September 6th, 2010
08:00 AM ET
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CNN Poll: GOP's midterm advantage is growing

 A new poll shows Republicans have the clear advantage ahead of the midterms.

A new poll shows Republicans have the clear advantage ahead of the midterms.

(CNN) - With November's midterm elections less than two months away, a new national poll indicates that the Republicans' advantage over the Democrats in the battle for Congress is on the rise.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday, the GOP leads the Democrats by 7 points on the "generic ballot" question, 52 percent to 45 percent. That 7-point advantage is up from a 3-point margin last month.

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The generic ballot question asks respondents if they would vote for a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district, without naming any specific candidates.

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  1. Just Me

    I do not know who they are polling I reside in Texas and I do not know one person who voted Democratic and now going to vote Republican...that is a bunch of bull.

    September 6, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Republicans are trying to destroy us, all the way down to the bare bones. Why? To win elections? To win the Presidential election in 2012? There are over 400 bills that have passed the house that are being held up in the senate because of them. They are refusing to help small businesses. They held up unemployment for 7 weeks. They refer to those without jobs as lazy, though they helped their corporate buddies ship jobs overseas.

    They attack the average American on a regular basis. When someone like Bin Laden tries to destroy us, he's labeled a terrorist. You do the math.

    September 6, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Susan

    Polls are not to be believed.......I don't what part of the country you are calling, I don't know how many you are calling but everyone I talk to they are voting Democrat because they know the Republicans aren't going to be able to move this country forward, they will fall back to the Bush years and the majority of the GOP and Tea Baggers think that ending Social Security and Medicare and all the programs that are helping small businesses and the middle class is what will bring this country back our economy and create jobs.....In November you are going to see the Democrats come out in numbers and the independents, so don't count your chickens before they hatch.........

    September 6, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Dave, Illinois

    CNN and NBC must not be doing their job propping up the Dems this year. Or, people are starting to see through the spin....

    September 6, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Snow

    Friday, the generic poll had the Republicans up by 10 points not 07 points.

    September 6, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Tallie Malone

    GOP, don't take your eyes off the truth that surrounds us daily, that the liberal governance is destroying the free and great US. Do not be beguiled by the elitist, highly educated bums in DC who have no idea what the American Dream is all about; they think it all starts and ends with the government and this just is not truth. America can thrive and prosper without the federal government, really. Who needs those creeps to continually think of new ways to tax us into slavery?

    September 6, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. D. Bunker

    The Dems need to understand and attack the lies being perpetrated in great number by the Friedman/Rand cultists on the right. The Dems also need to explain to the saner Americans that a return to the proven failures of the past is the very definition of insanity.

    September 6, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Billy

    I felt from the very beginning that the present administration was over promising, particularly regarding unemployment. There are simply too many variables involved. Just like a poorly performing sports team, someone is going down. However, expectations are running high with the anticipation of a Republican House, etc., and due to past performance and lack of any substantive stated ideas, the right needs to be careful for what they wish because tax cuts alone, particularly unfunded, aren't an economic strategy, not with as big a hole that the last Republican regime dug. Obama was going to blocked by the Republicans even if his initiatives came straight from G-d. I admit that he expended way too much political capital, effort, and time on health care while the economy needed his complete direct focus, but please consider if this was now a McCain/Palin administration. Enough said.

    September 6, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Time Grows Short

    Nancy Pelosi better start plumping up her defense fund. The PEOPLE are going to be wanting some answers come January. Her crimes are many and she must be brought to justice.

    And one more thing, why have the Democrats not denounced pedophiles ? The facts are, most pedophiles are Democrats and the party leadership such as Pelosi, Obama, Reid, Frank, Dodd, Boxer, Plouffe, Jarrett, Emanuel, ad nauseum have not publicly and clearly denounced pedophiles.

    September 6, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. mamacoo

    Oh for goodness sakes!!! Enough already!!! We have spent the last two years going on and on and on. The Democrats are going to lose. Obama is the worst President ever. The Republicans have basically taken over Congress and John Boehner will be President. I for one am sick to death of hearing it. And to think we have just begun the silly season.

    Bottom line, if the American people fall for the fear, scare and smear tactics of the Republicans and if the media continues to whip up the frenzy of negativity for ratings, the American people will get the government they deserve. Period, Good, bad or totally against their needs.

