September 5th, 2010
08:45 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: Number of people who say economy in very poor shape on rise

A new CNN poll indicates a large majority of Americans say the economy is in poor shape.
A new CNN poll indicates a large majority of Americans say the economy is in poor shape.

Washington (CNN) – A new national poll released Sunday indicates that eight in 10 Americans say that the economy is in poor shape, and the number that says conditions are very poor is on the upswing after steady declines through the spring.

And according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, more people blame the Republicans over the Democrats for the country's economic problems.

Full results [pdf]

Eighty-one percent of the public rates the county's economic conditions as poor, with 18 percent describing the economy as good.

Forty-four percent of people questioned describe economic conditions as very poor, up seven points from July.

After the jump: Who do Americans say is to blame?

The poll indicates that roughly half the country says that conditions have not improved in the past two years. The other half says that the economy has gotten better, but many of them expect things will get worse in the near future.

"Roughly a third of all Americans say that the economy has gotten better and will continue to do so," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But one in five say that things have gotten better but will take a turn for the worse in the months ahead - essentially predicting the "double-dip" that many economists are worried about."

So which party gets the blame for the country's current economic problems?

According to the survey, more Americans hold the Republicans responsible than the Democrats, with 44 percent blaming the GOP and 35 percent picking the Democrats.

"And when George W. Bush's name is added to the mix, the number who blame the Republicans rises to 53 percent, with just a third saying that Barack Obama and his party are at fault. That indicates why the Democrats are likely to mention Bush's name every chance they get between now and election day," Holland said.

But according to numbers released Friday, just four in 10 Americans say they approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing on the economy. The 40 percent who give Obama a thumbs up is a new low for the president on the economy in CNN polling.

The CNN/Opinon Research Corp. poll was conducted Wednesday and Thursday, with 1,024 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: CNN Polls • Economy • issues
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    We are now paying for conservatives stealing and destroying the republican party. The crap that has been elected as republicans to congress do not represent anything more than an attempt to make America a third world country. Think about the 400 bills that would help Americans that are being held up by the republicans in the senate. Think about the GOP attack on the American workers, the education system, those who have been denied health care, those whose jobs have been sent overseas, the unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, the lies to go to war, the attacks on the constitution that guarantees rights for all Americans.

    September 5, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. Dynamico

    I'd say that these people saying the economy SUX are 100% correct. Truth is finally coming of age in US society at least in this assumption!

    September 5, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    For every 50 jobs created by Obamas bills 60 are lost these jobs that are being created are temporary jobs just like the auto workers jobs theres not enough working Americans to buy the new cars and the auto companies are doomed to sink again .

    September 5, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. g

    as long as the rich cry for there tax cuts to invest in communist china america will go no where why do the rich hate america

    September 5, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    Thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan brought a different type of republicanism to power. The concept was based on the life style of his costar in "Bedtime for Bonzo." Rather than work for the good of the people, he felt it is better to sit back, nit pick and fling poo, and then blame government for being the problem. Trickle down voodoo economics created much of the problem for the debt we have today (Along with W's tax cuts for the wealthy)

    September 5, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. Time grows short

    If you didn't make a mistake in this story CNN, your poll contradicts EVERY OTHER poll that says the American people blame the Democrats for this disaster.

    September 5, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. terry,va

    Now this is a protest that I like. People carrying signs saying "I want to work" How refreshing as opposed to the 99 weeker's protesting a few weeks ago to continue their unemployment benefits. Really? If you haven't got a job in 99 weeks you are to sorry to breathe. Luckily for them breathing is an automatic reflex.

    September 5, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Clwyd

    I think they need to get in touch with reality? They sure don't remember when we were losing hundreds of thousands of jobs at the end of the bush mess and the beginning of the Obama attempt to stop it from getting worse. Although small, the number of jobs is now positive and last month 67,000 created, although far short of what is needed. I wonder if those polled want to go back to the policies of the republicans that started this mess in the first place some three to four years ago?

    September 5, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. Independent

    I live in the area of the John Deere, Alcoa, Cat plants...they are all calling people back to work....houses are selling, our unemployement has gone down...new businesses are coming in, some are building new sites...or adding on....things are looking good around here...

    To many people listen to the pied pipers of the phoney and believe everythiong they say...it is beyond me how some people can be so hood-winked by these people...I think that to many of these people have forgotten what the 9th Commandment says...

