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. Marco

    what took people so long to realize the republicans are to blame? They care more about Wall Street then they do for Main Street. Republicans don't realize that consumers are responsible for over 70% of economic spending. Go Dems...down with the republicans!!

    September 5, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Snow

    I find this poll hard to believe. The demorats have had control of the congress which holds the purse strings for four years. I guess it was a majority of liberals and the moocher class who were polled.

    September 5, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. OBS....

    It's a sad situation for the people of the United States when our elected Republicans want to fight the Democrats rather then work to get projects going that will put our country back to work. I hope the voter realizes who is cutting off funding for work projects that will put our infrastructure back togeather and vote more of them out so the Dems can get something done. YES there has to be moneys spent to get the economy flowing again.. Any smart business person knows that and is willing to spend the money to make work happen. To bad the republicans can't let go for awhile and help get our economy back in working order. Maybe if they showed some co operation with the Dem's for awhile they might get elected again.

    September 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Patrick from Minnesota

    The economy is in poor shape, there, I said it. We were foolish to even think the Great Recession could've gotten done in a year or two. Pres. Obama said it himself on election night that all these problems wouldn't get done even in one term. when people say that problems that were decades in the making can all be fixed in two years must be smoking some pretty strong stuff. Have some patience people.

    September 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Lynn

    First the Reps want government out of their business, then they want the gov. to create more jobs, which is it? The companies don't need to hire as long as their employees are working overtime, making as much profits for the boss, without the overhead of more workers, and scared to death of being fired themselves. Companies are more and more greedy, taking their jobs offshore only to make higher profits, ignoring the fact they could help the U.S. unemployment figures by hiring U.S. workers.

    September 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. anthony

    If Republicans want to extend Bush tax cuts for everyone (including the rich) and repeal everything Obama has done, essentially they want to go back to the way things were under Bush. Thus the Bush record is fair game. Democrats need to remind the voters the way things were under Bush.

    Democrats should also remind the voters that Republicans are running such candidates as Sharron Angle, Jan Brewer, Joe (I am sorry BP) Barton, Ben Quayle, Rand (it is OK for business to discriminate on the basis of race) Paul, Rick Scott (the CEO of the Columbia/HCA hospital chain, which was fined $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud not long after he left), and Joe Miller (the Republican nominee in Alaska, who will like to do away with Social Security and Medicare, claiming that they are unconstitutional).

    September 5, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. rumormater

    I continue to hear Republicans try to stall the economics!!! Hello, Wake up Democrats who still have some integrity:
    1) Democrats and Obma control both Houses. They can pass any bills they want.
    2) In fact every BIG BILLS Obama wanted already passed and implemented!!!
    Obma is planing for another big ticket bill, but he does not want to be called "Second Stimulus Package".

    September 5, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. William

    And that shows the stupidity of the American people blaming the party that gave us a great economy and has been out of power for three years instead of the party that caused the mess by blocking the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack that caused the entire meltdown that happened on the DEMOS congressional watch in 2007. Americans are truly stupid people and to lazy to go check out the truth and read the facts.
    All of this was caused entirely on purpose by the Demos go read the facts stop being stupid.

    September 5, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. L. Maki

    To the person who said Obama used tax payer money to remodel the oval office:

    I am sure this is what you heard on Fox News. In reality EVERY president has refurnished the Oval office, including both George W. Busy. Money from Obama's campaign funds were used for the refurbishing and not one cent of tax payer money.

    September 5, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. GOP hate america

    the media can say what they will to help conservatives win in November but the reality is they will not.

    September 5, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Patrick from Minnesota

    Why is everyone using this poll as an example that CNN is liberally biased? 8/10 is an overwhelmingly high number. A small minority (2/10) obviously thinks the economy is good. When Bush left office a small minority (2/10) thought he was doing a good job. An even smaller minority (1/10) participates in the Tea Party. These are just polls people. Just because you deny the truth doesn't make it untrue.

    September 5, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Robert Crick

    CNN is not honest when it comes to "headlining an article." Look at the way you headlined the political ticker article about the recent poll about the economy. Your headline states "GOP in touble." And yet, the article stated about ten reasons why the public did not trust the President and his team with the economy; and you took one small results, relating to the fact that the name "Bush" did not fair well for the Republican, to make the headline seem as if GOP was in serious trouble. Why would you headline something that that was minor in comparsion to the overall poll This is simply dishonest reporting.

    How are we supose to regain our trust news if individuals continue to slant the news?

    Dr Bob Crick

    September 5, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Phil Muse

    This poll shows anger against the Republicans. A poll aired on USA Today showed anger against the Democrats. It all depends on who's taking the polls and what they expect the results to prove before they even conduct the poll. ANY polls are liable to be flawed because they are based on tlephone surveys conducted over land lines. The majority of black, non-white, recent immigrant, and younger Americans have cell phones, not land lines, so they don't get counted. The disproportionate number of older white voters who get counted in predominantly "red" states will always throw these polls off.