    September 6, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. ramtruck2500

    Thats fine with me who cares if we hjave a total collapse. it is only the "christian" thing to have becuase if diefied the repubs. Count me out. maybe those of us not brain washed can sit on the sides and be total jerks and SAY NO this time. It will not end the in fighting.

    September 6, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    American voters are FOOLS.... So they'll vote republican and watch the rich get tax breaks and big corporations get tax breaks while the shrinking middle class bears a larger portion of the tax base. FOOLS.

    September 6, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Chad from Tampa

    But CNN viewers voted 55-45 in favor of Dems. Wonder why? haha. Mainstream media has brainwashed the stupid.

    September 6, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Livin the good life

    Just another "fodder poll" to fill space. Even this one will be forgotten about within 24 hours. The attention span of most Americans is short but, the memories of how things came about remains. Beau Colby

    September 6, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. John M

    A Nation of morons.

    September 6, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Charlotte

    Idots. Look how difficult it has been to turn around the mess that a Republican government caused last time. Anyone who actually wants to go back to that is a moron – they will just make it that much worse instead of barely better. Dems are struggling to undo all the damage (and you jacka$$es who would claim it, don't pretend that the two years of a bare majority in Congress meant that they had 'plenty of time' to repair the damage before 2008) and they can't be expected to get everything fixed – poof – in just 2 years. Bush and his thugs were the worst thing ever to happen to our country and it will take us a decade to dig out. Putting his ilk back in control is the stupidest possible thing to do.

    September 6, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Donkey Party

    If anyone ever doubted the stupidity of the majority of Americans, this poll answers the question. For a political party that has no solutions but to redistribute more money to the wealthy, to repeal health care that saves millions of peoples' lives, to kill Social Security and Medicare, to do away with regulations on Wall Street and Big Oil companies, to take power from the EPA, to screwing the unemployed out of unemployment insurance that unemployed workers get for paying into the system, for stating the intention of filing bogus investigations into the background (i.e. birthplace, religion) of the President, to starting another war with Iran and maybe North Korea too, it's amazing they would get a single vote. Americans deserve all the misery the GOP will provides us if they ever get back into power. There is no bigger threat to our nation than the GOP and their supporters. They are the true terrorists, responsible for the deaths and maimings and misfortunes of more Americans than any foreign group could ever achieve. Civil War may be the only answer to defend our country from the greed, hate, fear, and racism that is the GOP.

    September 6, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. BobH

    What does a photo of the American flag planted in sand have to do with a poll on midterm elections? Is it some sort of editorial comment? A product of the random photo generator?

    September 6, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Joe

    Well, as my cynical old father used to say, "The best thing about Democracy is that people end up getting what they deserve."

    September 6, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Oh please, The party of NO? The Democrats need to get out there and remind the people who the rethugs are.
    No unemployment extension of benefits. Nothing for the first responders of 9/11. Lies about everything that the President is doing. Much too much to list everything.

    September 6, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    I trust polls less than I trust horse racing,boxing or used car salemen.You cant sell tickets if you cant make it look like a close game or event.What a joke,and morons still believe a thousand callers,hahaha

    September 6, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Death Panel Sarah

    That's about as un-scientific as you can get. People are not voting for a brand, they are voting for personalities.
    Anyone would vote for someone who would help them....unless they are brainwashed!!!

    September 6, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. JohninTampa

    Ballots are not 'generic.' They have names of people, and most voters will know something more about those people than what is their party affiliation. We'll probably all be holding our noses...

    September 6, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Bill from GA

    The repugs have blocked any further stimulus (thanks, Massachusetts, for giving the repugs enough votes to halt our country's progress), so growth, such as the turnaround from huge job losses to steady gains in the private sector, and the awesome turnaround in the GDP, has stalled. Then they claim the stimulus didn't work.

    Apparently Americans would listen to lying repugs rather than look up the facts.

    September 6, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Billy D Williams Lookin' Mofo

    So, American voters, angry with the state the country is in, have collectively decided that the best way to remedy all these evils is to return control of the country back to the people who put it in a ditch in the first place? Could CNN possibly find a few of these voters from its poll and interview them? I've never actually seen adult human beings who can't tell cause from effect. It sounds fascinating. That's a whole new level of stupid.

    September 6, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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