issues.

The biggest divide is on the issue of terrorism, where Republicans get the edge by a wide 55-31 percent margin. Republicans also win big on immigration (50-35 percent), federal spending (50-35 percent), and even the economy (49-38 percent) - despite Democratic efforts to paint the recession's onset as the fault of congressional Republicans and former President George W. Bush.

Republicans also win on the issue of Afghanistan (45-38 percent), jobs (46-41 percent), and even corruption in government (38-35 percent) - a problem that has plagued both parties over the past two years.

Democrats may find a small glimmer of hope in health care where Americans are essentially split on which party is best equipped to tackle that issue. But health care has historically been a Democratic strong point (a year ago the party enjoyed an 11-point advantage on the issue) and the fact that neither party can now claim a clear stake on the subject may actually prove to be more good news for the GOP.

The only issue Democrats still reign supreme is on that the environment, where the party holds a clear 54-31 percent advantage. Though this may prove to have little resonance at the polls, considering a recent CNN survey showed only 1 in 4 voters mark the environment as the most important issue to their vote.

The latest Gallup survey comes two days after the organization's daily tracking survey showed Republicans 10 points ahead of Democrats in a generic matchup – numbers that marked the fifth straight week the Republicans have held an advantage on the question. The 10-point margin is also the party's largest lead ever in midterm contests in Gallup's polling history.

In average of several recent generic matchup polls shows the GOP with a single digit lead, but still virtually in the same position it was at the same time in 1994 – the year the party grabbed 54 House seats back from the Democrats, enough to win control of the chamber.

Gallup surveyed 1,021 adults by telephone from August 27-30. The sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Eric

    Democracy at its finest! Of course we wont really know until Nov.. but what the heck... lets take a poll with a 4% sampling error and 1-2 point leads to predict this Nov election results. Oh yeah .. you also forget the gerrymandering and redistricting that has taken place since 08 as well as the citizens/house rep ratios in red vs blue states.. I'd say the Dems will keep the House, if even by a small margin.

    September 1, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Uncle Sam

    The onset of the recession started with the Democratic control of the Senate. Democrats Barney Frank and Chris Dodd wrote the banking rules that created the sub prime mortgage mess. The end of combat in Iraq is due to the surge strategy in Iraq administered by Bush. Obama/Biden campaigned against the strategy.

    September 1, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. bob

    Not even 2 yrs later and people have forgotten the mess left behind.....amazing.

    September 1, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. DYLANSDADDY

    The reason why most people do not blame the republicans for the mess in 2008 is because the democrats were in charge of both houses.

    September 1, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Dennis

    Anyone paying attention would know that the economy tanked after Democrats took control of Congress in 2006.

    September 1, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. reg

    Anyone that would vote for the republican party needs to have thier heads examined.
    The republicans have shown that all they care about is big business and keeping President Obama from succeeding at all cost. They will see this country destroyed before they will lift one finger to help this President.
    America is about to fall and it's all because of greed and racism.
    You reap what you sow. The world is laughing at America right now, because of the majorities population racial ignorance.

    September 1, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. JThomas

    No surprise there. As a former Dem, I can't believe how far left this party has slipped. They are as corrupt and for big business as the Repubs, but they are also for big government, which is a huge problem.

    Keep blaming Bush for everything, but the fact is that the Dems have had control over Congress for years. People who still follow ANY party in blind faith really need to wake up.

    September 1, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. ehwilson429

    well they got their man.
    but thye miscalculated the electorate by almost 100%.

    this was a rejection of BUSH and a lack of confidence in
    McCain.

    this was not a wave for radical leftist policies.
    what the voters failed to realize was that they had put
    one party government into place.

    September 1, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. beevee

    Americans have a very short memory and very little grey matter.

    September 1, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. ck

    So since there are now many people who actually have worked and want to work for a living stuck at home (thanks to the congress that was under the control of the Dems during the Bush administration and their continued Marx Brothersesque command of governance) we suddenly see truth in the polls.

    Amazing. Working folks are home to answer the Gallup people's call. And now have the time to do the survey since they are not distracted by doing the job they had because the Dimlibs have destroyed the economy.

    Now we find out that the Dimlibs are actually the minority in this country, they have always just had a louder voice.

    Love that the table is turning. Now that the independents, libertarians, and conservatives have finally started taking action hopefully all this socialist , surrendercrat, silliness will end.

    September 1, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. jphilly08

    Dems have no backbone. That is why they were not able to get us free healthcare paid for by the rich like Obama promised. The fact is the republicans have cojones and can accomplish thier goals regardless of dem opposition. Dems cannot do that when they are in power.

    September 1, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. ConstitutionalPatriot

    There's hope the GOP will learn from their mistakes and change their ways. They went wrong by acting like democrats have traditionally and now the GOP must return to it's roots so we have a voice of sanity in congress. There's no hope for the Democrats however as they have allowed their party to be hijacked by the lunatic fringe left. They view our Constitution and balanced budgets as if they are nutty ideas! So bye bye out of touch Democrats and all your leech on society supporters!

    September 1, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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