    September 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. This Again?

    The party that gave us a great economy?? You show your ignorance with those comments. The economy does not fluctuate daily with policy changes; it takes time for impacts to be felt. The decisions made in the early 2000s contributed to the recession. Republican policies caused this recession.

    September 5, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. jay

    If you think it's bad now put the Republicans in charge and watch it crash.

    September 5, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. doight

    FOX NEWS fuels the anger with lies. If Americans don't wake up, and they end up voting Republican in November, your Country will lose the middle class.

    September 5, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Probably another poorly worded poll.
    What it should say...
    Rate the economy: poor
    Are we seeing signs of recovery: yes
    Is our foundation for the future being reset: yes.
    Do you see signs that poeple are more comfortable with the future: yes
    The movie box office is at an all-time high. retail spending is better than expected. People are traveling ( I'm a travel agent!)
    After being told to spend frivilously and live above our menas, americans are finally saving, cutting back on the 100.00 dinner in fasvor of the 50.00 one, buying when they need not just to keep up and thinking before spending.
    These to me are signs of a positive economy and a good foundation .
    America is fine. The media is still just sensationalizing a rough period.

    September 5, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. William

    Oh and by the way if you want the true poll numbers look to Rasmussen or Gallup not the liberal CNN. People trust the GOP over the demos on the economy 48 to 37 so obviously this poll is a lie to begin with. In fact they trust the GOP in 9 of the major categories of security,economy, jobs, and so on. They also favor the GOP in A generic poll of likely voters 47 to 37 over the Demos in the Nov election and it is projected the the GOP will gain as many as 60 and with more certainty 45 seats in the congress and win control and 9 seats in the senate and if the win 10 they gain control of the senate as well. So obviously you can not reconcile this poll with the real numbers from all the other polls. Except that 8 of 10 do think the economy is bad but most blame the Demos not the GOP as calmed here as clearly evidenced in the polls favoring the GOP over the DEMOS.

    September 5, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. truth

    The current problems with the economy are 100% the result of Obama and democrats careless spending of tax payer money without considering how any of these useless programs would ever be paid for. The economy will never recover as long democrats try to promise things they cannot deliver just to get votes. I work 3 jobs and feel like I am being punished for it, so that illegal aliens and people who choose not to work can benefit from the taxes I pay. :::Message to Obama and Congress::: Socialism does not work and punishing the population that wants to be productive will only bring the whole country down.

    September 5, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Dean

    It wasn't Bush who put people in houses that they could not afford, try Dodd and Frank and the Dems. It wasn't Bush who repealled the Glass-Steagall Act that allowed financial institutions to engage in activities that made them fail and need to get bailed out by taxpayers, it was Clinton and the Dems.
    I know it is easier for the liberals to just blame Bush instead of researching the true activities that led to this mess.

    September 5, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. King

    What does the republicans stand for? First they bitch about big government and how the temporary sensus workers was a big fasague, and private job creation was the only way to stimulate the economy. Now we are losing the burden of big government and stimulating the econmy with thousands of private sector jobs and they are still hollering. They have done absolutely nothing to help this economy and are doing every thing to see us fail, by flooding the economy with fare and hatemungering, forcing the masses to save their money instead of spending it to stimulate our economy.

    September 5, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. James

    Anyone who has taken economics 101 knows full well that the situation facing our economy is tied more to policies in place for a number of years that allowed Wall Street to create the no income no asset loans which flooded the market with speculators driving home values through the roof. The over inflated values created a bubble that eventually burst in 2007. Let's stop living the fairy tale that Wall Street has the good of our society in mind......its the bottom line for investors, not integrity.

    September 5, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. William

    hey This Again?: typical liberal lies, Never post the truth or anything to back up your lies you just throw comments out there as throw they meant something except they do not. The economy grew under the GOP it is shrinking under the DEMOS it is that simple. The Demos caused the mess by Blocking the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack. That is historical fact go read your history. Then post something that resembles the truth.

    September 5, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Tommy Moore

    80% of Americans says the economy is in bad shape, but 99.999% says it is better shape than it was when Obama took office. The question is whether we want to go forward or return to the ways that brought us here.

    September 5, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Charles Bonetto

    Well -Well – Well– Looks like the liberal CNN is at it again. Look guys we have a democratic congress and senate & worthless president. Why don't you print a story about taxes that are coming down the pike. All the pork bills that have been used to pass healthcare and a worthless stimulus package. You can attempt to misinform the people, but believe me, with all that is going on WE The People (who are not interested in being politically correct) are going to sweep the congress and the senate democratic party out on the street this November. This will hog tie the worthless president's ability to screw up the country any more. It will stop his socialistic agenda and a republican will be back in the white house in two years

    September 5, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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