    September 5, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    The reason for the 'bizzare' appearance of these polls is the insertion of 'wedge issues' into the national discussion by the right wing news media outlets. Think about it, ever since Health Care passage and for that matter ever since Rus Limbaugh pubically stating, "I want to see this President fail..." Wedge issue after wedge issue infiltrated nearly every conversation that hit the news headlines. GOP-Tea Party caused issues were twisted around to make it look like Obama caused the problem. For the past month and a half, issues of race, religion, gay rights... blitzed through the media, internet and newspapers like a swallowing hurricane. Very little, was heard of the president, even though he said quite alot considering the economy and jobs. Regardless of who's in control of Congress, its going to take a very progressive stance in order to fix the economy. Of course, Glen Beck will have nothing to do with being progressive. He hates that. The GOP-Tea Party are directly to blame in the fact that the economy is really going south. People need to be reminded, that there are people who profit immensely during economic downturns. The question is, is who are these people?

    September 5, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. g

    ten more years of republican policies there will be no middle class america will look more like mexico where the rich rule. close to that know

    September 5, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    I bet that 18 percatn won't be voting for Democrats anyway since you'd have to be pretty wealthy to afford to think this economy is in anything but bad shape. Obama's problem is he is not driving the "Tow Truck" fast enough to please the idiots who drove the economy into the ditch to begin with.

    Remember when Bush took office with surplusses as far as the eye could see? Well remember that it took Bush 8 years to create thi mess. it's gonna take longer than 18 moths to fix it.

    PS It could be faster w/o the GOP roadblocks.

    September 5, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. aara

    I see CNN did what they always do: OVER polling Liberals and Democrats again to get the numbers they want.

    September 5, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. russ from md

    @g.
    What grade are you in, 1st? Your comment makes no sense whatsoever.

    September 5, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Chris

    Look at the picture that accompanies this article. They are out of work and don't have enough money to pay their bills. But they do have enough money to pay for matching, professional made signs and t-shirts?

    How much do you want to bet some Republican backed group paid them all, gave them their nice signs and shirts, and bused them out someplace so they could raise a stink and make the Democrats look bad.

    September 5, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    These people do work.They work for the Koch Brothers in their efforts to derail Democrats.Boycott Koch Industry products today.

    September 5, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. rumormater

    CNN/CBS/NBC/New York Times, ... Polls normally include more democrats as these days, I just watch these channels once in a while.
    the news I got from youtube is more accurate. In fact I believe youtube is the best.

    September 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Eric Shippy

    I'll tell anyone reading this right now, that CNN's poll is skewed and these numbers are no where close to reality. How do I know, well look at all the independent polls and the numbers shows different. We all know CNN has their liberal agenda and if they can work the numbers to favor perspective on liberalism, than why not. They have a huge platform to influence people, which can be good and in this case bad.

    September 5, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. djjr51-Texas

    It is amazing to me that with the economy in such bad shape the President has the audacity to spend thousands of "our' dollars remodeling the oval office. What world is he living in? Certainly not the real one!

    September 5, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. the real ib

    I live in an area when the employment rate is going up so I agree with the polls. Obama has done nothing to help in this area; construction jobs are going down; housing sales are going down and no it's not Bush's fault. People say that Obama is not on the ballot in Nov. well neither is Bush so stop blaming him because Obama hasn't got a clue on how to turn things around.

    September 5, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. katiec

    Our economy etc are improving, slowly but surely, regardless of the republicans trying to continue their destruction.
    For a party to try and block any improvement, ignore the needs of us and our country, all for the sake of winning the next election is party that has thrown all integrity and honor to the wind and is a disgrace.
    America, we cannot allow this party to regain control. Our country would revert back to the their politics as usual, sacrifice the American people for their undying love and support for Wall St and the rich, and destroy programs most beneficial to us.
    Do not believe their propaganda, lies, hypocrasy. Look at what they have done and are doing to us and our country.

    September 5, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. jim

    This economy mess is not all Obama fault. After all the dems have controlled the Congress since 2006 when things started to unravel. They share most of the balme.However ,that being said. Obama was elected to fix things and has done a miserable job.

    September 5, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Mike S.

    Obama inherited two wars, a crumbling banking industry, the biggest deficit in u.s. history, a corrupt/deregulated Wall St., and a massive I.O.U. to China. I think he's done fairly well all things considered.

    I don't think John McCain, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Ann Coulter could have done any better.

    September 5, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Ray

    Just curious – how many of those 1,024 people polled work for the Democratic National Committee?

    September 5, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Nestor

    Apparently CNN conducted this poll in Detroit, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. What is your methodology? Every reliable poll is showing Republicans picking up massive numbers of seats in November. CNN's trying to cook the books to sway the voters.

    September 5, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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